VMCC South Durham

The South Durham Section of the Vintage Motorcycle Club

Welcome to the South Durham Section

Forthcoming Events

May 2017
Club Night -  Business Meeting
7   Wetherby Run (North East) NRR
7   Trial
14  Rookhope Ryde (Northumbrian) NRR
18  Club Night
20  Quaker Social Run
21  Quaker Run
27/28  Back Green Rally (Lakeland)
For a printable version of the 2017 calendar click here

Adobe Reader required Click on icon to download the latest version

Regulations Available

  • 20 June Eric's Evening Excursion - Download
  • 17 September - Beamish Trophy Trial - More Info

   Entry Request pdf

   Entry Request xls


Newsletter May 2017

Back in April, Brian and Dennis entertained a well-attended gathering with their quiz and supper event. Most of us fell back onto the old adage that “it’s the taking part that counts” to explain our less than bright responses to the fiendish questions. Thanks Brian and Dennis and we’ll try harder next year.

The trial at Wensley was tied with Jim Jardine and Paul Deakin on zero points lost from Paul Harrison on 2 points. No doubt some sort of tie break will separate Jim and Paul before full results are posted in the trials link.

May presages the onset of the local riding season as registered in the section calendar. On Sunday 7th , the North Eastern section’s Wetherby Run beckons with some of us meeting at Great Smeaton at 09-30 for the ride down. There is no pre-registration for this event – simply turn-up and sign on.

The Quaker weekend is on 20th/21st  and is the first South Durham event of the year. David Porteous has regs. which can also be downloaded from this web page. Always a great event and we look forward to a strong entry.

View Photos

A full programme of events continues into June from all of the local VMCC sections including our two evening rides which are always enjoyable. In addition, there are many shows across the North East which have classic car and bike elements and can give great fun for the whole family. Of course, the trials championship continues throughout the year with Roy maintaining a great following.

So, there is much ahead to whet our appetites. All that is needed is sunshine and bikes that are in good fettle to see us through the summer.

Keep riding

Tom Reed

Viv trying his best to answer Dave Allison's questions on the 2014 Quaker Run. Dennis's turn next

Runs Results

2017 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

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!

Recent Photos

Recent Forum Posts

by TBird 4 days ago
by ColinS 10 months ago
by Yorkshire Geordie over a year ago

Newest Members