VMCC South Durham

The South Durham Section of the Vintage Motorcycle Club

Welcome to the South Durham Section

Forthcoming Events

July 2016
  • 1-3  Northumbrian Gathering - Northumbrian
  • 2-3  Lakeland Weeekend
  • 6  Evening Social Run
  • 11  Sunset Run
  • 14  Club Night - Ride In & Buffet
  • 16  Display of bikes - North Park Darlington
  • 17  Founders Day - National
  • 17  Trial - Battersby
  • 20  Evening Social Run
  • 24  Chairman's Run
  • 24  Golden Era Run - North East
  • 28  Trial - Silton - Evening
  • 28  Club Night
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

24 July - Chairman's Run - Download
1 8 Sept - Beamish Trophy Trial 2016 
- Please note, the entry date for the 2016 event has now passed. Any further applications will be added to the waiting list in the event of cancellations.
Download Regs
Download Entry Request Form (.pdf)
Download Entry Request Form (.doc)
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Runs Results

2016 Quaker - Results
2016 Eric's Evening Excursion Results
2016 Sunset Results
2015 Chairman's Results
2015 Baydale Results
2015 Beamish Trophy Trial Results  Trophy Winners
2015 Anniversary Results
2015 Trials Championship - Results
2015 Section Championship - Results
2014 Concours Championship - Results
2015 Northern Road Run Championship - Results

Bike of the Month

Scott Flying squirrel (power plus) 600cc twin  cylinder Water Cooled - Howard Masters

Newsletter July 2016

Northumbrian Gathering Presentation.  Three lovely ladies dressed in the era of the bikes that they were riding pillion. 40s 50s & 60s.  Click here for more if you dare

There were a number of runs in July to keep us happy. Dave Headon’s Social Run & Concours was based at the Chequers Inn at Dalton and proved a good location. The run was held on a pleasant evening along delightful local lanes finishing with a nice pint outside the pub. There was a good display of machines for the concours which was won by Steve Hodgson’s Excelsior - a two stroke  winner  Brian.

There were 16 riders at the Downholme trial with full results in the trials link. However, the first three were Gary Powell from Paul Deakin and A. Wylie.

A number from the section entered the Beamish Reliability Run which proved somewhat arduous for those that rode to and from the start at Beamish. Typically, for much of this year, fine weather at the start turned to periodic heavy showers further into the run. Results are not yet to hand.

The Teesside Yesterday Club held their Dales Run in June which, I am told, was a most enjoyable day’s riding.

We were back at Dalton again for 19 entrants to enjoy Eric’s Evening Excursion but this time at the Village Hall. Full results are elsewhere on the website but the winner was David Porteous, fresh from the Isle of Man, from the ever-successful Dennis Marwood and scooterman John Pearson. Always keep a spare spark plug or six. Well done chaps.

As I’ve been somewhat tardy in writing this newsletter, I can report that the Northumbrian Gathering has been and gone. There was the usual good entry of 62 starting from Wooler with a strong contingent from the South Durham Section. The run covered a scenic route along Keilder Water and into the Scottish Border country marginally spoilt by the inevitable sporadic rain showers. However a super day out or weekend for those that stayed over.

Further in July, there will be several section members venturing to the Pennine Way Run on 9th/10th.

Other events are in the calendar with Howard Duddles’ Sunset Run being on 11th starting from Middlesbrough Motor Club at 6-30pm. Regulations are on the website but entries will be accepted at the start.

The club night, ride and buffet will start at 6-30pm from the Cricket club on 14th.

There are two trials in July. At Battersby on 17th and at Silton on 28th which is on the evening.

Martin Peacock is coming back from Lincolnshire to host the Chairman’s Run which we greatly appreciate and, finally, don’t forget Viv’s Saunter and B-B-Q on 6th August which is an event to look forward to.

Tom Reed

Award Presentation Night

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
More Photos
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!!

Anniversary Run 2015

As the weather was fine we got 12 new entries on the day, making a total of 28 which was remarkably good for this time of year. Mainly post war and post 60 machines with 2 vintage bikes; John Robinson on his 1929 Ariel and Martin Peacock on his 1922 AJS.

10.00 start from the Cricket Club after what I thought were simple questions but a few disagreed, the route took us through Over Dinsdale through the lanes to Osmotherley and over the hills to Hawnby to a quaint tea room for a short break for coffee (no Brian so not in the pub) and more questions from Dave Allison, but I got the blame again of course for them being too difficult.  Then onwards through Helmsley and more back roads to Thornton Le Dale near Pickering for lunch as shown in the above photo, and two more sets of questions from Dave and Linda.

The run home was fairly direct, back through Pickering, over to Rosedale, up to Blakey, Westerdale, Kildale , Stokesley and back to the Cricket Club - which wasn't open,so some went to the pub!!

Anyway a good day was had by all - I think, and the results are here if you want to know your scores.

For more photos see the photo gallery

Thanks to ME, Linda, Dave & Shirley for the checkpoints and photos

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