Yesterday was the Dorset Section’s 40th annual Veteran & Vintage Run held at the Leigh Village Hall and expertly organised by Rod and Carol Hann.
As this is a pre-1931 run, I was unable to take part last year having no suitable bike. But that all changed in February of this year with the purchase of a 1930 Ariel, so I’m trying to take part in as many of these V&V runs as possible this year: Banbury a few weeks ago, our own V&V run yesterday and Wessex V&V Section’s On The Beaded Edge run next weekend. Busy, busy, busy.
Rod reports: “We had 21 entrants and 35 people sat down to the lunch. No real breakdowns but several bikes suffered heat exhaustion and had to be pushed to be coaxed back into life, my own included. Of note is that Andrew Samways from Bridport has done 39 of the 40 V and V Runs.“. It wasn’t only the bikes that were suffering from heat exhaustion; it was a very hot day (nudging 30C) and with melting tarmac in places.
Excellent run with an excellent coffee stop at the Sherborne Steam and Waterwheel Centre that had a working day with the steam up. Ken Druce and I were unable to stay for lunch back at Leigh Village Hall but, as in previous years, I’m sure that was also excellent — thank you Rod and Carol!
Awards Winners were:
- Most Original machine = Roger GILLARD 1930 BSA
- Old Timers Trophy (Combined age of rider and machine) = Bryan POPE 1922 Royal Enfield
- Three Wheeler Award = Ian CLARKE 1927 Morgan Aero
- Most Desirable Vintage = John GUY 1929 Magnet Debon
- Most Desirable Veteran = Geoff WARREN Triumph