VMCC South Durham

The South Durham Section of the Vintage Motorcycle Club

Welcome to the South Durham Section

Forthcoming Events

June 2016
  • Club Night - Business Meeting
  • 3-5  Reivers Rally (Rievers)
  • 7  Evening Social Run & Concours **(Note the change of date from the 8th to the 7th)**
  • 16  Club Night
  • 17 -19 VMCC BHR Celebration - Cadwell Park
  • 19   Beamsh Reliability Run
  • 19  Trial Downholme
  • 21  Eric's Evening Excursion
  • 30  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

11 July - Sunset Run - Download
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
2015 Eric's Evening Excursion Results
2015 Sunset Results
2015 Quaker Results  Winners
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

Trifield - Built by Dennis Marwood, based on a 1959 Royal Enfield Crusader frame and Triumph 3T 350cc unit twin engine

Newsletter June 2016

May was a busy month with the riding season getting into full swing.

The checkpoint Rally was held on a cold and wet day but this did not deter 12 riders attending Middleton St George and18 at Holwick. Thanks go to Eric & Denise and Ken Dove.

There were 4 from the section on the Wetherby Run for an enjoyable ride which would have been better if an un-named navigator had not failed in his duties on the afternoon run. I don’t think that we troubled the pot engravers.

There were 14 riders at the Castleside trial which was won by Gary Powell from M Brown and Steve Ainslie. Full results are in the trials link.

Brian Smith and John Robinson rode in the Rookhope Ryde with John collecting a pot.

Tom Norman gave a good illustrated talk to the section covering his two rides across America on a BMW embracing some 4000 mile in total. Thanks Tom.

The Touring Week was held in mostly fine weather with runs organised by Brian Smith, Mike Carruthers, Paul Feldon, Viv Tubby and Dennis Marwood in addition to the Quaker weekend.

The Quaker weekend was held in fine weather with 53 out on the most enjoyable Sunday run. Full results are in the link on the website with congratulations to all award winners and particular thanks to the Porteous family and their support team.

There were 10 entrants from the South Durham section at the Lakeland Hesket weekend which was deemed a great success by all who took part. John Robinson won the Sidecar award and son Bobby the veteran award. Well done.

The events in June are in the section calendar but of particular note is that the Ride & Concours, organised by Dave Headon, is on TUESDAY 7th  at 6.00/6.30pm,meeting at the Chequers Inn at Dalton-on- Tees.

Regs. are available on the website for several forthcoming events including Eric’s Evening Excursion on 21st June.    

Regards     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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