Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Riders shake rattle and roll at 55th rally

THE 55th Benson veteran cycle rally attracted about 200 entries.

THE 55th Benson veteran cycle rally attracted about 200 entries.

Visitors gathered on their pre-1929 machines in the Sunnyside playing field before setting off on a 13-mile route.

Riders passed through Benson Aerodrome for a mid-morning stop at Tithe Barn, in Ewelme. They then rode on to Chalgrove and after lunch followed a circular route back through Berrick Salome and Roke.

Ned Passey, president of the Benson Veteran Cycle Club, which organises the event, was the first rider to depart, heading off on his on his 1920 Kendrick Trike.

Mr Passey, 93, who also founded the event, said: “It went off very, very well. It’s the atmosphere and everybody’s happy-go-lucky.”



His daughter, Muriel Shillabeer, added: “If all is well he should be back on the front line doing the organisation next year. “We had 35 people enter on the day — we’ve never had that many before.

We had people come from various parts of the country and even people from Australia and Germany.”

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