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Pre-war bike clubs

Posted: 14 Oct 2010, 10:35pm
by Peter Bedingfield
I wish to find out about the Kingston ROAD CC if I can. From their websites I find that Kingston WHEELERS CC and Kingston PHOENIX CC (Offshoot of CTC Kingston DA) were both in existence before 1939. Is the badge I have from a pre-cursor to one of these clubs or was it a third bike club in the same town?

Peter Bedingfield

Re: Pre-war bike clubs

Posted: 20 Apr 2016, 10:31am
by Keith Bennett
In my early T.T. days (late 40s and early 50s) if my memory is correct, I knew the R.C.C. and Phoenix but don't recall the wheelers. At that time Kingston RCC were one of the fast clubs. I can't recall many names but Charlie Whitbourne stands out in my memory as I frequently met him on the River Bank opposite Hampton Court Palace when I was eating my lunch sandwiches and he was playing football with his co-workers. Charlie was one of the elite few that beat the hour for a 25 and to do so would probably be headlined in 'Cycling'

Re: Pre-war bike clubs

Posted: 20 Apr 2016, 7:44pm
by merseymouth
Hi There, Kingston Road CC was listed in my books in 1935, Secretary living in Balmoral Road, Kingston upon Thames.
By 1939 both the Wheelers and the Phoenix were also listed. The Wheelers Secretary lived Worcester Park, Surrey, the Phoenix Secretary lived in Teddington.
Hope this helps? TTFN MM

Re: Pre-war bike clubs

Posted: 18 May 2016, 8:39pm
by Grandad
Just seen this thread.

I joined the Kingston Road Club on completing National Service in 1956. Moved to the Midlands in 1960 and I believe the club folded several years later. Most members joined the neighbouring Redmon (anagram of their base in Morden).

Re: Pre-war bike clubs

Posted: 5 Apr 2020, 2:59pm
by Peter Bedingfield
Thanks guys.

I have now established contact of sorts with Barbara Atkins. She and her husband Ken helped run Kingston RCC in the immediate post-war years. She recalls both Charlie Whitbourne and also Cyril Peacock (who later transferred to Tooting BC)

Any further snippets gratefully lapped up.

Peter Bedingfield