Many thanks Stonehenge Section and a Happy New Year to all your members! Safe riding in 2018!
A few days ago, I received this email from a VMCC member in Scotland. I’m wondering if some of our more senior Dorset Section members might remember this bike and owner. If so, please do get in touch and I’ll pass on any information you have to David.
Paul Two pictures of a 1923 Massey 350cc Tourer motorcycle were posted by the VMCC Stonehenge Section at the 2004 Bristol Classic Bike Show. I have just acquired a 1927 550cc Massey and being such rare machines I was wondering/hoping you may be able to put me in contact with the then owner or indeed the current owner so that we can exchange information, etc. Appreciate any help you could provide. regards David Moreton VMCC Central Scottish Section
Thank you to ray for organising the run and to everyone who turned out, the run was very good even though l went slightly wrong for the second year, maybe next year will be 3rd time lucky!!!. A very good turn out this year, it is good to see the Dorset Runs so well attended.
Not a bad turnout for a mid-week lunchtime meet. For some of us, an initial drink at the Riverside Café and then onto Thyme after Time at Spire Hill Farm:
Report from Ray Dickinson:
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.
Thank you to all who attended the AGM last night, also to all who have volunteered to be on the Committee, it was nice to see so many members volunteering and turning up.
Thanks again to all who have volunteered to still organise the runs.
Peters discussion was interesting and as Chairman l can see both sides of the discussion.
Lets look forward to another good year riding our bikes (assuming the Sunbeam starts!!!)
Well done Paul and all who have provided pictures of the recent runs and events, I didn’t even run out of petrol on the last run !
Great weather and a good turn out. Some images at the start of the run.
As everyone knows Ray is stepping down as Chairman, l was expected to take over but now this will not be the case as l am back at work full time running my old business and do not have the time.
Therefore we need nominations for a new Chairman by the time of the AGM, the Section can not run without one so someone is going to have to step up to the position please.
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!