Photos from Car and Bike Club Night 2021

Our first Club Night in a very long time – 18 months actually!  And it was a perfect sunny evening for our annual Car and Bike night.  Plus, we’re back at Henstridge Golf and Leisure which is under new ownership – Sandra and Brian are the managers and are still finding their feet but I thought they were coping very well last night.

Someone counted 25 bikes and 4 cars of interest.  Lots of old faces and some new ones. It’s great to be back.  Before you take a look at the photos, take a look at this short video.  It shows the two types of Vintagent. On the left is a bloke who has already failed to get his bike started on his fist attempt before the start of the video, and he’s now blaming everyone except himself or the Norton Inferior.  You can feel his frustration as he starts to jump wildly on the kick start.  It’s all rather unpleasant. Compare this with the calm Ariel owner on the right. No dramas, just a couple of kicks, and he’s away. (Many thanks to Simon Barker for the two videos)

Photo (in no particular order)

Photos from the Ox Drove Run 2021

Yesterday, I was eagerly looking for Bernard at the start, obviously to sign-on but mainly to ask him why it was called The Ox Drove Run…only to find out that he had already re-named it to something boring like the Northern Circular Runaround.  For me, it will always be The Ox Drove Run. 🙂

A good turn out with 19 people signing on and a very pleasant 34 mile run from Marsh and Ham car park in Blandford to the Horton Inn via the Tarrants, Melbury Abbas, Zig Zag Hill, Tollard Royal and the Gussages.  I spotted Peter Miller breaking down close to the start with a broken chain split link, but he had a spare, so a nice recovery and he made it to the pub before the rest of us! I’m not sure Dan Skinner on the big Kawasaki was so lucky; he seemed to have starting problems with a flat battery.

Thanks Bernard for yet another good run.  If anyone else wants to organise a run, we would be very grateful, so please get in touch.  Don’t leave it to the same few Committee members to do it….

Don’t forget our next few events: Car and Bike Club Night this Wednesday (14th),  Mid-Week Run on the 21st and GIANTS Run on the 25th

Photos from the Chairman’s Challenge Run 2021

I wasn’t able to make yesterday Chairman’s Challenge Run but, by all accounts, and despite some rain, everyone had a good time.  It was nice of our Chairman to offer free cake to anyone who completed the course with the exact same mileage as himself, but he knew full well his hard earned lucre was safe. Odometers are not the most accurate things in the world and his was probably way off. Nice one Paul 🙂

Text and most photos below by Paul Miles.  And don’t forget our Ox Drove Run next Sunday 11th : details here.

Your correspondent attended the splendid Chairman’s Challenge this morning in the company of about a 15 others who laughed at the weather forecast, placed their trust in perfect motorcycle preparation and quality weatherproof riding attire. A run of just under fifty miles followed, with detailed route maps and distances being substituted for the need to look out for road signs. Nobody matched the chairman’s mileage so he kept his wallet safely closed and bought no cake. A couple of showers scudding through, but a good time was had by all.

Photos from the Blue Haze Run

This was a first for the Section, laying on a run exclusively for two stroke motorcycles. Despite opening up the run to those pesky four strokes, for the first time, we failed to pre-book all 30 places. Was something else on? Hot weather send everyone to the coast?

Andy’s report is below and many thanks Andy, for putting this run together, and, yes, Teals café is a great new venue for us.  I think we did rather well  getting 11 stinkwheels and hope this classified run becomes an annual event on our calendar: great oaks from little acorns grow!

Don’t forget: we have a mid-week run on Wednesday (16th) and the Somerset Levels Run next Sunday (20th).  Check our event calendar for details.

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The first Blue Haze Run, was certainly the Blue Sky Run with the warmest day of the year so far!

We had 19 entrants – 11 on 2 Strokes and 4 on f*** strokes. Very mixed bag of strokers ranging from a 1924 Scott Squirrel to a Kawasaki 750 H2, the smell of 2 stroke was definately in the air at certain points of the route.

The route left The Trading post and went over Batcombe to Sherbourne and then to Poyntington to Teals farmshop and café at North Cadbury. This new café is definitely worth considering if organising an event in this area. After a pleasant stop we then proceeded to Somerton, Martock, Hazlebury Plucknett and back to the Trading Post. All in 64 miles were covered.

