Section Runs and Meetings for 2023
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to 29th September - The Isle of Wight Scurry
The usual suspects of, Howard and Carol, Rob J and Jean and myself, had
entered, and having crossed the solent we planned to stay for a week to
make it worth while. We arrived at the Orchards Holiday park, where we
were staying, on the Friday - late afternoon. The evening there was a
short local run organised, with a dinner booked at the Horse
& Groom pub. We opted to go straight to the pub so left the
bikes in the van etc.
Saturday dawned and everyone gathered at the front of the Holiday Park
before riding into Newport and the display in St Thomas's Square in the
centre of the town. Howard rode my 1961 Tiger Cub and I rode my little
1952 Peugeot, whilst Rob shephered us both on his 1959 MAC. I must say
that I do like the IOW with it's uncluttered roads and no motorways. It
sure is a nice laid back place to ride a bike.
There was quite a few bikes lined up in the centre of Newport, all
waiting for the outcome of the selection of the County Press trophy
We all departed from the Square at 2pm for a ride to Sandown airport
and a visit to the aircraft museum there. Seen at the museum were:
After our visit it was back to the Holiday Park.
Sunday dawned - the day of the Scurry, which started again from the
Holiday Park. This time we had route cards and we agreed that Rob would
start on page 1 and as soon as he got to the sheet change-over, I would
lead on page 2. That meant that neither of us had to try and uncurl a
route sheet and the roll it up in the opposite direction to read the
page printed on the back - you need to try it - it's a nightmare.
Anyway, the first stop was for coffee at "The Old Barracks"
Puckpool, near Ryde. I spotted a rather tasty Red Rickman Metisse,
which I really did fancy.
From the Coffee stop the route took us inland and headed back towards
Newport and the lunch stop at PC's Cafe. Carol and Jean were there
before us, so had bagged a table. Now, with any event, things can go
wrong and this time they did. We waited two hours for our lunch and
when it came, only half of it was on our plates. We ate up quickly and
set off back to the bikes and the first part of the afternoons run.
There was an ice cream stop as part of the afternoons run and it wasn't
long before we were at the viewing point near Niton on the south of the
island, looking out towards the complete coast of the west end of the
From here we headed westwards taking the side roads towards Brighstone.
Then, as I was leading I took a wrong turning and ended up on the coast
road to Freshwater. Not to worry, it was nice day and I knew
where we were, so off we all set towards Freshwater and a big loop back
to the Holiday Park, that was not part of the event. But never mind it
was great day out. That evening there was a buffet laid on in the Sun
Inn, which was just down the road from the Holiday Park.
Monday - and everyone met at 10am for a ride to the Needles and a visit
to the "rocket site". There's not much left of the rocket site now
apart from lots of concrete. Used during the cold war to test rocket
engines that were used in Australia - Google 'Black Arrow Rocket'. The
photos taken at the rocket site were:
Back to a cafe in Freshwater to say our goodbyes, after another great
event that had very good weather - all dry and sometimes in sunshine.
The rest of the week we spent wandering the island before heading back
home on the Friday, with Rob setting off for the Velo Owners Club "Bob
September - Saundersfoot run, report by Rob J and photos from Bill
P and Angelo Conti
weekend of 15th to 17th
September was the Saundersfoot Weekend. Chris Thomas had organised a
for the Friday, so Rob, on his rigid Velo, and Bill, in the Lomax,
dozen or so others at the Merlewood Hotel for the start. The run was a
leisurely 45 miles along the coast and then inland. The route took us
all along to
Pendine and our coffee stop on the sea front overlooking the beach.
we retraced our route up the hill and on towards Red Roses, Tavernspite
lunch stop at The Station Hotel Whitland.
After lunch we took the back
around Llandewi Velfry Vineyard, Ludchurch and back to Saundersfoot.
