Photos from the Wessex V&V On The Beaded Edge Run 2018

Two pre-1931 runs in as many weeks! Last weekend was our Section’s Veteran and Vintage Run and one week later (today) was the Wessex Section’s On the Beaded Edge Run.  We’re certainly spoilt for choice in this area and many of the same machines and riders were at both events.

Strictly speaking, I believe only Peter Miller fully conformed to the “rules” of this run as his Royal Enfield was using beaded edge rims while the rest of us cheated with our modern wired-on rims 🙂 . Correction: Ian Clarke informs me that the other Royal Enfield on the run, Brian Pope’s outfit, was also on beaded edge rims.  These Royal Enfield owners are obviously made of sterner stuff than the rest of us.

Great weather with a good turnout. We started and finished at The Old Ox Inn in Shillingstone and took in 40 miles of the Dorset countryside, including two fords at Fifehead Neville, and with a coffee stop at The Fox in Higher Ansty.

Although not part of today’s run, Paul Miles and I undertook a test run the day before…and met for a coffee at Thyme after Time Café, Spire Hill Farm near Stalbridge.  Margo, who runs the café, was kind enough to take this rather good photo:

Photos from the Car and Bike Club Night 2018

BSA Y13 exhibiting a lovely patina of age

Photos and report by Paul Miles of yesterday’s gathering, as published on our Facebook (FB) page.

Club night at Henstridge this evening, car and bikes, in the sunshine . Fantastic turnout, despite some football being on the telly. What better way to spend a summer’s eve than with friends, a pint and a lot of motorcycles to talk about? Your correspondent makes no apologies for the large number of pictures of Peter’s Brough Superior SS80; an unhealthy level of interest was displayed, most unseemly.

On FB, Paul asks the reader to decide if that is patina or rust on the beautiful mid 1930’s BSA Y13. Bit of a daft question if you ask me, as it’s clearly patina and I’d have that Y13 over the SS80 any day of the week (sorry Peter).

Sorry I missed the evening…and it wasn’t due to the footie. I was tying to get my MGB back together…for the Car and Bike Club Night(!) but ran out of time…next year then 🙁 .

Paul’s Photos

Photos from the 40th Veteran & Vintage Run 2018

Coventry Eagle Flying 8

Yesterday was the Dorset Section’s 40th annual Veteran & Vintage Run held at the Leigh Village Hall and expertly organised by Rod and Carol Hann.

As this is a pre-1931 run, I was unable to take part last year having no suitable bike.  But that all changed in February of this year with the purchase of a 1930 Ariel, so I’m trying to take part in as many of these V&V runs as possible this year: Banbury a few weeks ago, our own V&V run yesterday and Wessex V&V Section’s On The Beaded Edge run next weekend. Busy, busy, busy.

Rod reports:  “We had 21 entrants and 35 people sat down to the lunch. No real breakdowns but several bikes suffered heat exhaustion and had to be pushed to be coaxed back into life, my own included. Of note is that Andrew Samways from Bridport has done 39 of the 40 V and V Runs.“. It wasn’t only the bikes that were suffering from heat exhaustion; it was a very hot day (nudging 30C) and with melting tarmac in places.

Excellent run with an excellent coffee stop at the Sherborne Steam and Waterwheel Centre that had a working day with the steam up. Ken Druce and I were unable to stay for lunch back at Leigh Village Hall but, as in previous years, I’m sure that was also excellent — thank you Rod and Carol!

Awards Winners were:

  • Most Original machine = Roger GILLARD 1930 BSA
  • Old Timers Trophy (Combined age of rider and machine) = Bryan POPE 1922 Royal Enfield
  • Three Wheeler Award = Ian CLARKE 1927 Morgan Aero
  • Most Desirable Vintage = John GUY 1929 Magnet Debon
  • Most Desirable Veteran = Geoff WARREN Triumph
The Start at Leigh Village Hall:
Coffee Stop at Sherborne Steam and Waterwheel Centre:

Photos from the Stonehenge Section Midweek Sundae Run 2018

Barford Farmhouse

Held in conjunction with the Wessex V&V Section, there was a great selection of bikes with riders coming from at least four Sections: Stonehenge, Wessex V&V, Dorset and Bournemouth & New Forest.

The rain did not materialise and we all had a pleasant 30 mile jaunt around the Witchampton area followed by 1, 2 or 3 scoops of ice cream from Barford Farmhouse, which was the start and end point of the run.

Mixed fortunes for some Dorset Section riders.  I lost part of my Ariel steering damper on the way home, Alan Skinner suffered a block main jet on his Rudge, Paul Miles had planned on bringing his Zenith v-twin but the tank started leaking and he had to settle drudging his Rudge instead and Ken Druce didn’t break down on his Sunbeam S7.

A good midweek run….thanks Stonehenge Section!



