The social side of the section continued with the domino knockout,
organised by Dave Headon on 9th March, being won by Alan Hillaby with
Wallace Holmes second. Well done Alan.
On 23rd , Eric demonstrated why few people live or holiday in Greenland which is the largest island on earth and consists of a vast ice-cap surrounded, in places, by a narrow periphery of unfrozen perma-frost for a few months of each year. The native Innuits have a hard existence with transport only by sea between neighbouring settlements and no motorbikes and few four-wheeled vehicles. Suddenly, Darlington doesn’t seem so bad.
Back on planet civilisation, there were 26 riders at the trial at Gilling which was won by Paul Deakin from B. Tweedy and Gary Bloodworth. Full results are in the trials link.
In April, Dennis and Brian will be taxing us with their quiz on 6th. Pies and peas will be served and ladies are, of course, most welcome to bolster our knowledge and increase the glamour of the event.
See you there.
There were two social events in January. President Rod Hann presented the trophies at the awards evening for 2016 events which was held at the King’s Head Hotel in Darlington. This was generally agreed to be a much improved venue – being smart, spacious and centrally located. It was pleasing to see a full turn-out of the Porteous family who contribute so much to this annual event and no doubt enjoyed the evening as did we all.
At the club night on 26th, Jonathon Hill gave a well- researched talk and slide show on J R Moore who pioneered bicycle and motorcycle innovation and production in the early years of the last century. Complementing the talk was an early Fafnir side-valve engine and a well-constructed flat tank. One of Moore’s Dene machines resides in the Beamish Museum collection. Thanks for an enthralling evening Jonathon.
As already announced, the
club night on 9th February will include a talk by Alstair Alexander on
‘tracing a bike’s history’, as well as a film ‘KTT at the Manx.’
Alistair is the area rep. for Scotland and we appreciate his visit to
the South Durham Section.
At the club night on 23rd, Eric Londesbrough will organise a ‘sociable motorcycle quiz’ which promises to be a variation on the usual quiz format.
Please note that the date of the February trial at Chop Gate has been changed to 26th
Events in March are in the section calendar with happenings taking place at both club nights. Please join us.
For those that follow these things, I have now got the New Hudson running tolerably well and am only awaiting warmer weather to venture forth.
See you at club nights in the future
This is a somewhat shorter report this month with the riding season drawing to a close.
The anniversary Run was organised by Mike Carruthers and his team and is well reported below. However we cannot let the occasion pass without recording our thanks to all involved for a well-organised event which, despite the odd rain shower, was enjoyed by all who took part. Award winners are given in the link below.
17 riders entered the October championship trial at Braidely with the winner being M. Smith from Gary Powell and Paul Deakin. As usual, full results are in the trials link.
On 17th November, we have the awards evening for the 2016 Beamish Trial when congratulations can be given to deserving award winners and also, most importantly, to Tom Norman and his many supporters who, once again, did such a sterling job in delivering this year’s event.
The November championship trial will be on 20th at Hindlethwaite.
Further out, the section AGM will be on 1st December. Propositions to improve section administration, and
enjoyment, should be in writing to the Secretary together with nominations for membership to the committee. It will be particularly pleasing to receive nominations for Chairman and Vice-chairman.
Finally, the Christmas party is scheduled for 15th December and, no doubt, tickets will soon be available.
Regards Tom Reed
Brian - totally distraught after receiving a half from Rachael instead of a pint. Took him the rest of the day to get over it Taken by Maz on the Baydale Run at the lunch stop at Middridge
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
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
Top - Handover of the Baton from North East Section at the White Lion at Cray (Top) on a miserable & cold rainy day.Bottom - Transfer of the Baton to Northumbrian Section the next day at the Punch Bowl at Edmunbuyers - equally miserable & cold.
Several members of the section joined with the Panther owners Club
for their annual pilgrimage to Belgium for the commemoration of First
World War battles and the daily ceremony at the Menim Gate in Ypres.
The domino knockout at the club night on 10th March was won by Alan Smith from John Emerson. Well done.
The trial at Gilling West was won by Paul Deacon from Jim Jardine and Rob Green.
In April, Dennis and Brian will be entertaining us once again with a quiz at the club night on 7th. There will be pies and peas and the ladies are invited of course.
On 13th, the section will receive the VMCC 70th Anniversary Baton from the North East Section at the White Lion in Cray and then pass on the baton to the Northumbrian Section on 14th at the Punch Bowl in Edmundbyers. Food is available, if wanted, at both pubs and the runs will be leaving from MSG Cricket Club at 10-00 prompt on each day.
The April championship trial is on 17th at Wensley.
On 25th April, there will be a talk on Brooklands History at Middlebrough Motor Club at 20-00hrs and VMCC members are welcome to attend.
Hoping for good weather for the Baton Run
The Chairman’s Run in August was reported in last month’s Newsletter
but we report, here, Viv’s Saunter and BBQ. The run was over delightful
local roads to the lunch stop at the Ship Inn at Saltburn on a bright
and pleasant day and was nicely rounded off by the BBQ chez Tubby for
which many thanks go to Viv and Sue.
Six section members rode to Sutton Bank for the Topcliffe Run on 16th when the Darlington Devils won the team award. Don’t ask how. On the way home we called in to annoy Billy Birks at Northallerton and enjoy his tea and biscuits. You may know that Bill has sold his bikes and spares but is now a whiz at washing up and dusting and is looking well.
events include the Baydale Run on 6th September starting from the
Cricket Club at 10-00hrs. Regulations are on the website but entries
will be accepted on the day if you’ve left it too late. Regulations are
also now available for the Anniversary Run on October 11th organised by
The Saltburn Hill Climb is on 13th September and is always worth attending. This is non-competitive this year.
The section’s major event is, of course, the Beamish Trial on 20th September and we wish all competitors success and a safe ride.
The Classic Bike Show at Middlesbrough Motor Club is on 27th September and Viv is looking to organise a club stand subject to getting support and machines from section members.
Finally, I understand that Wallace has resigned as Chairman of the South Durham Section and we thank him for his efforts and service over the last three years. We would welcome a myriad of volunteers to take on this role but, whilst you sort out who the lucky chap may be, I am prepared to be acting chairman, if required, until I resign at the AGM.
Local events held in July are listed in the calendar with section members entering most of them.
The club night ride and buffet was very well attended with Brian Smith doing his usual sterling job in leading the ride around local lanes. The buffet supper was very good and, no doubt, added to the high attendance.
The practice trial was at Battersby was won by A. Wylie from Tony Frost and Colin Jackson.
Chairman Wallace organized a very scenic Chairman’s Run over the Yorkshire Dales with a stop for coffee/tea and biscuits at the Buck Inn at Buckden being a most welcome feature. The lunch stop at Hawes preceded the afternoon run back to the Cricket Club with most of us missing the rain showers. Thanks Wallace for a good day’s riding.
Section events in August include Viv’s Saunter and BBQ on 8th for which tickets are available at £5 each. Ladies are, of course, welcome. The final practice trial is at Hindlethwaite on 23rd.
The North East section’s Topcliffe Run and the Northumbrian’s Bob Rawling’s Run are listed in the calendar and South Durham members will be supporting both.
Further on, the Beamish Trophy Trial is on 20th September when Tom Norman will appreciate volunteers for marshalling duties. Support him if you can as he and his team do a superb job.
See you on the runs
On a happier note, this is a busy time of year for sections of the club with improving weather encouraging attendance on runs.
trials boys had two practice events in June with the winners being Gary
Powell and Rob Green. Full results are, of course, in the trials link.
Tubby organised his final Walworth Castle event on 9th June with a most
enjoyable run. The winner of the concourse was Keith Bell’s Norton
Dominator from Paul Feldon’s Raleigh. Thanks Viv for holding this event
over recent years and we are still open for volunteers to organise this
event in future years.
There were only seven
starters for the Sunset Run organised by Howard Duddles with three
riders gaining identical top scores. The result was decided on machine
age with John Fawcett declared the winner from Grant Sellars and Brian
Smith. Full results are given above.
nineteen starters for Eric’s Evening Excursion over rural local roads on
a lovely evening. Results are given above with the overall winner being
Dave Porteous. Thanks go to Eric and his support team for the run and
Fifty Two riders, including several
from South Durham, started the main run at the Northumbrian Gathering in
fine conditions over the North Northumbrian and Scottish Borders
countryside. Using the Golf Club at Duns for both coffee and lunch stops
on the run provided a pleasant and rewarding day out. Unfortunately,
Paul Feldon and young Victoria had a bit of a coming together with
Victoria sustaining a hand injury. Hopefully she’ll be back on her bike
soon. Results of the run will be posted on the website when available.
Events in July are in the calendar and will provide a good choice of rides. Of particular note are:
Ride-in and Buffet starting from the Cricket Club on 16th. leaving promptly at 6-30 pm.
Founder’s Day at Stanford Hall on 19th.
