The Big Knock 2014

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Re: The Big Knock 2014

Postby Giocast » Wed May 14, 2014 6:54 am

Roll on the Knock :D - hope the weather is like today.
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The Big Knock 2014

Postby Stuart » Thu May 15, 2014 5:33 pm

I've just got back from collecting the T shirts :)
Design ideas, front & back were by my brother, Jeff, this year and we are very pleased with the results.
Thanks again to David stateside for helping vectorise the images :)
I'll get a few pictures up soon.
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The Big Knock 2014

Postby Stuart » Fri May 16, 2014 6:09 pm

Ok chaps, here are the 10th anniversary T shirts.
Front image Diesel + over number 10.
Rear image represents evolution (of a sort) from 2005 rally thru 2014. Also small bike to largest and finally, very good fuel consumption (inner bike - Flitzbitz) to perhaps a slightly less efficient bike in the Sprocket.
Both bikes exhibit excellent engineering :)
We've had to increase the price to £10 from the usual £8 unfortunately, the first time this has happened. Due to printing both sides, prices of shirts & labour etc it can't be avoided.
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Re: The Big Knock 2014

Postby stormcoat » Sat May 17, 2014 11:25 am

How about a steam powered bike? Henk van der Waal, (Netherlands, of course) has painstakingly rebuilt at least one of the A W Field steam bikes, which were built privately in my home town of Clacton on Sea before the war.
He has a website, so it should not be too difficult to contact him. I must stress that I have not met him myself, so do not quote me.

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Re: The Big Knock 2014

Postby pietenpol2002 » Sat May 17, 2014 12:27 pm

Very nicely done Stuart. And well worth the price.
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Re: The Big Knock 2014

Postby Dan J » Sat May 17, 2014 6:55 pm

Great work as always Stuart. I look forward to investing in a couple of weeks time! Should be a great rally this year and I think it's great we're returning to The Bat and Ball.
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Re: The Big Knock 2014

Postby Stuart » Mon May 19, 2014 12:24 pm

Cheers guys. I visited the FS1E rally at the pub this weekend & it was rocking. But the football cup final may have helped there :-)
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The Big Knock 2014

Postby Stuart » Wed May 21, 2014 8:06 pm

We've been riding about every motorcycle shop & diesel parts selling place we can think of putting out flyers over the last week.
T shirts are bagged up & ready now too.
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Looking forward to seeing everyone again and talking more as I am not collecting camping money this year (pay at the pub). Still got a bit more side stand wood to collect. I've spent the evening bagging T shirts up.
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Re: The Big Knock 2014

Postby Diesel Dave » Tue May 27, 2014 7:06 am

I'm thinking of making the ride down on Friday afternoon after work, sadly I'll have to return home on Sunday evening.

Looking forward to it though!
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Re: The Big Knock 2014

Postby alexanderfoti » Tue May 27, 2014 7:07 am

Me and the other half will be there bright and early Thursday morning, lets hope the weather stays dry!
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Re: The Big Knock 2014

Postby Stuart » Tue May 27, 2014 12:22 pm

I've just had Bike Magazine on the blower. They will be at the pub on Friday afternoon to talk with owners & take some shots. They would like to do 8 owner/rider profiles so if anyone wants to feature in their article please arrive in good time on Friday.
Some of our friends are in the field already with my brother going over today to set up the base camp etc.
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Re: The Big Knock 2014

Postby alexanderfoti » Tue May 27, 2014 12:25 pm

Stuart wrote:I've just had Bike Magazine on the blower. They will be at the pub on Friday afternoon to talk with owners & take some shots. They would like to do 8 owner/rider profiles so if anyone wants to feature in their article please arrive in good time on Friday.
Some of our friends are in the field already with my brother going over today to set up the base camp etc.


Happy to do one, as I am about on the Friday.
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Re: The Big Knock 2014

Postby Diesel Dave » Tue May 27, 2014 2:02 pm

Stu, do you know if the pub is doing breakfast on Sat/Sun?
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The Big Knock 2014

Postby Stuart » Tue May 27, 2014 2:15 pm

Dave, the pub were supposed to email me this info along with a menu & prices, so I could post it here & to FB. They have not done so, so I will give them a prod now. The farm shop should be open for milk & eggs etc.

