Vintage Motor Cycle Club and Vehicle Rallies
|In January 1950 Jim joined the Vintage Motor Cycle Club
and helped to set up an unofficial Wolverhampton group.
||Regular meetings were held at the Red Lion in Wombourne
and a number of road events organised.
Later in the year
Ivor Mutton, who started the Banbury Run resigned and the
officers of the Wolverhampton group were asked to take over.
At the first A.G.M. of the Midland Region on 25th
February, 1951 at the Foxlydiate Hotel, Reading, Cyril
Gibbons was elected Chairman, Walter Edge Treasurer and Jim
|Meetings continued at the Red Lion but due to a
misunderstanding Jim resigned and left the club.
Jim was invited to rejoin by Jack Harper, the Midland
Regional Secretary. An inaugural meeting was held at the Hen
and Chickens, Oldbury on 15th September, 1959 and the
Wolverhampton & North Birmingham section was formed, later
to be called the North Birmingham section. Walter Edge was
Chairman with Jim Boulton as Secretary, a post he held for
38 years. In the same year he took part in the annual
Banbury Run on a 225c.c. Royal Enfield from 1920 and in
later years on his Rudge Multi.
|Jim on his 225c.c.
Royal Enfield from 1920 at the start of the 1951
Banbury Run. He received a second class award.
|In action again on the
6th annual Banbury Run, 27th June, 1954 on his
3h.p. Royal Enfield from 1916.
||In 1959 it looked as though the event would not take
place because there was no one to organise it and so Jim
volunteered for the job. The run was a great success and he
ran the event for nine years. He still took part in many of
the rallies and was assisted by Marie in later years.
the 1973 rally the Rudge Multi was suffering from a loose
distributor, even so Jim managed to complete the course.
There were up to 300 international entries in 4 classes and
thanks to Jim’s efforts and enthusiasm the event became a
firm favourite in the Vintage Motor Cycle Club’s calendar.
run took place in 2005.
|Club meetings were sometimes held at Ounsdale Road, and
these were greatly enjoyed by fellow members who always
looked forward to the excellent food provided by Marie. She
was a wonderful hostess and because of this the preferred
venue for such meetings was Jim's bungalow.
When he gave
up the position of Secretary in 1997 Jim received an
honorary membership and was given the President's award for
organising the Banbury Run and for his services to the club.
Jim and his Rudge Multi start the 18th
Pioneer Run from County Hall Westminster on 21st March,
Albert Kelly repairs Jim's broken
Clutch Cable. 1957 Isle of Man.
|He also became Vice President and continued to help in
the production of the club's newsletter, often contributing
a page dedicated to the more humorous side of motorcycling.
He also organised the Levis Trials.
In 1997 the Vintage
Motorcycle Club had a trophy made to celebrate Jim's
contributions to the club and the Jim Boulton Cup is awarded
annually to the rider who participates in the most runs on a
|Vehicle rallies were an important part of Jim’s life and
they were a great source of enjoyment to him. He helped to
organise many events including the 1976 and 1977 Fiesta
Rallies for Wolverhampton Council, ably assisted by close
friend David Evans.
Our largest local event today is the annual Black Country
Vehicle Rally at the Black Country Living Museum, Dudley. In
1992 Jim and Stan Hill organised the predecessor to this event
for the Black Country Society.
The rally was a great success with 97 entries and many people
came along to see the vehicles. A second rally took place in
1994 and Jim laid down the ground rules that except in special
circumstances, are still followed today. All the entries had to
be made in the Black Country.
|Even so there were 70 entries including 38
motorcycles, 6 Guy buses, 6 Guy lorries, 5 Clyno cars, 3
Star cars, 8 Sunbeam cars, 1 A.J.S. 3 wheeled van, 2
Bean cars and a Jensen lorry. The day proved to be very
|Jim commentating at
the 2002 Black Country Vehicle Rally, as Steve Mills looks
In more recent times Jim has been responsible for the
commentary at the Black Country Vehicle Rally and was always a firm
favourite with visitors and enthusiasts. He could always find time to
answer any questions or queries regarding the vehicles and if he didn’t
attend the rally visitors would always enquire about him.
Starting in 2006 the rally organisers will annually
present a Jim Boulton cup in memory of the man who started it all.
Jim’s interests went beyond powered vehicles, his
knowledge of locally built bicycles and tricycles was extensive. With
some friends from the V.M.C.C. he organised the first run for pre-1914
pedal cycles from Kidderminster to Stourport and back. The event took
place on Easter Sunday 1964 and was organised by George Burrow, Les
Wooding and Jim. It attracted the attention of the B.B.C. and was taken
over by the Veteran Cycle Club.
Jim and fellow enthusiasts at a
vintage cycle rally.
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