Christmas Lunch 2018 : Reserve Your Place!

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Our Christmas Lunch takes place at Henstridge Golf and Leisure on Sunday 16th December 2018 12:30 for 13:00.  If you would like to come, please note the following.

1. There is a maximum of 40 places, so please book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

2. Click on the image to the left to see the full menu, or download the PDF version here. Note, there is a 2 course or 3 course option with different prices.  Choose from the menu!

3. To reserve one or more places, please contact our Treasurer, John Adams, on 01963 251890 or at  jjads44@gmail.com.  When contacting John, please let him know your menu choices.

4. You must pay John by Sunday 18th November at the latest; the Club Quiz Night on the 14th November would be the best time.  Cash or cheque payable to “VMCC Dorset Section” please.

Photos from the Autumn Run 2018

Mike Ward's BSA
Mike Ward’s BSA

Is there something magical about this run?  Is Roger Gillard some kind of Sun King a.k.a. King Louis XIV?  Last year, we had brilliant weather and yesterday, there wasn’t a cloud in sky. 🙂

The only disappointment for me was that a few of us from the Blandford area decided to get up early and stop off at Henstridge Golf and Leisure for a spot of breakfast before continuing to Sherborne for the start of the run. Only they weren’t serving breakfast, but we did manage to get some toast out of them. Moral of the story: phone Henstridge a few days before to let them know you’d like breakfast.

Thank you Roger for a great day.

At Sherborne:
At Haynes Motor Museum:

Bikes Needed for Bristol Classic Motorcycle Show 2nd & 3rd Feb 2019

We’re looking for 12 bikes for our stand at the Bristol Classic Motorcycle Show  which takes place at the Royal Bath and West Showground, Shepton Mallet on the 2nd and 3rd February 2019.

We understand that the Wessex V&V Section will not be having a stand in 2019, but as many members attend both Sections, it would be good to have some of the earlier bikes on our stand; maybe we could have bikes from all decades.

We’re not just looking for showroom condition bikes.  Far from it, we’d love to have some well used vintage and classic machines on our stand…you can even bring your own drip trays.  It will be February, so leave the mud on them.

If you can hep at all, please get in touch with Ray Dickinson.  His details are on the Contacts page.

Many Thanks

BTW: those who helped out on the stand this year had quite a fun time.  Take a look at the photos from 2018 and come and join the fun in 2019!

 

Photos from the Last Of The Summer Wine Run 2018

A fantastic range of bikes turned up at Hinton St. Mary’s village hall for yesterday’s Last of the Summer Wine run. Bob Hoare tells me 36 people signed on.

 

The awards were:

  • Landlords Cup – John Brittain – Triumph Tiger 100ss
  • Classic Cup – Roland Brittain – BSA Super Rocket
  • Foreign Shield – Mike Gardiner – Honda 250
  • Girder Fork Tankard – Rodney Hann – Sunbeam Model 9
  • Three wheeler Cup – Ian Clarke – Morgan Aero
  • Rudge Plaque – Vernon Cox – Rudge Ulster

Many thanks to Bob for organising the run, and to all those helpers providing teas, coffees, biscuits and cakes — I can confirm that the carrot cake was particularly good!  And also to John Adams and Pete Dungey for manning the recovery vehicle + trailer, which I believe, was not needed.

At The Start
At the Horton Inn and back to Hinton St. Mary

Photos from the Cornwall Section Rally Week 2018

Carol and Rod Hann have just returned from the excellent Cornwall Section Rally Week. Report from Rod:

Members from that Section did our Weymouth Week several times and liked the idea so I persuaded them to do a similar event in Cornwall. They have now done around seven such events and splendid they are. Glorious scenery, superb coastal rides, and plenty of nice places to visit. Average mileage per day is around 80/100 but this can be altered at will. All done in a very friendly and welcoming way. This year there were around 50/60 entrants plus a few more joining us from the Cornwall Section on a daily basis. Many of the Section members turn out to marshal at all the assailant places.

Anyone tempted to go?  Get further details from Rod Hann or the Cornwall Section website.

Photos and Video from Wessex V&V Roger’s Runaround 2018

A pleasant 30 mile run yesterday for many Dorset Section members who took part in this Wessex V&V Section event. The route took us around the lanes of Stourton Caundle, Bishop’s Caundle, Caundle Marsh, Glanvilles Wootton and King’s Stag with a coffee stop at Folke Golf Centre in Alweston.