Chairman’s Run on 26th.
further ahead, don’t miss Viv’s Saunter and BBQ on 8th August with
tickets now available from Viv at a bargain £5 each. Ladies and partners
Look forward to seeing you out and about.
Festivities are all over chaps with the Awards Evening at Walworth Castle being the last of our social events to swell the waistline even further. There’ll be a few extra pounds for the old girl to carry this year – that’s the motorbike that I’m talking about, not the wife.
The Anniversary Run is well reported by Mike and was enjoyed by a small but exclusive band.
The Christmas Party was an enjoyable do with a good attendance participating in the usual fun and fine buffet.
The Boxing Day Run to the Strathmore Arms in Holwick went very well with a warm welcome of hot meals and an open fire. Attendance by Section members was a bit thin but more than made up by riders from other groups – some 20 bikes in total.
There were 21 riders at the practise trial at Wensley on 28th December – a fine turnout. The winner was Jim Jardine from Rob Green and Paul Harrison.
I’ve already mentioned the Awards Evening at Walworth Castle on 10th January and a limited number of tickets are still available from Brian Smith. Join us and Club President Tim Penn particularly if you are an award winner.
There are two club nights in January : on 15th, Leo Crone will be talking to us about trail riding in England and on 29th, John Midcalfe will talk about Local Railways.
I look forward to seeing you at these don’t-miss events.
September’s seen many delightful days for enjoying motorcycling.
Let’s hope that October brings more of the same in what will be the
fading days of the riding season.
Since the last newsletter, the Bob Rawlings Run, Beamish Trophy Trial, Teesside Classic Bike Show and Lakeland South Lakes Mountain Weekend have all been held.
are a bit thin on the ground but, at the Teesside Show, Steve Hodgson
(150 Excelsior), Dennis Marwood (1948 MAC Velocette), and Mick Hull
(1920 Brough Superior) all deservedly won awards. Indeed, the Brough won
The Championship Trial at Over Silton was won by Paul Harrison form R. Hildrich and Rob Green. Full results are in Trials link.
Events in October are in the calendar but two of note are the Anniversary Run on 12th with regs. available from this link and the Championship Trial at Hindlethwaite on 19th with info. from Roy Sturgeon.
doubt, Tom Norman will be commenting in his next Beamish Newsletter,
but it is disappointing that a resident at Allenheads felt it necessary
to complain about speeding motorcycles on the day of the Beamish.
Although individuals weren’t identified, we clearly don’t need adverse
publicity for what is a most successful and well-run motorcycling
occasion. On the Beamish subject, please put 20th November in your diary
for the Awards Evening.
Finally, an update on the walking wounded. Bill Birks is now at home nursing his sore ribs which only hurts when he laughs. Viv Tubby sustained facial damage when he took a tumble after the Teesside Show when helping to push start my reluctant Norton Dominator. Sorry Viv. Dennis Marwood has had a cataract operation and he hopes the improved vision will allow him to better follow route sheets in future.
That’s all for now,
Apologies for the lateness of this month’s newsletter but I’m afraid that holidays in sunny Burgundy had to take priority.
In August, the main section event was Viv’s Saturday Saunter and most successful it was too. The picture above shows entrants at the start prior to heading to the lunch stop at the buffalo farm and shop near BromptonAfter the run, entrants were joined by family and friends, making some 35 in all, for the BBQ and socialising at the Crown Inn at Manfield. What a good way to end a run. Thanks Viv.
The trial at Underbanks on 11th was won by Dave Flintoft from Tony Frost and Rob Green. Full results are in the Trials link.
Four from the section rode to Sutton Bank for the North East Section’s Topcliffe Run on 18th and achieved modest success.
The Baydale Run was on 8th September and was enjoyed by the 28 who took part. Results will be posted in due course. On the afternoon of the run, entrants attended the Hunton Steam Fair.
The major event to come in September is the Beamish Trial on 22nd with all arrangements now efficiently in place as we’ve come to expect from Tom Norman and his supporters.
On the same day, the section will support the Teesside Classic Bike Show at Middlesbrough Motor Club with a display of machines. Please join us if you can.
In October, the Anniversary Run will be organised by Mike Carruthers on 13th and is the last competitive event in our 2013 calendar. It promises to be the usual scenic and challenging outing.
On the social/admin side, Fred Gowton is presently in a home and his health is improving. Visitors are welcome.
Roy Adams has decided to retire from serious riding and so has for sale his Royal Enfield. This is a 1961 Bullet of 350cc complete with Craven panniers. It is a reliable machine and Roy is looking for offers of above £1200.
The AGM is to be brought forward to the business night of November 7th . As a result , propositions for consideration must be submitted in writing to the secretary by the business meeting on October 10th.
Enjoy the remainder of the riding season and join us at either the Beamish Trial or the Classic Bike Show on 22nd September.
There was a full house for the excellent awards evening at Walworth Castle in January when Vic Blake was a most welcome guest of honour. The formal handover of the section chairmanship was made by Dennis to Wally Holmes who is settling in nicely to his new role. Many thanks go, once again, to the Porteous family and other helpers for putting on such an enjoyable occasion.
We must also thank Tom Norman and Malcolm Byrne for their talks at two club nights which were extremely well received. Malcolm’s talk, on Deep Sea Diving and Mine Warfare, was his third to the section in a series on naval subjects and I must encourage you to attend any future talks by this most knowledgeable and personable presenter.
Of course, February is a quiet time for most of us from a riding point of view with only green lane runs and trials to interest us – yes, Brian I know that we are all wusses.
However, the club night and quiz, to be organised by Dennis and Brian, is on 28th and promises to be another brain teaser of an evening. There will be the usual supper provided so bring your other half along for a cheap and cheerful treat.
Hope to see you there or at any of our club nights which are enjoying a bit of a boom in attendance.
John Robinson being presented with his awards, by Angela holding on to him, for the oldest vehicle to complete the trial, and best performance by a pre 1931 motorcycle - 1929 Ariel 550cc ere to edit text.
There were two events of note in November.
The trial at Wensley was won by Rob Green from G. Charlton and Paul Deakin. Full results are in the trials link.
The awards evening for the 40th Beamish Trophy Trial was a well-attended and enjoyable event with some winners travelling surprising distances to collect their well-earned trophies. Congratulations to one and all. Full results and pictures can be found in the Beamish Trial link.
The evening commenced with a minutes silence to recognise the passing of Robert Atkinson who was instrumental in the early years of the trial. The awards were presented by the incomparable Angela who rewarded several winners with a kiss ? better Angela than Grant. A CD of the trial is available from Roy Sturgeon at a small charge.
Moving on to December, there was to be a trial at Hindlethwaite on 2nd but unfortunately cancelled due to bad weather. The AGM is to be held on the 6th.
In the absence of formal propositions for committee membership, Wallace Holmes has agreed to be nominated at the AGM to be Section Chairman. I have agreed to continue as vice-chairman. I am sure that you will all support Wallace in his new role.
There two social runs in the calendar in December in addition to the un-missable Christmas Party on 20th. Tickets are available from Brian Smith.
Looking ahead to January, we have the awards evening for 2012 events at Walworth Castle when the presentations will be made by Club President Vic Blake. Tickets again available from Brian.
Finally, on behalf of your committee, can I wish you and your families a happy Christmas and hope that you have a safe, mobile and rewarding New Year.
Newsletter October 2012
There were two runs in early September. The Bob Rawlings Run which was won by Brian Smith and the Baydale Run Download results organised by Bobby Robinson. This was a most enjoyable event. Well done Bobby.
Several section members attended the Hunton Steam Fair to re-live their youth in support of the farming community.
The Battersby trial was on 15th and full results are posted in the trials page. However, Rob Green won the trial from Dave Headon and R Linicuter.
The Saltburn Hill Climb was again held on a non-competitive basis this year with several section members in attendance to admire some fine classic bikes and cars. Wally Holmes bravely powered his veteran Rudge up the hill but this was probably easier than trusting the brakes on the return trip. The picture below shows a couple of intrepid characters preparing to tackle the hill in a JAP-engined Morgan.
Saltburn Hill Climb - Tom Reed and Grant Sellars
The Beamish Trophy Trial was on 23rd and was again successfully completed. Full results and information will be posted on the Beamish website
Beamish Trophy Trial Haggs Mine Section
Viv Tubby organised the section stand at the Teesside Classic Bike Show at Middlesbrough Motor Club. His efforts were rewarded by taking the Best Club Stand Award which included £50 towards section funds. Many thanks Viv. The Best Vintage Bike Award also went to Viv for his Rudge and the Post 60 Award went to Tony Bailey for his lovely Velocette Thruxton. All told, a successful day out.
Looking ahead, Mike Carruthers is organising the Anniversary Run on October 7th starting at Manfield. Regulations and entry forms are available on the website or from Mike. Other events in October are as shown in the calendar.
If I could leave you with this thought. Both Dennis and I will be standing down from our roles as chairman and vice-chairman of the section at the AGM on November 8th. We have many talented people in the section who could contribute greatly to section activities. We would appreciate nominations to the Secretary from likely lads before the AGM.
