Classic Bikes… and more!

It was more than just motorbikes when a Classic Bike Rally assembled at Heage windmill on Sunday, September 10th when, in spite of some inclement weather, some 50 machines were on display.

Along with the bikes, we had a couple of 1933 Morgan three wheel cars and even a custom made Mercian racing pedal cycle.

The Army Bike brought by Ralph and Jane Taylor of Nether Heage

A surprise display was a 1939 wartime dispatch rider’s motor bike, restored and presented by Ralph and Jane Taylor of Nether Heage.

However event organiser for the windmill, Lynn Allen, presented a new award for the event – a Certificate for the Best Bike on Show’, to Graham Walker, who had come on a beautiful 1950’s Norton 19R.

The instigators of the concept of the Windmill rally – Graham Walker and Colin Clemens – told Lynn Allen, event organiser for the windmill: ‘It was always great to come to such a super venue as Heage windmill; everyone is so friendly’.

Despite the weather, many did a tour of the windmill and bought goods from the bric-a brac stall, with all proceeds going to the upkeep of the windmill.


E Type Jags at Heage Windmill

Our classic windmill was complemented last weekend (August 6th) by a display of classic internal combustion engineering married with classy design in the shape of the E-type.

We were visited by more than 20 models of that truly iconic car – the E Type Jaguar – built between 1961 and 1975.

It was exhilarating to see various versions of these multi coloured darlings of the 1960’s and 70’s roaring up the drive and coming to rest in the inner car park.  All these sleek, low profile cars were in superb condition, too.

As Richard Eaton – the Derbyshire & Cheshire E Type Owners Club rep – explains: ‘These are sports cars with true pedigree, based directly on the Le Mans winning D type Jaguars of the 1950s. I don’t believe that any other car has made such an impact on the motoring world; even today they remain eye catching and tremendous fun to drive.’

Thanks to Richard for organising this visit.  Hopefully we’ll see you again next year!

Classic Bikes this Sunday, September 10

This Sunday we again have a rally of classic road and racing motor bikes, from a variety of countries including Britain Italy and Japan, all assembled at the windmill, from 11-00 until about 4-00pm.

There will be a great assortment of these bikes, most carefully restored to their original gleaming condition by their now loving owners.

The bikes on show could well include a BSA Rocket, a Kawasaki 750 Dragster, Suzuki T20 – dating from 1967 – as well as more well-known models, such as Matchless, Royal Enfield and Triumph.

There will be great photo opportunities as well as maybe a chance to sit on one of the ‘beasts’.

The event will be again backed up by our popular bric-a brac stall (weather permitting) where the item you have been looking for could just be available.

There will also be a burger van on site for the day. And, of course, our dear ‘Old Lady’, the 220 year old  windmill, will be open for guided tours.

Vintage Car Club Visit

Hare and Hounds Classic Cars 007Heage Windmill recently hosted a visit from the Hare and Hounds Classic and Vintage Car Club from Marple in Cheshire.

During the day, about 80 to 100 of these beautiful vehicles and their drivers called at the Mill (now complete with her 6 sails) as they were taking part in a Peaks and Dales Charity Run.

All the cars have been lovingly restored and maintained and it was marvellous to see the two old forms of machinery coming together.