VMCC South Durham

The South Durham Section of the Vintage Motorcycle Club

Welcome to the South Durham Section

Forthcoming Events

April 2017
Club Night - Quiz Night Brian & Dennis + Pie & Peas - If you weren't at the last club night, please let Brian know if you want pie & peas so we can get the quantities somewhere near.
16 Trial - Wensley
26 Club Night - Talk Business Meeting
22/23 Classic Bike Show - Stafford
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  • 21 May Quaker Run - You can download them here when Dave remembers to attach them
  • 17 September - Beamish Trophy Trial - More Info

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Newsletter March 2017

The days are definitely stretching out now and the morning sun is streaming through the front window. What does this mean? Yes, the bikes will soon be given an airing. However, as of now, our motorcycling fare consists of club nights, the trials scene and auto jumbles.

Accordingly, at the early club night in February, Alistair Alexander gave a slide show and talk on the Hebridean Hop – a 500 mile island- hopping jaunt on lightweight machines through the spectacular scenery of the Hebridean Islands. In addition, Alistair treat us to a history of the racing exploits of the ‘Flying Fifer’. The planned talk on the ’KTT at the Manx’ could not be given due to technical problems with the new-fangled digital equipment. We should have anticipated this as we are the vintage club after all. However, Alistair - a most personable chap -  is thanked for travelling so far for our entertainment.

Eric’s sociable quiz at the second club night was just that- sociable. It got us out of our seats to test our knowledge - or lack of it - regarding events and machines from earlier times. The quiz winner was chairman Steve Hodgson and many thanks go to Eric for his different take on the usual quiz format.

The winner of the trial at Chop Gate was Steve Ainslie from Graham Powell with Rob Green and John Sowerby tied for third place.

The March programme continues in much the same vein with both a Domino Knockout and a talk by Eric on Greenland’s Icy Mountains. Eric likes his exotic holidays although I must confess to a preference for warmer climes.

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

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.
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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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