Newsletter September 2012
Two photos from the July social evening run to Osmotherley featuring Mark and Geert de Boer, our friends from our twin club in the Netherlands.
The frequency of runs slowed slightly in August although those that were held were most enjoyable.
Brian’s Social Weekend centred on Hesket with only the occasional shower dampening spirits. Still it wasn’t raining in the pub.
The trial at Underbanks was won by John Pattinson from Mark Hardwick and Dave Flintoft. Download Results
The Sunday Saunter was well planned by Dennis and Viv with a good mix of green lanes included in the run. No questions and pleasant weather greeted 14 riders at the start supported by pillions Sue and Annabel. Bill failed to make it to the lunch stop indeed he failed to make it past Sadberge. We all have those days Bill. Perhaps there’s also the need for refresher training in the drop-off system.
There were 8 riders and 2 pillions from the section on the Topcliffe Run which took in the usual circuit of Hutton-le-Hole and Rosedale to the lunch stop at The Lion on Blakey Ridge. This was followed by a green lane run to Helmsley and thence back to base. This route was the reverse of the normal direction and this added to the interest.
September starts with the Bob Rawlings and Baydale Runs and regs. are now available.
The big event is, of course, the Beamish Trophy Trial on 23rd and Tom has worked his magic again with a full entry from far and wide. Your support would be appreciated.
The Teesside Classic Bike Show clashes with the Beamish but the section will still have a stall at this show. Please bring along suitable machines.
The September trial is on 16th with some doubt as to the venue. Probably Snilesworth.
Further out , the Anniversary Run will be organised by Mike Carruthers.
Of more general interest, there is now an autojumble on the second Saturday of each month held at Mill House, Littleburn Industrial Estate, Langley Moor. Another chance to rummage through boxes of rusty bits.
Newsletter July 2012
As we run into August, the runs available continue apace.
Looking back to July, John Robinson attended the Lakeland Rally and David Porteous was a marshal at the Festival of 1000 Bikes at Mallory. This latter event gets bigger and better each year and is a tremendous success for the VMCC.
The July practise trial was cancelled due to water-logged ground.
Thirteen section members rode down to Edale for the Pennine Way Run. There was some rain on the way down but the subsequent two days were fine although it was very blowy on Alston Moor on the run home from Greenhead. This was a most enjoyable and sociable event which covered some 470 miles home-to-home over the three days. Possibly the best bit was the bath, dinner and bottle of red that awaited chez nous.
Pennine Way Run - Lunch stop at the Old Silent Inn Near Haworth
Brian’s final Evening Social Run of 2012, to Osmotherley, had a turn-out of some 12 riders including two from the Netherlands. These two hadn’t come over just for this run but for Founders Day. This was cancelled as you will know and is re-scheduled for 2nd September.
The Chairman’s Run took us over the lovely North Yorks. Moors with the lunch stop at the Down Arms at Castleton. The morning run was picturesque but rain, sometimes torrential with thunderstorms, marred the afternoon return. The South Durham Olympians were Gold – Colin Bennet, Silver – Brian Smith, Bronze – David Porteous. Many thanks to Dennis, Annabel and their support team for a well-organised event. Download Results
August started with Brian’s Social Weekend and reports of any misdemeanours are not yet to hand.
Other events are listed in the events calendar but the following are of particular note.
Sunday Saunter on 12th organised by Viv and Dennis and starts from the Club at 10-00hrs approx. The lunch stop will be at Middleton in Teesdale and finishing at Archers near Walworth for ice cream. As the name implies, this run is not a race and the older the machine then all the better.
The Topcliffe Run is on 19th starting from the Gliding Club at Sutton Bank as usual. Entrants are invited to meet at Blands Corner at 09-15hrs for the ride to the start.
Looking further ahead, the Baydale Run is on 9th September, organised by Bobby Robinson, and regs. are now available.
Don’t put your bikes away just yet as summer may still happen.
Newsletter July 2012
I think that we can all agree that this summer has been pretty dreadful with more than our fair share of cold, wind and rain. We’ve hardly seen the sun since March. However, it’s fair to say that our section runs have escaped the worst and have been most enjoyable.
In June, there were two practise trials; at Downholme on 10th which was won by Paul Deacon from Jim Jardine and Rob Green and at Girsby on the evening of 20th which was won by John Pattinson from Rob Green and Graham Charlton. It was disappointing that only four riders plus two ladies went on the social run to support the boys on a fine evening at Girsby.
The Walworth Castle Concours was judged by Grant Sellars and won by a 1930 Ariel Colt 250 de luxe brought by Tony Bailey prior to riding it in the Banbury Run – a lovely machine. Second was a very smart Triton owned by Steve Wigglesworth and third was Dennis Marwood’s 1948 MAC Velocette.
The Beamish Reliability Run had a full entry, including a good turnout from the South Durham Section who enjoyed a good and dry day’s riding.
Eric’s Evening Excursion again had a good turnout on a pleasant evening. The full results await Eric’s return from the Isle of Man but the first three were Dave Porteous from Tom Reed and Colin Bennet.
There was another strong entry for Howard Duddles’ Sunset run around the North Yorks. Moors. Results are yet to be announced. Download Results
The Section was well represented at the Northumbrian Gathering on 30th June. Results were announced at the evening awards ceremony but have yet to filter down to me. Results are here for download NG2012-Final Results.pdf
Finally, for past events, the Club Ride –in and Buffet was very well attended particularly by friends from related motorcycle clubs. The weather stayed dry but some of the puddles could have served as back-up for Olympic swimming events. Brian performed his usual excellent route-master role and the evening was topped off with Elaine’s sumptuous buffet.
We must thank all of the organisers of the above events as well as marshalls and back-up teams and Elaine, of course.
Some pictures from the Ride In 5th July
Looking further into July, events are in the calendar with the most significant being;
7th/8th Girder and Lakeland Rally
21st/22nd Pennine Way Run. Meet at Blands Corner at 0830hrs.
29th Chairman’s Run. Regs. now available from Dennis.
Unfortunately, I cannot organise the Sunday Saunter as programmed for 12th August but the good news is that Howard Duddles has stepped into the breach and will organise the run. Thanks a lot Howard.
And with that, let’s hope for some sunshine and safe riding.
Newsletter June 2012
There were several excellent rides in May as briefly mentioned below.
The Founders Relay Rally was well supported and is reported elsewhere on the website.
The Wetherby Run was a pleasant experience, as usual, with Dennis Marwood being fifth highest points scorer.
Someone at the back is celebrating getting a question right
Bill's lost his bike and John wants to swap his.
There were 28 riders at the practise trial at Gilling West which was won by Dave Flintoft from Paul Harrison and Rob Green.
The weather was less than helpful for Brian and Wilf’s Touring Week but that didn’t deter the boys from taking part in the full programme. Many thanks go to Brian for the miles that he put in. The ride to the Craven Collection, organised by Dennis and Viv, was enjoyable, if a little damp. The Collection is well worth a visit.
The Quaker Weekend was most successful and is reported elsewhere with results and pictures.
Mike and Howard’s Signpost Run was the usual entertaining meander down less than familiar lanes with a three-way tie being decided in favour of Brian Smith.
The Back Green Rally in Lakeland was apparently one of the best ever enjoying marvellous weather. John Robinson and Brian (again) managed to get amongst the awards.
The Evening Social Run on 30th was led by Brian to an unknown pub at an unknown location.
There are two practice trials to be held in June: Downholme on 10th and Girsby on 20th.
There will be an evening social run, from the club, to support the boys at Girsby.
As in the calendar, there are three section events in June,
Walworth Castle Concours on 12th. Start at 18-00hrs.
Eric’s Evening Excursion on 19th. Start is at Dalton and regs. are now available from Eric.
Sunset Run on 25th ,organised by Howard Duddles, and starting from Middlesbrough Motor Club. Regs. can be completed on the night. Pie and peas available at £3 extra.
Looking further ahead, do not forget the Club night ride and buffet on 5th July.
Finally, as many of you will have heard, Ron Smith who was a past section member passed away recently. His funeral was at Darlington Crematorium last Thursday and our condolences go to his family.
Newsletter May 2012
At last, May is here and it is time for some serious motorcycling fun. That is provided that the golden football in the sky finally shines on us.
Some comments first on April’s activities.
Brian Smith upheld the section’s reputation by winning a three-way tie for victory at the Rookhope Ryde.
Malcolm Byrne gave another of his enthralling talks at the club night on 26th – this time on aircraft carriers. Appreciation was shown by a collection of some £80 for charity. Thanks Malcolm.
There were quite a few familiar faces about at the Stafford Classic Bike Show. A dry, but tiring, day out.
Moving on to May, the Founders Relay Rally is on 6th with our usual checkpoints at the Cricket Club and High Force. The ride to the Lakeland Section will start from the Mowden Pub Darlington at 07-30hrs.