Saturday Road Trial was a little damp for
the start at Coppet Hall, but there was a good turnout of 40 plus
dating from 1912 to 1998. After signing on, getting the route cards
and admiring the bikes we were all set. Jean was not too well this
Bill and Jean headed home with their Lomax and missed the main event.
started in pairs and the route went through Wiseman’s Bridge and
Ludchurch and the back lanes to Landshipping and Templeton before
to the checkpoint at Slebech. Then it was on to Haverfordwest and the
at Broad Haven, Nolton Haven and the lunch stop at Newgale.
stop gave a chance to chat to old friends. From here it was along the
for a short while before taking the main road to Haverfordwest and on
Whitland. It was back to the lanes through Narberth and Ludchurch for
check point before reaching the finish at Coppet Hall.
Sunday morning dawned grey but dry and
most of the competitors met at Coppet Hall by 11 o’clock for the
judging. Quite a lot of the public were there to look over the bikes
and chat to the owners. Rob
managed to get
runner up in the Post Vintage Class with his 1953 Velocette MAC.
noon it was
time to pack up and head for home.
September - The Vale of Glamorgan
weather didn't look too bad for the day and mostly the sun shone.
However, "sod's law" was to have a good day, as the Round Britain cycle
race was to travel through the Vale from Margam at around 11am, the
very time that we would be setting off from the start
in Llanharry. I left the start
early in order to get some photographs as everyone was to pass through
Llancarfan water splash. The problem that I had was that I had
fiddled with my
camera settings, resulting in most of the pictures needing plenty of
For some reason or other there was only a mere 13 entrants for our
and as it happened we all managed to miss the cyclists and the road
closures. However, when we arrived at the lunch stop, the Horseshoe Inn
in Marcross - it was closed. Something that we only found out a day
before the event. Andy however, had bought some sandwiches and drinks
so that we would not go without sustenance as we all assembled in the
pub car park - all going well so far!! Jim Codd managed to get
lost but did make the finish and when I spoke to him that evening at
home, he said that he had had one of the most enjoyable rides around
the Vale and expressed thanks to Andy who had prepared the route.
Results to follow.
June - Bring a bike night
We had a number of bikes turn up for the annual Bring a bike night for
the John Wells Trophy - won this year by Bob J and his immaculate BSA
- 17th June - Scarborough Week - thanks to Rob and John for the photos
Rob and John were joined at
Seamer, by Derek and Geoff from mid Lincoln, Gareth and Anthony from
Swansea and Norman from West South Wales sections for the Scarborough
After a welcome by Tony Cowley on the Saturday all routes
for the week were given out. It was up to each group to decide what
route to do on what day.
So, today we decided to do a short 48 mile ride
around Dalby Forest as we had booked an evening meal at the pub in the
Derek led us off riding a 1939 Velocette
MSS followed by Geoff on a 1960 Viper, Norman on a 1959 Cub,
Rob on his 1959 MAC, Anthony and Gareth on Hondas and John on his BSA
A10. Scott had ridden up from Chesterfield for a day's ride.
Leaving Seamer we headed to East Ayton
where we took the Forge Valley road through the trees. Climbing through
the shady woods we were soon on high ground heading for Troutsdale. The
twisty back roads were traffic free and led us up over the dale past
the small deserted Chapel before descending and giving us
superb views of the
Vale of Pickering. Crossing the A170 we were in the low farm lands of
the Vale before rejoining the main road near Thornton le Dale. Here we
turned north into the North Riding Forestry Park at Dalby. Stopping at
the visitors' centre we had a
tea break and chat in the sunshine. Next the route took us through the
dappled lighted road in the forest towards Hackness, passing the quaint
looking Moorcock Inn which is really out in the wilds. A loop from
Hackness via Scalby
brought us back to Forge Valley and the main road to the
Today's run was a hundred miles through
the dales and mountains of the North Yorkshire Moors. Only six of us
rode, as Anthony decided to give it a miss. We were all using the same
bikes as yesterday except John who was on his BSA. We took the main
road to Pickering where we turned on to the lanes which took us to our
tea stop at Rosedale Abbey. After a cuppa we tackled the 1 in
3 Hill with hairpins known as The Chimney, which is one of the steepest
climbs in all of Europe. Then it was along the
rolling roads over the Moors to Hutton le Hole where we turned up
Farndale to our lunch stop at The Feversham Arms,
at Church Houses.
