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.
Maurice McGladdery gave me a USB stick at last night’s Club Night, so this morning, I’ve been sifting through various directories and files on it. It contains 250+ high quality photos of the First Weymouth Week held in May 2009, all taken by Mick Barraclough from the Sheffield Section and used here with permission — thanks Mick.
But it also has the route sheets, in PDF format, for the various runs held during the 2009 and 2010 Weymouth Weeks. These are certainly the finest route sheets I’ve ever seen on a VMCC event, so I include them here as perfect examples for all you future run organisers! In the meantime, I must speak with Maurice on how these were put together….
Now, without looking at the route sheets above, how many places do you recognise? I’ve spotted Stourhead, Weymouth Pavilion, Mangerton Mill, Swanage Railway, Cerne Abbas, Wimborne Model Village, Portland Bill, Hardy’s Monument, Moreton, etc.
It looks to have been a great week with fine weather; sorry I missed it.
I’ve had a few people ask me about the outcome of yesterday’s VMCC AGM held at Gaydon, so with Peter Miller’s help, the key points are below. If you want to see what people thought about the running of the AGM, you’ll have to view the numerous comments on the VMCC Forum.
At the AGM:
Rob Reaney was NOT re-elected as a Director
Brian Southam was NOT re-elected as a Director
Justin Harvey-James WAS re-elected as a Director
In the post-AGM Meeting, it was confirmed that:
Justin Harvey-James is Chairman
Jim Lee stays as Director
John Donaldson co-opted to remain as a Director for a limited period to help resolve immediate financial issues.
Dave Sellars submitted his resignation, but was persuaded to temporarily withdraw resignation to retain a quorum pending new Directors being co-opted.
First Management meeting to be held on 28th March 2018
We are sad to report the death of Brian Vincent who passed away at home
in Gillingham on the 20th February. A long term VMCC member who rode
and supported the club until recently when he stopped ridding due to ill health.
The funeral will take place at Yeovil Crematorium on Wednesday 14th March at 11.20
It’s less that 2 weeks away before our Spring Run which starts and finishes at Henstridge Golf and Leisure.
The organiser, Mike Ward, has arranged for breakfast to be served between 9am and the start of the run at 11am. Come and have anything from a cup of coffee to a full English and then enjoy a potter around our local countryside.
If you do intend to come, either for the breakfast + run, or breakfast only, can you please let Mike know ASAP as we need to get some idea of numbers for Sandy at Henstridge Golf and Leisure. Mike’s details are on the Contacts page.
There is a coffee / tea / comfort stop during the run but no organised lunch at the end of the run. Further details in our Events calendar.
Please note that this run falls on the same day as the VMCC AGM at the Motor Museum, Gaydon, Warwickshire. On the day, Ken Druce will be the organiser for the run.
So, do you travel to Gaydon for a rather important AGM, or do you take part in our Spring Run? I’ve made my choice and can already smell the bacon and eggs*!
This week, I had a phone call from a gentleman in Corfe Mullen who has just joined the VMCC a few days ago!
During our phone conversation, he explained that he is really a vintage car man (Bullnose Morris) but has recently bought a 1923 Packman and Poppe motorcycle that was extensively modified 50+ years ago by the “famous” Mr. Edward Heward who used it for grass tracking in the Petersfield M/C club. The current owner’s dilemma is either to 1) leave it as modified or 2) restore it to original.
As I knew absolutely nothing about Packman and Poppe motorcycles, I did a little research and offered to pay him a visit today, which he gladly accepted. It was certainly a lot better than I was expecting but there are many alterations including: the fitting of an OHV Blackburn engine which resulted in frame and engine plate alterations and lose of correct tank, movement of saddle and its mountings, additional frame tubes for added strength, hand-change conversion to foot-change and various other things.
Packman and Poppe rear wheel bearings are quite unique…in that they are set in the frame rather the hub. The rear hub is also a QD one that leaves the brake drum and rear chain in place. The company only existed between 1923 and 1930 and it is difficult to find any information about them. Because the frame has been altered somewhat, we’re not even sure what model this started life as, but it’s probably an L2 or L3. No sign of any frame number to help us.
But the biggest surprise of all was that it is running…and sounded great:
Over tea, we discussed the pros and cons of either leaving it like it is, or restoring to original. Due to the number of alterations already carried out coupled with the rarity of the bike (only 5 known to survive), the latter would be quite a challenge as an engine would need to be found, tank made, frame altered etc. The former would be attractive if the grasstacker was indeed as famous as thought, but I’ve not found any reference to him anywhere, so who knows.
If anyone is interested in this bike, the owner is quite open to offers – cash or swop. On reflection, he wishes he had bought an unrestored model from a more common maker (i.e. BSA, Ariel, Norton, Rudge etc) from the 1920’s; preferably one with acetylene lighting. Also, if anyone knows of another owner of these bikes or has more information on them, please do let me know.
After a couple of hours, I left him with our 2018 Programme Card, my contact details if he wants to come and see some rusty Ariels (he does!), and a promise I’d post something similar on the VMCC Forum.
We’ve had a couple of cancellations by guest speakers for these two months, so please disregard what’s on the green 2018 printed card. Our Events calendar on this website has been updated as well as the main VMCC Events page (http://www.vmcc.net/Events)
March 14th will now be a Social Evening. We plan to give demonstrations on the use of our website, our Facebook page, the VMCC website and the VMCC Forum. If you’d rather just have a drink and a natter, that’s fine as well! If you have any questions about this event, please contact me.
April 11th will now be a Quiz Night. If you have any questions about this event, please contact Paul Miles.
Below are 2 files, one of which announces the 10th Annual South
West Peninsula Spring Rally and the other is an entry form, which I would be very grateful for you to share with your membership.
Last year we had over 140 riders and pillions from all over the UK and
this year, based on tickets sold so far, we expect to see over 200. We hope
that your club will be represented on the Rally. It’s a great day out,
searching for clues on some of the UK’s best (and occasionally worst) roads.