So if you have a 2 stroke of any type gathering dust in the back of your shed, dig it out and dust it off ready for next year, whatever it is you will find someone going at a similar pace. Lets see if we can get over twenty stinkwheels next year!

At The Start
At Teals

 

Gillingham & Shaftesbury Agricultural Show

Peter Miller has received the following from Ray Long with regard to this year’s Gillingham & Shaftesbury Show.  If anyone would like to take their bike to this event, it is suggested you get in touch directly with Ray who can be reached via chrisandray@yahoo.com

Dear Peter,

I hope that you are well and have survived the worst of the pandemic.

We were in contact over a year ago about having a motorbike display at the Gillingham & Shaftesbury Agricultural Show. I am organising a car display again and have been asked if I can also set up a bike display.

The Show will be on for two days (18 & 19th August) and I am looking for around 20 bikes each day. Ideally, the organisers want a similar number each day and not 20 one day and 2 the other. Each rider would receive a free entry ticket to the show and would need to provide their name, address, email, phone no. in advance. Details of their bikes i.e. Year, make and model would also be helpful.  

I realise that the weather on the day will play a part.

If you feel that this would not work for your group can you give me contact details for any other reasonably local groups.

With best wishes,

Ray

Photos and Video from the Summer Run 2021

What a run!  120 miles for me and involving three counties:  Dorset, Somerset and Devon.  I’ll start off by posting Bernard’s report:

“Well, I think everybody enjoyed the run, I certainly did not get any complaints. One gentleman who perhaps did not enjoy the day, riding a flat tanker, broke down on the route to Dunkerswell, I believe with a seized engine. He was waiting for his rescue service, and was still waiting when we came back passed the same spot. I do hope all ended well for him. It appears Tubby’s café was closed, but “The Aviator” was able to accommodate us OK. I was rather alarmed as we approached the restaurant, with the vast number of parked cars, thankfully aviation spectators, not hungry people. We had a good mixture of roads, I don’t like the A303 but we had to join it to get further West. The Blackdown Hills have some wonderful roads I only wish they were nearer!”

We certainly did enjoy it Bernard; many thanks for an excellent route.  And not having visited the Blackdown Hills before, I particularly liked the A30 sweeping down into Yarcombe from Chard and then the twisty bends going up the other side to the top of the hills.  Loved it and it’s featured in my short video below.

The gentleman on the flat tank Sunbeam is Andy Turner and he finally got home at 6pm.  By the time his engine had freed off, he’d already called the rescue service so he decided to wait it out.  See you on the GIANTS Run, Andy.

And two other no-shows due to breakdowns getting to the start. Jeanette Dungey broken down on her newish bike, so she and Pete were absent.  And Dave Bramley and friend broke down somewhere between Salisbury and Warden Hill.

One other person was conspicuous by his absence: our Section Chairperson.  But I hear he’s given up riding motorcycles and become a motorcycle dealer…

The Start at Warden Hill Trading Post
Dunkeswell and back at Warden Hill
Some Views of the Outward Journey from my Helmet Camera

Over the last few months, I’ve been playing around with various helmet cameras and trying to get better at video editing.  The outward run was about 90 minutes in length which would bore you silly if I showed all 90 minutes of it, so I’ve condensed it down to about 9 minutes.  I was leading my little group of three (Ken Druce and William Webb), but as they were behind me, you’ll rarely see them, except when the Sat Nav took us the wrong way (4:29).  Blackdown Hills / Yarcombe (5:26).  Make sure you watch it fullscreen and in 1440p HD.  If you’re wondering what Peter Bovenizer says to me right at the start of the video, it is “Don’t you be a hooligan on that!” 🙂 .

Photos from the Jeff Clew Memorial Run 2021

Eating cake as usual?

Due to family commitments, I was unable to take part in yesterday’s Jeff Clew Memorial Run, so the photos below are published here with permission from Ian, Richard and Paul — many thanks.

Feedback I’ve received include phrases like “wet and windy“, “cold and windy“, “heavy squally rain” but also “We enjoyed the run today“,  “an excellent run“.  Many thanks to Rod and Carol Hann for organising this annual favourite for many of us.

