Ides of March Rally
Organized by Salford Centurions MCC since 1964
It's probably the oldest continuously run rally in England.
It always has been, and still is an excellent trad style rally. A very popular event and early pre-booking is essential now, as it is always a sell out.
For a lot of years there have been a few members of the Bacchus club from Holland in attendance (They used to run the Molen Treffen)
The Ides has been held at a variety of sites, but in recent years was at the New Inn (now converted to housing) opposite Baitings Dam near Ripponden. A nice pub, shame about the hilly camp site! I always seemed to manage to stack the tables up and camp in the beer garden, because it was flat and near the pub!
The weather has often been a problem at the Ides. They should be on a bonus from the tent manufacturers as I have seen more tents destroyed at this rally than any other on the mainland! We have had everything from hurricane strength winds to blizzards, hail, sleet, frost, and occasionally sunshine!
One year (1979?) at a site just above Littleborough there was a row of bikes in the pub car park that disappeared under a snow drift. The unlucky ones were under more than ten feet of snow! I went there across the M62, because the moor road was impassable. After I squeezed past an accident blocking the motorway westbound near Outlane, I rode on virgin snow and didn't see anyone else until I got to the Lancs border. All the cars were stuck going up the long hill eastbound and a team of police were trying to clear the way for the gritters to get through. After watching the police range rovers pushing and pulling fully laden artic wagons up the hill in the snow I made a mental note never to buy an ex police vehicle!
I only stopped at the rally for a cup of coffee. No, I didn't go home, I was on my way up to the Reivers Rally at Gilsland near Carlisle. But that's another story!
- Ted Trett
I was at the Ides in 1979 - boy it was cold. I was one of the ones that lost my bike in the snow and had to sleep in the pub garage with only half a roof as snow was so bad I couldn't put up tent.
- Steve Mac
I was a club member back in 1977 and it's interesting to see the Salford Centurion Club is still going strong.
Like Steve Mac I also was at the 1979 rally. Strange feeling waking up on the Sunday morning with the tent under snow. Oh happy days.
- Dave Rowlatt
Hebdon Bridge 1984: Pillion on the back of Rob Davis RD400. Snow, ice the full smear. Not passed my test at this point, but I knew how to drink, or so I thought.
- Mark Holden
The Ides of March in 1979 was my first ever bike rally which I did on my Kawasaki Z200. I remember having to leave the bike on the lane up to the pub/camp site due to the snow.
- Neil Branham
A long time ago I was a young pup who had got the biking bug early (8 yrs old) I got my first rice burner at 18 and have never looked back since.