Sadly, we have to announced that Merv died recently following a long illness. He was a long standing member of the club and a great character. We all miss him.
Those of you who know Merv Pearce will also know that he can be seen on our runs holding either a camcorder or camera to ensure no moment goes unnoticed. You can also be sure if that if you break down, he, or someone, magically appears from nowhere to record you trying, often in vain, to rectify the problem. Here are some of those moments from this year. It has to be said that every recorded breakdown is now classed as a ‘Merv Moment’.
Roger Courtier trying to repair his 250 BSA at
Kit Hill at the end of the Dartmoor run 2012
Here, on the left we have Len replacing a fuse on his Victor 441 in Bude and on the right he is sorting the wiring out on Mary’s Triumph in Camelford, on their way back from the Relay Run.
No event or run is exempt from breakdowns. Here’s Roger and Len fixing Roger’s BSA and Len sorting out his Thunderbolt during Weymouth Week 2012.
Thirteen members and a guest went on a non VMCC event to the Somme in September. Twelve bikes and one car. The reason for the car being that Mary had broken her wrist and was unable to ride a bike, hence Len had to drive the car which prevented him using his bike. Here are some ‘Merv Moments’ from that trip.
Pat’s securing his rear wheel in France and Clive sorting out electrical issues just before catching the boat.
Andy had charging issues
Andy had battery charging problems and Mick, at the side of the road, is replacing a valve on his 1938 Royal Enfield Model K
Pat assisting Stan
Pat helping Stan repair an oil leak
Pat is here again helping Stan repair on oil leak on his Triumph
Peter breaking down on East Cornwall Run 2012
Peter has broken down on the East Cornwall Run.
Oh, sorry. Is that twice you’ve broken down, Peter?
2013 started well. On the first run of the year, Sam’s New Year Run, Matt’s footrest on his Ariel became bent and had to be made safe at the lunch stop at Porthleven.
Matt fixing the foot rest on his Ariel
On the West Cornwall Run in March, just before the start of the run, Andy decided to alter the position of the gear change lever on Karen’s Honda 400 four. He managed it and all went well from there on.
Lands End Run this year had one or two hick ups. Len is here again trying to get his A10 running. He only stopped to help some one else near Bedruthan Steps.
Len talking nicely to his A10
Another run and more breakdowns. On the South Corrnwall Run Mike had a severe look at his Triumph which was leaking all over the parking area at Chiverton Cross and Roger’s exhaust fell off his Ariel.
Roger persuading his exhaust to remain in place.
Mike politely asking his bike to stop leaking oil!!! t
Scarborough was no exception for Merv Moments, even though Merv wasn’t there. Celia and Clive had problems, just to name two of us and here’s Clive’s problem.
Re-aligning Clive’s back wheel