Several members will be joining the Northeast Section for their Wetherby Run on 13th.
Wilf and Brian’s Touring Week is on 14th-18th with the full programme shown in the link in the events calendar. Ring Brian or Wilf for starting details. Viv and Dennis have organised the Friday run to the Craven Collection near York. There should be a good turnout.
The Quaker Weekend is on 19th-20th and promises to be up to the usual high standard. The Saturday Social Run will leave the Cricket Club at 10-00hrs and All saint’s Church, Northallerton at 10-30hrs. travelling to Masham, Pately Bridge and Nidderdale.
The Quaker Run on Sunday will leave at 10-00hrs. and will traverse Arkengarthdale and Swaledale with the lunch stop at Reeth.
Two evening events are in the calendar, namely, the Signpost run on 23rd and an evening social run on 30th.
So, no excuse for further hibernation, let’s see you on one or more runs in the next few weeks.
Newsletter April 2012
March was a quiet month for section activities with both green lane runs being cancelled.
However, the usual suspects took themselves off to the Cotswold Section for the Felix Burke event. No feedback yet on success or failure.
The trial at Snilesworth on 11th was won by John Pattinson from Tony Frost and Paul Nelson. Full results are posted in the trials section ( sorry )of the website.
Bill Birks entertained us with his domino KO won by Mike Carruthers from Tony Bailey.
As shown in the events calendar, April brings the championship trial at Braidley on 15th, the Rookhope Ryde on 22nd and the Classic bike Show at Stafford on 28th / 29th.
May kicks off with the Relay Rally on 6th when a group of us will visit the Lakeland section’s nine checkpoints. Join us if you fancy a full day’s riding . Contact Viv Tubby for details.
Newsletter March 2012
The quiz organised by Chairman Dennis and Treasurer Brian was a well organised success. A melange of questions tested us all but with the help of the ladies we managed to do quite well. Elaine came up trumps again with a pie and peas supper - thanks Elaine. It was most pleasing to welcome friends from the Northumbrian section, Teesside Yesterday Club etc.
Unfortunately, the championship trial planned for Over Silton had to be cancelled due to wet ground conditions. The next trial is at Snilesworth on 11th March
The two Green Lane runs programmed for March on 4th and 25th have been cancelled.
At the club night on 15th March, stalwart Bill Birks will trundle out his abacus for the domino championship of the world (well the South Durham Section anyway ). Always a good event.
The regulations for the Northumbrian section’s Cuckoo Waltz, which is for off-roaders, are now available and can be downloaded from this site.
Planning is now winding up for the riding season. April brings the Rookhope Ryde and the Stafford Classic Bike Show whilst, in May, there is a veritable deluge of major events. Let’s hope that the deluge does not apply to the weather.
Please note that the Northumbrian Section’s Bob Rawlings Run has been put back to 2nd September.
Newsletter Feb 2012
The frenetic activity reported in the last newsletter is now at an end and, with the days drawing out, we can look forward to some much–needed machine time.
February events are in the calendar but please note that, on 16th Brian and Dennis will be holding their Quiz and supper at the club night. Ladies invited.
The trials scene continues to thrive with two trials in January and the next one being on19th February at Over Silton. Please see a new batch of trials pictures here …….
Bill’s domino knockout will be on 15th March. See you there.
Newsletter January 2012
A belated, happy new year to one and all from your committee. December was an active month which I’ll briefly summarise.
The championship trial at Chop Gate on 4th was won by Rob Green, followed by John Pattinson and Tony Frost.
At the AGM on 8th the committee was re-elected en bloc.
The Anniversary Social Run on 11th attracted 7 members sharing 2 bikes and 2 cars. They enjoyed a run to Saltburn and thence to the Speedway at South Bank where Brian apparently blagged a couple of laps. The track record wasn’t threatened.
There were some 70 attendees at the Christmas party on 22nd with the usual entertainment and buffet. Thanks to all who contributed to making the evening so enjoyable.
More party pictures
Some 6 riders from the section joined 20+ guest riders for the Boxing Day run to High Force via the lakes of the Tees Valley. It was the warmest weather for this run in recent memory.
January kicked off with 30 riders at the practice trial at Swainby. This was won by John Pattinson followed by Kevin Chapman and Paul Deakin.
The event of the year was the Awards Evening on 7th at Walworth Castle. In front of a full house, Club President Colin Bell made the awards. A fuller report, and pictures, will be posted elsewhere on the website. Read more
Welcome to the last newsletter of 2011 that rounds off another successful year for the Section.
On 10th November, some 90 entrants, section members and guests enjoyed the presentation by Grant Sellars of the awards for the 2011 Beamish Trophy Trial. Several award winners had travelled a fair distance to the event to collect their trophies in person. This is most gratifying and demonstrates the enthusiasm and support that exists for this well-organised and enjoyable trial. Once again we thank Tom Norman for re-establishing the Beamish in the calendar with such success and also to his support team for their time and hard work, to Grant Sellars for making the presentations and Elaine and Colin for making us so welcome. To see award recipients, click here…..
Brian’s trail weekend involved trails around Farndale in North Yorks. in good weather on the Saturday. On the Sunday, the location of choice moved the Alston area with the usual Alston micro-climate. Wet.
The November championship trial was held at Underbanks and the full results are posted on the trials page of the website. However, the first three were John Pattinson, Dave Flintoff and Tony Hayward. The December trial will be on 4th at Chop Gate.
December will be a busy time for the Section with the AGM on 8th . There are no significant propositions of note this year nor, not surprisingly, any nominations to join the committee. All organisations benefit from the infusion of new ideas, motivations and enthusiasm that new personalities bring. I would, therefore, encourage you to consider joining the management team at the next opportunity when you will be made most welcome.
Other events are in the calendar but just to remind you that tickets are still available for the Christmas Party on 22nd and the annual dinner dance at Walworth Castle on 7th January. Any trophies that are still in your possession are required ASAP by David for engraving.
The anniversary Social Run will start from the Cricket Club at 10-30 on 11th and the Boxing Day Run to High Force will, as usual, start from Darlington Market Place at 10-30.
Finally, this only leaves me, on behalf of your committee, to wish you and yours a very merry Christmas and a happy and safe riding New Year.
NEWSLETTER NOVEMBER 2011
The riding season is drawing to a close and it’s time to give the bikes some tlc before the shed becomes too cold. You can do mine if you like.
In October, the Colonial Run looked an adventurous affair with Bobby Robinson upholding the family reputation with first place, followed by that well-known southerner Martyn Weston and our own Brian Smith. See report and pictures on the forum section of this website.
Dave Porteous rode in the Beverley Run and reported his lack of success.
The Scott Trial social run was on 22nd with a number of section members out and about.
The championship trial at Hindlethwaite on 23rd was won by John Pattinson from Paul Deacon and Richard Bainbridge. Full results are in the trials section of this site.
The Green Lane Run due to be on 30th October has now been re-arranged to a trail ride weekend on 5th /6th November.
Looking to the future, there are two further events in November.
The awards for the 2011 Beamish TT will be presented on Thursday 10th November by Grant Sellars, the well-known local rider and organiser of all things motorcycling. Come along, bring your wife, partner (male or female) and enjoy Elaine’s famous buffet.
The November championship trial is on 20th at Underbanks.
A reminder for your diary is that the AGM is on 8th December. Propositions and nominations to committee will be welcomed and must be announced at the business meeting on 24th November. All of those discussions that you have on club nights must have thrown up topics that you would like to have aired and identified chaps who can contribute to the running of the section. Let us know about them.
Dave Porteous would like all trophies from last year to be returned to him asap for engraving.
There is a proposal to go to the Island for the TT on 2nd- 8th June. See Brian Smith in the next few days if interested.
Similarly, Dave Porteous would like expressions of interest in going to the Manx later in the year.
NEWSLETTER OCTOBER 2011
September’s events started with the Baydale Run organised by John Robinson. Twenty riders took part and Dave Porteous was the overall winner followed by John Lines and Tony Bailey. The full results and pictures can be found on the home page of the website.
Four South Durham Section members took part in the Northumbrian Section’s Bob Rawlings Run with John Robinson claiming second place.
Twenty two riders entered the practice trial at Silton on 11th which was won by Paul Harrison followed by Simon Ridsdale and Dave Flintoff. Full results are on the Trials page. The next Championship Trial will be on 23rd October at Hindlethwaite in Coverdale.
The Beamish Trophy Trial was held on 18th September with 130 entrants on the day. Many thanks to Tom Norman, and his marshals, for their superb, and appreciated, efforts on the day. Provisional results and notes can be found at www.beamishtt.com . The awards evening has been brought forward to 10th November at the Middleton St. George Cricket Club. All are welcome to congratulate the award winners and enjoy Elaine’s famous buffet.
The Teesside Classic Bike Show was successfully held at Middlesbrough Motor Club on 25th with a good turnout of men and machines. Viv Tubby won the Best in Show award with his Rudge. Well done Viv and thanks to both Gerry Beer and Viv for organising the VMCC stand.