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Re: The Big Knock 2014

Postby Dan J » Tue May 27, 2014 2:55 pm

'maybe petrol bikes could be parked further back out of the way?'
I'll do my best Stuart and apologies to all in advance :mrgreen:

So far weather looking good for Friday and fabulous for Saturday.
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Re: The Big Knock 2014

Postby Stuart » Tue May 27, 2014 3:26 pm

The reply:
Breakfast is £7.50 for a full english. Served from 9.30 am and is prebookings only.
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Re: The Big Knock 2014

Postby Stuart » Tue May 27, 2014 7:45 pm

Just had a call from clothes seller Paul who's been a regular for a few years now. He's hoping to be on site for Friday but may only be able to make Saturday.
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Re: The Big Knock 2014

Postby Stuart » Tue May 27, 2014 10:55 pm

An aerial view of the Rally camping field at the Bat & Ball. Not quite as big as the first field so perhaps we could try and set our tents out in this fashion to best use the space? See the White Block Lines round the edge and in the centre of the field. This might make it easier to view the bikes? :D
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Re: The Big Knock 2014

Postby alexanderfoti » Wed May 28, 2014 7:47 am

Stuart wrote:An aerial view of the Rally camping field at the Bat & Ball. Not quite as big as the first field so perhaps we could try and set our tents out in this fashion to best use the space? See the White Block Lines round the edge and in the centre of the field. This might make it easier to view the bikes? :D


So when we arrive which field are we filling first? Last time I came along we started on the left side field.
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Re: The Big Knock 2014

Postby Stuart » Wed May 28, 2014 9:28 am

Rally field is now the second or middle field.
Just ride past the front of the pub to the field entrance which is straight ahead. The pub car park will be to your left & the toilet block to your right as you go straight to the field.
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Re: The Big Knock 2014

Postby alexanderfoti » Wed May 28, 2014 9:29 am

Stuart wrote:Rally field is now the second or middle field.
Just ride past the front of the pub to the field entrance which is straight ahead. The pub car park will be to your left & the toilet block to your right as you go straight to the field.


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Re: The Big Knock 2014

Postby Stuart » Wed May 28, 2014 6:55 pm

From my brother who's in the field right now:
"Please DO NOT use the first (usual) entrance to the (1st) camping field,it's too muddy and churned up & not the rally field. Use the gate which is straight on past the pub building at the end of the car park. We have been busy putting mulch down here to hopefully make it safer for the bikes - it's still soft but much better!".
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Re: The Big Knock 2014

Postby Stuart » Thu May 29, 2014 3:52 pm

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Re: The Big Knock 2014

Postby Diesel Dave » Thu May 29, 2014 9:35 pm

I see Tuin, Matt, Whiskers and possibly Sam?

I've prepped old Sluggy for the ride down tomorrow afternoon, hopefully I should be there by 5pm.
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Re: The Big Knock 2014

Postby Rhynri » Thu May 29, 2014 11:15 pm

I just received my shirt today. I must say it looks much better in person than it does on my computer. The shirts are top-notch. Grab them quick if you still can! Thanks Stuart for sending me one, I'll be wearing it (out) this summer, no doubt. Wish I could join everyone there, perhaps another year. EDIT: I see you used the logo on the poster as well! Good show, although I could have made you an inverted one to save on printing.
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Re: The Big Knock 2014

Postby Stuart » Sat May 31, 2014 12:17 pm

Thanks for helping out at short notice! :-)
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Re: The Big Knock 2014

Postby Stuart » Sat May 31, 2014 12:47 pm

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Re: The Big Knock 2014

Postby Diesel Dave » Sun Jun 01, 2014 7:36 pm

Home safe, sunburned and knackered but happy none the less.
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Re: The Big Knock 2014

Postby Anorak_ian » Sun Jun 01, 2014 9:05 pm

Big thank you to Stuart who donated a gearbox dog gear, to get my bike back on the road again. Thanks also for leaving the Rally to go and get it.
Thanks to all who helped with the loan of tools etc, Jeff for giving me a lift to get oil, and all who showed an interest.
The bike's working well, thoroughly tested :)
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Re: The Big Knock 2014

Postby Stuart » Sun Jun 01, 2014 9:55 pm

Glad you made it home ok Ian. Some last minute stuff to sort when Hans ran out of petrol (get a dieselbike mate) & then lost his keys). Cheers to Chris for running him about to find petrol & keys.
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