Thumper Rally 2005

From this year's invitation leaflet:
Once again, fellow thumpeteers, we will be gathering for a weekend of thumper talk, thumper riding and thumper yarn-telling. This year's venue is the impressive Baskerville Hall country house, situated near Hay-on-Wye.

Friday sees the arrival of the majority of rallyists and we will have an enjoyable evening, discussing our rides to the rally and adventures enroute. On Saturday morning we will set off for the rideouts of the day. Departure is typically around 10.30 am.

It turned out to be all of the above. And I met new and old friends like a number of Steves, Graham, Simon, Boyd, John Beeman and his intrepid daughter Charlotte, the bearded Saturno rider whose name I didn't get, the Keelings who carried away two special awards, one for 'Best Bike' and one for 'Best Poem'! 'Longest Distance Travelled' was bestowed on a happy Swiss ...

Ferry to Dover

Camping at Baskerville Hotel

Perfect camping ground at the Baskerville Hotel, Clyro/Wales.

Baskerville Hall Hotel

Baskerville Hall Hotel, Clyro,
where once Sir Conan Doyle stayed.


John Foster and Boyd

John Foster and Boyd.


Charlotte Foster

Charlotte Foster, she loves to
ride on her dad's SRX.
But even more so on Steve's Suzuki DR Big!


Saturno rider

Would someone tell me his name?


Charlotte Foster and Steve Dalby

Charlotte Foster and Steve Dalby.


Laverda Jota 1000, offside

The Jota's offside.


As always when in Britain, I paid a visit to Sammy Miller's Museum. Here the great man poses for my camera, July 22, 2005.


Apart from all the bikes, I noticed, though not photographed, a number of middle aged ladies sporting 'Camilla's hairstyle.

Steve ...

Steve Dalby (!), Simon, Patrick (Dominator), Bob (Honda SLR) and Bill (BMW F650CS).


Happy Camping

Happy camping ... and mum's doing the laundry.

Ride to the Brecon National Park

Ride to the Brecon National Park

Gilera Saturno as used by Carabinieris

Unknown's mount, a Gilera Saturno as used by Carabinieris.

Royal Enfield Interceptor

Meeting the Royal Enfield Club at Brecon Mountain Railway.

Triumph Cafe Racer

We meet some stunning bikes on the way ...
A German Proverb says in such situations:
"The expert wonders, the layman's amazed!"

Laverda Jota 3

At the same place, a lovely reatored Laverda Jota 3 from the 1980s.

Text und Bilder Robert Pfeffer
CH-8194 Hüntwangen