The Anniversary Run was held on 2nd October organised by Mike Carruthers and his A team. We enjoyed a superb yet challenging run starting at the Crown Inn at Manfield then heading through the Yorkshire Dales to the lunch stop at Clapham. The weather was dampish all day but not sufficient to dampen our spirits on a most scenic run. Overall winner was Brian Smith with Paul Feldon second and John Fawcett third. Full results and pictures can be found on the home page of the website.
Other events in October are shown in the Events Calendar and further details will be announced at Club nights. Please note that there will be no entries allowed on the day at the Colonial Run on 9th.
The November Championship Trial will be held on 20th at Underbanks in Coverdale.
Newsletter September 2011
What horrible weather we’ve had of late, it’s absolutely pouring down as I write this.
Brians’ social weekend in early August at Eyemouth was, apparently, a complete washout. I’m told that even Brian left early as the weather didn’t encourage riding the coastal lanes of Southern Scotland. At the same time, John Robinson and Paul Feldon were ‘camping’ in Scotland for a multi package of runs over some 8/9 days. Yes, they sampled the same inhospitable weather only getting wetter.
Those on the topcliffe run enjoyed a break in weather for a most pleasant run starting, as usual, at the Sutton Bank Gliding club. Only 35 miles to the lunch stop at Blakey Ridge followed by Rosedale and the infamous chimney. Six section members made the event but results are not yet to hand. – not holding out too much hope.
There were 20 entrants in the practise trial at Snilesworth and the full results are in the trials section of the site. The first three, however, were John Pattison with no marks lost, followed by Paul Deacon and Stue Chapman.
In September, John Robinson’s Baydale Run is on the 4th and regs are now available.
Other sections events are in the calendar but our ‘biggie’ is the Beamish Trophy Trial on the 18th. If you cannot ride or marshal then come and spectate and support the brave souls who can.
Further on, Mike Carruthers is organsing the Anniversary Run on 2nd October.
Well, I’m off to sunny France for two weeks and hope that it’s sunny for you too.
NEWSLETTER AUGUST 2011
July was a busy month for several section members although some travelled far and wide to get their riding fill.
Events visited included :
- the Anglo Dutch Rally
- Mallory 1000 Bikes weekend
- Northumbrian Gathering
- Lakeland Rally
- 2011 TT Mountain Challenge.
There was positive feedback from all participants.
Closer to home, we had:
- Club Ride and Buffet when some 30 riders appreciated a typical Brian’s sortie to somewhere followed by Elaine’s quality buffet.
- Two evening social runs again courtesy of Brian Smith.
- Trial at Wensley won by Graham Charlton followed by Brian Irwin and Dave Flintoff. As usual, the full results can be found in the trials page on the website.
- The Chairman’s Run organised by Dennis Marwood. In humid but enjoyable weather, we rode through the Esk Valley to the lunch stop at Goathland. In spite of excellent route directions, not all riders returned to the Cricket Club. Are they still out there ? The winner was Dave Porteous followed by John Fawcett and John Warren.
Many thanks to Dennis and marshals Annabelle, Viv and Sue together with the ever-friendly recovery team of Stan and Sandra.
There is only one Section road event in August – Brian’s Social weekend on 6th/7th.
There is a trial at Snilesworth on August 14th.
The Baydale Run follows on 4th September and regs. can be obtained from organiser John Robinson.
The Beamish Trophy Trial is on 18th September and Tom Norman would appreciate any volunteers for marshalling duties.
The North East Section’s Topcliffe Run is on August 21st. Anyone wanting to join Dennis, Bill and I for the run to Sutton Bank, then meet at Great Smeaton at 09-15 hrs.
Please note that the date of the 2012 Awards Evening at Walworth Castle has been brought forward to January 7th 2012.
Newsletter July 2011
I hope that you are all enjoying the hectic riding schedule on offer at present.
The full programme in June included events held across the North East, including the East Yorks. Section, Reivers Section, Northumbrian Section, the Beamish Reliability Run and, of course, the VMCC Scarborough Festival Week. However, the events of particular interest to South Durham Section members were our own. These were ;
The Walworth Castle Concours organised by Viv. Tubby when 27 machines were out on the run. There were some lovely machines on display with the overall winner being the BMW owned by Wally Holmes, followed by the recently - restored Triumph model C owned by Brian Smith and, in third place, the June bike - of – the – month, Richard Blackburn’s 1928 ex - Factory Scott.
Eric’s Evening Excursion attracted a good turn – out enjoying bright sunshine which was quite remarkable given the amount of rain that had prevailed throughout the day. David Porteous was the overall winner and Eric’s report and results can be found here...
The Sunset Run was organised by Howard Duddles who set a challenging route of some 45 miles in North Yorkshire based on Middlesbrough Motor Club. Results are not yet to hand.
There were two practise trials in June.
Downholme on 12th. 1st Brian Irwin
2nd Richard Bainbridge
3rd Rob. Green.
Girsby on 22nd 1st John Patterson
2nd Brian Hutchinson
3rd Rob Green.
The next trial is on 24th July at Park Gate Farm in Wensley.
In July, the Section has two principal events;
Club ride – out and buffet on 7th with the ride starting at 18-30hrs returning to the Cricket Club for 20 – 00 hrs.
Chairman’s Run on 31st July, organised by Dennis Marwood, travelling via the Esk Valley to the lunch stop at Goathland.
There are two evening social runs programmed with details to be had from Brian Smith. Other principal events are given in the events calendar.
Enjoy your riding.
Newsletter June 2011
In the introduction to the May Newsletter, I was optimistic regarding the continuing superb weather that we had been enjoying. In general, this optimism was justified except for the Quaker Run when a mix of wind and rain took the edge off the usual well-organised event. A full write-up, pictures and results are posted on the home page of the website. I must add the appreciation of all entrants to the Porteous family, marshals and breakdown team for their organisation of the event.
Four section members entered the North East Section’s NRR Wetherby Run when John Robinson took the Best Veteran Award – OK he was on the only veteran entered.
Howard and Mike’s Signpost Rally was held on a pleasant evening around the lanes to the south and west of Darlington. Fifteen machines took part in the most enjoyable run prior to finishing back at the Cricket Club. Thanks Mike and Howard.
The Quaker Social Run was on 21st May led by Brian Smith over the North Yorks. Moors with the lunch stop at the Feversham Arms in Farndale.
There was a practise trial at Battersby on 14th May when four riders cleaned all sections. These were Rob Green, Jim Jardine, Colin Jackson and John Patterson with the tie-break decided on oldest machine.
There are 8 events in June and are given in the Section calendar but there are 3 evening runs particular the Section. These are:
Walworth Castle Concours on 14th. Viv Tubby
Eric’s Evening Excursion on 21st. Eric Londesbrough – Regs. available
Sunset Run on 27th. Howard Duddles – Regs. available
There are two trials in June at Downholme on 12th. and at Girsby on Wednesday 22nd. This latter is an evening trial starting at approx.. 18-00hrs.
July is just as busy as June but, of note, is the Club night, ride-in and buffet on 7th.
Something for everyone I think. See you on the rides.
NEWSLETTER MAY 2011
The weather over the last few weeks must have encouraged most of us to ready our machines for the impending riding season ahead. Apparently it was sunnier here than it was in Cyprus where Pat and I went on holiday.
In April , Brian was presented with the Syd Plevin Award at the VMCC AGM although none have seen it yet. As Brian is off amusing the Europeans in Holland, Switzerland, Italy and all points south we’ll have to wait for his return – providing that he can convince our border police that he isn’t an illegal. Silly me, I forgot that there’s automatic entry for anyone now.
The first three in the Championship Trial at Braidley were Rob Green, Paul Harrison and Paul Deacon. Full results are in the trials section of the site.
John Robinson, Brian Smith and Richard Blackburn joined our Northumberland chums at the NRR Rookhope Ryde. The lunch stop was at Longden Beck in Teesdale. There no results yet to hand.
A number from the section enjoyed fabulous sunshine at the Classic Bike Show at Stafford. There were light wallets and creaky knees by the end of the day.
Events in May include, the North East Section’s NRR Wetherby Run on 8th. Join Dennis and I at Great Smeaton at 09.15 hrs. if you want to ride down with us.
For Mike and Howard’s run on 18th meet at the Cricket Club at 18.00hrs.
The Quaker weekend is on 21st/22nd . The Saturday Moors Social Run will be led by Brian Smith meeting at the Cricket Club at 10.00hrs. The Quaker Run will again be organised by the Porteous family and will start at 10.00hrs 0n Sunday at the Cricket Club. The run will cover some 95 miles through Wensleydale with the lunch stop at Masham.
The Hesket Newmarket weekend will be on 28th/29th .
We enjoyed the company of our latest recruit at the Club night on 28th April when 5 day old Charlie Robinson brought along Mum and Dad Alex and Bobby as well as Granddad John. Small sidecar anyone? Congratulations all round.