The afternoon route took us up the hill to
Blakey Ridge before turning down through Westerdale and over Commondale
to Castleton. Next we took some of the roads running along
top of the hills with lovely views in all directions. We could even see
Whitby and the North Sea sparkling in the distance. We stopped for ice
cream at Grosmont Station but there were no steam trains running that
last leg took us along the high ground to the Littlebeck turn off. This
narrow road really tests man and machine going down some 3 in
with four hairpin bends. What goes down must go up and again we faced
hairpin bends and steep climbs. Crossing the main Whitby to
Scarborough Road we were back through the trees of Forge Valley and
back to camp.
Today's run was a visit to Dick Craven's
motorcycle museum in Stockton on the Forest. Everyone on site was
as Dick had opened up especially for us. The route was down through the
Wolds with rolling countryside and less steep hills. We made use of
many back lanes and B roads which were mostly well surfaced. We were on
high ground which gave us great views of the rolling farmland. Our
first stop was at Kirkam Abbey in the valley to the south of the A64.
We had time for a chat and some photographs as the museum was to open
at 1 o'clock. The museum houses over 250 motorcycles plus
signs, adverts, tools etc. Dick Craven also had some if the bikes that
had been used in Heartbeat and Emmerdale. After spending some time here
we headed off through the smaller roads and through pretty villages
with houses of red brick and tiled roofs and gardens in flower. We
reached Friday thoroughly and decided to call into a cafe fir something
cold to drink. The clutch on John's Triumph had begun to feel a bit
spongy and on inspection it was found that the cable was fraying.
Luckily Derek on the 39 MAC had solderless nipples so it was soon
fixed. Our route back to camp was on relatively traffic free roads and
we enjoyed the views through the farmland towards Thixendale and over
the Wolds to camp. Ninety miles covered and enjoyed by all even if it
was rather hot at times
Today's weather was glorious again, so
under clear blues skies six of us set off to ride to Helmsley. The
route took us westward through the lanes of the Vale of Pickering to
Maltan passing fields of crops. We continued on to Castle Howard and
into the Howardian Hills. Climbing through trees we came to to village
of Terrington with its honey coloured houses with red tile roofs.
Dropping off the hills, we entered Helmsley and parked the bikes in the
market square. After lunch the route took us north for a
17 mile run looping through the high hills and dales of High Lidmoor
and Bransdale. There were stunning views but we had to be careful of
sheep and even came across two gates along the road. We rode around
Gillamor and stopped at The Crown at Hutton le Hole for a drink and
photos. In 20 miles we only saw one tractor and two cars. From Hutton
it was along the wooded roads to Pickering and an ice cream stop in
Thornton le Dale before arriving back at the camp after a run of 90
Today we decided to mix two route sheets
together to make one run of about 90 miles. The morning route would be
to Whitby while the afternoon one would be to Heartbeat Country. The
seven of us headed westward to Forge Valley and then turned north
towards the coast. After passing through Scalby we headed up
the main A171 to Whitby branching off to Staintondale with views of the
sea on our right. Here we found our road blocked so we made a quick
detour to Ravenscar. Here we had a cup of tea overlooking the north
sea. We rode back the way we had come to get back to the main road.
Riding north we took a small B road to Ugglebarnby. Dropping off the
high ground we had a sight of Whitby and its ruined Abbey. We rode
alongside the River Esk and on to Whitby and the harbour for our fish
and chips dinner. The afternoon route was a return along the
main road before branching off to Goathland or Aidensfield from the
Heartbeat tv show. The Velos, BSA and Triumph attracted a lot of
attention as we rode in, even being filmed by a few people. After an
hour stop we headed towards Egton before taking the road over the
Moors. This is about 16 miles long and crosses the open moor with views
on either side. Part of it is the Wheeldale Roman Road. The weather has
been dry and hot and the ford which we crossed was empty of water.