I’ll be returning to the Virginia Ash pub this morning to clean up their car park. My Ariel is in disgrace; the primary chain oiler seems to have gone haywire.

Don’t forget our own Last of the Summer Wine run next Sunday 16th September at 11am from Hinton St. Mary; details here.  And our Club Night this Wednesday 12th September at 7:30pm when Mike Spencer will talk about Iceland; details here.

Sound on!

Photos and Video from the Border Run Re-Run 2018

Last Sunday’s scheduled Border Run was ruined by poor weather.  Some brave souls did the run, and full marks to them, but Gabby Hunt and Pete Dungey kindly agreed to re-run the route yesterday for anyone that turned up at Henstridge Golf and Leisure.  No signing-on, no fee, as this was deemed a bunch of friends turning up for an informal ride….and a great full English breakfast before hand for those who wanted one (me!).  Mid-week runs don’t usually have a particular high attendance compared to weekend runs, but there were at least 12 of us yesterday and a good, and dry, time was had by all.

My favourite photo of the day?  The above snippet of William Webb at the coffee stop. A photo for our next Quiz Night perhaps?

At The Start:

Coffee Stop and On The Run:

Yesterday’s Jeff Clew Memorial Run

What a shame.  After weeks and weeks of unusually hot weather, yesterday it all changed. Rod Hann reports:

Due to the heavy rain and strong winds only a few bikes turned up for the Run today. Four hardy souls insisted on going for a ride so I gave them a route sheet and let them go. I did not charge the usual run fee. They enjoyed the ride and did not get too wet considering the conditions. Still there were 32 people at the start and we all abandoned to the cafe and consumed coffee, lunch etc until the riders returned. It was all very sociable. Even Alison Clew arrived from the Midlands. No trophies were awarded and the routes will be kept for next year.

And those four hardy souls deserve a mention:

  • Maurice Marston – Dorset
  • Colin Bentham – Somerset
  • Chris Tiso – Somerset
  • Martin Foot – Bristol and Douglas Club.

Report on the VMCC Pennine Way Run 2018

Report by Ray Dickinson:

Hello All,

We have just returned from a trip to the Peak District in which we rode the Pennine Way, a 500 mile three day event run by the Pennine section of the VMCC.
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Day 1 . Starting at Edale Derbyshire, the route follows the Pennine Way walkers Trail as close as possible, with some challenging hills such as The Snake Pass, Holme Moss, and Buttertubs. Using mainly high level roads with spectacular and rugged scenery.
The first day was about 150 miles stopping at Hawes where we had a B&B and an evening meal and get together at Wensleydale Creamery

Day 2. 100 miles to the Greenhead Hotel the other side of Hadrians Wall for a presentation and received a commemorative china mug. After light refreshments it was time to say good bye and start our return ride back to Hawes. We took the faster and spectacular A689 back to our B&B 175 mile day.

Day 3. We returned to Hope Valley campsite where we had left the camper vans.

Three days ridding old bikes 500 miles with 60 other members this is what the club is all about.Our thanks to the Pennine section for making us welcome and putting on the event.

Ray & Linda Dorset Section
Mick & Sylvia Sheffield Section

Our Next Two Runs

We have two runs taking place over the next 3 weeks and I want to pass on some extra information about both of them:

Jeff Clew Memorial Run

This annual run (29th July) is only a week away and is one I’m looking forward to, having not done it before.  Organised by Rod and Carol Hann, so you know it will be good.  There are two routes to choose from:

 

  • Route 1 : 42 miles for Veteran and Early bikes.
  • Route 2 : 70 miles for everyone else.

Coffee stop on both routes. Weather forecast is looking good, so see you there? Full details here.

Border Run

Another annual run (12th August), this one organised by Gabby Hunt.  This year it starts and ends at Henstridge Golf and Leisure.  Run starts at 11 am, but if you want Sandy’s excellent full English breakfast (and who doesn’t!), get there much earlier.

After the run, there is an optional Carvery lunch.  If you want this Carvery, you must pre-book directly with Sandy at Henstridge Golf and Leisure.

Full details here.