Bexhill’s biker vicar

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Vintage motorcycles turned heads when they took to the country roads around Bexhill.

The Ixion Cavalcade is an annual gathering of historic motorbike enthusiasts and is held in memory of respected motorcycling correspondent Ixion - also known as Canon Basil Henry Davies BA, the vicar at St Barnabas Church in Bexhill-on-Sea from 1926 until 1940.

As well as being a clergyman, he was a journalist who wrote for The Motor Cycle magazine from 1903 to 1961.

Keeping up that tradition, for the annual Ixion run, was the Bishop of Lewes, the Right Rev Richard Jackson, who rode the 1938 250 Velocette MOV.

Enthusiasts came from miles around to take part. Among the riders was Nick Jonckheere, from Belgium, who road a 1905 Triumph

The Cavalcade followed a route from Bexhill to Pevensey.

Maggi Davies commented: “The day started wet, cold and very windy, but soon after the bikes departed on the Cavalcade the rain stopped.

“The main route covers about 32 miles but most of it can only be ridden at speeds in the low twenties.

“An extra twelve mile stretch along ‘A’ roads was added for those on later or faster machines frustrated by the otherwise slow but beautiful progress.

“These roads were undoubtedly used by Ixion when vicar at St Barnabas Church, whilst road testing yet another new machine for ‘The Motor Cycle’.

“All returned safely, to their three course lunch, only one unlucky rider had clutch trouble and needed rescuing.

A big thank you to all those who freely give their time to the event, mostly members of the East Sussex Section of the VMCC.”

For those wanting to learn more of Ixion, his newly published biography can be got from Dave Masters at maggirose@hotmail.com or phone 01424 211873 cost £18 plus postage.