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Vintage motorcycle authority will be missed

By The Citizen  |  Posted: December 21, 2012

  • "CLEVER BLOKE" Len Ore. Below; Len in his younger days.

  • Len Ore, former Vintage Motorcycle Club president, who died aged 79

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Motorcyclists are expected to gather in force for the final journey of a leading authority on vintage bikes.

A cavalcade of machines, of which Len Ore lived and breathed, including his beloved Ariels, is expected to accompany a cortege for the funeral today.

A former president of the 13,000-strong Vintage Motorcycle Club, he died aged 79 earlier this month.

"He was a clever bloke and very funny," said his wife Elvira, 72.

"He loved bikes and particularly Ariels, as he said they were so good to work on, but he loved music too and played the harmonica."

Born in Croydon, Len was an apprentice engineer at Trojan motor works and moved to the Forest of Dean to work at Rank Xerox in Mitcheldean.

"He got bored there because he said he didn't have enough to do," said Elvira, who was married to Len for 49 years. They have two sons, Leslie and Michael.

"So he set up on his own, with Forest Forge, making gates and fences and working on bikes."

He rode hired Royal Enfields with friend Dennis Beale over the highest road in the world in the Himalayas.

"He was a super guy," said Dennis. "He was always there for anyone who needed help."

Len was instrumental in the formation of the Trail Riders Fellowship, and the precursor to West Glos and Dean Forest Motorcycle Club's Wyegate long distance trial.

He chaired the Ariel Owners Club and the Cotswold section of the VMCC, and was a member of the Association of Pioneer Motorcyclists.

He was a vice president of the VMCC after serving as president.

The funeral will start at 1.30pm.

The wake will be at Lydney Masonic Hall, where the gates were made by Len.

Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to Sanctuary Supported Living.

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