Get yourself a drink and some popcorn. Find your favourite chair and put your feet up. And watch “Weymouth Week 2012 : The Movie“.
I was kindly given this DVD by Maurice Marston at last night’s Club Night and I’ve uploaded it to our unlisted YouTube account for displaying here on our website. At this rate, we’ll soon have the complete set of annual Weymouth Week photos and videos.
The Movie is 45 minutes long and although it consists mainly of a slide show, there are several videos (with audio) embedded within it. If you’re wanting to see the infamous “Vintage Echoes”, jump to 41 minutes.
So far in 2018, our runs have not gone well weather-wise. The Winter Run had to be rescheduled, the Spring Run was cancelled…so some of us were eagerly watching the weather forecast for the weekend of 7th/8th April. At one point, the BBC Weather was saying the Blandford area would be rain free on the 8th, while the Met Office said there would be showers all day…for the same location and date!
At 9:50am, I headed off for the Corn Exchange on my trusty Ariel Red Hunter; it was a bit overcast but looked like it might stay that way….but it was not to be. Very good turnout; we must have had 30 bikes at the start but by the time we got to The Fox at Ansty, 54 miles later, we were down to about 10. Who knows what happened to the missing 20; I have my suspicions, but couldn’t possibly air them here 🙂 .
Many thanks to Peter Miller for a very interesting route…one I must re-trace in better weather.
My recent post of photos taken at the 2009 First Weymouth Week seems to have gone down quite well because Richard Hutson of the Bournemouth and New Forest Section got in touch and offered me a whole lot more from various runs that Dorset Section members took part in.
So many thanks to Richard for his photographs and shown here with his permission.
Maurice McGladdery gave me a USB stick at last night’s Club Night, so this morning, I’ve been sifting through various directories and files on it. It contains 250+ high quality photos of the First Weymouth Week held in May 2009, all taken by Mick Barraclough from the Sheffield Section and used here with permission — thanks Mick.
But it also has the route sheets, in PDF format, for the various runs held during the 2009 and 2010 Weymouth Weeks. These are certainly the finest route sheets I’ve ever seen on a VMCC event, so I include them here as perfect examples for all you future run organisers! In the meantime, I must speak with Maurice on how these were put together….
Now, without looking at the route sheets above, how many places do you recognise? I’ve spotted Stourhead, Weymouth Pavilion, Mangerton Mill, Swanage Railway, Cerne Abbas, Wimborne Model Village, Portland Bill, Hardy’s Monument, Moreton, etc.
It looks to have been a great week with fine weather; sorry I missed it.
This week, I had a phone call from a gentleman in Corfe Mullen who has just joined the VMCC a few days ago!
During our phone conversation, he explained that he is really a vintage car man (Bullnose Morris) but has recently bought a 1923 Packman and Poppe motorcycle that was extensively modified 50+ years ago by the “famous” Mr. Edward Heward who used it for grass tracking in the Petersfield M/C club. The current owner’s dilemma is either to 1) leave it as modified or 2) restore it to original.
As I knew absolutely nothing about Packman and Poppe motorcycles, I did a little research and offered to pay him a visit today, which he gladly accepted. It was certainly a lot better than I was expecting but there are many alterations including: the fitting of an OHV Blackburn engine which resulted in frame and engine plate alterations and lose of correct tank, movement of saddle and its mountings, additional frame tubes for added strength, hand-change conversion to foot-change and various other things.
Packman and Poppe rear wheel bearings are quite unique…in that they are set in the frame rather the hub. The rear hub is also a QD one that leaves the brake drum and rear chain in place. The company only existed between 1923 and 1930 and it is difficult to find any information about them. Because the frame has been altered somewhat, we’re not even sure what model this started life as, but it’s probably an L2 or L3. No sign of any frame number to help us.
But the biggest surprise of all was that it is running…and sounded great:
Over tea, we discussed the pros and cons of either leaving it like it is, or restoring to original. Due to the number of alterations already carried out coupled with the rarity of the bike (only 5 known to survive), the latter would be quite a challenge as an engine would need to be found, tank made, frame altered etc. The former would be attractive if the grasstacker was indeed as famous as thought, but I’ve not found any reference to him anywhere, so who knows.
If anyone is interested in this bike, the owner is quite open to offers – cash or swop. On reflection, he wishes he had bought an unrestored model from a more common maker (i.e. BSA, Ariel, Norton, Rudge etc) from the 1920’s; preferably one with acetylene lighting. Also, if anyone knows of another owner of these bikes or has more information on them, please do let me know.
After a couple of hours, I left him with our 2018 Programme Card, my contact details if he wants to come and see some rusty Ariels (he does!), and a promise I’d post something similar on the VMCC Forum.
Some of us have been at this Show for the last three days. It’s been tiring at times but I thoroughly enjoyed it. A chance to meet friends, old and new, put faces to names and generally natter about old bikes while drinking much coffee and tea.
As usually, the various club stands were outstanding and I’m always amazed at just how many different motorcycle clubs are out there.
I’d like to personally thank Linda & Ray Dickinson, Chris Smith, Mike Ward and Paul Miles as these individuals surely spent the most time setting up and manning our VMCC Dorset Section stand at the show.
Oh, and Linda won an award!
Setting Up on Friday afternoon:
Saturday and Sunday:
A fairly random selection of bikes based on anything that caught my eye.
Last Sunday, four members of the Dorset Section made their annual trip to Hungry Hill, Aldershot to watch the Talmag Trophy Trial for four stroke pre-65 bikes and sidecars. As you would expect there are the usual Tiger Cubs, C15, Triumph twins, BSA, Ariel and AJS singles, but how about a Levis girder fork, Ariel Colt, Triumph TRW, Ducati SMS, Douglas Comp, Vincent Comet, Panther or a MV Augusta 125. The event is free to watch and you are made most welcome.
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!