An update to our server by our web hosting company put off-line for an hour or so on Thursday. I am struggling with how to put content on the new system, so what with that and the Festive Season getting into swing, don't raise your expectations over the next few weeks.



Text by Jean-Francois Helias and some photos from Gilles Gaudechoux brought the 1973 Elefant back out of the Ice Age. It may remind you of an adventure long ago. Who knows, you could be on one of the photos?

It certainly brought back some deeply suppressed memories for me. Recalling my first, unprepared Elefantentreffen 1968 sent chills down my spine, not entirely due to the cold weather.

Just 22 more rallies this year, then we will be surging into 2024. You can cool off with 44 each for January and February. Hans Veenendaal's latest update for his Rally Listing was entirely for next year and it looks like the rally scene is on the up-and-up.

Run Badges

We had the Runs last week — not a tummy upset, but 28 more Run Badges from Jean-Francois┬áHelias.

They bring the total on that page to 934, although we show them in smaller alphabetic groups so we don't overload your gigabit fibre optic broadband.


The Leicester Phoenix MCC has its Christmas Party at regular HQ, the Elephant and Castle on . Any flashing blue lights will be Christmas decorations. It's the time when motorcycles are left in their garage and members make use of local taxis. I'll drink to that.

Skype Night

Next Skype Night is on to check if Alan Jarvis in Canada is snowed in for the duration. We still enjoy the snow, but these days prefer to look at it rather than ride through it. When I say "look" I don't mean out of the window, I mean on Christmas cards and photos on


This week's cake hunt was interrupted by a wet Thursday, so Embers cycled on better days. We don't stop in the winter, otherwise we'd never be able to restart in the spring. A report for last week's diverse routes and pubs will go on-line when all the evidence has been collected.

Plans for , weather permitting, are to ride from Lutterworth, probably as far as the first pub.

For sure on , anyone braving the pre-Christmas bedlam will start, lunch and finish at the Red Lion, Huncote.

Foz Spot

It was the first day of school in the USA, and a new Indian student named Chandrasekhar Subramanian entered the fourth grade.

The teacher said, "Let's begin by reviewing some American history. Who said, 'Give me Liberty, or give me Death'?"

She saw a sea of blank faces, except for Chandrasekhar, who had his hand up. "Patrick Henry, 1775," he said.

"Very good! Who said, 'Government of the People, by the People, for the People, shall not perish from the Earth'?"

Again, there was no response except for Chandrasekhar. "Abraham Lincoln, 1863," said Chandrasekhar.

The teacher snapped at the class, "Class, you should be ashamed. Chandrasekhar, who is new to our country, knows more about our history than you do."

She heard a loud whisper from one of the students: "Stuff the bloody Indians."

"Who said that?" she demanded.

Chandrasekhar put his hand up.

"General Custer, 1876."

Coming Soon

If we can get our bums in gear there will be another Elefantentreffen report from Jean-Francois Helias. This one for 1974. If that's before your time, send us what you still recall of the later ones that you went to.