VMCC South Durham

The South Durham Section of the Vintage Motorcycle Club

Welcome to the South Durham Section

Forthcoming Events

July 2017
5  Evening Social Run
8  Trial Battersby
10  Sunset Run
13  Club Night / E
vening Social Run - Ride In & Buffet
23  Chairman's Run
23  Founders Day - Stanford Hall
27  Club Night
30  Golden Era Run - North East
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Regulations Available

  • 17 September - Beamish Trophy Trial - More Info

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Newsletter July 2017

Well, wasn’t the weather changeable in June. Depending on the day, runs varied from being held in bright sunshine, in miserable drizzle or being called off completely. Dave Headon’s Evening Excursion and Concours , programmed for 6th June, was a case in point being a washout  following continuous rain throughout the day although Dave hopes to re-arrange things later in the year.

Also in June, the Durham Dales Run was organised by TYYC was well supported and covered some 150 miles of the Durham Dales and the North Pennines. The Crown Inn at Manfield was the start/finish venue and offered their usual good hospitality.

Eric’s Evening Excursion was held on a lovely evening guiding 24 riders around the local lanes with John Fawcett taking first place from Ian Tigwell and Colin Bennet. See full results below. New entrants this year were Andrew Frank who took the best veteran award on his 1914 Westovian accompanied by his 17 year old son David on his 1946 Excelsior and Cameron Crowther on his 1954 Velocette. Welcome chaps and thanks to Eric, Dennise, Sheena and route question masters.

The Beamish Reliability Run was held in mizzley weather although there was a good representation from the section.
The trial at Downholme was won by Ron Atkinson from Graham Powell and Rob Green.

Moving on to July, the main Saturday run at the Northumbrian Gathering covered scenic roads in fine weather through North Northumberland and the Scottish Borders with a dozen entries from the South Durham section. The weekend was a tribute to the organisers who deserve congratulations. Morning coffee and lunch stops were held at the Golf Club at Duns and are thanked for their hospitality.

Howard’s Sunset Run is on Monday 10th July starting from Middlesbrough Motor Club and regs. can be downloaded or entries will be accepted on the night. Other events are listed in the section calendar with plenty of opportunities for putting some miles on the bikes.

On a more general note, a new member to South Durham, Ron Paterson pictured above, has motivated interest in cyclemotors and similar machines. Chairman Steve Hodgson and Tom Norman are getting involved so, if you have a tiddler, it may be time to get it out and have a play.

Finally, Eric Londesbrough has decided to give up riding and, having sold a couple of machines, has put the remainder into the Tenants Auction at Leyburn. This will be held on Sunday 16th July and includes cars, bikes and automobilia. Eric’s lovely 1914 New Hudson and his 1936 BSA outfit will be in the sale as well as a 1928 flat tank Norton and the usual Rolls Royce, Mercs etc. For those with deep pockets, this could be the sale for you.

See you on a run in July.             
Tom Reed

Runs Results

2017 Quaker - Results
2017 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

Enough of Martin's Commando.  Thought we would have a gentleman's machine for a change.  1949 Sunbeam S8 - Mike Carruthers.  Bought in big lumps, assembled for the start of last year's runs with 12v ac electrics, semi electronic ignition, may convert to full if I can find another distributor to play around with. Just fitted sump extension so it now holds an extra pint. Dual seat fitted as Linda is used to the comfort of BMW seats, but not over keen on the plungers though.  Did around 800 miles last year. Seems to run quite well although does not handle very well descending steep hills in reverse!!

The other side in case you were wondering

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.
More Photos
Awards List
Steve Hodgson being awarded the Walworth Concours Trophy for his 1958 Excelsior

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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