The first club night at our new venue, the Henstridge Golf Club…and what a great start! Warm, sunny evening for our annual Car and Bike club night and with a fantastic turnout.
The new venue:
Some of the cars:
Some of the bikes:
My personal favourite vehicle of the evening was a mid 1930s BSA Y13 750cc OHV V-twin (in the photos above). I used to own BSA side-valve versions of this V-twin and have always lusted after a Y13, or its smaller brother, the J12. One day maybe….
Good weather meant a big turnout for the VMCC South Dorset Section’s annual Lawrence of Arabia Run, with riders coming from many of the surrounding Sections (Isle of Wight, Dorset etc).
No maps to follow as the drop-off system was used…and worked well with no lost riders. And as far as I know, no breakdowns or accidents. Only complaint was that it was about 3 degree too hot but we shouldn’t complain about good weather… 🙂
Gathering for the start at the Spitfire Club in Crossways:
Coffee Stop at West Holme Garden Centre:
Lunch Stop at The Pulpit Inn at Portland Bill:
Finishing back at the Spitfire Club in Crossways. Perhaps the biggest surprise of the day was that all three VMCC Dorset Section riders who took part each won a prize:
Paul Wirdnam: Most Desirable Bike (1935 Ariel 600cc Square Four OHC)
Phil Allen: Best Bike (1936 Sunbeam 500cc Model 9 OHV)
Ken Druce: Oldest Bike (1932 Sunbean 500cc Model 9 OHV)
In addition to their very popular car Breakfast Club meets on the 1st Sunday of every month, the Haynes International Motor Museum at Sparkford have introduced a Haynes Bikers’ Breakfast Ride-in on the 3rd Sunday of every month.
I’ve added these dates to our Events calendar. More details can be found on the Haynes website here.