After days, weeks, of wet weather, it finally stopped raining for Roger’s Autumn Run. In fact, it turned out to be a warm and sunny autumn day; our only worries were dodging the numerous tractors and acres of mud on the roads.
The usual start location was Bradford’s Yard in Sherborne although Bradfords Building Supplies have now vacated this site and it is up for re-development, so we may not be here next year.
Coffee stop was Haynes International Motor Museum. Some of us arrived rather late; we got lost and had to be rescued from the depths of Dorset by Peter Hallowes. The same people then ended up at Hamish’s Farm Shop & Café; how did that happen? 🙂
Many thanks to Roger Gillard for arranging the weather and putting together another excellent Autumn Run.
In glorious weather, we had the last of our four 2019 Mid-Week Runs today. I believe they’ve been a great success and I look forward to the ones we have planned for 2020…
Rod and Carol Hann organised this one and when Rod said “I guarantee I’ll take you down roads you’ve never been on“, he wasn’t kidding. I usually like to do a Google Map route after the event, but there was no chance after today’s run as I have no idea how we managed to start from Milton Abbas and end up at the Rainbow Garage and Café in East Knighton.
And we used the drop-off system which worked very well without any hitches at all. Some people don’t like this system, but I’m not one of them; these Mid-Week runs, being less formal than our Sunday runs, are perfect for this system.
We had 16 signing on and covered about 40 miles. Many thanks Rod and Carol for another very enjoyable afternoon.
Unfortunately, our Border Run last Sunday clashed with a couple of other large events taking place on the same day (i.e. Popham Airfield 2019 Motorcycle Megameet and the Graham Walker Memorial Run), so the number of riders signing on was only 20.
But those 20, and I was one of them, had a very enjoyable 63 mile run. The forecasted afternoon rain never materialised, which was a plus, and with an ice cream stop at the viewing point on Hamm Hill followed by tea & cake at Hamish’s, what’s not to like.
Many thanks to Gabby Hunt and Pete Dungey for organising it.
Points to mention: Ken Druce nearly lost one of his Sunbeam Model 9 silencers and there appeared to be a two-stroke green Laverda on the run. 🙂
Yesterday was positive proof that we’re all fair weather bikers really 🙂 and it’s not just me being rather pathetic after all. Last year, we only had 4 hardy soles turn up for this run but yesterday, there were 54…the only difference being The Sun Had Got His Hat On and We Came Out To Play (apologies for the slight change to the lyrics).
Summary from Rod Hann, the run organiser, below. I’ve listed the prizewinners at the bottom of this post alongside the photos of the presentations.
54 entrants signed on for the Jeff Clew Memorial Run held at The Haynes International Motor Museum, at Sparkford. Sunny weather greeted all as they set off on either a short route of 43 miles or a longer route of 70 miles. Two routes to cater for all needs and types of machines. Both routes incorporated a coffee stop. Those returning to the Haynes Museum saw the presentation of the prizes by Alison Clews (Jeff’s daughter) who had travelled down from Derbyshire specially for the occasion.
Paul Miles, Ken Druce and I opted to do the Long Route which took in some lovely scenery around Corscombe and Hamm Hill. It, of course, had the obligatory coffee and ice cream stops (it would be rude not to!) and I was particularly impressed that the route managed to get us around Yeovil without us actually realising how close we were to the town.
Many thanks to Rod and Carol Hann for laying on such a good day. And to Alison Clew for travelling down from Derbyshire to be with us….and not forgetting Alfie, her dog.
Haynes at the Start:
Presentations at Haynes:
The Haynes Shield (Best Overall) = John GUY – S.O.S.
Hinton Motorcycles Trophy (Best veteran or Vintage) = Colin BENTHAM – Scott
Bob Foster Trophy (Best Post Vintage) = Tony PASHLEY – Sunbeam
John Brittain Trophy (Best Classic) = Alan SKINNER – Ariel
Clew Family Trophy (Best Velocette) = Rich KINSLEY – Velocette
The VMCC Tankard (Best Douglas) = John GIBBS – Douglas
The Denny Trophy (Best Threewheeler) = Bryan POPE – Royal Enfield S/C
Mike Penn Award (Spirit of the Event) = Martin FOOT
The Orman Tankard (Best Japanese Machine) = Ian HURFORD – Honda
Another Founder’s Day has just passed and, as usual, it was well worth the 6 hour round trip to get up to Stanford Hall and back. I’ve said it before, and I’ll probably say it again next year, but in my humble opinion, this is the VMCC’s premier event and if you’ve never been, you should try and get to it next year.
With so much to see, I failed to get round all the Club and Section stands and didn’t even get to the Arena where Royal Enfield was being featured this year. I partly blame all of you as I kept bumping into Dorset Section members and once that happens: natter, natter etc 🙂
Highlight of the day? For me, seeing the Wall of Death again as I last visited one in the early 1990s at Ardingly. Love the fact that they still use Indians; it was free as it was included in the Founder’s Day entry cost (£10).
And a random selection of photos. Apologies for several photos of the 1927 Scott; it was for sale and, just for a moment, I was tempted…
The weather was perfect yesterday for the 41st Veteran and Vintage Run. Who remembers last year? It was so hot, it was almost unbearable, with tarmac melting, bikes over-heating and rider’s sweating & swearing. But not so yesterday…
Rod Hann, the run organiser, tells me that 21 riders signed on at Leigh Village Hall. There was only one breakdown when a bike overheated and expired with no compression; that was Andy Hart from the East Devon Section — many thanks to Pete Dungey for the breakdown recovery service! After a midway stop at The Trooper Inn, Stourton Caundle, the route returned to Leigh where 33 people sat down for a nice lunch and generally a good day was had by all.
Prize winners were as follows:-
Best Veteran = Colin Bentham (Somerset) – 1911 triumph
Best Vintage = John Guy (Stonehenge) – 1929 Terrot
Best Threewheeler = Ian Clarke (Wessex) – 1927 Morgan
Combined Age = Bryan Pope (Somerset) – 1922 Royal Enfield Sidecar
Most Original Machine = Andy Hart (East Devon) – 1929 Rayleigh
Last Wednesday (3rd) was the Stonehenge Section’s Mid-Week Sundae Run in conjunction with the Wessex V&V Section…but as you can see, if there is an opportunity to eat delicious ice cream at Barford Farm near Wimborne, then Dorset Section members will be there! 🙂
The Dorset Section was well represented at the Wessex V&V Section’s On The Beaded Edge Run which was held yesterday, plus we had some welcome visitors from the Somerset and West Wiltshire Sections.
It started and ended at its usual venue, the Old Ox Inn in Shillingstone and took in 37 miles of Dorset countryside via Bryanston, Winterborne Stickland, Milton Abbas, Hilton, Mappowder, Plush, Piddletrentide, Duntish, Kings Stag, Hazelbury Bryan and Sturminster Newton. Thank you Wessex V&V for a great day.
The three 1930 oily rag Douglas motorcycles that Paul Miles and I bought back in March made their first, and probably their last appearance together on this run. Ken Druce kindly rode the T6 (the one with footboards) while Paul and I were on our S6s. Apart from my S6 shearing a crankcase bolt just before the start, all three went very well, but it is now time to say goodbye to the T6.
Don’t forget our own Two In One Run next Sunday 7th July….full details here.