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.
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*!