he 2018 Bamburgh Run celebrated 90 years since the last Senior TT win by a Flat Tanker, that last win, in 1928, just happened to be by the great Charlie Dodson on a Sunbeam Model 90. We were fortunate to have three Bullnose 90’s entered into the event; Mick Easton’s 1927 machine and two 1928 machines, both ex Archie and now belonging to John and Mike Coxon. A total of 10 Sunbeams entered out of 60 bikes and once again Sunbeam had the largest representation. The Sun shone and Etal Village looked its very best under the Northumbrian Flags and banners. Andrew Joicey waived the riders off, starting with No.1, Eric Alderson on the oldest bike, his immaculate 1912 Humber. In glorious sunshine and with fabulous views of country and coast, we covered the first 33 miles, taking us to Ellingham village hall where the villagers provided a tea banquet. Depending on the route chosen it was either a 28 or 48 mile return leg back to Etal village and a late lunch. A couple of riders on the long route mentioned a spot of rain on their journey back…..I didn’t see any, I think that’s Sun every year up to now….
The Testers Run
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