Newsletter April 2011
At the club night on 17th March, Dennis and Brian organised a most successful quiz night with 90 in attendance. On 31st , Wally Holmes entertained us with DVD’s of events from the 50’s including sand racing at Redcar, car racing from Goodwood and Charterhall and an air show at Middleton St. George. Thanks go to Dennis, Brian and Wally.
The championship trial in March was held at Chop Gate with 31 riders taking part. Three riders cleaned all sections and, after the usual tie break, the winner was Tony Frost followed by John Pattinson and Paul Deacon. Full results are in the Trials web page.
David Porteous and Tom Norman enjoyed a green lane run in Weardale on 13th in glorious sunshine.
Events in April are shown the calendar but those of note are the championship trial on 17th at Braidley in Coverdale; the NRR Rookhope Ryde organised by the Northumbrian Section on 17th and the Classic Bike Show on 23rd/24th at Stafford.
Brian Smith will receive the Syd. Plevin award at the Club AGM on 10th.
May sees the riding season get well underway with the NRR Wetherby Run on 8th; Mike and Howards evening Social Run on 18th and the ever-popular Quaker Weekend on 21st /22nd . Regs. are now available.
Here’s hoping for dry weather and good riding.
Newsletter March 2011
As many of you may now know, Brian Smith was nominated by the South Durham Section for the VMCC major award for outstanding work within a section of the Club – The Syd Plevin Award. Gratifyingly, our submission was successful and Brian will be presented with the award at the forthcoming VMCC AGM on April 10th. Many congratulations to Brian and thanks for your contribution to Section activities over many years.
At the club night on 17th February, Bill Birks held his enjoyable domino knockout event. Eric Londesbrough was the winner and Mike Carruthers the runner up. Many thanks to Bill.
Several section members spectated at the Championship Trial at Swainby on 20th February. There was an impressive selection of machines and capable riders tackling a number of sections mostly through streams with muddy approaches and exits as well as tricky knadgery over tree roots. The winner was Rob Green followed by Paul Deacon and Jim Jardine. Full results are in the Trials section of the site. If you would rather spectate than compete, I would thoroughly recommend these events. The next Championship Trial is at Chop Gate on March 20th.
There are two Green Lane runs in March on 13th and 27th. Contact Dave Porteous or Brian Smith for details.
On 17th March, Dennis and Brian will be holding their Quiz Night. Ladies are, of course, welcome and Elaine will be serving delicious pie & peas at £1.50 per head.
At club night on 31st March, Wally Holmes will be showing DVD’s of various motoring and motorcycling events from years past. These include sand racing at Redcar, car racing at Goodwood, Teesside Air Show, etc. This promises to be an interesting night. Be there.
The Lakeland Section’s Girder Fork and Lakeland Weekend Rally, to be held on 9th/10th July , has been added to the Northern Road Run Championship. All local/northern sections are now represented in the Championship. Should be plenty of good riding ahead.
There continues to be slight changes to the Events Calendar, so run off the latest copy on the site.
Newsletter February 2011
Things must be looking up as I was out on B33 last week and the trial at Girsby was able to be held. This was after the previous two trials were cancelled due to ground conditions. The Girsby result was 1st Brian Irvine, 2nd Tony Frost and 3rd Rob Green. The first two positions were decided on a tie break after fault-free performances. Full results can be found in the Trials section of the website.
The main Section event in January was, of course, the Awards Evening for 2010 events. See a full write-up above.
February events can be seen above with a Green Lane Run and Trial at Swainby for the adventurous. For the rest of us, there is Bill’s Domino K.O. to look forward to on 17th Feb.
Please note that there has been some changes made to dates in the 2011 calendar and a new copy can be downloaded from the website.
By Tom Reed
NEWSLETTER JANUARY 2011
Happy New Year to one and all. The snow has melted at last and temperatures have almost risen to zero. Of course, the weather left its mark on section activities in December. The trial was cancelled and the attendance at the AGM was slightly down on normal.
At the AGM, the reports from the Treasurer, Secretary and Chairman were all accepted and votes of thanks given. John Robinson stands down as Chairman at the awards evening in January and is replaced by Dennis Marwood. Many thanks to John for his work over the last two years and best wishes to Dennis.
The Christmas Party was another enjoyable evening with the usual entertainment and buffet. Thanks to all who participated in the organisation.
The two social runs were obviously affected by road conditions with only one bike and two cars making it to Saltburn for the Anniversary run. There were more brave souls out for the Boxing Day run to High Force, including Brian, John, Bobby, Gerry and Martin. They were joined for a warm at the pub by several of the four-wheeled brigade. Well done chaps.
The principle event in January is, of course, the awards evening at Walworth Castle when Bill Phelps, VMCC President, will make the awards. Ticket sales have gone very well and a good time is assured.
Trials details can be found in the Trials section of the website.
There’s still a few weeks to go until we have any organised road runs, so spanners out, oils changed and tyres inflated ready for the off. Bye for now.
By Tom Reed
Newsletter December 2010
There was a good attendance at the Beamish Trial awards evening despite the inclement weather on the night. Understandably, several award winners couldn’t attend given the long distances involved for many. However, the night was most enjoyable with a video of this year’s event and a most acceptable free buffet.
The awards were presented by Stan Bartle, the VMCC representative for the North Eastern area, who travelled from Hull with his wife Moira. A brave effort Stan and I hope that body heat was sufficient to maintain overnight temperature inside the Campervan. Of course, great thanks and appreciation go to Tom Norman for organising the Trial and the subsequent administration of the results and awards. A great effort.
The results of the 2010 Section Championship are now available with John Fawcett being the overall champion. For full results, click here….
The results of the trial at Hindlethwaite on 21st were first, Dave Flintoff, second Rob Green and third Paul Deacon. For full results click here….
It has been agreed to include an additional event in the 2011 North East Road Run Championship. This will be organised by the Reivers Section in June in the Morpeth area.
Section Champion John Fawcett
As previously announced, the 2010 AGM will be on 9th December. Please remember that propositions must be in writing to the Secretary.
The Anniversary Social Run will be on 12th starting from the Club at a time still to be announced.
Details of the Boxing Day Run to High Force are still to be announced.
A reminder, that tickets are still available from Brian Smith for the Christmas Party and the awards presentation night at Walworth Castle.
Finally, can I, on behalf of your committee, wish you all best wishes for a very happy Christmas and a prosperous and safe New Year.
NEWSLETTER NOVEMBER 2010
The prime section event in October was the Anniversary Run which was superbly organised by Mike Carruthers ably assisted by Linda Easby and Howard Masters. A report with pictures and results are elsewhere on the website.
The Northumbrian Section’s Colonial Run was a wet affair with, understandably, only two section members taking part.
The championship trial at Braidley’s was won by Dave Flintoff followed by Paul Deacon and Jim Jardine. Full results are in the trials part of the website.
Wally Holmes ran an odd items quiz at the club night on 28th. Where does he get the parts and how does he know what they were used for? Thanks Wally for a brain-teasing hour.
Now that November and the dark nights are here, activities tend more towards trials and social events.
The next trial will be at Hindlethwaite on 21st November.
The Beamish awards will be presented at the club night on 25th November.
Tickets are now available from Brian for the Christmas Party on 23rd December and are priced at only £5 each.
Tickets are also now available from Brian for the Annual Awards Evening at Walworth Castle on 15th January. VMCC President Bill Phelps will be Guest of Honour and presenting the awards.
Finally, would last year’s trophy holders please return them to David Porteous at your earliest convenience for engraving before the big night.
NEWSLETTER OCTOBER 2010
Last month was a most enjoyable and busy time for the section.
The first event attended was the Manx Rally, which is reported more fully on the website, and when eight of us had a super time.
No rest for Dennis as he returned from the Manx on Friday straight into successfully organising the Baydale Run on the Sunday. This is also reported more fully on the website.
Several of us attended the Teesside Classic Bike Show which was held on Redcar High Street for the first time. This venue certainly attracted many members of the public although space for machine display was somewhat restricted. It was a sunny day which allowed us to enjoy the attractions of the sea front rather than just sitting next to the bikes for several hours. Thanks go, in particular, to Gerry Beer for organising the South Durham section stand. Disappointingly, we didn’t win the Best Stand award this year being bested by the Estonian Motorcycle Club – Harleys and all that. Section honour was, once again, upheld by Viv Tubby who carried off 1st and 2nd place awards in the best vintage class with his Rudge and Model P Triumph respectively.
The big event of September, of course, was the Beamish trophy Trial on 19th superbly organised again by Tom Norman. Tom has posted a newsletter on the website with results to follow in the next few days.The sunny weather couldn’t last forever – nor did it. Rain adds to the challenge and enjoyment – doesn’t it? Of concern, is the interest that the box-ticking fraternity are now taking in the trial with their usual helpful inputs. Why do they do it?
The South Lakes Mountain event organised by the Lakeland section was, apparently, a great success with some ten section members enjoying a sunny riding weekend.
