The Anniversary Rally is organised by the Dover 69 Club.
The club was founded by Rev Bill Shergold in 1969 and as far as I know that is the basis of the club name!
The rally was held at St. Radiguns Go-Kart track, Coombe Valley near Dover.
It was (and still is!) a long run from Bradford to Dover after work on a Friday. But at least there wasn't as much traffic then. I was on my Honda 500/4. I rode down with Barry Clark (750/4). This was pre M25 and we used to go down though London and usually went through the Blackwall Tunnel. Somewhere to the north of the river (in the East End?) we used to stop at an all night coffee / burger van that was in one of the back streets.
We arrived in the early hours of Saturday and had a bit of trouble locating the site. We were relieved when we finally got there and could put the tents up and get some sleep.
Later that morning we booked in and had a look round the bikes. As you would expect there were quite a few continental visitors. A large crowd had gathered around one particular bike, a Honda Goldwing. They had not been released in Britain then. Everybody seemed to be of the same opinion; too big, too dear, they will never catch on! Just look at the size of that back tyre (4.50 x 17) No one needs a tyre that big!
I took a picture of this white elephant of a bike because I thought they probably wouldn't sell many!!
- Ted Trett
I went to the rally on a 350 Honda twin, and at the rally I spotted a Honda 350 four, a beautiful bike that wasn't available over here. On the Sunday morning I got talking to the Belgian guy who owned it and made the silly mistake of asking how it went, was it good etc. He started it up and proceeded to rev the bollocks off it, right from cold. As if that wasn't enough to convince me of its merits, he leapt aboard it and thrashed it around the aforementioned go-kart track a couple of times.
Alan Barclay (The Banker) and myself had talked at a couple of rallies about going to the Moto Guzzi Rally in Holland which coincided with 69 Club Rally. After all if you are going to ride all the way down to Dover you may as well jump on the ferry and get a continental rally in as well.
- Les Hobbs