Note: at the moment, next Sunday’s Summer Run (30th May) is only half full <shock!> Weather forecast looks sunny, so book a place here while you can.

Photos by Ian Myers
Photos by Richard Hutson
Photos by Paul Miles

Photos from the Hedgerow Run 2021

The fourth, and hopefully the last, of our “Rule of 6” runs. The Jeff Clew Run, in 2 weeks time, is the first of the “Rule of 30” runs.

Despite the somewhat poor weather, another successful run by all accounts.  Again, like the last run, some serious mileages clocked up in the some of the groups below.  If there was a prize, I’d award to Andy Grew’s Sparkford Group; what a great idea to have a “themed” run to visit all the Red Signs in Dorset.

Individual reports and photos below in alphabetical order by start location:

Compton Abbas Group

Report from Andrew Rae, the group leader:

A brief synopsis of todays outing , ComptonAbbas airfield well early for a 11pm planned departure, promptly joined by Ken Druce ( Yamaha XTZ 750 of 1991 vintage ) then (not necessarily in order) Phil Allen (Honda CB500 1993) and Paul Meredith (Sunbeam S8 1952) Dave Boon (BMW ST 998cc outfit 1984) and finally Will Collard ( Triumph T120 Bonneville ) Alison Collard wisely looked at the weather and thought you must be joking!. On time departure at 11am along the Chalke Valley to Coombe Bisset then onwards to Downton for a leg stretch and Coffee, curiously dry roads but wet visors, mislaid 50% of contingent at Coombe Bisset but recovered promptly. After refreshment onwards into the New Forest ( preferred the old one) the acute turn back to Fordingbridge and Cranborne to stop at garden center for lunch, chosen for better weather protection than at the Horton Inn. At this point all the worlds problems were put to rights and we dispersed in various directions to go home. The good news is that we saw plenty of hedgerows and unlike our last outing plenty of bluebells. Roll on the next run.

Henstridge Group

Report from Ray Dickinson, the group leader:

Another good ride nice to meet up with club members. We had a scenic ride past Stour Head through the Deverells on to Sutton Veny were we joined the Wiltshire Cycleway stopping at the Ginger Pig for coffee and cake. Maybe we stayed too long but the sun was out and the company was good! Then went on to Wilton turning back through Barford along the B3089 turning through the park gates at Fonthill Bishop past the lake on to Semley and back into Shaftesbury for a late lunch at the Virginia Ash. Varied selection of bikes, no problems and didn’t lose anybody this time! We had an ex member come to the start and follow us some of the way and talk of possibly joining again. Gabby came along to the start to wish us well, hope to see him out on a bike in the near future.

King’s Stag Group

Report from Paul Wirdnam, the group leader:

The newly opened Coffee Shop at King’s Stag is proving to be popular with everyone.  Ken Druce and I bumped into Rod and Carol Hann there on Friday and here we are again starting my group from this convenient location.

Even before the run, we had one mishap.  Young Ryan lost his Velocette’s  battery on the way from Yeovil to the start and didn’t notice a thing until he got to King’s Stag; thank goodness for magnetos!  The only other mishap was the weather; we ran into a small amount of light drizzle for about 5 miles, but hey, it was still a great run.

We headed off to another newly discovered café in the Purbecks near Corfe Castle, where cake was eaten by all.  I’m not sure why I always seem to do what our Chairman says: “Hey Secretary, go stand by that cake sign and stick your belly out!”.  At this café, we bumped into Steve from the South Dorset Section who was out checking places for their upcoming Weymouth Week, and this morning Steve signed up to our email distribution list.  He must have liked us!  Welcome Steve!

From here we headed north and ended the run at the Compton Abbas Airfield.  Run was 52 miles but 70 by the time I got home.

Sparkford Group

Report from Andy Grew, the group leader:

The ‘Sparkford’ group didn’t actually go to Sparkford today as we were on a mission. The run was planned to visit all four red sign posts, so we started from The Trading Post at Warden Hill. If you are in the area we recommend the café as the staff are very helpful and the cream teas excellent.