Photos from Riverside and Lawrence Run

All this fine weather and with so many Sections in this neck of the woods means we’re spoilt for choice in terms of runs to take part in.  Before I get to last weekend’s photos, don’t forget:


  • Wednesday 4th July : Joint Stonehenge Section / Wessex Section Sundae Run starting at 2 pm (be there for 1 pm!). 25+ year rule applies and the run is about 30 miles. Come and see Paul Mile’s new bike 🙂 . Event details here.
  • Sunday 8th July : our own annual Veteran and Vintage Run, organised by Rod Hann. Pre-1931 bikes only, so go to the back of your garage and brush the cobwebs of your girder fork bike.  If you don’t have a suitable bike, you can’t sign-on to the run but nothing to stop you coming to watch and acting as my support vehicle! Event details here.
  • Wednesday 11th July : our Car and Bike Club Night at Henstridge Golf and Leisure.  Last year’s gathering was a great success — see the photos! Event details here.
Riverside Café Breakfast Meet on Saturday 30th June 2018
South Dorset Section’s Lawrence of Arabia Run on Sunday 1st July 2018

The South Dorset section has gone through some hard times in the last 6 months and yesterday in the Top of the Town car park in Dorchester it was plain to see as we had two opposing runs taking place: this VMCC run and another by those ex-South Dorset Section members who chose to leave the Section. Sad to see. But a good turnout from the Dorset Section in support of our South Dorset colleagues.

I had a cracking ride down to the start with Paul Miles; we went via the top road between Buckland Newton and Charminster, certainly one of my favourite roads in Dorset.  As far as the run was concerned, Paul and I stopped at Moreton Tea Rooms…and that was it: we drank several pots of tea, ate tea cakes and chatted for 90 minutes about nothing 🙂 .


Photos from the VMCC Banbury Run 2018

Rick Kinsey and Paul Miles heading off to the start.

It didn’t start well.  Phil Allen, Ken Druce and myself set off in dry weather at 5 a.m. from Shillingstone towing two Ariels.  By the time we joined the A34 at Andover, we were in heavy rain and the depression had set in with comments like “let’s leave the bikes on the trailer and just do the autojumble and museum“.   But the rain stopped just north of Oxford and by the time we got to Gaydon at 7:45 a.m., the roads were dry.

The Dorset and Wessex V&V Sections were both well represented. We saw Ian Clarke and Bette Barber on their autojumble stall, Rod Hann was in the bike parking area, as was Peter Bovenizer (#190) with his Harley. Paul Miles (#314) was there with his 1928 AJS, pigeon and Dorset flag. Ken (#383) and I (#382) were riding two Ariel Model F, one 1929 on loan from Peter Batton, and my 1930 example.  There were probably other members there that we failed to see…it was busy and crowded.

Apologies if there are too many photos of Ariels…I got carried away 🙂 .  And no breakdowns: Paul, Ken and I completed the Class C course together, approx 72 miles, with no bike-related issues, although Paul’s pigeon came a cropper.

Would I do Banbury again?  This was my sixth, it’s a lot of effort, it’s expensive, it’s a long, tiring day, and, frankly, it nicer riding around Dorset and Wiltshire, so definitely not next year.  Look out for a possible Dorset Section Girder Fork Run in the 2018 / 2019 Calendar of Events!

In the Autojumble:
In the Rider’s Bike Area:

Two short videos of Ken and me taken by Alan Skinner — thanks Alan!

Photos from the Camping Weekend 2018

Write up by Paul Miles. Photos by Paul Miles, Paul Wirdnam.  Many thanks to Chris Smith and others for organising this event…and, of course, to Sandy at Henstridge Golf and Leisure for that excellent English breakfast.


First ride of the Dorset Section camping weekend. Nice bikes, nicer people, what’s not to like?


Our second major run of the weekend, concluding the camping event. Fantastic turnout, including another Brough (with wings! , I’m so jealous), sat next to a MZ 250- only in Dorset section😉.
New route, really excellent, stopping for coffee at the Haynes Museum. One of the Ariels broke, my suggestion of putting a coat hanger in the hole didn’t seem to be appreciated. Your correspondent’s Norton International snarled its way round the route, spitting hate and bile at everyone and everything. It didn’t break, of course, being unapproachable an’ all.
If you didn’t come this year, keep the date free for 2019!

Runs on the Camping Weekend

Apologies for the title of this post!  Hope I haven’t put you off your breakfast.

There are two, one on Saturday and the other on Sunday, both starting from Henstridge Golf and Leisure at 10:30 am. Arrive earlier if you want coffee, breakfast etc.  Non-campers are more than welcome to take part in the runs.

Details are still being finalised but the Sunday one will be approx. 55 miles in length with an optional stop at the Haynes International Motor Museum. The Saturday one will probably be longer and in two parts, depending if people want to visit the Dorset coast.

Check the entry in our Events calendar for up-to-date information.

Come and Meet Alastair Alexander, 22nd August 2018, 7pm

Alastair Alexander

Come and meet our new VMCC President, Alastair Alexander.  This is an informal visit, there is no formal talk, but rather an opportunity for Alastair to meet members from the South West Sections and for us to meet him.

I am really looking forward to my visit to your area. In August I will be nearly six months into my term as your President and meetings like yours are a great chance for members to give me feedback on our efforts to improve the Club.

The Dorset Section will be hosting the event as we probably have the most suitable venue at Henstridge Golf and Leisure and we hope to have many members attending from the surrounding Sections.

Full calendar event details are here.

Alastair Alexander
Alastair Alexander