Report on the GIANTS Run 2019

Cerne Abbas Giant
Cerne Abbas Giant
  • thank you and all the organisers for a wonderful event. Same time next year then?
  • thoroughly enjoying myself
  • already in our calendar for next year

Just a few of the comments passed to me yesterday during and after our inaugural GIANTS Run, an event for girder fork bikes.  I’m sure Paul Miles has received many more.


Saturday Late Afternoon and Evening Meal:

It kicked off with a late Saturday afternoon gathering at Henstridge Golf and Leisure to meet riders who were camping overnight.  At 5:15pm, led by Gabby Hunt, we all headed off on our bikes to Sherborne Golf Course for an early evening supper.  Two course meal for £10; what’s not to like!  We had 22 at this gathering, which was more than expected, so many thanks to all those who came to welcome our visitors.  It was a great way to meet new girder fork enthusiasts, so the scene was set for the following day…

Sunday Morning Line-Up:

And what a day it was!  Fantastic turnout!  80 pre-registered for the event, with 10 signing up on the day.  Nine were pillion riders, so 71 machines, plus at least 4 of the usual hangers on, too mean to register 🙁 .  At least 11 no-shows on the day, without notice, plus a couple of cancellations prior, usually due to ill health or mechanical issues, so we think about 60 rode on the day.  Rod and Sandy at Henstridge Golf and Leisure did an excellent job of providing breakfast and the “pie and pint” lunch — it’s worth mentioning that we decided that cancellations and no-shows would not be eligible for refunds, and this helped ensure that- Rod and Sandy’s catering plans would not be upset at short notice.

Professional Photos with kind permission from Andrew Butler Photography:

Andrew, a friend of Paul Miles, shows how photographs should be taken.  Some brilliant photos here — many thanks Andrew.

Other Photos taken on route:

Signing-on was administered by Cressy Miles, Philippa Wirdnam and Marie McGladdery.  Plus, we had a number of fluorescent jacket marshals helping with parking,  and Andy Grew & Pete Dungey offering a breakdown service for the long and short routes respectively.  Many thanks to all of you; it all worked very smoothly.

The only thing we lost control of was the weather. Beautiful start to the day but by 1:30pm, the heavens had opened and several of us were caught in torrential rain.  Simon Dillon’s Sarolea magneto was overwhelmed by water as was the magneto on your Secretary’s (me!) Ariel Sloper.  Both of us were about 62 miles into our 67 long route — so close yet so far.  I did eventually get back to Henstridge by car but by then it was 3:45pm and there were only a few people left…although Sandy still managed to produce a pie!

Final Thoughts From Paul Miles:

There was a will in the section to try and offer an event purely for girder fork bikes and to include the 1930s machines- so often the bridesmaids in that they are too new for established events such as Banbury yet find themselves slightly overwhelmed in general runs as the majority of riders choose 70/80s bikes for them now.

A turnout such as this vindicates the decision and really shows a desire to keep these fine old bikes on the road where they belong. The carefully curated routes by Paul Wirdnam played to the strengths of these machines, avoiding faster roads, or the goat tracks we’re sometimes subjected to; especially difficult on bikes with no suspension!

Dozens of these machines going off together and mostly riding at similar speeds made for a tremendous feeling of camaraderie and it seemed to be so much more than ‘just another ride’ to me, at least. Girder fork enthusiasts are the beating heart of vintage motorcycling and long may it continue. I loaned out three of my bikes, all to ‘vintage virgins’. Everyone survived and loved the day. One even asked me how much a ‘GIANTS eligible’ bike might cost as he intends to come again next year with his own machine. Another tried to buy the Duggie off me there and then! I’d really love to see us getting more enthusiasts out on our bikes.

Roll on GIANTS 2!

Poole Bay Classics – Spetisbury Country Day

I have been asked if anyone would be interested in displaying a classic bike at Spetisbury Country Show on Sunday 9th June 2019.

Location: Crawford Bridge, Spetisbury, DT11 9EA.

Time:  Exhibitors on site by 10:00am / Public opening 10:30 – 5 pm.

Free to exhibitors, but the Country Day is supporting various charities and the community. Therefore donations gratefully received.

If you are interested in displaying a bike then call me on 01258 452977 or email me on

Thanks Ken

Gillingham In Gear 2019 : Help Needed!

Following from Ray Dickinson; please get back to Ray if you can offer any help at all, no matter how small.

Gillingham in Gear show takes place on Saturday June 8th and we need your support . As one of the organisers, I will be on site from 7am setting up and on car park duty all day.  Can anybody help by bring the club gazebo;  if needed, I can help on the Friday in collecting it from the Section’s shed at Fiddleford.  There are many motorcycle clubs taking part and we need to have a stand that shows how good our club is.

Then we need plenty of your bikes.  It’s free to enter and no restriction on how long you stay,  plenty of food stalls, a pub next door and a lot to see;  all sort of bikes, classic cars, lorries and tractors.

The Section’s Committee is putting a lot of work organising many more events this year and we need the help of its members.

Regards Ray

Classics Around Dorset

As you know l get involved with a classic car event every year in aid of various local charities, mainly The Air Ambulance

This years event is on 26th May 2019 at Alecs Field, opposite the Antelope Pub in Hazelbury Bryan DT10 2EB anyone who would like to bring a motorcycle will be welcome, we usually get a lot of visitors so is a good opportunity to show off your bike.

Food, band, static shows etc gates open at 8am

Photos from the Bluebell Run 2019

Andrew, Ray, Linda and Dave

Sunny start today at the Okeford Fitzpaine Recreation Ground where we had 30 people signing-on for our annual Bluebell Run to Lulworth Cove.  Coffee, tea and pastries kindly provided and served by Marjorie and Philippa — many thanks ladies!

By departure time at 11:ooam, the sun had gone and it was unusually chilly.  But it didn’t rain and we did see bluebells…( remember 2018? 🙂 )

At least 20% of us didn’t get as far as Lulworth, but instead ended up at Moreton Tea Rooms drinking more tea / coffee, eating more cake and generally talking rubbish.  I couldn’t possibly say who was the leader of this breakaway rebel group, but they’ll not be allowed to take part next year 🙂 .


A Final Farewell to Three Members

We’re very sad to report the recent passing of the following three members and I’m sure we’re all thinking of their friends and families at this time.

  • Colin Goody, who died a couple of weeks ago, was a fearless speedway rider.  I’ve heard many stories of Colin and his Ariels. His funeral will take place at Poole Crematorium on Friday 10th May at 4pm.
  • Ken Blake of Poole who died on Monday 22nd April. He was a very early member of the Section and at one time was Chairman. His funeral will take place at The Church of the Good Sheppard, 63 Good Road, Rossmore, Poole, BH12 4HR, on Wednesday 8th May at 11am.
  • Pat Manley from Leigh who died on Saturday 27th April. He was a Dorset member for many years and only gave up a year or two ago. His funeral will take place at Leigh Village Church on Wednesday 15th May at 2pm. Motorcycles will be welcome and motorcycle kit worn.