It was a bit of a BMW owners club outing today with a R100CS, R80 and R100 Trike, also a Ducati Monster and Laverda RGS 1000 – no Brits today! Everybody was on message as there were 4 red bikes!

So onto the first post at Benville Bridge then the post at Hewood, near South Chard, via Beaminster and Broadwinsor. Then lunch at a pleasantly sunny West Bay.

We then main roaded it to the next post at Bere Regis then onto the last post at Corten Denham, via Piddle Hinton, Glanvilles Wooton and Sherbourne.

Excellent run with weather better than expected and fantastic displays of bluebells – shame it wasn’t the bluebell run.

The run was about 110 miles, I did about 130 in all – first chance for the Laverda to stretch its legs.

Udder Farm Shop Group

Report from Bernard Jones, the group leader:

Another good run, couple of glitches, principally my translating google map data onto my route sheet. Fortunately reference to the OS map, soon had us out of trouble. The lunch stop at Priddy in the Mendips at the Hunter Lodge Inn, If you have never been there, it’s a must visit location. I don’t think it has changed for 100 years. Beer barrels on stillage behind the bar, excellent quality beer. No fancy food, ham or cheese roll for £2. And cash only. Quite busy, serving at picnic benches in the pub garden, luckily the weather was fine, both during lunch and on the run.

 

Photos from the Bluebell Run 2021

Following on from the Informal Blandford Run, this was our third “Rule of 6” run consisting of 5 groups with 6 riders in each.  If Boris doesn’t change his plans, our final “Rule of 6” run with be the Hedgerow Run in two weeks on Sunday 9th May — watch out for the email with full details.

Another successful run by all accounts, and the weather over the last three runs has been perfect.  Some serious mileages clocked up in the some of the groups below and although my group’s run (Okeford Fitzpaine) was a mere 50 miles (70 by the time I got home), three in my group came from Trowbridge (Rich), Westbury (Alan) and Swindon (Dave).  By the time Dave Owen had got home, he’d covered 210 miles.

Individual reports and photos below in alphabetical order by start location:

Blandford Group

Report from Bernard Jones, the group leader:

OK, so I lied about an 80 mile run, I had planned a 90 mile run. However when I got to Broad Chalk I took a shortcut, but forgot to adjust my mileage to the next turning, and missed it, got totally lost and added 10 miles to the run, so ended with a 100 miles run. Luckily Dave Bramley (Triumph) knew the area well and took over the lead. We had a very pleasant lunch and chat in brilliant sunshine at the Ginger Piggery. The return run was uneventful, finally seeing the bluebells near Milton Abbas as we returned to Blandford. There were some complaints about the road conditions in the Dinton, Fovant area, otherwise everybody was very pleased with the run. One interesting observation; we ran “follow my leader” style, I find it quite difficult to identify the last man and check we are all together. Paul Meredith (Sunbeam) was last man, and with his brilliant LED headlamp, it was so much easier to spot him.

Bernard Jones (Vincent)

p.s. I nearly murdered a hare, according to the rider behind me, the hare did a complete summersault before disappearing!

Others in the picture:

Will & Alison Collard (Triumph)

Barry Wilson (BMW)

Henstridge Group

Report from Ray Dickinson, the group leader:

You could be forgiven for thinking we were at a Velocette club gathering as we had three a 250,350,and 500cc join us (still that’s better than three Ariels). A good ride via Marnhull,Hammoon, Okeford Fitzpaine to Bullbarrow were we stopped for the view, Marie and Linda had arranged coffee and cake. Then down through the bluebell woods to Winterborne Whitechurch were we lost Maurice he had been delayed by cars getting through the narrow lanes.We returned up the valley with that wonderful view over Dorset dropping down to Okeford and onto Sturminster turning right through Shillingstone and up through the bends on the A350 before taking a right over Fontmell Downs and on to Zigzag hill before taking the A30 back to the Virginia Ash for lunch, 63 miles around beautiful Dorset. The pub made us most welcome full roast lunch and a pint of beer in their garden.

