VMCC South Durham

The South Durham Section of the Vintage Motorcycle Club

Welcome to the South Durham Section

Forthcoming Events

Feb 2017
Club Night - Business Meeting  Talk by Alistair Alexandra - Tracing a bike's history & film KTT at the Manx 
23 Club Night - Motorcycle quiz by Eric Londesbrough
26 Trial Chopgate
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Presentation Night 2017

The 2017 presention night held at the King's Head Darlington for the first time.  Awards for the events held by the section during 2016 being presented by VMCC president Rod Hann.
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Steve Hodgson being awarded the Walworth Concours Trophy for his 1958 Excelsior

Newsletter February 2017

There were two social events in January. President Rod Hann presented the trophies at the awards evening for 2016 events which was held at the King’s Head Hotel in Darlington. This was generally agreed to be a much improved venue – being smart, spacious and centrally located. It was pleasing to see a full turn-out of the Porteous family who contribute so much to this annual event and no doubt enjoyed the evening as did we all.


At the club night on 26th, Jonathon Hill gave a well- researched talk and slide show on J R Moore who pioneered bicycle and motorcycle innovation and production in the early years of the last century. Complementing the talk was an early Fafnir side-valve engine and a well-constructed flat tank. One of Moore’s Dene machines resides in the Beamish Museum collection. Thanks for an enthralling evening Jonathon.


As already announced, the club night on 9th February will include a talk by Alstair Alexander on ‘tracing a bike’s history’, as well as a film ‘KTT at the Manx.’ Alistair is the area rep. for Scotland and we appreciate his visit to the South Durham Section.


At the club night on 23rd, Eric Londesbrough will organise a ‘sociable motorcycle quiz’ which promises to be a variation on the usual quiz format.


Please note that the date of the February trial at Chop Gate has been changed to 26th

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Events in March are in the section calendar with happenings taking place at both club nights. Please join us.
For those that follow these things, I have now got the New Hudson running tolerably well and am only awaiting warmer weather to venture forth.


See you at club nights in the future


Regards       

Tom Reed

Runs Results

2016 Quaker - Results
2016 Eric's Evening Excursion Results
2016 Sunset Results
2016 Chairman's Results
2016 Baydale Results
2016 Beamish Trophy Trial
2016 Anniversary Results
2016 Trials Championship - Results
2016 Section Championship - Results
2016 Northern Road Run Championship - Results

Bike of the Month

Martin Peacock  1975 Norton Commando MK3 850.  Modern enough to have electric start but not quite modern enough to have one that works properly although that can be sorted these days.  Note the brake on the right.  The gear lever is on the left although the gearbox is still the old AMC box built for singles and twins of around 30 bhp not an 850 twin.


The bike was originally red and dispatched to Canada.  I bought it from a dealer who re-imported it from South Carolina.  The bike was in sorry condition with quite a few missing and 'wrong' parts and painted black.  I stripped it completely and refurbished parts that were in decent working order and replaced others that weren't.  At least the tyres were new as were the sparking plugs which was a bit of a puzzle given the state of the rest of it.

Superb paint job by 'Saragon' of Darlington, many parts re-chromed, stainless rims and a lot of polishing by me.

Anniversary Run 2016

Anniversary Run to Pateley Bridge 9th October 2016 - Brian waving to his fans? Angela doing some sort of exercise or dance maybe, and me in the background smiling at something - who knows?? More photos from Dave Allison on the Photo Gallery

The run started well from the Crown Inn at Manfield with 25 riders, after what should have been easy Highway Code questions, although a few thought differently.  A liitle bit of rain bothered some but it was soon over.
The route took us down through the villages to Richmond, after which there was a bit of confusion for some as to one of the instructions but eventually all managed to get to the coffee / ice cream / checkpoint stop, but unfortunately on the way one of our members decided to cover his motorcycle clothing in cow dung - people gave him a wide berth for a while. Could he be yet another candidate for our famous section trophy that no-one realy wants to win? We'll have to wait and see.

After the break (and the hosing down of our colleague) we made our way to Pateley Bridge via Lofthouse passing the Leighton & Gouthwaite reservoirs (remember that for next time) for the lunch stop, where apparently we had more rain, only some of us were having lunch and didn't notice it.

The route then took us back over the moors through a few more villages; Grewelthorpe, Kirby Malzeard, Masham, one or two stopped at Tunstall for further refreshments and back to the pub at Manfield for the results.  Not a bad day.

Thanks to Paul, Yvonne, and Vicky Feldon.  Dave and Shirly Allison for marshalling the checkpoints. Stan & Sandra Fraquet for doing the breakdown, and they got a customer. And of course, Me and Linda for organising it!

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