VMCC South Durham

The South Durham Section of the Vintage Motorcycle Club

Welcome to the South Durham Section

Forthcoming Events

August 2016
6  Saturday Saunter & BBQ - Viv Tubby
11  Club Night - Business  Meeting
13 Practice trial  -  Harwood Dale Scarborough
14  Topcliffe Run - North East (NRR)
17  Social run to N. Yorks moors & railway. MSG Cricket Club leave 10.00am
25  Club Night

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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

4 September - Baydale Run Download Regs
9 October - Anniversary Run Download Regs

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
2016 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

Lets keep them here a bit longer

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

Newsletter August 2016

July offered several good riding opportunities for section members which were generally held in the dry, albeit with some exceptions. It is summer in England after all.

The Pennine Way run on the weekend of 11th/12th July attracted the usual good representation from the section but I understand that this was one of the exceptions to the fine weather mentioned above. Understandably, home seemed a good end point for some and they took this option for an early bath.

Howard Duddles’ evening Sunset Run followed the established format of starting at Middlesbrough Motor Club and touring the North Yorks. Moors including Kildale. Commondale and Westerdale. Full results are on the site with the overall winner being P. Joyce from Chris Stokes and Ged Watson. Thanks Howard and Tony for a good run.

Dave Porteous led the Club Ride-in with a relatively short ride to Sedgefield and the local area. This was just right for an evening run particularly as there was a good buffet waiting at the Cricket Club.

There were two practice trials in July with the full results being in the trials link. At Battersby, Paul Deakin and Tony Frost tied for first place with A Wylie and Dave Flintoft tying for third. At Silton, Rob Green won from Gary Powell and B Tweddy.

We must thank Martin Peacock for organising the Chairman’s Run with assistance from Mike Carruthers, Eric & Denise Londesbrough and Dave Allinson. The lunch stop was at Leyburn and co-incided with the annual war weekend event. This gave the opportunity to see various period vehicles including army jeeps and lorries, steam engines, lovely cars from the Morris owners club as well as a Spitfire outside of the pub. There was the usual market with stalls selling military uniforms, wartime clothing and bric-a brac. A good lady singer entertained us with wartime favourites and there was even some dancing- although not from the motorcycling fraternity.

August is a quieter month, no doubt due to holidays, with events being in the calendar. Viv starts the month off with his Saunter and BBQ on 6th when we’ll be hoping for sunshine. The August trial is at Harewood Dale, Scarborough on 13th.

Further on, September holds more events, starting with the Baydale Run on 4th   which I’ll have to miss as I’ll be in sunny France


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
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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!!

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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