Okeford Fitzpaine

Report from Paul Wirdnam, the group leader:

With three riders coming from North of The Wall*, it felt more like an invasion force when they started drinking my coffee, eating my pastries and talking to my wife 🙂 .   But a great collection of British bikes: a Velocette, a Rudge, a Sunbeam and two Ariel.  But in true Velocette fashion, the Velo proved tricky to start after our various stops.

*“The Wall” is the A303: South of it is good, anything north of it are the badlands…

The first part of our run (30 miles) took us to Okeford Fitzpaine, Ibberton, Droop, Stoke Wake, Hilton, Milton Abbas, Delcombe Woods, Turnworth, Okeford Fitzpaine, Sturminster Newton and ending at the new King’s Stag Coffee Shop

After coffee, we did a further 20 mile to Hamish’s Farm Shop via Pulham, Cerne Abbas, Synding St Nicholas (the ford!), Lower Wraxall, Rampisham and Closworth.

No breakdowns and a great time had by all!

Shaftesbury Group

Report from Andrew Rae, the group leader:

10-30 am Colin Jacobs and I arrive at the Ivy Cross roundabout on a TS 250 MZ and Moto Guzzi and we were not first there as Pete Dungey (Honda Benley 200cc) and Jeanette Dungey( Honda Shadow ) had beaten us to it, rapidly we were joined by Simon Barker ( Laverda 3c 1200) and to complete the six Steve Edginton ( 1954 Ariel NH 350cc ) both already had ridden up from South Dorset (kudos) Routing north Semley, Hindon, fag break , then Chicklade , Monkton Deverill, Longbridge Deverill and Crockerton for sticky buns. Sixty mins later onwards past Longleat through Horningsham, Garehill, Kilmington and Stourhead then second fag break at Gasper. Confession time the Moto Guzzi was a 250cc from Crockerton but some fiddling with the Left Hand HT resolved this snag ( not sure why) and also we learned that Ariels prefer firm ground for their prop stands, we all have had the same problem. Then off again with Pete and Jeanette departing the group at Zeals then Steve at Motcombe and finally Simon at Nettlebed as he headed home. Well some Bluebells spotted but not carpets of same, but some truly memorable potholes, thanks for swinging arm suspension.

Sparkford Group

Report from Andy Grew, the group leader:

Another lovely run from Sparkford today, another mixed bunch of bikes. Ariel and BMW R80 joined today by a ’61 BSA A10, ’74 Benelli Tornado and BMW R100 based trike.

Route around Cadbury Castle to Obourne , where Chris nearly got his head knocked off by a low flying Buzzard! Probably thought the Ariel looked like prime carrion!

Then onto Milbourne Port, Goathill, Alweston and Glanvilles Wooton then to Batcombe Hill. Bluebells were in bloom then onto the Trading Post for a very pleasant break.

We then went to Rampisham via Evershott where we made a quick stop to secure an indicator making a bid for freedom. We then returned to Sparkford via Sutton Bingham Reservoir, Thornford and Sherborne. Altogether bit less than 60 miles.

Weather was excellent and the views superb as everywhere is now starting to green up. Roll on a hopefully derestricted Summer.

NOTE: No Bluebells were harmed in the taking of this photo!

 

 

Photos from the Blandford Run 2021

Following on from the Informal Good Friday Run, this was our second “Rule of 6” run consisting of 5 groups with 6 riders in each.  But unlike the Good Friday run, the weather was decidedly chilly this morning but it was largely dry for many of us although it looks as though Phil Allen’s group drew the short straw weather-wise.

Despite the low temperatures, everyone seemed to have a good time and its good to see the same new Section members always being the first to reserve their places on the next informal run.  We must be doing something right.

Finally, our Informal Bluebell Run is in two weeks time on the 25th and 23 of the 30 places have already been booked.  So if you want a place, you had better hurry and book one…..

Blandford Group 1

Report from Paul Wirdnam, the group leader:

Quite a range of bikes in our group today: Paul Miles on a 50’s Sunbeam S7, Ken Druce on a 30’s Sunbeam Model 9, Steve Edgington on a very pretty 50’s NG Ariel, Kevin Eddols on his  80’s Yamaha 4, Willian Webb on a Velo and me on a 30’s Ariel VH;  having two Ariels in our group clearly upset our Ariel-hating Chairman 🙂 .

