Thanks to Maurice & Chris for organising this run, we had 24 sign on yesterday and some very interesting bikes a very nice James 197cc trials bike, a Bantam with a Ariel Arrow engine fitted, an MV Augusta, a 250cc Velocette and a very interesting 250cc JAP special.
It was nice to see members from Devon, Somerset and Dorset turn up on what started as a cold morning.
I am told the run route was also very good, with only one breakdown at the start.
Lets organise this one next year and l am sure we will better 24 bikes
Who remembers the Blandford Run last year? It was miserable: rained all day, mud everywhere and took me a week to clean my bike….
Not so yesterday. A bit overcast to start with but turned into a nice day. Many thanks to Peter Miller for putting together a very interesting 50 mile route to our lunch stop at The Fox in Ansty. I heard several members saying that they knew Dorset roads quite well but had never come across part of the route; certainly for me, the Bloxworth area was unknown.
How’s our new stick-on Star system working out? Did anyone spot any riders without the compulsory Star stuck on their headlight? If you did, it means they haven’t paid the £3 entry fee…or the Star fell off 🙂
Yesterday, spring had definitely sprung! And it looks like sunny and dry weather for the next 10 days at least, so if you haven’t done it already, brush those winter cobwebs off your bike and get it ready for the Blandford Run on the 7th April.
But yesterday was all about the Spring Run. Great turnout and a chance for Paul Miles and your Secretary to try out our recently acquired 1930 Douglas S6 twins. Let’s just say that one went a lot better than the other and maybe I should have stuck with Ariels… 🙁 .
With approx 40 miles from Henstridge Golf and Leisure to the lunch stop at the Windwhistle Inn between Chard and Crewkerne and another 50 miles to get to the start and back home, it was a long run for me. Even more so for our friends North of the Wall (A303) who covered about 130 miles.
Full marks go to Mike Ward for stopping to help a broken down biker and giving him a pillion lift to the pub while waiting for breakdown recovery. And thanks to Bernard Jones for putting a great route together.
What a difference three weeks makes! The show was cancelled at the beginning of February due to snow and re-scheduled to the past weekend (23rd/24th February) which was warm and sunny — I’d rather have been out riding my bike than stuck in the Mendip hall for three days but hey ho…..
Special thanks to Andrew Rae for stepping in at short notice to take over from Ray and Linda who were on holiday. And more thanks to all those who helped out on the stand over the three days.
Dry roads, sunny skies and an unusually warm day saw a huge turnout for the Harts of Stur sponsored Vintage & Classic Vehicle Run, and, as is usual, members from our Section turned up in force with a fantastic variety of two wheeled machines.
The bikes set off first but due to a severe shortage of route maps, somehow I ended up leading them for part of the route…hope you all managed to keep up 🙂 . About 35 miles later, we ended up at Henstridge Golf & Leisure where many of us indulged in an excellent carvery.
With perfect weather, the bikes and riders turned up in droves for the start of our Memorial Run 2018 at a new venue for us, the Visit Hillbrush centre in Mere.
Ray and Linda Dickinson put a cracking 46.5 mile route together and managed to squeeze in three significant hill climbs: the first on the A350 heading south into Shaftesbury, this was quickly followed by ZigZag Hill on the B3081 heading towards Tollard Royal and then finally, heading north on the B3091 back into the centre of Shaftesbury via St. John’s Hill. I’ll be placing my order for a set of new Burman clutch plates in the morning…
Lunch was at Orchard Garden Centre in Gillingham. Linda and Ray tell me that 37 people signed on, we had no breakdowns; we’re not sure how many got lost.
It was a bit chilly this morning; 4°C when Ken Druce and I left the Blandford area for the Section’s first “official” move to Henstridge Golf and Leisure for our Breakfast and Lunch Meets.
Despite the cold weather, we had a good turnout of members: some on bikes, some in cars. And, as usual, most of us nattered away for a couple of hours while eating breakfast and drinking teas & coffees. A nice way to start the weekend!
If anyone wants to know what “The Dorset Cortina” is….ask Paul Miles 🙂
Is there something magical about this run? Is Roger Gillard some kind of Sun King a.k.a. King Louis XIV? Last year, we had brilliant weather and yesterday, there wasn’t a cloud in sky. 🙂
The only disappointment for me was that a few of us from the Blandford area decided to get up early and stop off at Henstridge Golf and Leisure for a spot of breakfast before continuing to Sherborne for the start of the run. Only they weren’t serving breakfast, but we did manage to get some toast out of them. Moral of the story: phone Henstridge a few days before to let them know you’d like breakfast.
A fantastic range of bikes turned up at Hinton St. Mary’s village hall for yesterday’s Last of the Summer Wine run. Bob Hoare tells me 36 people signed on.
The awards were:
Landlords Cup – John Brittain – Triumph Tiger 100ss
Classic Cup – Roland Brittain – BSA Super Rocket
Foreign Shield – Mike Gardiner – Honda 250
Girder Fork Tankard – Rodney Hann – Sunbeam Model 9
Three wheeler Cup – Ian Clarke – Morgan Aero
Rudge Plaque – Vernon Cox – Rudge Ulster
Many thanks to Bob for organising the run, and to all those helpers providing teas, coffees, biscuits and cakes — I can confirm that the carrot cake was particularly good! And also to John Adams and Pete Dungey for manning the recovery vehicle + trailer, which I believe, was not needed.