We reached Pickering and then used the main road back to camp.
Today was the last day of the Scarborough
Riding Week. Geoff had already left so Derek, Gareth, Anthony, Norman,
John and myself were left. We decide on The Lighthouse Run but missing
out some afternoon lanes. It was my turn to lead and we headed out on
the road towards Filey then the back lanes over the Wolds. The
landscape is not so steep as the Moors and the farms tend to be dairy
and crops. The hedges were quite high with dog roses and elder
flowers. On the higher ground we did get views of the
countryside. We passed the Norman Manor House of Burton Agnes
Hall and stopped at the 158 Squadron Memorial at Gransmoor. Turning
north we headed towards Bridlington and on to Flamborough Head for
lunch. After food we decided to head directly to
Filey. We were lucky to get a parking on the front. Sitting in
sunshine we enjoyed our last ice cream of the week. It was a short run
across country to the campsite where we loaded the bikes ready to
return home on Saturday. The week was excellent. The weather was
hot and the skies were blue. Our group got on really well. All bikes
ran well even though the temperatures made starting a little difficult.
The routes we chose were excellent and the views superb. We are already
booked on for next year.
June - West South Wales section - Irish/Welsh weekend
event was to have been based in the Nant-y-ffin Hotel in Clynderwyn,
but the government had decided that the hotel was to be
for housing asylum seekers, so all bookings had to be cancelled. At the
last minute the usual base at Saundersfoot was selected. The journey to
Saundersfoot on the Friday afternoon was a M4 stop/start
affair, with a full contingent of traffic. It seemed to take
forever to make progress. We eventually met up with the Irish
contingent on the Friday night “ meet and greet” in the
Hotel, Saundersfoot. There were
some 25 from Ireland with a similar number from the UK. From our
section there was Rob J Honda, Roger & Iris Mallett PAC and
Carol & Howard J Lomax.
Saturdays run was along some
interesting lanes through Broad Haven, Little Haven, Dale and many
other places. The sun was hot, very hot and we were pleased
for the scheduled breaks to re-hydrate etc. The route was good and
enjoyable, helped by the lack of modern traffic. Saturday night was the
event dinner, which was more than acceptable. After a day’s
early night beckoned.
Others partied into the night - Oh for those days
Sunday was another hot and sunny day with a much longer route.
Some 130 miles long and again with some very
interesting lanes, mixed with a few A
roads. A tea/comfort break was the mid morning stop at a garden centre.
From the garden centre we made for Aberaeron and lunch. The afternoon
route was more of the same and very enjoyable.
Yet another excellent weekend arranged by the West South Wales
Section continuing the bi- annual Welsh/Irish event. Next year it’s the
Welsh turn to visit
May - West South Wales section, Black Mountain event
freshly back from Weymouth, had entered this event along with myself
and our yellow Lomax. Jean being rather poorly had opted not to come
with me this year. The morning of the event and I wheeled the Lomax out
of the garage and climbed in, only to find that no matter what I did
the motor just would not fire up. I spent an hour checking sparks, new
plugs etc before moving on to the carb. After removing the carb top I
found that there was no fuel in the float bowl. It turned out to be a
stuck float needle. I must remember not to leave it to the morning of
an event in future before checking that the engine runs ok. I
just over an hour to get to the start in Llandeilo and found the Lomax
only too willing to getting a move on along the M4. I rolled into the
car park in Llandeilo just as first man away was heading out. Some
quick hellos were said and as Rob was away in only a few minutes after
my arrival, I soon made arrangements to follow him and save myself the
problem of not having a navigator.
