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Old 08-03-2010, 06:25 PM   #1
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S.C.R.E.W. - SideCar Rally Everyone Wanted - 2010 NH Sidecar Rally

This past weekend was the first annual 'S.C.R.E.W.' Ural rally in New Hampshire.



BountyHunter did a fine job of organizing the event as well as leading a ride on Saturday. MeRide also lead a ride on Friday. Of course, there was also the fire-side chats that these events are known for.

Here's a few pics and maybe a video or several... If I get all the names and faces matched up I'll be shocked. Please feel free to correct me if I miss one or two. My apologies to those I get wrong.

Some of the gang:



Scott, John and Chris. Believe Scott's from NJ and the the other two from Maine.

That's Alan, Pat, Dave and Scott (a different one).



They came from CT, NH, WA and ME respectively.

Rob, Bill and Paul.



Think Rob was up from MA as was Bill. Paul was from ME.

Paul and his daughter Jo as they arrived.



They hailed from Houston, Canada. That's way over and up there next to Alaska so I'm told. Haven't looked at a map yet.

The rally was held in conjunction with the MVMVC club. One set of the 'MV's stands for Military Vehicle Collectors.



This seemed to work out to be a pretty decent partnership as much of the 'infrastructure' was in place for the rally. That's BountyHunter, his wife, Tammy, Francis and one of the twins - Erich. Hopefully I've finally figgered out who is who. They apparently commandeered a Jeep. And a mighty fine one at that!

There was some interesting iron there for the military rally.



Some of us got in a little later than the 5pm lobster dinner but Larry of the MVMVC was kind enough to cook up a second batch of lobsters and steamers.



He went over the operation of the diesel powered cooker with MeRide. Pretty cool unit if you're into that sort of thing.

Larry checks the progress...they really did a great job of putting on a feed. There'll be more later.



He did a fine job preparing our lobster dinners. Hit the spot!

Afterwards, we retired to the campsites where we had 'dessert' and told lies around the missing fire. Perhaps the only downside of this event - no fires. Got a plan for next time, though.



That's Gary and Joe. Both from CT. BTW, alot of these folks hang out on Soviet Steeds. Most of them have screen names I either don't know or can't remember. For some reason I can remember Joe's is Qball.



Next installment we'll rub the sleep out of our eyes and get these rigs out on the road and trail.
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Old 08-03-2010, 06:32 PM   #2
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Looks like fun so far but I still aint buying one
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Old 08-03-2010, 07:08 PM   #3
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Old 08-04-2010, 03:06 AM   #4
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With the night before's festivities being somewhat of a blur...



...people started getting up and moving around. Scott made some coffee...



...'course, neither of us had a cup.



He finally managed to scrounge something up. I waited a bit and the coffee dood down in the vendor section hooked me up with not only coffee but a great breakfast sammich and pan fries. Can't beat it for being out in the woods off the grid.

Didn't take too long and the pit crew was tearing into Joe's (Qball) rig.



Frustrated with it, he finally threw it on a trailer just to get it here figgering if Bill brought the right parts he could get it running right at the rally.



At least that was the story he was giving us. He took quite a ribbing on the trailering deal. Think it wore him out.



Turns out one of the valve guides was worn out as well as Paul demonstrates for us.



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Bill brought a set of heads for Joe which seemed to cure the problem.

Eventually, MeRide shows up and while some stay behind to finish up sorting out Joe's bike, Mark herds the rest of us along on a ride.



It's a pretty good mix of back roads - both paved and dirt, with some fairly light trail thrown in just to keep it interesting.














We wait at the bottom for the rider to get through some of the rougher sections.










After cresting the top of one of those sections I pull the rig over to wait for the guy behind me and notice something is missing. I've got no brake pedal. "Hmmmmm..." After everyone gets over the hill I turn around and head back to look for it.

Yep. Right where I left it.



"That's not good."

With 2/3s of my cable operated drum brakes not functioning it's decided this is a good time to break from the group and see just what is in that stash of parts I have squirreled away for this sort of occasion.

Living not too far from the rally/ride site, I limp the rig home hoping there are no sudden moves in front of me requiring that I actually have to stop. Works out well. Get to have lunch with Sidecar Sue, take a much needed shower, squeeze in a nap and finally decide it might be a good idea to fix the bike.

Nothing I can repair today with what I have at hand...



...thankfully, I do happen to have a spare.



Slightly different - the rod that operates the sidecar brake is found to be too short to reach. That, and the tab for the brake light switch is missing. A trip to the hardware store on the way back to the rally remedies the most important of the two problems enough to do the ride on Saturday. A little cutting and welding will be the permanant fix. The light works off the front brake so no problemo.

Arriving back at camp it's dinner time!



The Friday night spaghetti dinner is something the MVMVC crew does every year and part of their rally. They did a fine job!

Guess I forgot to put in the shot of the lobster dinner the night before.



The heap of clams was generally much larger. I told Larry I'd just take a few.

Before the 'fire-side chat' began I had a look at some of the iron in the field.



These next two are Canadian, eh.





One of my favorites...



And, of course, the 'Ural in front of the armor' shot.



There was literally tons more to see including Dave's sT that Chris cleaned up Friday to bring over for display.



For those that don't follow along the Ural world :gasp! that's the prototype of the new solo rig they're looking to introduce in the not too distance future. Dave's been traveling around on it. Plenty to read about it here. Good stuff. Have a look.

After some sight seeing it was back to camp where we hung out and told stories...

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Old 08-04-2010, 05:56 AM   #5
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That was a fun time! I'm enjoying seeing pictures other than my own.

I can't remember who "Meride" is in meatspace. . .
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Old 08-04-2010, 09:32 AM   #6
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Nice writeup EvilClown. Thanks for the report.
Looks like you all had a great time.
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That looks like fun.
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Old 08-04-2010, 05:21 PM   #8
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Kewl rigs....Thanks for sharing EC. Love those old Military Vehicles.
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Sill aint buyin one..no sir not me
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Just keep telling yerself that, Bud.

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That was a fun time! I'm enjoying seeing pictures other than my own.

I can't remember who "Meride" is in meatspace. . .
Makarov on SS or Mark, as we like to call him.

Thanks for the kind words, folks.



Now, where were we...?
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