The weather forecast was good, so a respectable number of bikes assembled at Hinton St Mary Village Hall ready for the off at 11:00am:
The sun even appeared at one stage. The route towards our lunch stop at The Hinton Arms took us along the beautiful Blandford Road near Kingston Lacey with its avenues of lime trees. Apologies for the camera shake; I was trying a new handlebar mount for the Drift camera but I’ll go back to using the helmet mount next time — I guess my ’48 Ariel Twin is not as smooth as I’d hoped:
Ken Druce was having problems with his Sunbeam Model 9 even before we got to the start. During the 60 mile run, it seemed fine but then played up again for the last mile! Sadly, it ended being trailered home, despite some final desperate tinkering at the end of the run (here):
Many thanks to Bob Hoare for organising another very enjoyable event.
Good turnout at yesterday’s Last-Saturday-of-the-Month Breakfast Meet at the Riverside Café on the A30 near East Stour.
After some initial refreshment here, a few of us continued into Gillingham to tryout the café and gardens at the newly opened Moto Corsa dealership…and very nice it was too, so I for one, will be back many times…
Riverside Café Photographs:
The little 1932 250cc BSA led to much discussion concerning the definition of “patina”, “oily rag” and “junkyard dog” etc. But whatever your thoughts, when it blasted away from the café going east on the A30, it sounded and performed more like a 500 rather than a 250; most impressed!
The border run was extremely well attended earlier today, with a great variety of bikes on parade. Here in the Dorset section we laugh at the drop off system, preferring to riff our way round the planned route. Invariably, this results in lots of bikes veering off at all angles like two wheeled rabbits, great fun.
I’ve made a start on a page to list local services. A few of us are new to Dorset and/or classic motorcycling and it would help us to know about recommended local companies that more established members have used to keep their bikes on the road.
You can find the page on the “Local Services” link below but please note, you must be logged in to view the contents of this page.
You can also find this link on the new “Members Only” menu item on the top right of all pages — this menu item is also only visible when logged in. Not got an account? No problem, just email the secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org
Report from Rod Hann on last Sunday’s (27th July) Jeff Clew Memorial Run:
The forecast of heavy rain showers was thankfully wrong for the Jeff Clew Memorial Run held on Sunday 30th July, 2017. 40 riders assembled at the Haynes International Motor Museum, Sparkford, before setting off on either the 40 or 70 mile routes around Somerset, Dorset and Wiltshire. Suitable coffee stops had been arranged mid route. Returning to Sparkford all judging was done and the prizes were presented by Alison and Pippa (Jeff’s two daughters) before everyone made for home still in the dry. A good day was had by all. The Award Winners were:-
Haynes Shield (Best Overall) John GUY 1929 Terrot
Hinton Motorcycles Trophy (Best Veteran or Vintage) Dave JOYCE 1920 Triumph
Bob Foster Trophy (Best Post Vintage) Vernon COX 1937 Rudge
John Brittain Trophy (Best Post War) Ray FITZGERALD Moto Guzzi
Clew Family Trophy (Best Velocette) Gabby Hunt 1960 Venom
VMCC Tankard (Best Douglas) Martin FOOT Douglas Mk 1V
Denny Trophy (Best Threewheeler) Bryan POPE 1922 Royal Enfield S/C
Mike Penn Award (Spirit of the Event) Percy WHELLOCK 1960 BSA S/C
Orman Tankard (Best Japanese Machine) Ann WELLS 1981 Honda
Best Unrestored Machine Dave ATTERBURY Douglas
Sorry I missed it but had some family over from Australia. Looks like a good turnout and refreshing to see some girder fork bikes taking part 😉 Anyone else got any more photographs?
Always a favourite event in my calendar, the annual VMCC Founder’s Day at Stanford Hall in Leicestershire, and this year was no exception. A few patches of rain but nothing to stop everyone enjoying the great autojumble, static displays and arena shows…and the Hall does a very nice cup of tea and cake.
The George Formby lookalike riding the black-and-white chequed Triumph was most amusing. His name is Graeme Hardy and he has an interesting story here —> www.georgeformbymotorbike.com
The first club night at our new venue, the Henstridge Golf Club…and what a great start! Warm, sunny evening for our annual Car and Bike club night and with a fantastic turnout.
The new venue:
Some of the cars:
Some of the bikes:
My personal favourite vehicle of the evening was a mid 1930s BSA Y13 750cc OHV V-twin (in the photos above). I used to own BSA side-valve versions of this V-twin and have always lusted after a Y13, or its smaller brother, the J12. One day maybe….
Good weather meant a big turnout for the VMCC South Dorset Section’s annual Lawrence of Arabia Run, with riders coming from many of the surrounding Sections (Isle of Wight, Dorset etc).
No maps to follow as the drop-off system was used…and worked well with no lost riders. And as far as I know, no breakdowns or accidents. Only complaint was that it was about 3 degree too hot but we shouldn’t complain about good weather… 🙂
Gathering for the start at the Spitfire Club in Crossways:
Coffee Stop at West Holme Garden Centre:
Lunch Stop at The Pulpit Inn at Portland Bill:
Finishing back at the Spitfire Club in Crossways. Perhaps the biggest surprise of the day was that all three VMCC Dorset Section riders who took part each won a prize:
Paul Wirdnam: Most Desirable Bike (1935 Ariel 600cc Square Four OHC)
Phil Allen: Best Bike (1936 Sunbeam 500cc Model 9 OHV)
Ken Druce: Oldest Bike (1932 Sunbean 500cc Model 9 OHV)
In addition to their very popular car Breakfast Club meets on the 1st Sunday of every month, the Haynes International Motor Museum at Sparkford have introduced a Haynes Bikers’ Breakfast Ride-in on the 3rd Sunday of every month.
I’ve added these dates to our Events calendar. More details can be found on the Haynes website here.