Piston Broke RallyThe Piston Broke Rally was organised by the Wheelwrights MCC. I went to three of them and they were all at the Wayside Inn, Marshbrooks, Nr Church Stretton.
The campsite was to the side and to the rear of the pub, and there were outbuildings used for control etc.
On the Saturday evening one year I went back onto the campsite and saw a group of people acting very suspiciously near a small tent that appeared to be moving about on its own. I asked them what they were up to and they told me they had put a surprise in the tent for one of their club members to find when he came back from the pub. I have no idea where they got the sheep from, but it didn't seem overjoyed at being zipped into a tent. I can imagine the surprise the tent owner would have got, because as far as I am aware, sheep are not house trained and this one sounded very upset!
This rally introduced me to the A49. I discovered that, from Bradford, I could use the various motorways and get myself just to the south of Warrington. I was then free to enjoy the A49 South from there to various rallies. It's far more fun than the M6 and I still use it quite often. It bypasses a lot more towns now, but it's also a lot busier so you don't gain much!
The last time I went to the Piston Broke Rally, the site and the pub were really overcrowded Friday night. On the Saturday, along with a group from the Potteries Phoenix club, I moved to a campsite behind a pub in Bishops Castle and we had our own rally there!
- Ted Trett
This was my first rally. It was here I met the Rising Moon MCC and the joy of rugby songs.
I went there in about 1978. I was there on my 75 Triumph Trident. I remember a T150 cafe racer howling up the road. Great sound.
- Pete Hardy