The route was superb, sun was
shining, birds tweeting and we had some lovely single track country
roads to enjoy. We headed north towards Salem, passing through Cwmdu
and on to Talley. Still heading north we came to Caio and took a sharp
left up hill here, before heading out onto a loop to Cwrt-y-cadno. That
was the first time check - how far had you come and at what average
speed? On we headed to Rhandirmwyn before heading into Llandovery for
an hours lunch stop.
After lunch we headed for Llangadog, then out
over the Black Mountain and into Brynamman,before turning right and
heading up towards Golden Grove and back to Llandeilo and the finish.
34.3 miles in the morning and 36.8 in the afternoon. Rob's velo
performed well and he only had one wobble when negotiating a slippery
ford. It sure was a lovely route etc. Some photos taken on the day.
- 20th May, Weymouth week
This year only our Rob went and these are his reports: -
The sky was a clear blue and the sun was
shining as we all gathered at the entrance to Bagwell Farm for the
start. There were around 30 bikes and riders, many of whom we had met
on other occasions. Rob was riding his 1959 Velo MAC and had arrived
the afternoon before in his motor home.
Rod and Carol Hann led us on their route
along the back lanes to Abbotsbury. The road hugged the coast with fine
views over the blue waters of The Fleet. We continued along to Bridport
and through Chideock on the A35 to our coffee stop at Felicity's Farm
shop. From here our route headed inland over the hills and pretty
villages before crossing the border into Devon. We arrived at The
Tram stop, Colyton, which is the terminus of the Seaton Tramway, for
We spent a pleasant hour here having food
and watching the trams arriving and departing. The afternoon run was a
return along the main coast road through Lyme Regis to a coffee stop at
Freshwater Bay Caravan Park. Our return to Bagwell Farm completed a 70
mile tour of the seaside in lovely sunny weather.
Today's run was of 80 miles through the
countryside to the Isle of Purbeck and back. Again there was an
excellent turn out with numbers in the 30s. There was a wide range of
bikes with single, twin and multi cylinders.
run headed north skirting the edge of
Weymouth and running through the lanes. We passed the edge of Maiden
Castle and reached our coffee stop at the Rainbow Garage Cafe on the
Wareham Road. From here the route used the back roads which took us
through woods with mature trees overhanging the road. We had
a stop on the Isle of Purbeck overlooking Poole Harbour.
Bournemouth, Sandbanks, Poole and Brownsea Island could be
seen in the sunshine.
We swung down into Swanage. As we rode
along the front the sea was glittering away to our left. Lunch was
taken at Putlake Adventure Farm. The afternoon route saw us riding down
Corfe main street with Corfe Castle right in front of us. Then we
right and headed through Hartland Moor with the road bordered by whit
Mayflower and yellow Broom. Heading through the army ranges we reached
Lulworth Cove for the afternoon stop in lovely weather. From here it
was mostly main roads skirting Weymouth and back to camp.
Today's run was a 90 mile jaunt northwards through the countryside to
Shaftesbury. Twenty three riders set out, up past Hardy's Monument and
on to Cerne Abbas. The country lanes took us past fields of yellow rape
seed and over the interestingly named River Piddle. A slight detour due
to a road closure led us to our coffee stop at the charming village of
Milton Abbas where a master thatcher was busy re-thatching the pub
Suitably refreshed we wended our way
through pretty thatched villages, all with their gardens in bloom. The
led us on to some high ground with stunning views over Cranbourne
Chase. We next entered some woods and were met with a series of sharp
hairpin bends, dropping us down towards Shaftesbury. Here we parked up
in front of the old abbey cloister for our lunch stop.
Whilst in Shaftesbury we took a stroll to
look at the quaint street named Gold Hill. Its better known to people
of a certain age as "the Hill" in the Hovis advert.(bit
before my time - Bill) The
afternoon route was again through the
countryside to our coffee stop at Round Chimneys Farm Shop. Its history
reaches back to the 1300s with the present building being built in
1590. It was once owned by the Churchill family. Leaving here we soon
reached a good B road to Cerne Abbas with glimpses of the giant cut
into the hillside. We continued on through to Charminster. Here we
steps over the hill past Hardy's Monument and back to camp.
