VMCC South Durham

The South Durham Section of the Vintage Motorcycle Club

Welcome to the South Durham Section

Forthcoming Events

October 2016
2  Colonial Run (Northumbrian)
6  Club Night - Business  Meeting
9  Anniversary Run
16 Trial  -
20  Club Night
22 Scott Trial
For a printable version of the 2016 calendar click here

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Run organisers may find this useful

As I am sure you are aware HQ will supply machine number cards FOC to event organisers. Only problem is that they only cover 1-100 so for larger events there is a problem as in the case of the Beamish Trophy Trial.  Thanks to Greg Steer, who provided the pdf files to Tom Norman for the BTT, we now have them here for download for nunbers 101-200 & the letter M for marshals as required.  The complete set is one pdf file and the relevant pages can be printed on to A4 250gsm cards (4 numbers to a card) and guillotined

The file which is in .zip format to save space can be downloaded  here

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
2015 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 October 2016

The Baydale Run was on 4th September organised by Bobby Robinson and family. Eleven  entrants enjoyed a sociable tour in Durham calling at the National Railway Museum in Shildon, lunch at Middridge and tea stop at Bishopton. Full results are in the link on this webpage but the winner was Dave Miller from John Robinson and Dave Headon. Thanks Bobby for a good day out.

The championship trial at Underbanks attracted 14 riders and was won by Rob Green from Paul Deakin and Steve Ainslie who decided second place on a tie break. Full results are, of course, in the trials link.

The big event in September was the Beamish Trophy Trial held on a lovely day and superbly organised again by Tom Norman and his small army of volunteer marshals from both within VMCC and the wider motorcycling fraternity. There were 130 starters on the day with only 6 failing to finish.

An examination of the results shows that riders travelled from a remarkably wide spread of the country to take part including Ayrshire, Stirlingshire and Midlothian in Scotland; Dorset, Devon and Gloucestershire in the South West; as well as Liverpool, Colne in Lancashire and Essex. Thirty makes of machine took part ranging from 1921 to 1979 with riders aged from 16 to 82. Full results will be sent to all entrants and posted on this website in the next few days. Thanks Tom and co. for a brilliant event.

The Teesside Classic Bike Show was held at Middlesbrough Motor Club with improving weather throughout the day. The South Durham section enjoyed success with 6 awards. Namely; Viv Tubby’s Rudge and Mike Hull’s Brough Superior gaining 1st and 2nd  respectively in the Vintage & Veteran class; Howard Master’s Scott Squirrel and Howard Duddles’ Francis Barnett gaining 2nd and 3rd in the Post Vintage class; and Dennis Marwood’s  Velocette and Norman Steven’s Royal Enfield gaining 2nd and 3rd in the Post War class. Thanks to all section members who supported the event.

There are two section events in the calendar in October; the Anniversary Run organised by Mike Carruthers on 9th with regs available here, and Roy’s championship trial on 16th at Braidley.

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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