Besides pastimes, the two clubs have a lot in common. The AMCA soon will observe our 70th anniversary, while the VMCC celebrated their 75th last year. Amazingly, as small as the UK is—about the size of Minnesota and Iowa combined—they have more than 13,000 members, just a bit more than our 12,000.
If you have ever looked into what’s going on in vintage British motorcycling, maybe you have heard of the Banbury Run or the Festival of 1000 bikes. Lesser known to us Yanks but popular among local club chapters (“sections” in the UK), maybe you’d prefer the Winkley, Easy Does It, the Tiddler/Low Powered, the Pedal and Pop or the Cobweb Runs. How about the Noggin & Natter, Mike’s Tiddlers Trot, the Malvern Festival of Transportation, the Cheddar Weekend or maybe the Welsh Wandering? For a full list of events, visit vmcc.net/shows. From this page you can navigate to Events/Section Runs & Events.
The UK is a motorcycle-friendly culture where toll roads are often free or discounted for two-wheelers. In most cities, motorcyclists are allowed to use bus lanes. Many parking lots and garages offer free spaces for motorcycles. The roots of British motorcycling run deep. This is home to Triumph, Norton, Vincent, Brough Superior, BSA, Royal Enfield, Velocette, Ariel and many more. From AJS to Zenith, dating back to the late 1800s, the Brits have been turning out motorcycles.