Great ride today, 37 bikes were counted at the start at the Orchard Park Garden Centre, Gillingham, with a fine mix of machinery on show. The weather was ideal for a ride- crisp and cold on drying roads, although the bikes did look a tad muddy by the end. Thanks to everyone who came, thanks to Ray Dickinson for organising it and hopefully see some new faces next time.
What a fab day! The weather forecast suggested it would be dry but it turned out very sunny and unusually warm, so much so, that once we arrived at the coffee stop at Henstridge Golf and Leisure, some of us ( including me) decided to chill out here for a couple of hours with a drink or two and some lunch….perfect!
The event in question is, of course, the VMCC Dorset Section’s 50th Anniversary Dinner held at the Henstridge Golf and Leisure Club on 13th September 2017.
With a turnout of over 93, coupled with an auction, raffle and an excellent buffet, a great evening was had by all. The auction raised £125 for Marie Curie and the toast to Ted Foote, our president who passed away earlier this year, was paid for by his wife Vivian who was unfortunately unable to attend but has sent us a card with her best wishes. In addition, the event was attended by Sam Cox who was one of the original members who started the VMCC Dorset Section 50 years ago and has only just stopped riding.
The event would not have been possible without the behind-the-scenes dedication and hard work of various members. In particular, many thanks to:
- Ray and Linda Dickinson plus other Committee members
- Phil Allen as Auctioneer
- Ken Druce for taking a day off work to help set up
- Rod Hann and Peter Miller for donating raffle prizes
- Peter Batton for donating magazines for the auction
- The catering staff (we don’t know your name!) for providing some truly excellent food
- Finally, those other unknown helpers that I’ve missed out.
And so to the photos…
Photos by Jonathon Hill:
Photos by Paul Wirdnam:
No photographs of this run, just videos!
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.
To quote from Paul Miles’s FB Report:
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.
Photos from Paul Wirdnam:
Photos from Paul Miles:
Photos from Ray Dickinson:
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
In no particular order, a load of snaps:
Photos from Ray Dickinson:
Photos from Paul Miles : Day 1
Photos from Paul Miles : Day 2 and Packing Up for home.
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….
Y13 starting up for the journey home.
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)
Great day for everyone who took part!
Not a huge turnout today despite the excellent weather but I did manage to carry out a “reccy” of our new Club Meeting venue, Henstridge Golf Club, on the way home — it looks excellent!