On Saturday, I decided to go along to the Italian Day at the Red Lion pub at Cassington, just west of Oxford, and a venue famed for its involvement in the huge Cassington bike nights that take place annually. The Italian Day has been running for a few years now, and is organised (ironically) by the British Motorcycle Riders Club (Oxford), as many of their members also own Italian motorcycles. Like most outdoor events in Britain, this is a day whose success is dependent on the weather. Two years ago it was a great day, the sun was shining, and there were plenty of interesting bikes that turned up - see our pics from that day here.
Anyway, this year, the forecast for later in the day was bad, though as I set off on my old Guzzi Lodola 235 for the 40 minute tripm, the sun was shining, but the rain came soon enough. But - it was in short showers, and in the end, it was mostly dry for the time I spent at the event. The numbers were down, but there was still a reasonable turnout, and I was particularly impressed with the guys on seriously expensive new Ducatis (and the MV 750 four cylinder) that all turned up despite the inclement weather. Shame, as it's a decent little event. I enjoyed myself all the same, chatted to some friends, and had a great ride back.