Dead Ants Rally
I was a member of Manchester 17 MCC who organised the Dead Ants. I remember being involved in two of the Rallies both held on the Cat & Fiddle, Macclesfield to Buxton Road.
The two I attended were the blue and purple badges but can't remember exactly which years, 80-82 I guess.
I remember me and my mate Andy were on toilet duty, not a pleasant experience!
Also the walk back down the hill from the pub to the campsite was interesting. Pitch black and across fields, but great fun.
Depending on the years I was either on my Z500 or Z650.
- Neil Branham
Five of us from my erstwhile club planned to go to the Dead Ant rally in the 1980s. (Can\'t remember which year, but I think the badge was yellow with a black border..) Four of us were together while the other was coming up the next day.
When we got to the Cat & Fiddle we were surprised to see no sign of a rally. When we asked about it, we were told we had arrived two weeks early! Luckily I was not the Rally Sec at the time. We found accommodation at a farmhouse B&B nearby, insisting that the Rally Sec pay for it!
Then went to Blackpool the next day, having arranged for a message to get to Pete (the loner).
Somehow, we managed to meet up with him in town and, together, we found a camp site for the night and set off to explore the Pleasure Beach.
OK, I suppose, but I would have preferred a rally.
- Phil (the Spill) Drackley
I can't remember which year I went to the Dead Ants. I was a member of the Potteries Phoenix club.
When we got there we were told that the rally field had been lost at the last minute due to the landowner refusing use as it would scare his grouse. (not as much as a shotgun being unloaded at them!)
The organisers had managed to find a piece of rough ground opposite a lay-by where everybody had to park their bikes. It was about half a mile north of the Cat & Fiddle.
We had a good rally singing all the old rally songs, competing with the Potters Wheels boys.
- John Scotcher