Full results of the practice trial at Underbanks on 26th September are shown in the Trials section of the website but, for info., Dave Flintoff was the winner followed by Nigel Smith and Rob Green.
At the club night on 30th September, we were taken through a photographic romp of trials and scrambles from the forties and fifties by guest Ron Grey, and which was followed by pictures of Tom Norman’s ride to Poland on his Panther and the Rallies in which he participated. Many thanks to both Ron and Tom.
October events are as shown in the events calendar with the principal section event being the Anniversary Run organised by Mike Carruthers on 10th. Regs. can be downloaded from the website and a good turnout is anticipated.
The trials season proper gets back into full swing with the next event being at Braidleys in Coverdale on 26th October.
We are looking forward to the WOW night at the club night on 28th October. For the uninitiated, me included, this means Wally’s odd widgets quiz. I have inside information that a desirable prize may be awarded to the winning team. Exciting or what? Do not miss it.
See you at club night. Tom Reed
NEWSLETTER SEPTEMBER 2010
August may not have been the most sunny or warm of months but most of our events seem to have enjoyed what summer weather there was.
The Chairman’s Run was a success and Brian’s Social Weekend was challenging – at least for Richard Blackburn. Read his intriguing report and pictures elsewhere on this website. Congratulations to Richard’s wife, Justine, for accomplishments on her Honda which show capability beyond her riding experience.
Six section members enjoyed a gloriously sunny Topcliffe Run. The mileage was just right with a climb of Rosedale Chimney prior to the lunch stop at Hutton le Hole. I must admit, at this stage, that some of our South Durham chums managed to reduce distance travelled by some 15 miles in their haste to get lunch – naughty boys. John Fawcett upheld section honour by claiming the Colin Hunter Trophy.
Lunch at Hutton le Hole
The Manx Week was another sun-filled event enjoyed by eight members. A report and pictures will be on the home page soon.
Graham Rhodes on the ‘ Roarer ‘ at Jurby
I can tell you that, due to this late report, the Baydale Run was yesterday and a report, results and pictures will be posted shortly.
On September 12th, the Teesside Classic Bike Show will be held at Redcar on the High Street. The section will be having a stand so your attendance would be appreciated. If you have any copies of motorcycle magazines that are surplus to requirements, please bring them along for sale for club funds. The show is from 10-30 until 16-00 hrs.
The Beamish Trophy Trial is on 19th September and marshals are still required – please contact Tom Norman.
The South Lakes Mountain Weekend and the Northumbrian Colonial Run are as shown in the calendar but the next South Durham event is Mike Carruthers’ Anniversary Run on October 10th.
Don’t miss it.
NEWSLETTER AUGUST 2010
There were many good events, both near and far, in July. These included the Northumbrian Gathering, the Girder and Lakeland Rallies, and the Pennine Rally. All were reported to be most enjoyable.
Closer to home, the club night ride and buffet is reported elsewhere.
The evening social run to the Lorry Museum at Shildon was on a foul night but yet drew a reasonable turnout. Some even went on bikes – well done John, Viv and Dennis.
Visit to the animal sanctuary – Ark-on-the-edge.
The Chairman’s Run was on August 1st and will be reported when the full results are to hand. Suffice to say, 110 miles through lovely Durham villages to Alston ( Cumbria ? ) provided a full days outing with the only real rain being at journey’s end.
In August we have Brian’s social weekend as well as the Topcliffe Run, Manx Week and the Golden Era Run.
The Baydale Run, organised by Dennis Marwood, is on September 5th and regs. are now available on this website and at clubnights.
Although September is looming, it’s too soon to be thinking of garaging the bikes as the Beamish Trophy Trial – The Big One – is still to come. If you wish to help on the day then please contact Tom Norman.
See you there Tom Reed
There were several good events in June, starting with Brian’s evening social run to Holwick. Some ten of us enjoyed Brian’s usual circuitous meanderings culminating with refreshments.
Reports of the Rudge Centenial Run, Walworth Castle Concours and Eric’s Evening Excursion are elsewhere on the website.
The Sunset Run was held on a pleasant evening with 12 riders. Results still to come.
By the time that you read this, a goodly number will have enjoyed the Northumbrian Gathering at Wooler; and will no doubt be looking forward to the Club night Ride & Buffet on Thursday 8th. Meet at the Club at 6-00pm for a 6-30 start for the ride.
Other events are shown on the home page but note that the evening social run on Wednesday 15th. will be to the
Finally, an event not to be missed is the Chairman’s Run on 1st. August. The route is organised and Regs. are now available.
See you on Thursday.
Written by Tom Reed
As promised in the May newsletter, the riding season is now in full swing.
The Wetherby Run was enjoyed by Dennis, Viv, Bill and myself with one of us collecting the post war award (modesty forbids etc).
The Quaker weekend was a great success, as is the norm, and the Sunday results are shown on the home page.
Mike & Howard organised a Signpost Rally which proved most enjoyable for the twelve or so entrants out on a very pleasant evening. As usual, the mileage covered was quite variable.
Looking ahead, June starts with one of Brian’s (in) famous social runs. Meet on 2nd at the club for a 6-30 pm start.
The Rudge Centennial Run on 13th , organised by Wally Holmes, will start from the Duke of Wellington at 10-00 am. The route will visit local castles on the way to Tan Hill and will cover some 75 miles.
The Walworth Castle Concours event is on Tuesday 15th and the run will start from 6-00pm.
Eric’s Evening Excursion is on 22nd and will start ,as usual, from Dalton Village Hall at 6-30 pm. Regs. are now available from Eric.
The Sunset Run is on June 28th and Regs. will be available at the club night on 10th June.
A reminder that the VMCC Scarborough Week is from 25th June to 2nd July. Several of the lunch stops on the daily runs are within easy travelling distance from Teesside. Should anyone fancy a run out then I’m sure that we can organise something at a club night
Looking even further ahead, the ride-out and buffet is on 8th July and is always a good night.
Plenty there for your enjoyment, so see you on two wheels.
At last, activities are starting to get into full swing with several of us enjoying a lovely spring day at the Stafford Show.
There was a good turnout for Founders Relay Rally with Section members travelling many miles across the North. Dennis, Viv and I covered some 220 miles visiting the
Of course, we were completely outdone by Brian and John who are rallying in
To come in May is the Wetherby Run on 9th when the usual group will be riding down. Meet at Great Smeaton at 09-00 hrs.
Wilf. Banks’ Touring Week is from 8th-14th and all are welcome to give their support. Turn up before 10-00hrs each morning at the camp site at Bullamoor ( Northallerton ) when you will be most welcome to join the runs.
The Quaker Weekend is on 15th-16th when we are looking for another good entry for the Section’s Premier event of the year.
Howard & Mike have their Discovery Run on the evening of 19th. Join us for what is always a pleasant ride out.
Do not forget the Lakeland Section’s Hesket Newmarket Weekend at the end of the month.
June promises to be just as busy but please make a note of the Rudge Centenial Run on 13th organised by Wally Holmes.
Join us at club nights every other Thursday.
Written by Tom Reed
Several section members and ladies visited Darlington Town Hall at the invitation of his Worshipful the Mayor, Councillor Jim Ruck, and his wife Margaret the Lady Mayor. We enjoyed a most informative talk on the history of the town, were shown some of the historical treasures in the Mayors Parlour –no not Jim – and were then treated to fine hospitality/refreshments –well we’ve got to get value for our Council Tax. On reflection, as I don’t live in Darlington, on your Council Tax.
Another highlight of March was the talk given by Grant Sellars on his motorcycling career. The evening was very well attended and we thank Grant for keeping us enthralled to the end. However, not all of the tale has been told, and we look forward to another episode in the future.
There were two Green Lane Runs in March with the usual tales of machine mayhem and smiling in the face of adversity –allegedly.
The trial at Girsby was won by Rob Green followed by Tony Frost and Paul Deacon.
In April, there is the VMCC AGM on 11th and a trial at Battersby on 18th.
Congratulation to Wally Holmes who completed the Pioneer Run on his recently- completed Rudge and is now the proud owner of a finishers medal.
Martyn Weston attended the April business meeting to say his goodbyes as he and his wife are permanently re-locating to Devon. We wish him well in holiday land and thank him for his strong support of Section activities over a number of years. He apparently doesn’t bear us any grudges for breaking his leg on the Beamish and would welcome a visit should you find yourself near Budleigh Salterton. He will be contactable on 01395 443631.
A chap called Harry Pea is trying to find the present owner of his old ex-police Triumph, reg. CVN 33C, last known to be in Ferryhill. If you can help, Harry can be contacted on [email protected] .
Finally, we are still looking for a volunteer to distribute OBM as Gerry Beer wishes to call it a day. I’m sure that he’ll be glad to here from you.
Even I’ve had a bike out in the last few days, so see you on the roads soon.
Written by Tom Reed
I enjoyed Brian’s tale of adventure from the trail riding enthusiasts. When did he become computer literate, (er not yet- Mike) or does he have a secretary? Not to be deterred, they’re planning another two outings in March (details from Brian). Join them if you’re brave enough.
