Thank you to Bettie and Ian from the Wessex V&V for organising the trip and meal on the SS Great Britain in Bristol last Sunday, it was well attended by around 45 people and was a very nice day out. Quite a few from Dorset Section attended.
The meal and the talk on the history of the ship was very good.
On the run today we had 10 riders, although the forecast was bad, we did have a bit of rain on the run but most of it surprisingly was dry with a light drizzle at times, the route was modified slightly after the coffee stop at Crockerton Shopping Centre then back to Henstridge for a very nice lunch the run was still about 45 miles..
Saying that, l did get pretty wet on the run home to Blandford as it was pouring down.
No photos l am afraid as my battery went flat on my phone.
Gabby & Pete have offered to rerun the Border Run on Wednesday this week (15th August) as the weather forecast is looking good, l know Paul Miles and a few are looking forward to it.
Gabby has organized breakfast from 9.30 at Henstridge for those who want it, so if you are free on Wednesday please turn up for the run it is an excellent route.
Any questions can l ask you to contact Gabby or Pete please.
Ken and myself attended the Marston Sunbeam Rally this weekend, this year is the 100th anniversary of John Marston’s death and the theme being the Sunbeam Racing bikes. Many members brought theirs but we were loaned bikes from the Black County Museum collection. We had 3 of the 1930 works bikes together for the first time since 1930, and 2 of them were started and run round the field. You also will see our freind Winold sitting on one of the sprint bike which was started and run. It sounded like thunder when they were running such a privilege.
The weather was excellent, and was attended by more than 90 people, 70+ bikes from the 1910’s up to the 30’s but the highlight of course was the racing bikes.
The atmosphere and the opportunity to talk Sunbeams is fantastic, also we picked up some bits that never seem to come available for especially the early 1920’s bikes, so now l can get the 1920 bike finished.
I have put a few photos together including the members bikes that won the concourse hope you like them and Phil’s Model 9 which as you can see is better than the day it was made, Winold’s Model 7 which needs a bit more work, but the engine now rebuilt by Chris Odlin, also an imposter turned up with a very nice Norton.
A good weekend had by all, thanks to Trevor for organising the weekend, oh and the Banks Sunbeam Beer!!
My friend Dave Roberts has been running this event for the last 6 years and l have always helped out rain or shine.
The event is to raise money for Dorset County Hospital Cancer Appeal and Dorset Air Ambulance both good Charites which some can relate to.
Last year Dorset Section had a run and we finished at this Charity event in Hazelbury Bryan and this year Dave was hoping a few Vintage bikes would turn up for the visitors to see, so if anyone is not doing anything on Sunday how about meeting up there.
There is around 90 classic cars booked in, a few bikes, a traction engine, a band, more importantly food and drink.
I would like thank everyone for the help they have given the Committee this year and to all who organize the runs, and also to the girls who help, organize and run the raffle and Ray for doing a seamless handover of the Chairman’s job to me.
Also I would like to thank Rod & Carol and all their team for organizing the Christmas Run & Dinner run and ride and an excellent meal.
As everyone know this is the last one as it has been run for 28 years and we could not get anyone to take it on. Thank you.
Next years will be at Henstridge Golf & Leisure, lets look forward to another 28 years
Sorry l missed the Club Night (Social Evening & Buffet) not very often l miss out on free food but work got in the way not right l know but l can feel another bike coming on!!!
I will take this opportunity as your Chairman to wish you all a Merry Christmas & a Happy & Prosperous New Year and l look forward to 2018 where we have a full calendar of rides, some fantastic speakers for Club Night and of course the Relay Rally is here again.
Don’t forget Gaby’s New Year Run from Sturminster & our January speaker, Pete Preen who is going to give us a talk on Lawrence of Arabia, see you in the New Year
Thank you to ray for organising the run and to everyone who turned out, the run was very good even though l went slightly wrong for the second year, maybe next year will be 3rd time lucky!!!. A very good turn out this year, it is good to see the Dorset Runs so well attended.
We have been invited to make up a team for the annual Stonehenge Section VMCC annual quiz on 20th September 2017.
Do we want to put a team together? if so can you let me know and l will let Keith Starks know.
Details are below:
We meet at Redlynch Sports and Social Club, Woodfalls, near Downton, Wiltshire, SP5 2LN.
Club telephone number is 01725 511281.
The quiz will start promptly at 8pm and refreshments will be provided at the end of the quiz during marking of the answer sheets.
Directions to the Redlynch Sports and Social Club:-
From Salisbury take the A338 to Downton. Turn left at the traffic lights in Downton.
Continue on this road for 3 miles to the village of Woodfalls.
The Sports and Social Club is on the left hand side immediately after the Woodfalls Inn.
There is plenty of parking at the club.