Vintage Motorcycle Club
East Lancs Section

Meet at The Victoria Hotel, St Johns Street, Great Harwood, Lancashire, BB6 7EP
1st & 3rd Tuesdays at 8.00pm
The Victoria Hotel is in the Good Beer Guide and has a stunning historic interior.
To see it click here.

General enquiries to the Chairman David Prismall        Email: davidprismall@hotmail.com
Secretary: Graham Daniels, Phone 07952 348 339   Email: grahamdaniels9@hotmail.com

Enquiries for The Blackburn Bonanza           Email: blackburnbonanza@gmail.com
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The Vintage Motorcycle Club
The VMCC is a national club for anyone owning or interested in motorcycles that are more than 25 years old. It has sections around the country that each hold local events and a total of about 16,000 members.
To visit the VMCC website click here.
To see a list of all the sections click here.
To join the VMCC click here.

Blackburn Bonanza

This year's event is Fri 13th to Sun 15th September 2019

The Blackburn Bonanza is the flagship event for the East Lancs Section. Since 1973 the East Lancs Section has been the custodian of the Blackburn Run which originated in 1913 as a road trial undertaken by members of the old Blackburn Motorcycle Club. In September 2013 the East Lancs Section celebrated the centenary of the original run by expanding the event to three days of rides in and around the Lancashire fell country. This has become an annual three day event.

The Blackburn Bonanza is classed as a social event, with spectacular scenery and top motorcycling roads – all on tarmac but with some ascents/descents and ‘twisty bits’ that challenge machine and rider without being daunting. Entrants, who will be sure of a warm ‘northern’ welcome, should be paid-up members of the VMCC and riding/driving solo or combination motorcycles or three-wheelers older than 25 years. We are particularly keen to encourage users of vintage machinery, especially on the Sunday ‘Blackburn Run’ which uses 95% of the 1913 route.


Two members on the Blackburn Bonanza cross Lythe Fell
towards Stocks Reservoir and the lunch stop at Gisburn.

Regulations and information for entrants:

There are no advance fees as each of the full day runs will be treated as a separate event. The signing-on fee at the beginning of each daily run is £3.

Accommodation. We host the events at two campsites on the outskirts of Clitheroe and between them is the Edisford Bridge Hotel that hosts the Thursday evening get-together and is the starting point for the Friday and Saturday runs. There is also a wide range of both B+B and pub accomodation in the locality. Assuming most people doing all three runs will be arriving on Thursday 14th September, we hold a ‘meet and greet’ at 7pm at the Edisford Bridge Hotel, Clitheroe, BB7 3LJ. It's a traditional country pub which serves excellent food.

The two campsites for the Bonanza are:
Clitheroe Camping and Caravanning Club Site,
Edisford Road, Clitheroe, Lancashire, BB7 3LA               
Phone number: 01200 425294
Website


Edisford Bridge Camping and Caravan Site,
Clitheroe, Lancashire, BB7 3LJ               
Phone number: 01200 427868      Mobile :07967 490945
Website


For more information about the Blackburn Bonanza and accommodation email East Lancs section Chairman Dave Prismall at

blackburnbonanza@gmail.com

Or Phone Dave Prismall 01706 217572

Brief details of the 2019 event:

All three runs of the Blackburn Bonanza will leave from the Edisford Bridge pub on Longridge Road, Clitheroe at 10.30am. (Please note that no trailers or vans can be left in the pub car park during the day)

Thursday 12th Sept 2019- Meet and Greet
at the Edisford Bridge Hotel, Clitheroe, BB7 3LJ. Meals are available to our group from 7.00pm but you can phone the hotel in advance and request an earlier time. A time to make new friends and catch up with old ones.

Friday 13th Sept   -  Bonanza One
Leaving at 10.30am from the Edisford Bridge Hotel,Clitheroe, BB7 3LJ.
East Lancs Social run around Lancashire of approximately 100 miles. The route is new for 2019 will take us outwards through the Ribble Valley to the coast, calling in at Lytham St Anne’s and then crossing the River Ribble before heading into the Fylde. The return will be through the Northern Fells and the Trough of Bowland. There will be plenty of opportunity to make and renew friendships at the refreshment and toilet breaks in the morning and afternoon, together with a lunch break where food, toilets and petrol will be available. The day finishes with a return run to sign off at the Edisford Bridge Hotel in the late afternoon.
D
ave Prismall   01706 217572

Saturday 14th Sept   -  Bonanza Two
Leaving at 10.30am from the Edisford Bridge Hotel,Clitheroe, BB7 3LJ.
East Lancs Social run through the North Lancashire Fells and the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, with morning and lunch stops, before returning to Towneley Hall near Burnley for afternoon tea, followed by a return run to sign off at the Edisford Bridge Hotel in the late afternoon.
Graham Daniels 07952348339

Sunday 15th Sept. 2019   -  Bonanza Three, better known as The Blackburn Run
Leaving from the Edisford Bridge pub on Longridge Road, Clitheroe at 10.30am. (Please note that no trailers or vans can be left in the pub car park during the day)
East Lancs Social run of 100 miles. Trophies for the oldest and the smallest machines to complete the run.

The run will follow as much as possible the original route of the first run held in 1913, with a morning coffee stop at Slaidburn and a lunch stop halfway round at Settle. The afternoon run is a ‘loop’ through spectacular scenery to the Ribbleshead viaduct followed by a return route through picturesque Yorkshire and Lancashire villages to sign off at the Edisford Bridge Hotel in the late afternoon.
Graham Daniels 07952348339

Location of the Forest of Bowland:



If you plan to attend, please send an email to blackburnbonanza@gmail.com


1926 BSA, the winner of the 'Oldest Machine to Complete the Event' award on the Blackburn Run 2016

The winners collect their trophies at the end of the 2016 event: left to right smallest capacity machine (Honda CB160), Chairman's Award for Outstanding Effort (1928 BSA and sidecar). Oldest Machine to Complete the Event (1926 BSA).