Trials took a knock from the weather in January, but February’s event at Swainby went ahead. Rob Green took the win again followed by Brian Irwin and Paul Deacon. The March trial is at Girsby on 21st.
Bill Birks did us proud again with his domino KO at the club night in February. Another good attendance.
We are looking forward to the talk by Grant Sellars at the club night on March 18th on all things motorcycling. With pie and peas at £1.50, it is a can’t miss event.
The nights are getting lighter - great – soon be the Quaker Run.
Written by Tom Reed
The awards evening at
There was an excellent attendance at the club night on 21st of January when Richard Nicholson presented a slide show of past motorcycle sport from North Eastern venues – many no longer in use. Happy memories.
Events tend to be a bit thin in February, but Brian will be leading a green lane run on 7th and
The club night on 18th will be enhanced by Bill’s domino knock out.
An early note for your diary; Grant Sellars will be at the club night on 18th March to give a talk on motorcycles with a particular emphasis on road racing. Grant has competed for some 40 years at the Manx GP as well as at most mainland circuits.
With his wide experience as a rider, driver and engineer we can look forward to a compelling evening. There is a rumour that Brian Smith may personally provide refreshments.
So, March is around the corner, must spend more time in the shed. See you at club night.
Written by Tom Reed
Happy New Year to one and all and I trust that you enjoyed the Christmas season. Got plenty of bike-related presents? No neither did I. Back to the boxes of rusty bits at the auto jumbles then.
The Section Christmas Party went very well with a good turn out for an enjoyable evening. Thanks go to organisers – Chairman John, Martin, Viv, Paul,Brian, the raffle ticket Dolly Birds and Elaine for the excellent buffet.
Elsewhere on the website, you will have seen the December Trials results and read about the Anniversary Run and the Boxing Day Run to High Force. Congratulations and respect to the mad men (heroes) who braved the cold, ice and snow to prove that motorcycling can be a year-round indulgence. It makes one ashamed not to have joined them, or perhaps not.
Whilst mentioning the website, I hope that you find the latest version a great improvement. Many thanks must go to Mike Carruthers for administering and developing the site and particular thanks to Martyn Weston for his contributions in words and pictures.
Events in January are shown on the home page of the website but a particular mention must be made of the Awards Evening on 16th at
Well well, it’s stopped snowing, I think that I’ll go and start the Norton up. See you at the Club night on 7th.
Written by Tom Reed
There were two events of particular note in November; the Awards Evening for the Beamish Trophy Trial held on 12th and the Section Annual General Meeting held on 26th.
The Beamish Night is reported more fully elsewhere on the website but, in summary, a full house congratulated the award winners and enjoyed a video and photographic display of past and present Beamish events. Thanks go to Tom Norman for his organising skills and to His Worshipful the Mayor and the Lady Mayoress of Darlington (Jim and Margaret Ruck) for presenting the awards. Copies of the DVD of the Trial are available from Tom Norman at £6 each.
The 2010 Trial will be held on Sunday 19th September from the Board Inn as this year.
The AGM was a livelier affair than usual.
A proposition was accepted to adopt a Section Constitution in line with the requirements of VMCC. Copies can be obtained from the Section Secretary.
A proposition was accepted in principle to elect Honorary Presidents of the Section in future years to recognise significant or outstanding service to the Section. Details surrounding the qualifications for nomination generated lively discussion and will be clarified and agreed after further debate.
Bobby Robinson was elected to committee and we look forward to working with him in the future.
The Chairman commented on the long and meritorious service of Brian Smith who has now completed 30 years as Section Treasurer.
The November trial was held at Hindlethwaite and won by Paul Deacon followed by Paul Harrison and Rob Green. The December trial will be on 6th at Beak Hills near Chop Gate.
Tickets for the Xmas Party are still available at £4.50 and are selling well. Please join us on 10th December.
The Anniversary Social Run will be on 13th December with time and venue to be announced at the Xmas Party.
The Boxing Day Run to High Force will start from Darlington Market Place at 10.30 am.
Tickets for the Awards Evening at
Written by Tom Reed
Riding opportunities continued in October with the Anniversary Run, organised by Mike Carruthers et al, being a particularly good event in excellent weather and enjoyed by all who took part. A report and results are given elsewhere on the website.
Other events included:
Colonial Run in which 4 section members took part.
Cotswold Section Weekend when John Robinson won the Night Trial.
Trail Ride through Swaledale and Wensleydale.
Scott Trial social run in inclement weather conditions. Make a mental note for future questions that Graham Jarvis won.
Trial at Park Gate Farm at Wensley, won by Dave Flintoff from Rob Green and Brian Irwin. 26 riders took part.
Green lane run to
Inevitably, we are moving into more socialising than riding mode at this time of year but there is a Trial at Hindlethwaite on 15th November.
Back to social/admin. matters;
The Beamish Awards Evening on 12th November is looking good, with His Worship the Mayor of Darlington making the presentations, a display of photographs and video of the event and, of course, the spectacular free buffet. Unfortunately, you will have to buy your own beer.
The AGM is on 26th November and again we look forward to nominations to committee and for propositions for improvements in the management of the Section. There must be some good ideas out there!
Tickets are now available at £4.50 for the Xmas Party on 10th December.
Tickets will soon be available at £9.50 for the Awards Evening at
Finally, just to say that we had a most enjoyable Club Night on 29th October with a good turn out which included Paul Feldon who is now on the mend. Eric Londesborough brought along some useful items for sale in support of his charitable activities. If any of you are interested in a 1974 Honda twin, in very good condition, then contact Eric and make an offer. Look forward to seeing you at the Beamish Awards and subsequent Club Nights.
It has been quite a busy time of late both for Section activities and related events by other organisations. The major
The Baydale Run had an entry of 24 and was ably organised by Dennis Marwood. Fine weather graced the event with most of the entry making it to the lunch stop at Bedale. John Fawcett was the overall winner and the full results can be seen in the Road Run Link on this website. Thanks Dennis and the support team.
The Beamish Trophy Trial was another great success and congratulations go to Tom Norman and the 50 or so marshals, helpers, and recovery crews who were so vital to the success of the event. There was a full entry of 120 with 110 making the start.
Several people camped on the Saturday night at the New Board Inn at Esh,and had a merry time. There was cracking weather on the day and this contributed to a brilliant event in which only 6 failed to finish.
Full results and award winners can be found in the Beamish TT Link on this website.
Other events which Section members attended included :
Teesside Classic Bike Show
Hunton Steam Gathering
ISDT Reconstruction in
Military Vehicle Display at the Cricket Club
Steam and Vintage Vehicle Show at Scorton
Results of the September trial were - 1st Rob Green, 2nd Joe Morgan and 3rd Dave Heddon.
In October, we can look forward to :
4th Colonial Run organised by the Northumbrian Section
11th Anniversary Run. Regs. available from Mike Carruthers
18th Trail Ride. This will be on an easy route so suitable for less experienced off roaders. Meet at Blands Corner at 0900 hrs. or ring Brian Smith
18th Sprint at Catterick Garrison
24th Scott Trial Social Run. Meet at
25th Trial at Park Gate Farm at Wensley. Ring
Looking further ahead, we have Beamish Awards Evening at the Cricket Club when a well-known local celebrity and entrepreneur will present the awards. November 12th at 19-30hrs for 20-00hrs start.
Many of you will know that Paul Feldon was awaiting an operation to re-vitalise his much abused body. The heart by-pass has now been a success and we all wish him well for a full and speedy recovery.
Finally, the AGM will be held on November 26th. Although this is some way off, we would like to receive your numerous nominations to committee and, particularly, the post of Vice-Chairman. Nominations and propositions to the Hon. Secretary in writing please
The new website is almost ready to go live once the original domain
This summer hasn’t been too bad from a riding point of view with the Section road Safety Runs giving enjoyable days out.
The Chairman’s Run got August off to a bright start with 30 machines setting off from the Duke of Wellington to the lunch stop at Muggleswick. A particularly good afternoon run through Weardale and Teesdale brought 24 of us back to the finish. Paul Feldon won the event and full results can be found in Road Runs link. Thanks to John for organising the testing route and questions.
Six Section members entered the Topcliffe Run organised by the North East Section on 16th August although none of us will be troubling the trophy engraver. Some lovely machines took part.
There are two outstanding Section events in September.
On 16th, the Baydale Run will be organised by Dennis Marwood and regs. are now available and can be downloaded from the Home Page.
On 20th, the Beamish Trophy Trial will start from the Board Inn at Esh Winning organised by Tom Norman and the team. Entry applications now exceed the 120 limit and it looks like another super event in the offing. Let’s hope that we don’t need the Air Ambulance this year.
Further out, we have the Anniversary Run on 11th October. With the nights now drawing in (gloom) let’s have plenty of entries for some of the last Runs of this riding season. Is it still only August ?