Shakespeare Rally

Another of the Shakespeare MCC's rallies held at the Gaydon Inn, Gaydon Warwickshire, in September 1987.

It was the usual set up, with Paul Mullis doing the transport for the rally with his outfit. Free tea and coffee all weekend in the control tent and the radio tuned in to Radio 4, do not disturb during "The Archers"!

Although the Gaydon Inn was the host pub, the other pub in the village, the Malt Shovel did plenty of trade as usual. I always felt a bit guilty going there but both the food and beer were better!

I think this was the first rally I did on my R100RS. I remember Heather MacGregor being interested in the number plate, (PUB); a friend of hers had (has?) nearly the same number on a Vincent, and they really hated BMWs, so she wanted it to wind them up. I promised to give her first refusal of the bike when I decided to sell it, and it's sometimes still referred to as "Heather's Bike". I still can't decide whether I like it so I will have to hang on to it for a while longer, maybe another twenty years or so!

This would also have been around the time I started to use the Fosse Way more and more to travel to rallies. It's not an obvious route to someone from Bradford, and the Motorways were not as congested then, as now, but it still got you around the Friday bottlenecks and was a lot more fun than any Motorway. This was before the M40 had got to Birmingham and the M42 didn't exist!

- Ted Trett