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
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
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.