Four Dorset members joined Somerset for the annual Cornwall ride to St Ives. My self and Linda were on the BMW R100 GS, Dave Brown BMW R800 and to prove you don’t need a big or modern bike Mike Gardiner rode a 1970s Honda CB200. There was around 30 bikes and one sidecar all VMCC eligible. Friday morning we meet up at Wellington Garden centre for a 9.00 o’clock start that was a 60 mile ride from home, Phil the organiser had planned a 160 mile route on quiet roads with coffee and lunch stops. We arrived at our hotel for the three nights at around 5.00 pm and all sat down to an evening meal and chance to catch up with friends who we have not seen for a while.
Saturday 45 miles was cloudy and wet but the trip to the Porthcurno Telegraph Museum along the coast road was worth while we had a talk by an interesting lady followed by a look round the tunnels and displays.
Sunday planned route of 55 miles took us around the Cornish lanes to
Porthleven for lunch returning via Marazion and St Michael’s Mount.
Our evening meal was a superb carvery, so we had a walk after, around
the town before ending up in the bar.
Monday return trip 164 miles again on quiet road and across Dartmore
for lunch at the old Police station at Prince Town were some of us
left the planned route to head for home.
Four days 495 miles good company on great biking roads. we travelled at
about 50 mph which gave us time to take in the scenery and Mike had no
trouble keeping up we travelled in small groups which helped with
navigation, if you feel you would enjoy this type of ride next April
Somerset puts on the twin Dragon four days round Wales.
What a fab day! The weather forecast suggested it would be dry but it turned out very sunny and unusually warm, so much so, that once we arrived at the coffee stop at Henstridge Golf and Leisure, some of us ( including me) decided to chill out here for a couple of hours with a drink or two and some lunch….perfect!
With a turnout of over 93, coupled with an auction, raffle and an excellent buffet, a great evening was had by all. The auction raised £125 for Marie Curie and the toast to Ted Foote, our president who passed away earlier this year, was paid for by his wife Vivian who was unfortunately unable to attend but has sent us a card with her best wishes. In addition, the event was attended by Sam Cox who was one of the original members who started the VMCC Dorset Section 50 years ago and has only just stopped riding.
The event would not have been possible without the behind-the-scenes dedication and hard work of various members. In particular, many thanks to:
Ray and Linda Dickinson plus other Committee members
Phil Allen as Auctioneer
Ken Druce for taking a day off work to help set up
Rod Hann and Peter Miller for donating raffle prizes
Peter Batton for donating magazines for the auction
The catering staff (we don’t know your name!) for providing some truly excellent food
Finally, those other unknown helpers that I’ve missed out.
The weather forecast was good, so a respectable number of bikes assembled at Hinton St Mary Village Hall ready for the off at 11:00am:
The sun even appeared at one stage. The route towards our lunch stop at The Hinton Arms took us along the beautiful Blandford Road near Kingston Lacey with its avenues of lime trees. Apologies for the camera shake; I was trying a new handlebar mount for the Drift camera but I’ll go back to using the helmet mount next time — I guess my ’48 Ariel Twin is not as smooth as I’d hoped:
Ken Druce was having problems with his Sunbeam Model 9 even before we got to the start. During the 60 mile run, it seemed fine but then played up again for the last mile! Sadly, it ended being trailered home, despite some final desperate tinkering at the end of the run (here):
Many thanks to Bob Hoare for organising another very enjoyable event.
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!
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.
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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?
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 —> www.georgeformbymotorbike.com