Starting at Lidl in Blandford, we headed off to Ashmore, Berwick St. John, Ebbesbourne Wake, Fovant, Dinton, Wylye and finally stopping at The Ginger Piggery & Ginny’s Cafe for a coffee.  Quite by chance, we bumped into Rich Kinsey here who was out on a ride with his Sunbeam S8.

Then onto Sutton Veny, the Deverills, Mere, Motcombe, Shaftesbury and ending at Hammoon, nr. Sturminster Newton.  68 miles in total and a very pleasant run.

Blandford Group 2

Report from Bernard Jones, the group leader:

A cool but not uncomfortable run. Jim Thornton was unable to make it, trouble with centre piston on his Triple Triumph. So 5 of us met up at Blandford Tesco car park, Kevin Chapman 650 Triumph; Simon Baker, Laverda triple; Mick Sobalak 655 BSA; myself Vincent Rapide and new boy Ian Buckingham 500 Triumph. Ian told me he really enjoy the run, and will join us again, hope he is telling the truth! We headed off up the Tarrant valley to the Shaftsbury top road past Compton Abbas airfield, through the Donheads up to East Knowle. Then trouble hit, Mick’s BSA lost its clutch, not literally, but suspect the shaft nut had come loose, so rescue service for Mick. The rest of us proceeded through East Knowle to Starbucks on the A303. Not my best choice but with Covid rules, not much alternative. Paninis and coffees all round and a good chat then headed home via Gillingham, Sturminster Newton and Winterbourne Stickland. Blandford greeted us with drizzle, and with minor hail at East Knowle, otherwise a dry run.

Blandford Group 3

Report from Phil Allen, the group leader:

We started at the Marsh & Ham car park with 5 bikes and 6 people, headed towards Bryanston, Melbury Hill & Compton Abbas by a very nice narrow road route (gravel and grass in the middle), onto Donhead St Andrew just off the A30 down narrow roads to Hindon where we stopped for a break then on our way for coffee and cake in Shaftesbury. As we arrived at the car park snow or hail or something fell for 10 minutes so as you can see, we sheltered in the toilet block then on for tea and cake. We then lost 3 of the group who either decided enough was enough or had to get off home, the 3 remaining went off to see the Fovant Badges where we lost another member who decided it was nearer to go home so only 2 left for the final leg through Broad Chalk and Bower Chalk, Six Penney Handley and back to Blandford for more tea and biscuits. A very enjoyable day of just over 75 miles through some of Dorset and Wiltshire’s best biking roads!!!. Most of the day was nice weather be it a bit nippy and of course a bit of the white stuff. Incidentally it is a good job me and Dave did not do the full route l had roughly “planned” as it would have been just over 100 miles. (must improve my route planning in future). Oh! the cake in Shaftesbury was excellent.

Henstridge Group

Report from Ray Dickinson, the group leader:

Another good run. We met up at the Virginia Ash where Peter Hallowes came along to see us off. It was good to see him and have a chat.
Our route took us off south to Kings Stag through Minterne Magna and on to Cerne Abbas as no one was serving coffee there we headed for Hamish’s Farm Shop where we felt obliged to eat bacon sarnies and coffee. Returning through Yetminster, Sherborne and back to Henstridge approx 50 miles.
There was a varied selection of bikes, Colin on his 1926 flat tank Norton, Peter on a 1937 250cc Velo with Maurice & Marie BMW sidecar and our BMW R80. In spite of all the differences in bikes we all enjoyed it! no one got left behind. Looking forward to our next run when pubs and farm shop will be able to offer refreshments.

Sparkford Group

Report from Andy Grew, the group leader:

Another excellent run today from Sparkford. Honda was the marque of choice today with 3, plus an Ariel, a BMW and a Moto Morini.

First was a quick stop for photos at Alfreds Tower then on to Nunney, via Witham Friary and Trudoxhill. Bit of a result at Greggs as we all got a free Breakfast Bun – very welcome!

Then onwards to Cranmore, Batcombe and Bruton to finish at Sparkford.

It was a bit cold in places, Tim’s temp gauge showed just 3 degrees at Alfreds Tower and a we had a hail shower in Trudoxhill.

Roll on the next run!!