Key of the Door Rally
I remember this one.It was by invite only to celebrate the 21st birthday of a big rallyist called Cat.
I believe he came from the Buxton area of Derbyshire where the rally was held. I was there on my T160, making the short run across from Mansfield with a lovely pillion by the name of Wendy.
Oh wot days!
I remember Charlie Bulbs was in attendance. He was well known within the rally scene on his CX500. Halogen bulbs by the bagful; had something to do with his employment at Fords in Halewood, Merseyside if I recall. Three quid each, two for a fiver, no receipts issued. Any hardcore rallyist on the scene in the late 70's early 80's will remember him with affection, from the Dead Ants Rally at the Cat & Fiddle to the White Cliffs Rally in Kent.
Yes I remember that rally too. Can't remember the exact site, but I think it was at a club or some such place near Longnor. I was there on my SP370 Suzuki trail bike.
- Ted Trett
Excellent work Ted, digging out those old photies of Charlie & Cat. That has really stirred a few good memories for this old biker.
I wonder what became of those two characters? Still on the scene?
I hear from Ted that Charlie Bulbs is now twinkling up there with the stars, God bless him.
The Key of the Door. Wow. First time I met Cat. He held it for his 21st birthday. I met Cat again only last year at the Shipley Harley Rally. He's still riding, doing rallies.
Send in any other information and we can probably make it into a book and sell the film rights.
Still drink with Cat and Clive. At the rally Cat had a pot on because he had come of pulling his wheelie a week or so before.
- Andy Needham