What a difference three weeks makes! The show was cancelled at the beginning of February due to snow and re-scheduled to the past weekend (23rd/24th February) which was warm and sunny — I’d rather have been out riding my bike than stuck in the Mendip hall for three days but hey ho…..
Special thanks to Andrew Rae for stepping in at short notice to take over from Ray and Linda who were on holiday. And more thanks to all those who helped out on the stand over the three days.
Dry roads, sunny skies and an unusually warm day saw a huge turnout for the Harts of Stur sponsored Vintage & Classic Vehicle Run, and, as is usual, members from our Section turned up in force with a fantastic variety of two wheeled machines.
The bikes set off first but due to a severe shortage of route maps, somehow I ended up leading them for part of the route…hope you all managed to keep up 🙂 . About 35 miles later, we ended up at Henstridge Golf & Leisure where many of us indulged in an excellent carvery.
Last year, the Dorset Section received an Xmas Card from the Stonehenge Section. Your Committee thought it appropriate that we should do something similar this year, so a design was put together and we purchased 12 cards from Moonpig.
One card went to Henstridge Golf & Leisure and the remaining to each Secretary of the 11 surrounding Sections*: Cornwall, Devon, East Devon, Dartmoor, Bristol, West Wiltshire, Somerset, Stonehenge, Bournemouth & New Forest, Wessex V&V and Isle of Wight. I also enclosed our 2019 Programme Card with each Xmas card.
*apologies to the South Dorset Section. You didn’t get a card because there is no postal address listed on the VMCC website for your Secretary or Chairman.
We were too late to get the cards signed by members at our Social evening last Wednesday 12th December, so Phil Allen and I have signed in our respective capacities as Chairman and Secretary.
The 2019 VMCC Dorset Section Programme is out! The printed cards will be available at the Social Evening and Buffet Club Night on Wednesday 12th December and at the Xmas Lunch on Sunday 16th December. If you can’t wait that long, then you can either print off the two images below or click here to download the PDF file.
All of our events have been entered into the Events calendar on this website and here you will find further details on many of the events. If you use an online personal calendar such as Google Calendar, Apple iCal etc, you can automatically copy all of our 2019 entries from the Events calendar to your personal calendar — ask for help if you get stuck. Click here to list all events for 2019.
To print images: click an image, then right mouse click and choose “Save image as…”
With perfect weather, the bikes and riders turned up in droves for the start of our Memorial Run 2018 at a new venue for us, the Visit Hillbrush centre in Mere.
Ray and Linda Dickinson put a cracking 46.5 mile route together and managed to squeeze in three significant hill climbs: the first on the A350 heading south into Shaftesbury, this was quickly followed by ZigZag Hill on the B3081 heading towards Tollard Royal and then finally, heading north on the B3091 back into the centre of Shaftesbury via St. John’s Hill. I’ll be placing my order for a set of new Burman clutch plates in the morning…
Lunch was at Orchard Garden Centre in Gillingham. Linda and Ray tell me that 37 people signed on, we had no breakdowns; we’re not sure how many got lost.
It was a bit chilly this morning; 4°C when Ken Druce and I left the Blandford area for the Section’s first “official” move to Henstridge Golf and Leisure for our Breakfast and Lunch Meets.
Despite the cold weather, we had a good turnout of members: some on bikes, some in cars. And, as usual, most of us nattered away for a couple of hours while eating breakfast and drinking teas & coffees. A nice way to start the weekend!
If anyone wants to know what “The Dorset Cortina” is….ask Paul Miles 🙂
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.
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.