Who are we?
The Mayflower Motorcycle Club is a national club with a local feel - we are renowned for being a very sociable touring club with a wide range of members across the country - the focus being that it doesn't matter what motorcycle you own as long as you ride it.
The Club organises a full social calendar, including the long-standing Pilgrims Rally and monthly camping weekends held in different parts of the country and abroad. A pre-requisite for these events is a real ale pub with good food. The club likes to camp in interesting parts of the country where members can enjoy a decent ride and have somewhere to look around during the course of the weekend. These camping weekends are regularly attended by 40 percent of the club's membership.
In addition, the club attends rallies all over Europe, including events organised by the FIM,
Over the course of the year, some 80% of the club's 200+ membership attend a club event, which reflects the enthusiasm of its members and may surprise some of the larger local, national and one-make clubs.
This event has been running since the 1930s and uses the strapline, “The BEST excuse ever for a ride out”. I took part last year (after a 20-year gap) and really enjoyed it, and I know that other members would as well.
Think of it as a Treasure Hunt, around England (similar events are run in Scotland and Wales). You chose how many miles you wish to ride and then plan a route to suit yourself. The manned control points of previous years are being rested at the moment, so even if the restrictions continue, we should still be able to ride it. Instead, the volunteers (clubs, ACU/BMF centres, church groups etc), have nominated a venue (pub, factory, coffee stop etc) and placed a yellow poster there with a unique 6 digit number on it. You record the number and the time at each stop.