VMCC South Durham

The South Durham Section of the Vintage Motorcycle Club

Welcome to the South Durham Section

Forthcoming Events

December 2016
1  Club Night - AGM
4  Anniversary Social Run

15  Christmas Party - MSG CC
26  Social Run to Teesdale
27  Practice Trial
29  Club Night

Jan 2017
7  Presentation Night - King's Head Darlington
12  Club Night - Business Meeting
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Christmas Party at The Middleton St. George cricket club on Thursday December 15th.   

Buffet and hilarity from the entertainment committee. 

Tickets  a mere £6.00

Annual presentation night at the Mercure Kings Head Hotel in Darlington Saturday 7th of January. 

Presentation of awards with a first class carvery, disco, raffle and internationally renowned choir. 

Tickets an oustanding bargain at only £10.50.  

There is parking under the hotel as well as parking directly outside. Rooms are available at a reduced rate.

For tickets, other details, donations etc contact Treasurer Smith 01352 286623,   07912 481377

Latest Info from the Treasurer

B & B at the Kings Head is £68.00 per double or twin room, book direct reference V.M.C.C. South Durham Section.

To everyone, the following is confirmed.

Contact -Sophie Spencer

Arrive -  7.00 for 7.30  Carvery served from 7.45

Round tables for 8, they will take 10 but it will be crowded so I chose 8. Trophy table in front of top table. Number on top table to confirmed by  3/1/2017 along with final numbers for the event.

Access in the afternoon after  2.00 p.m. to set up trohpies and approve seating arrangements.

Mercure Darlington Kings Hotel 9 - 12 Priestgate, Darlington DL1 1NW, UK

Regulations Available

Sadly none

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
2015 Section Championship - Results
2014 Concours Championship - Results
2015 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.

Newsletter December 2016

There were some 80 attendees at the awards evening for the 2016 Beamish Trial on 20th December. Awards were presented by David Porteous and congratulations and thanks were given to winners and organisers of the trial. Well done Tom, Brian et al.

 21 entrants enjoyed the trial at Hindlethwaite which wound up the 2016 championship. The winner was Rob Green from S Dale and Jim Sowerby. Full results of this trial and the 2016 championship are in the trials link.

The section AGM was held on 1st December with the usual reports presented and accepted from officers of the committee. A pleasant change this year was that Steve Hodgson volunteered, and was accepted, to be chairman. This was a relief to Paul Feldon who stepped into the chairman’s role following the resignation of Martin Peacock last year. Dennis Marwood proposed a vote of thanks to the officers and committee for their endeavours over the last year and this was heartily endorsed by the membership present.

There are two social runs in December – on 4th starting from the Cricket club and on 26th to Teesdale.

Tickets are now available for the Christmas Party on 15th December at the Cricket Club and for the Awards Evening on 7th January, which will be held at the Mercure Kings Head Hotel in Darlington, when awards will be presented by Club President Rodney Hann. More details are given on the site home page.

On a sad note, is the news that Roy Sturgeon’s wife, Sheila, has passed away. Her funeral will be at Darlington Crematorium on Monday 5th December at 11-45 am. Condolences are given to Roy, his family and friends.

To close, can I, on behalf of your section committee, wish you and yours a happy festive period and safe riding in 2017.

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!

Presentation Night 2016

Award presentation night at Walworth Castle with three founder members of the section, Brian Bean third right top photo. Second photo, Bill Gillham, second & Geoff Graham third from left
The usual killing of a song by the committee
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Photos by Dave Allison
Awards List

Anniversary Social Run & Gathering

Meeting at the Three Tuns at Sadberge on the 9th December 2015 to comemorate the 40th anniversary of the inaugural meeting at the same pub, of the South Durham Section 9th December 1975
Photograph of John Fawcett Howard Duddles  Geoff Graham Bill Gilham--some of the founding and first members of the section.
Photos of the founders of the section from 1975


Replacement Tax disc on Brian's 1913 Triumph Model C comemorating the event.  Available from Treasurer Brian if you would like to purchase one

Anniversary Social Run 6th December 2015 Taken at the lunch stop outside the Feversham Arms at Church Houses. Same good turnout as last year, three bikes, four people, Brian, Martin, Mike & Linda - and it was a nice warm sunny day!!

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