Did anyone else go this weekend? On the Saturday, I had all sorts of family chores to attend to so missed out on both the Kempton Park and Beaulieu autojumbles 🙁 . But by 11am on Sunday morning, I’d had enough and decided to pop down to Shillingstone for an hour …
Well, the hour turned into three. The turnout this year seemed better than last year; maybe that was due to the excellent weather or maybe people needed to get out after Royal Wedding overload the previous day.
Very good selection of bikes…and do I spy the Dorset Section President in the background of the first few photos? Seems like this rally would be a good place for the Dorset Section to have a stand…
And the usual selection of cars, tractors, steam engines, lorries, military vehicles, automobilia…and parrots.
First of all, a big thank you to all those volunteers who helped to set-up and man our own Checkpoint throughout the day at Henstridge Golf and Leisure: Chris Smith, Marie McGladdery, Rachel Gray, Grace and Peter Batton, Sue Allen, Philippa Wirdnam and Ann Wells.
As there was no organised route, I can only write about the experiences of our small group of five: Phil Allen, Kevin Eddols, Dave Bramley, Ken Druce and myself. We assembled at Henstridge at 9am to help set-up and decided that from there we would travel up to the Somerset Section Checkpoint at Burecott Mill, near Wells. Then travel across country to the Stonehenge Section Checkpoint at Old Sarum Airfield, near Salisbury and finally down to the Wessex V&V Checkpoint at the Shillingstone Railway Trust.
Dorset Section Checkpoint
Somerset Section Checkpoint
Back at Henstridge, Ken had casually mentioned his clutch was slipping slightly, probably as a result of over filling his gearbox the day before. Anyway, we set off with me leading for this section of the route, and it certainly didn’t seem to affect him on our journey up to Wells where we checked-in and partook in some tea and Somerset Apple Cake, which, by the way, is nowhere near as good as Dorset Apple Cake.
But things were clearly not right with his Sunbeam. Some roadside adjustments were needed, so let’s drain that excess primary chaincase oil into an old cottage pie tray (still with some pie in it 🙂 ).
Stonehenge Section Checkpoint
After leaving Wells, things only got worse for Ken’s poor Sunbeam and a few miles west of Frome, we stopped on the A361 to take stock. It quickly became apparent that his clutch corks had burnt out and no amount of adjusting the clutch springs made any difference. A local farmer kindly took the poorly Sunbeam in and we continued on our way with Ken hitching a lift with Kevin. The Sunbeam was recovered later that evening with car and trailer.
Kevin led the way on the first part of this route, but once past Warminster, Dave took over and led us along a fabulous route from Longbridge Deverill to Old Sarum via Sutton Veny, Tytherington, Byton, Sherrington, Stockton, Wylye and Wilton.
It was very hot at Old Sarum, so ice creams all round!
Wessex V&V Section Checkpoint
Having rested at Old Sarum, time was matching on, so a fast run from Old Sarum to Shillingstone Railway Trust to check-in at the Wessex V&V Section before they closed at 4pm. Got there just in time and even found time for more refreshment in the platform Café.
Some familiar faces here: Peter Miller on his Humber with those magnificent headlamp “wings”, and Ian Clarke and Bette Barber packing their stand up into the Morgan:
Despite the Sunbeam breakdown, our small group had a great time and covered about 130 miles between the hours of 9:00am and 4:30pm, so quite a long day and I’m glad I had Bank Holiday Monday to recover.
On our own Checkpoint, we had:
17 Riders Signing-On (Henstridge was their first Checkpoint)
33 Riders visiting (Signed on at a previous Checkpoint)
It was cold and overcast yesterday, but thankfully dry. Great turnout with 30 bikes assembled at Okeford Fitzpaine Recreation Centre for our annual Bluebell Run which involved a 62 mile round trip down to Lulworth Cove and back, via Delcombe Woods to see the bluebells.
Before setting off, we were looked after with teas, coffee, pain au chocolat, croissants, etc kindly served by my wife Philippa and Marjorie. I’m somewhat biased as I live in this village but I thought this start venue with its large hard-standing area and refreshment facilities was excellent; I hope others agree.
By the way, interesting route guys! Somehow you managed to miss out Delcombe Woods…which is where the bluebells are! 🙂 🙂 🙂 . By the time I got to Lulworth Cove, the run had already been renamed the “Lost in Dorset” Run.
The 36th Twin Dragon touring weekend was again a brilliant event organised by Dave Boon and saw 24 people on 17 solos and 1 sidecar tackle some of the lesser known mountain tracks, now tarmaced but in the 20’s they would have been gravel; many were used by the motorcycle and car industry as a test route for their new models.
The 1st day was about 220 miles from home to The Royal Ship, Dolgellau were we stayed two nights,we joined the route at Abergavenny were we meet most of the other people taking part.
Day 2 : there was a route of 70 miles around Bala Lake but having done this before we chose to go to the National Slate Mine at Llanberis; well worth a visit.
Day 3 : 115 miles; our route took us over the hills to the coast with spectacular views of Barmouth Bay before heading to Devil’s Bridge for lunch and onto The Plough Inn at Rhosmaen, a 5 star Hotel with great food for our last night together.
Day 4 : the planned route though the mountains was abandoned due the weather with forecasts of thunder storms and high winds, so we took the A40 down to Abergavenny and home.
Our thanks to Dave & Sue Boon and the Somerset Cection for another great weekend.
Regards Ray & Linda Dickinson, Ken Druce & Dave Brown
Many thanks to Ian Clarke and his Section for arranging the good weather last Sunday 22nd April, and to Gabby Hunt for the excellent route… and not forgetting all the helpers who laid on the coffees, teas, French cheeses and cakes for lunch.
Paul Miles and I were using this as a practise run before the big one; the Banbury Run in June. I’m glad to report, we both made it round the 33 mile route without incident.
Get yourself a drink and some popcorn. Find your favourite chair and put your feet up. And watch “Weymouth Week 2012 : The Movie“.
I was kindly given this DVD by Maurice Marston at last night’s Club Night and I’ve uploaded it to our unlisted YouTube account for displaying here on our website. At this rate, we’ll soon have the complete set of annual Weymouth Week photos and videos.
The Movie is 45 minutes long and although it consists mainly of a slide show, there are several videos (with audio) embedded within it. If you’re wanting to see the infamous “Vintage Echoes”, jump to 41 minutes.
So far in 2018, our runs have not gone well weather-wise. The Winter Run had to be rescheduled, the Spring Run was cancelled…so some of us were eagerly watching the weather forecast for the weekend of 7th/8th April. At one point, the BBC Weather was saying the Blandford area would be rain free on the 8th, while the Met Office said there would be showers all day…for the same location and date!
At 9:50am, I headed off for the Corn Exchange on my trusty Ariel Red Hunter; it was a bit overcast but looked like it might stay that way….but it was not to be. Very good turnout; we must have had 30 bikes at the start but by the time we got to The Fox at Ansty, 54 miles later, we were down to about 10. Who knows what happened to the missing 20; I have my suspicions, but couldn’t possibly air them here 🙂 .
Many thanks to Peter Miller for a very interesting route…one I must re-trace in better weather.
My recent post of photos taken at the 2009 First Weymouth Week seems to have gone down quite well because Richard Hutson of the Bournemouth and New Forest Section got in touch and offered me a whole lot more from various runs that Dorset Section members took part in.
So many thanks to Richard for his photographs and shown here with his permission.