Sunday, 13 May 2018

Scrumpy run 130518

the bikes arrive at Mullacot

we take up a lot of the Cook Island car park

part of the queue to sign on with Mike

we arrive at the Blue ball
 Judging by the number of people who came over to congratulate Chris and the marshals for the days run, it seems that the new Scrumpy run was mainly well received, there were a few people who would like the run to have remained as it always was, but with increasing rules and regulations around the licence from North Devon D C  plus the committee members never getting a chance to do the scrumpy run and the storage and transportation of the posts and barriers, the committee voted to make the run a normal Devon section VMCC run.
30 people signed on for the day and I think there were others who preferred not to join the main run that chose not to. A number of riders elected to 'do their own thing' as they wished to pause to take in the views and take some photographs, so the number of riders following Chris after his pre run brief was 15. Mike did his usual stalwart signing on role and also agreed to accompany myself as back marshal for the day.
There were a few hiccups on the run, in one episode, Chris came across a 6 wheel coach which had become completely jammed on a hard corner such that no on could get past so we reversed course and Chris led us to lunch a different way.
On arrival at the Blue Ball, Chris was met by the manager who reassured him that he understood that whilst Chris had made a reservation for 40 riders for lunch based on previous intelligence, on the day our visitors had admitted that they had booked a carvery for the evening so would not need lunch and so Chris had rung ahead to apologise and down grade the booking.
There was only one breakdown when a Norton twin, ridden by one of our visitors, lost its spark, I stayed directing traffic until his mate in the three wheeler came along, they later arrived at the Blue Ball having forced the Mag to behave.
The afternoon run found us heading back to South Molton across the moor with no further incident.
Well done and thanks to Chris for the route and leading, to Mike for agreeing to do back marshal with me and to Richard for remembering the cheque book!, also one other person you may not have seen, Keith was taking photos at the valley of rocks, I'm sure we will see these at some time in the future.
Club night is this Thursday and the next run will be June 10th for the Dartmoor run led by Ian.
Maurice strides out to find his bike

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Relay rally May 6th 2018

we arrive at Honiton checkpoint

Rodney and Carol arrive
 I have always believed that an editor has a certain amount of leeway when deciding what is written in order to keep any embarrassment reflecting on himself, however, I cannot really get away with this breakdown which befell me on the relay rally as I had 2 section members following me through the checkpoints and therefore 'saw it all'. My 650 Triumph overheated and stopped, Ray kindly went back to get his trailer and with Richards help, it was loaded and returned to Tiverton.
I understand that Dermot had 16 riders check in at Abbotsham but haven't yet raised Keith to find out how many came to Bickleigh. Whilst it was very hot for us in mid devon, Dermot tells me that it was very cool with a mist up north.
Don't forget the scrumpy run this Sunday starting at Mullacott cross this year.
Richard insists the blog must be written!

who needs the AA when Ray provides the trailer

Fish and Chips 210418

hungry smiles?

another good turnout meant a separate table for Steves' family
I was on holiday for this event but am grateful to Steve for the photo's and Ray the info.

It seems that the Welcome fryer did what they are good at yet again and looked after the 20 plus section members and family who turned up on the 21st of April for fish and chips. This is always a popular event and venue so the committee will certainly be putting it on again next year, in fact there will be another trip to the Welcome Fryer on August 1st so come along and see what it's all about.

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Evening run to Sportsmans Arms Sandyway 160418

Roy was first to arrive

Dermot stands back in amazement at my Triumph

toasting by the fire

a warm up after the ride out and before the ride back

9 of us warmed ourselves by the fire at the Sportsmans Arms last evening after a cool ride out from as far as Westward Hoe and Tiverton, as usual, the world was put to rights with some emphasis on Ariel motorcycles which had let Doug down on the ride across on the night. It was discovered that a glass of wine on special offer cost more than a pint of beer so obviously there were no wine drinkers among us!.

This is just the first of a few of our planned evening ride outs and I would urge you to come to the next ones as they are on evenings that should be both warmer and lighter.

There is a fish and chip meet at our usual South Molton venue The Welcome Fryer do come and support the section there, I shall be in Llandudno on the day so will rely on Steve and others to get me some photos and information on numbers etc:.

Club night next Thursday will be a talk by an ex motorcycle police officer so please come as it would be embarrassing for him to find himself talking to just a few people.

Next run is the relay rally 6th May, see you somewhere on route I hope chaps.

Sunday, 8 April 2018

April fools run 8th April 2018

full up and resting

Good to see Ray back in the runs

Despite the bad weather forecast earlier in the week and the grey, misty, drizzly, and foggy start to the day, 17 riders turned out for this years April fools run starting at the Rest and be Thankful at Wheddon cross. This run should have been Keith's to organise and lead but due to him still recovering from surgery, ( get well soon mate ), a volunteer was called for, to take the run over at short notice, before I could stop him, Ray put up his hand thereby giving the job to us!, ( must sit closer to him next time so that I can kick him in the leg before he sticks his hand up! ).

A welcome was given to riders from Somerset, one from Wells, and after my pep talk at the beginning where I outlined the problems with the conditions Ray found with last years route and the need for me to quickly come up with a run on more major a road network, the run set off on time with Chris and Mike agreeing to be back marshals for the day. The road towards Taunton was taken for just a few miles before I turned off towards Dulverton on the lovely road that goes over the spine of the hills before dropping down towards Bury. No chance today of going through the Bury ford as it would surely be too swollen, so that was given a miss and we went on to Bampton. Once through Bampton, a turn was made on minor roads to Huntsham and eventually the Redwoods Inn in Uplowman.

We had been asked to arrive at or before 12 as the pub was expecting 60 people from the Rolls Royce club which we managed to do with some margin. The question as to whether there would be an afternoon run was answered unanimously when a dozen or so riders elected to continue so I led them out of Uplowman and turned off the road to Hockworthy, ( no Dermot not where you expected to hock some Rolls Royces' ). After that pass we went on to Bampton to pick up the old A361 towards South Molton. This road allowed us to open the bikes up a bit to give them a little free rein before arriving at the honey farm and the end of the run.
Thanks to Chris and Mike for back marshal duties and well done to Ray who stayed the whole course today so soon after his medical emergency just a few months ago.
Now can I remind you of the evening run on the 16th to the Sportsmans arms and fish and chips on the 21st, see you there folks.

no Maurice that isn't yours

we beat the RR club to the pub

The Redwoods Inn fits us in on a busy day

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

This Sundays April Fool run

Just a note to keep you informed about this coming Sundays April fool run.

Keith is still recovering from his operation and so Ray offered, ( I told him to sit on his hands ! ), to sort a run out, I found last years route which Ray ran around last Saturday, unfortunately he found the roads in a very bad state due to the water and mud and since rain is forecast from now until Sunday, it seems that we would find it the same or worse. The answer is that there will be a run but it is likely to be on more major a road network than planned so we ask that you bear this in mind if attending.

On a good point, the Rest and be Thankful has agreed to open up for us at 10.00 and the Redwoods Inn in Uplowman has agreed to have us providing we arrive early as they have 60 members of the Rolls Royce club coming for lunch later.

Hope to see you in person, ( in spirit doesn't count ).

Sunday, 18 March 2018

AGM 150318

The Chairman thanked the 3 non committee section members who attended our AGM and the meeting proceeded as per agenda, I am attaching the minutes for record.