Photos from the New Year’s Day Run 2020

As our Chairman said on our Facebook page : January the 1st, time for the Dorset Section to start as they mean to continue – going for a ride! We assembled for the New Year’s Day charity run this morning, followed by lunch at a local pub. A few snaps.

The weather could have been kinder as it was both wet and cold.  But on the positive side, there were four Ariels taking part, so what’s not to like.

Many thanks to Peter Miller for handling the signing-on and producing the bike-friendly tulip route sheets. And to Ray Dickonson who was seen helping to direct traffic.

Lunch at the Virginia Ash seemed to be a success with staff serving both bar food (baguettes, sandwiches etc) as well as the more formal booked meals.

At the start in Sturminster Newton:
At the Virginia Ash in Henstridge:

A bit of a challenge

After not riding a bike for at  ten days, I needed to get out, so opened the garage door and decided the Black Ariel would be the chosen steed as it started after three kicks. On the way to Okeford Fitzpain it jumped out of 3rd gear, so had to ride with right hand on hand change lever, with lever throttle acting as cruise control. Quick adjustment of the hand change lever arm at Paul W’s and thought that would fix it. However, after riding a few miles, still jumping out of 3rd gear and the other gears now misbehaving as well, we returned to Paul’s to find a shaft had lost a nut and started to try and escape from the gearbox. We both decided riding further could be costly to limb and wallet. So, the bike was trailered back to my house (just thinking the only bike that has not been trailered or pushed home is my KTM SuperDuke). Its a gearbox out job, on the bright side I can investigate the state of the bearings etc, at the same time.

H A P P Y   N E W  Y E A R  to everyone.

Puzzle  –  “The more you take, the more you leave behind…What Am I ?”

NO GOOGLING   !!!!!!!!!!


Photos from the Mince Pie Run 2019

Due to family commitments, your Secretary wasn’t able to take part in Sunday’s Mince Pie Run but I did manage to slip out of the house and see the bikes off from the start at Morrison’s car park in Blandford.

Phil Allen, the run organiser, tells me 15 people signed on and the weather remained clear, although our Chairman reports that he got thoroughly drenched on his way home and had to battled through 70 mph winds.

Many thanks to Phil for organising our last run of 2019 and to his wife Sue for providing the delicious mince pies.

Photos from the Memorial Run 2019

Frosty start for people in the Blandford area this morning, but by the time we had strayed into Wiltshire for the start at the Hillbrush Centre in Mere, it had warmed up a bit.

Thanks are due to Ray and Linda Dickinson who had put a great 45 mile route together that took in Stourhead, Kingston Deverille, Sutton  Veny, Wylye, Dinton, Hindon and ending at the Orchard Park Garden Centre in Gillingham.

Message from Ray:

Thanks to all the 21 riders and other club members for their generosity,  we have raised £142.50 today. I will ask the Committee at our next meeting to round this up to a level amount which will be presented to Marie Curie cancer support.

We had a dry sunny day for the ride of 45 miles from The Hillbrush Centre, Mere and finishing at Orchard Park Garden Centre. Every one seamed to enjoy the scenery and no breakdowns reported. This Memorial Run is the time to remember those who are no longer riding with us.

Regards Ray & Linda Dickinson.

Photos from the Autumn Run 2019

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.

Photos from Mid-Week Run 18th September 2019

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.

Photos and Videos from the Last of the Summer Wine Run 2019

Many thanks to Phil Allen for stepping in to organise this run.  His run report is here.


A few photos that I took at the start and at The Horton Inn.

And a couple of videos:

The first one is the parade of parked bikes before the start of the run at Hinton St Mary Village Hall.

The second one is me trying out my new Drift Ghost X camera mounted on the handlebars of my Ariel.  Wind noise is always an issue with these action cameras, so I’ve turned the sound off.

Last of the Summer Wine Run 2019

Thanks to all who turned out, we had 32 bikes signed on.

A nice run to the Horton Inn where we were looked after very well and a very nice run back to Hinton St Mary for tea and cakes. The total mileage was 64 on some nice Dorset roads.

Thanks to Gabby for opening and locking up and the girls for making the tea and supplying the cakes.

Thanks to Bob for coming along.

Following cups/trophy’s were given out:

Landlords Cup (Chairman’s Choice) to Rolley Britten BSA Super Rocket

Girder Fork Tankard we awarded to Ken Druce for Peter Batten (Ariel)

Classic Cup to Will Collard (Triumph Bonneville)

Foreign Shield to Lindsay Pickford Honda CB750

3 Wheeler Cup to Ian & Linda Sharpe BMW

Rudge Plaque  Nigel Beale (guess what “a Rudge”)


Photos from the Border Run 2019

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. 🙂


Photos from the Jeff Clew Memorial Run 2019

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.

Long Route

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:
Mid-Route Stops:
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
  • Best Unrestored Machine = Richard GRAY – Douglas