A Brief History Of Where It All Started

IN EARLY 1977, HALF A DOZEN BSA OWNERS  USED TO MEET AT A LOCAL PUB FOR A PINT AND A NATTER, ALL WITH THE SAME IDEAS ALSO WITH FRIENDS OWNING  OTHER BRITISH BIKES,  SO THAT SUMMER THEY FORMED A NEW SECTION OF THE  BSA OWNERS CLUB
THEY MET AT THE CREALOCK ARMS, LITTLEHAM TWICE A MONTH, WITH LIMITED NUMBERS THEY ADDED An  ASSOCIATED SECTION FOR OTHER BRITISH BIKE OWNERS AND SLOWLY IT ALL CAME TOGETHER. SOON, THE ASSOCIATED SIDE OF THE CLUB TOOK OVER AND THE BSA OWNERS WERE THE MINORITY. SO 1983 SAW THE FORMATION OF THE PRESENT CLUB, A NEW COMMITTEE AND A DETERMINED EFFORT TO SPREAD THE WORD AROUND NORTH DEVON.
IT WAS SLOW but the numbers kept rising, we asked anyone who had A BRITISH BIKE but  THE CLUB SEEMED TO STICK TO around 30 MEMBERS FOR AGES. RUNS WERE ORGANISED ON AN EVENING AND SOMETIMES and ON A SUNDAY, THOUGH at first THESE WEREN'T   POPULAR. SOME AWARDs WERE DONATED BY AN EX MOTORCYCLIST IN THE DISTRICT WHO RAN A SHOP,
a single sheet  CLUB MAGAZINE INFREQUENTLY APPEARED to let all know what was going on.
 YVONNE - ISLE OF MAN 1969
Nick's words - "Mullets were more fashionable back then!"
SEVERAL OF THE MEMBERS ON BRITISH BIKES COMPETED in LONG DISTANCE TRIALS, LONDON TO LANDS END, THE EXETER TRIAL ETC. A GREEN LANES SECTION WAS FORMED TO KEEP OLD LANES AND BYE WAYS OPEN. ALL GREAT STUFF! SHOWS WERE PATRONIZED, WE HEARD ABOUT THE FIRST PLYMOUTH HOE SHOW, WENT DOWN THERE WITH OUR WELL RIDDEN TRIALS IRONS AND ROAD BIKES AND CAME HOME WITH A WINNER. (THIS SHOW WAS BY THE PREVIOUS PLYMOUTH BRITISH MOTORCYCLE CLUB).
BETWEEN 1983 AND 1987, THE CLUB EXPANDED TO AROUND 70 MEMBERS. UP HERE IT’S SPARSE COMPARED TO THE ENVIRONS OF SOUTH DEVON, BUT WE WERE ATTRACTIng ONE OR TWO FROM OUT OF THE DISTRICT; ONE FROM COVENTRY WOULD YOU BELIEVE. THE SUMMERTIME SAW REGULAR RUNS OUT TO PLACES OF INTEREST ON A THURSDAY EVENING, USUALLY TO THE PUB AND WITH AT LEAST ONE SUNDAY RUN A MONTH INCLUDED. THE WINTER THEN HAS FILM SHOWS, SKITTLES, AND TALKS ETC. ALL WAS ON AN INFORMAL BASIS WITH A NICE SOCIAL FEELING PRESENT. ALL THIS WAS BY COURTESY OF A LOCAL SOCIAL CLUB IN YELLAND WHO OFFERED THEIR SERVICES OF BAR AND ROOMS TO THE CLUB.
Danny's early ramblings
Martin - 1957 in Exeter 
IT SEEMED THAT WORD WAS GETTING AROUND ABOUT THE CLUB; THERE WAS THE ODD MENTION IN CLASSIC BIKE MAGAZINE AND COMMUNICATION WITH OTHER CLUBS IN THE SOUTH WEST, ALL WITH THE SAME INTEREST. ACU AFFILIATION WAS APPLIED FOR AND GRANTED, THE FEELING WAS THAT THIS COULD ONLY BE OF BENEFIT.
SO WHAT DID THE FUTURE HOLD? WITH NEW BLOOD ON THE COMMITTEE, GREAT IDEAS WERE GETTING TOSSED AROUND AND SOME EVEN CAME TO FRUITION. NAMELY THE TARKA RUN AND THE FINGLE BRIDGE MEET.
THE AUTHOR THEN GOES ON TO SAY: PERSONALLY, I FEEL THAT THE CLUB WILL PROSPER AND GET STRONGER, OBVIOUSLY DURING THE LAST 7 YEARS OF THE NORTH DEVON BRITISH MOTORCYCLE OWNERS CLUB, IT’S BEEN HARD GRAFT, BUT YOU REALISE THAT WITHIN THE CLUB THERE’S A DEDICATED CORE OF BRITISH BIKERS WHOM YOU CAN RELY ON. WE TRY TO PLAN A YEAR’S CALENDAR IN EARLY SPRING AND WITH OTHER CLUB EVENTS BEING THERE CAN BE A VERY BUSY YEAR IN STORE FOR EVERYONE.
OUR OWN EVENTS were  THE TARKA RUN IN JULY AND A CLUB STATIC DISPLAY AT CHAPLETON BARTON TRACTION ENGINE RALLY IN AUGUST, WHERE WE held  OUR ANNUAL CONCOURSE COMPETITION. PLUS OF COURSE OUR DINNER AND DANCE IN FEBRUARY WHERE HAIR IS LET DOWN AND SORE HEADs CREATED THE NEXT MORNING.
WE MEt ON THE SECOND AND FOURTH THURSDAY OF THE MONTH AT YELLAND SOCIAL CLUB, THOUGH THE PROPOSED REDEVELOPMENT OF THE POWER STATION SITE OUT FUTURE LOOKS A BIT ROCKY BUT WITH OUR CONTACTS WE WILL FIND SOMEWHERE ELSE WITHOUT FAIL. THIS IS OBVIOUSLY A MUCH POTTED HISTORY AND SO MUCH IS MISSED OUT BUT THERE YOU GO.
THIS ARTICLE WAS TAKEN FROM AN OLD CLUB MAGAZINE and word of mouth.