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BCMAG's "Back From The Dead 2"

30th May - 1st June 2003

Words and pictures by Steve.


So, the place was hard to find, and the field waist high in assorted weeds, with ruts you could lose a bike in, and we'd only sold a few pre-book tickets; none of this mattered as the weather was FANTASTIC. After such a lousy Bank Holiday the weekend before, the heat wave was much appreciated - something reflected in the numbers through the gate.

Dangerous Dave and his Amazing Benly!

Here's something you don't see in the stunt shows at larger rallies. After much preparation, Dangerous Dave started his Amazing Benly, took a careful warm-up run around the field, then crashed into the bonfire! (See, we hadn't lit it yet, so it was hard to see in the bright sunlight!) In aid of keeping the crowd amused, Dangerous Dave then proceeded to mount the bonfire with his Amazing Benly. He almost carried it off, until a misplaced Alsation caused him to hit the deck on the way back across the field (if anyone has any photo's....)

Please note: Black Country MAG does not condone or encourage this sort of behaviour. We have mercilessly ridiculed Dave for falling off, and repeated poked his bad leg, in an effort to discourage this sort of blatant entertainment. However, it probably won't make a bit of diiference! :-)


...getting to be a bit of a rarity at a lot of bike events. Fortunately, the weather had brought out a good selection, with plenty of interest to be seen around the field and pub car-park.


After previous BCMAG rallies, with six of us taking over an hour to light a damp bonfire, I'd invested in a blow-torch, and brought a few months worth of junk mail with me, just in case. No problems with this tinder-dry baby - these pic's are taken about 10 minutes after lighting, and it was still going the next morning.

More of the hot stuff was seen when a passing troupe of fire spinners decided to entertain us with their skills. You can see pictures of the Fire Spinners here.


No BCMAG rally report is complete without some pictures of wasted people. Unfortunately, we'd misplaced Adam and Simon this weekend, so anyone expecting nudity or inflatable sex toys will be disappointed.

The Verdict...

A cracking weekend, especially when the amount of effort involved (almost none!) is considered. Ok, so the weather helped a bit, but this was probably the most laid-back rally we've done. Part of this is to do with the venue - the camping field sort of blends into the control tent, which merges into the patio/BBQ area, which leads into the restaurant and bar. This lends itself to a nice "mooching" atmosphere, where people who are still able to walk can wander around a chat to everyone else who is too wasted to move.

Although we were expecting a lower turn-out this year (due to a severe lack of effort in pre-event organisation), we actually beat last year's gate by half a dozen or so. Well over 350 profit has been made for MAG, so a good result all round.

Caption Competition

Ok, I'll start the ball rolling with...

"Bloody hell Carter, wot you been eating?"

Thanks go to...

  • the staff and locals at the Nelson Inn, Chorley, for making us all welcome.
  • everyone who turned up and made this rally successfull.
  • all the BCMAG members who helped before and during the weekend.
  • the fire spinners, who were well impressive.
  • Dave and Phil for blagging all the good stuff for the raffle.
  • the following businesses who all donated excellent raffle prizes and helped publicise the rally:
    • Hein Gericke
      7 Calthorpe Rd, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 1QT
      0121 455 7738
    • Scooterway Ltd
      12 Abelwell Street, Walsall, WS1 2EQ
      01922 610 777
    • Chapel Ash Harley-Davidson
      37 - 43 Chapel Ash, Wolverhampton, WV3 0UF
      01902 371600
    • QB Motorcycles
      89-91 Hight Street (A4100), Quarry Bank, Brierley Hill, West Midlands, DY5 2AD
      (sales, clothing, repairs) 01384 637168 / (spares, luggage, tyres) 01384 560643
    • Magnum
      70 Worcester Street, Wolverhampton, WV2 4LE
      01902 427915
    • Sutton Motorcycles
      49 Boldmere Road, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, B73 5UY
      0121 354 6901
    • Speedaway Motorcycles
      78A Oldbury Road
      West Midlands
      B65 0JS
    • Highway Motorcycles
      Moseley St
      Wolverhampton West Midlands
      WV10 6HL
      01902 773608
    • Ride in Tyres
      Tat Bank Rd
      0121 5443388
    • Vale Onslow
      Stratford Rd
    • B J Bikes
      Doctors Piece
      WV13 1PZ
      01902 634654
    • Cradley Kawasaki
      St Annes Rd
      Cradley Heath
      01384 633455
    • Fred Hanks Motorcycles
      Station Rd
      0121 3731035
If I've forgotten anyone, please let me know.