Pictures from the VMCC Founder’s Day 2017

Always a favourite event in my calendar, the annual VMCC Founder’s Day at Stanford Hall in Leicestershire, and this year was no exception. A few patches of rain but nothing to stop everyone enjoying the great autojumble, static displays and arena shows…and the Hall does a very nice cup of tea and cake.

The George Formby lookalike riding the black-and-white chequed Triumph was most amusing.  His name is Graeme Hardy and he has an interesting story here —>


In no particular order, a load of snaps:

Sherborne Castle Car Show

I would like to thank all the people who brought their bikes over the weekend to be put on the Dorset VMCC section stand, it looked really good, with a good selection of club eligible bikes.

I would especially like to thank Ray & Linda for spending the whole weekend there doing most of the organisation and all the others who helped make it a success on the days.

This is a good showcase for the VMCC and hopefully will bring in new members to the club.

Photos of the weekend are to follow.

AGM Reminder

As we all know the AGM is on 11th October 2017, l know this is a long way off but soon comes around, we have potentially a lot of the present committee standing down this year, this is a big problem if we can not replace them. Once l have a better indication of the vacancies then l will publish this as a matter of urgency. I don’t think  we can function as a Section without a full  committee. I will be standing in for the Chairman while he is away for most of the summer in 2018 but l will be standing down as Vice Chairman at the 2018 AGM. It is imperative if we want to keep the Section going we find new people to stand, please consider this before the next club meeting and speak to me or one of our committee members, or email our Secretary for more information of what is involved.

Some of our committee members have  done many years and a lot for the Section and they need a break.

Also we need organisers for the next year runs, without run organisers there will be no runs, it is not fair to put all the runs onto the same few people.


Pictures from the Car and Bike Club Night 2017

The first club night at our new venue, the Henstridge Golf Club…and what a great start!  Warm, sunny evening for our annual Car and Bike club night and with a fantastic turnout.

The new venue:

Some of the cars:

Some of the bikes:

The movie:

My personal favourite vehicle of the evening was a mid 1930s BSA Y13 750cc OHV V-twin (in the photos above). I used to own BSA side-valve versions of this V-twin and have always lusted after a Y13, or its smaller brother, the J12.  One day maybe….

Y13 starting up for the journey home.

Pictures from the Lawrence of Arabia Run 2017

Good weather meant a big turnout for the VMCC South Dorset Section’s annual Lawrence of Arabia Run, with riders coming from many of the surrounding Sections (Isle of Wight, Dorset etc).

No maps to follow as the drop-off system was used…and worked well with no lost riders.  And as far as I know, no breakdowns or accidents.  Only complaint was that it was about 3 degree too hot but we shouldn’t complain about good weather… 🙂

Gathering for the start at the Spitfire Club in Crossways:

Coffee Stop at West Holme Garden Centre:

Lunch Stop at The Pulpit Inn at Portland Bill:

Finishing back at the Spitfire Club in Crossways.  Perhaps the biggest surprise of the day was that all three VMCC Dorset Section riders who took part each won a prize:


From left-to-right:

  • Paul Wirdnam: Most Desirable Bike (1935 Ariel 600cc Square Four OHC)
  • Phil Allen: Best Bike (1936 Sunbeam 500cc Model 9 OHV)
  • Ken Druce: Oldest Bike (1932 Sunbean 500cc Model 9 OHV)

Great day for everyone who took part!

Haynes Bikers’ Breakfast Ride-in

In addition to their very popular car Breakfast Club meets on the 1st Sunday of every month, the Haynes International Motor Museum at Sparkford have introduced a Haynes Bikers’ Breakfast Ride-in on the 3rd Sunday of every month.

I’ve added these dates to our Events calendar. More details can be found on the Haynes website here.