I am grateful for all contributions to LPMCC.net and a handful of people go above and beyond in their efforts. This week I give special mention to Jean-Francois Helias (aka Fanfan). More than a contributor, Francois can be classed as a collaborator on the website construction - except he may still find that word offensive!

Let's call him a Governor: a critical friend whose latest observations and suggestions have given rise to a number of recent improvements.

So it's 'im to blame, not me!



The Rally on the Loch was organised by Loch Lomond MCC and Ted Trett didn't let the contents of flasks with different malt whiskies interfere with his photography nor his recall of the 2014 event.

In fact, Ted's memory is still working as far back as 1977 when he attended the Cliff Rally. He recalled that he'd been there before at a later event at the same location. (Deja) view his report.

Jean-Francois Helias described the progress of the Steel Horse when the fifth event attracted over 2000 riders. Read it and find out what oriflammes are.

Concetta Barkham was intrigued by her grandfather's Shamrock Rally memorabilia and found some enlightenment on our pages. Her grandparents were Frank and Anne Vaughan, members of the BSA Owners Club. If you knew them, maybe you have some tales that will cheer Concetta.

We are pressing on with reinvigorated enthusiasm adding new badges. This week we sneaked forty six more badges for eleven rallies from Jean-Francois Helias onto the F Badges.

Following discussion with Francois we have re-arranged the Extra Badges into sensible groups. We also added 17 more badges and moved extra rally badges to the rally alphabetics.

One reason for Francois' advice is that he has a lot of badges to add to this area. There will be more changes to the way the badges are grouped and selected.

Hans Veenendaal's additions this week were 10 new rallies for his Rally Listing. Cancellations at 23 events still outnumbered the additions but not by as depressing a ratio as of late.

Total rallies on LPMCC.net will take another drop tomorrow when we remove the July rallies.

Cycling July

If our photos of small groups of Embers appear to contravene social spacing guidelines it is because of the way telephoto lenses foreshorten distances.

This week we again fielded North and South Groups on local roads while our long range Eastern Group explored new roads for future enjoyment.

Another postponement of our long-delayed gathering at Abbey Park due to continued lockdown within the City. So on we are aiming for a brief wave and call to each other at 10.30am on Watermead Park before the groups divide and depart for their separate rides.

Skype Night

Skype Night continues next so long as everyone is not off on holiday. Amazing how much we need to catch up on even with meetings every week. Probably because monthly meeting gave us enough time to have forgotten our news.

Click the link on LPMCC.net on Wednesday evening. I open the group at about 7:30pm if you want to test it ahead of the crowd.

Foz Spot

A rather well proportioned young lady, spent almost all of her holiday sunbathing on the roof of the hotel because being locked down in her flat she didn't really get much fresh air/sun for months. She wore a bathing suit the first day but, on the second, being a naturist, she decided that no one could see her way up there, and she slipped out of it for an overall tan. She'd hardly begun when she heard someone running up the stairs. She was lying on her stomach, so she just pulled a towel over her bum.

Excuse me, miss, said the flustered little assistant manager of the hotel, out of breath from running up the stairs. The hotel doesn't mind you sunbathing on the roof but we would very much appreciate you wearing a bathing suit as you did yesterday.

What difference does it make, the young lady asked rather calmly. No one can see me up here, and besides, I'm covered with a towel.

Not exactly, said the embarrassed little man.

You're lying on the dining room skylight.

Obvious Innit. That's the gist of our latest Foz Lists added yesterday.

Coming Soon

Next week you can look forward to a White Horse report from Heather MacGregor, the Lion 1969 by Jean-Franois Helias and April Rally from Ted Trett. We do spoil you.