Riverside Cafe / Moto Corsa 26th August 2017

Good turnout at yesterday’s Last-Saturday-of-the-Month Breakfast Meet at the Riverside Café on the A30 near East Stour.

After some initial refreshment here, a few of us continued into Gillingham to tryout the café and gardens at the newly opened Moto Corsa dealership…and very nice it was too, so I for one, will be back many times…

Riverside Café Photographs:

The little 1932 250cc BSA led to much discussion concerning the definition of “patina”, “oily rag” and “junkyard dog” etc. But whatever your thoughts, when it blasted away from the café going east on the A30, it sounded and performed more like a 500 rather than a 250; most impressed!

Moto Corsa Photographs:

Pictures from the Border Run 2017

To quote from Paul Miles’s FB Report:

The border run was extremely well attended earlier today, with a great variety of bikes on parade. Here in the Dorset section we laugh at the drop off system, preferring to riff our way round the planned route. Invariably, this results in lots of bikes veering off at all angles like two wheeled rabbits, great fun.

Photos from Paul Wirdnam:

Photos from Paul Miles:

Photos from Ray Dickinson:

New Local Services Page

I’ve made a start on a page to list local services. A few of us are new to Dorset and/or classic motorcycling and it would help us to know about recommended local companies that more established members have used to keep their bikes on the road.

You can find the page on the “Local Services” link below but please note, you must be logged in to view the contents of this page.

You can also find this link on the new “Members Only” menu item on the top right of all pages — this menu item is also only visible when logged in.  Not got an account?  No problem, just email the secretary at secretary@dorsetvmcc.co.uk

Local Services

Stonehenge Section Intersection Annual Quiz 20th September 2017

Hi All


We have been invited to make up a team for the annual Stonehenge Section VMCC annual quiz on 20th September 2017.

Do we want to put a team together? if so can you let me know and l will let Keith Starks know.

Details are below:

We meet at Redlynch Sports and Social Club, Woodfalls, near Downton, Wiltshire, SP5 2LN.
Club telephone number is 01725 511281.

The quiz will start promptly at 8pm and refreshments will be provided at the end of the quiz during marking of the answer sheets.

Directions to the Redlynch Sports and Social Club:-
From Salisbury take the A338 to Downton. Turn left at the traffic lights in Downton.
Continue on this road for 3 miles to the village of Woodfalls.
The Sports and Social Club is on the left hand side immediately after the Woodfalls Inn.
There is plenty of parking at the club.




Report on Jeff Clew Memorial Run 2017

Report from Rod Hann on last Sunday’s (27th July) Jeff Clew Memorial Run:

The forecast of heavy rain showers was thankfully wrong for the Jeff Clew Memorial Run held on Sunday 30th July, 2017. 40 riders assembled at the Haynes International Motor Museum, Sparkford, before setting off on either the 40 or 70 mile routes around Somerset, Dorset and Wiltshire. Suitable coffee stops had been arranged mid route. Returning to Sparkford all judging was done and the prizes were presented by Alison and Pippa (Jeff’s two daughters) before everyone made for home still in the dry. A good day was had by all. The Award Winners were:-

Haynes Shield (Best Overall) John GUY 1929 Terrot

Hinton Motorcycles Trophy (Best Veteran or Vintage) Dave JOYCE 1920 Triumph

Bob Foster Trophy (Best Post Vintage) Vernon COX 1937 Rudge

John Brittain Trophy (Best Post War) Ray FITZGERALD Moto Guzzi

Clew Family Trophy (Best Velocette) Gabby Hunt 1960 Venom

VMCC Tankard (Best Douglas) Martin FOOT Douglas Mk 1V

Denny Trophy (Best Threewheeler) Bryan POPE 1922 Royal Enfield S/C

Mike Penn Award (Spirit of the Event) Percy WHELLOCK 1960 BSA S/C

Orman Tankard (Best Japanese Machine) Ann WELLS 1981 Honda

Best Unrestored Machine Dave ATTERBURY Douglas


Sorry I missed it but had some family over from Australia.  Looks like a good turnout and refreshing to see some girder fork bikes taking part 😉  Anyone else got any more photographs?


AGM – Committee Members

I mentioned in the last post l did about the AGM that l would let you know what posts will be vacant, well all posts are up for grabs.

Most important is we need a Chairman as Ray is standing down and l will not be taking on the duty, someone needs to come along and volunteer for this as we cant run without a Chairman.

There are 7 or 8 more post including Treasurer, Secretary and general posts.

Without these posts being filled we can not run so it is important we fill these as a matter of urgency,

It is worth remembering a lot of the present committee have been doing this for a long time an it is time someone else took on the task to keep the Section running.

If you are interested or want to know more please contact one of the present Committee  members who will be more than happy to discuss it.

Remember it is your Section so please help out.

Phil Allen

Trophy Amnesty

We seem to have lost track of some of the trophies and l have been given the task of bringing it up to date and making an electronic format for the future.

Suggestion is to bring any trophies you have to the club night on 13th December and l can log it, alternatively and email to me (allenphill@hotmail.com) with which trophy, when you received it and which run and for what.

Thank you

Phil Allen

Sections 50th Birthday 13th September

It is important if you have any allergies or special dietary needs to contact Ken Druce (Kenneth.druce@homecall.co.uk) so we can try and cater for this in advance, not on the night.

Please also bring your membership number.

The night will be very informal, but we will have a drink to our departed President, Ted Foote and there will be a raffle  for a book on the TT donated by one of our members and signed by Guy Martin, so prepare to dig deep!!!