Today's run saw 30 riders assembled
for a run westwards. The forecast was giving rain in the afternoon but
the morning was bright and dry. Rod was riding solo as Carol was
preparing lunch. We rode along the B3157 through Abbotsbury village
with its honey coloured cottages with thatched roofs. Cresting the hill
we had views of the blue waters of Lyme Bay to our left and fields of
green grass and yellow rape seed in the valley to our right.
Approaching Bridport we were joined by a 1936 Velocette MSS. Rod led us
on a windy road to Salway Ash and Beaminster before stopping for a
coffee at Redlands Yard. From here we had a gentle run through quiet
villages to Rod and Carol's for our lunch. We had a chance to look at
Rod's bikes and admire Carol's garden. After lunch Carol joined Rod and
we were led along the A37 before cutting across country to come out
near Hardy's Monument. Then it was a short run along the coast to
finish the day and get back before the rain. It was a fantastic week,
friends old and new. The weather remained dry and sunny and the scenery
and places we visited were great. Many thanks must go to Rod and Carol
for organising everything and to the gentleman who was 'tail end
Charlie' for the drop off system. To quote a certain outfit rider, 'it
was a grand week out.'
April - the Spring run
Six motorcycles left Llanharry WMC at
10:30am. The run was led
by Andy and we all arrived together at the tea stop. While enjoying a
chat along with some
refreshment the rain
started, so it was deemed appropriate that we would make for home.
the rain, although heavy, only lasted a few minutes and a soaking was
The planned route was followed home with riders peeling off for their
along the way. Roads
were good for
motorcycles and the pace was spot on. An excellent ride out in good
Thanks to all involved in the planning etc.
April Cheddar weekend
Several of us entered the Somerset Sections Cheddar weekend: -
Rob J - Velocette
Roger & Iris M - PAC
Howard & Carol J - Lomax
Bill & Jean P - Lomax
Bruce & Di G - Honda (didn't make it as Di had her arm in
Social Run, of 72 miles, took place on a perfect motor
After the traffic-light drag through Bridgewater, the Quantock Hills
were looking their
many different wild flowers and the new greens of spring, all under a
blue sky and
with little traffic. Return trip to Cheddar was
on some faster bend swinging roads with a
less stressful route through Bridgewater, followed by more riding on
of baked potatoes, at Nether Stowey Church Centre, with it’s background
`vintage’ music, was provided by Section members. Rob's Velo gave up
the ghost in Minehead - no drive through kickstart - clutch problems or
lack of compression, was diagnosed.
Trial of 25
`friendly’ miles for the
older machines, mostly on the levels with a dip (climb) into Mendips
enjoyed by an exclusive group on machines up to 1915.
Howard's Lomax was had a charging problem and it was hoped that the
battery would have lasted the event, but it didn't, so we had to effect
a rescue. Anyway, the longer
route of 47 miles took riders straight up, via the gorge, onto The
Hills, then, with long views into Dorset and Quantocks and Exmoor,
down into Wells. Back
over the Mendips
to Chewton Mendip for riding tests. Again over the Mendips to Cheddar
Club for a quiz, Feely Bags and ploughman’s lunch.
Roger collected 14 points and yours truly 11 - not good at all, but we
had a great time, and it didn't rain. THANKS:-
To Somerset section member’s for support in running the weekend.
Particular thanks to
Ruth and her team for Saturday’s Lunch. To Jill for her Piano Playing
check on Sunday. To James for the back up Van, used once - by, guess
who? Our Rob.
AGM. We had 23 members in attendance with all the usual suspects being
returned to post.
Chairman - Bob James
Vice Chairman - Bryn Tipples
Secretary - Howard Jayne
Treasurer - Bill Phelps
Scribe - Bob James
discussion took place regarding the large subs increase,
which has caused some concern. The AGM for the main club will be