Moment in time – Tim’s in a stator | RETRO VIBE
Where: Cockermouth Cumbria
When: After the LCGB C2C 2014
Who: Timothy Newhouse
What: My ginger mate!
Why: Stator plate on its way out
This was taken on our way home after Tim and I had done the LCGB Coast 2 Coast in 2014, riding from Seahouses to Silloth. Not the best of weekends weather wise. It was that cold on the Friday night camping that I slept in my riding gear. The Saturday was a damp ride but the scenery from Kelso to Longtown soon made up for it.
We had a brilliant night at Silloth on the Saturday and the luxury of a caravan for the night. Tim disappeared from the night do a bit worse for wear and I thought he was in the toilet. Next thing my phone started ringing. It was Tim “I’m lost mate!” I then asked him if he was inside or outside. “Outside” came the reply. I told him to stay where he was and I’d come and find him. He was 20 yards from the reception with his hands in the air telling me he was lost! He was put to bed before midnight. We stayed until the end of the do and went back to the caravan but he’d disappeared. After a mild panic we later found him asleep on the toilet at 3.30 am.
The weather on the ride home on Sunday was a bit worse and we rode into a strong head wind, which had us down into 3rd gear from Silloth to Maryport. Tim’s scooter started to play up around Cockermouth and he had a poor spark. Big Al had been working on the Saturday and only came for the night do. Luckily he turned up in a car behind us and I took the opportunity to go and dry out a bit and take this photo. We got Tim going again but only as far as Keswick as his stator had packed in and we didn’t have a spare. We left him at a cafe drying out and waiting for the AA van. But at the end of the day we’d all had a cracking weekend; even Tim !
This picture always makes me smile. It did us a favour really, we always have a spare stator handy between us now. We needed one in the middle of Holland last year!