Last year, the Dorset Section received an Xmas Card from the Stonehenge Section. Your Committee thought it appropriate that we should do something similar this year, so a design was put together and we purchased 12 cards from Moonpig.
One card went to Henstridge Golf & Leisure and the remaining to each Secretary of the 11 surrounding Sections*: Cornwall, Devon, East Devon, Dartmoor, Bristol, West Wiltshire, Somerset, Stonehenge, Bournemouth & New Forest, Wessex V&V and Isle of Wight. I also enclosed our 2019 Programme Card with each Xmas card.
*apologies to the South Dorset Section. You didn’t get a card because there is no postal address listed on the VMCC website for your Secretary or Chairman.
We were too late to get the cards signed by members at our Social evening last Wednesday 12th December, so Phil Allen and I have signed in our respective capacities as Chairman and Secretary.
The 2019 VMCC Dorset Section Programme is out! The printed cards will be available at the Social Evening and Buffet Club Night on Wednesday 12th December and at the Xmas Lunch on Sunday 16th December. If you can’t wait that long, then you can either print off the two images below or click here to download the PDF file.
All of our events have been entered into the Events calendar on this website and here you will find further details on many of the events. If you use an online personal calendar such as Google Calendar, Apple iCal etc, you can automatically copy all of our 2019 entries from the Events calendar to your personal calendar — ask for help if you get stuck. Click here to list all events for 2019.
To print images: click an image, then right mouse click and choose “Save image as…”
We’re looking for 12 bikes for our stand at the Bristol Classic Motorcycle Show which takes place at the Royal Bath and West Showground, Shepton Mallet on the 2nd and 3rd February 2019.
We understand that the Wessex V&V Section will not be having a stand in 2019, but as many members attend both Sections, it would be good to have some of the earlier bikes on our stand; maybe we could have bikes from all decades.
We’re not just looking for showroom condition bikes. Far from it, we’d love to have some well used vintage and classic machines on our stand…you can even bring your own drip trays. It will be February, so leave the mud on them.
If you can hep at all, please get in touch with Ray Dickinson. His details are on the Contacts page.
We have two runs taking place over the next 3 weeks and I want to pass on some extra information about both of them:
Jeff Clew Memorial Run
This annual run (29th July) is only a week away and is one I’m looking forward to, having not done it before. Organised by Rod and Carol Hann, so you know it will be good. There are two routes to choose from:
Route 1 : 42 miles for Veteran and Early bikes.
Route 2 : 70 miles for everyone else.
Coffee stop on both routes. Weather forecast is looking good, so see you there? Full details here.
Another annual run (12th August), this one organised by Gabby Hunt. This year it starts and ends at Henstridge Golf and Leisure. Run starts at 11 am, but if you want Sandy’s excellent full English breakfast (and who doesn’t!), get there much earlier.
After the run, there is an optional Carvery lunch. If you want this Carvery, you must pre-book directly with Sandy at Henstridge Golf and Leisure.
Apologies for the title of this post! Hope I haven’t put you off your breakfast.
There are two, one on Saturday and the other on Sunday, both starting from Henstridge Golf and Leisure at 10:30 am. Arrive earlier if you want coffee, breakfast etc. Non-campers are more than welcome to take part in the runs.
Details are still being finalised but the Sunday one will be approx. 55 miles in length with an optional stop at the Haynes International Motor Museum. The Saturday one will probably be longer and in two parts, depending if people want to visit the Dorset coast.
Come and meet our new VMCC President, Alastair Alexander. This is an informal visit, there is no formal talk, but rather an opportunity for Alastair to meet members from the South West Sections and for us to meet him.
“I am really looking forward to my visit to your area. In August I will be nearly six months into my term as your President and meetings like yours are a great chance for members to give me feedback on our efforts to improve the Club.”
The Dorset Section will be hosting the event as we probably have the most suitable venue at Henstridge Golf and Leisure and we hope to have many members attending from the surrounding Sections.
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.
A warning to all members of this group regarding the activities of one Joshua Wexham, who markets classic bikes under “Josh Buys Bikes” “We Sell Classic Bikes” and other names. He is the son of one Paul Wexham, who has been banned from running a company for nine years by the British Government for fraudulent business practices. The father used to run an operation known as “Cotswold Classics” which became insolvent in 2016.