Sunday, 7 January 2018

Fish and chips 070118

coming in and getting seated

who's having what?

the menu is consulted

tucking in to a great meal

chicken nuggets please

21 section members decided to give the turkey and tinsel a break and head for the Welcome Fryer in South Molton for this the first meet of the Devon section for 2018. If the numbers of people are a reflection of the year to come, even with those on holiday missing, then we can look forward to a good year ahead.
The usual excellent fish and chips and conversation followed so that time passed very quickly, there was concern for Ray who is stuck in Madeira at the moment in hospital, but judging by his calls home he should be home in a few weeks and hopefully fit for the first run of the year.

We have another fish and chips meet on the 1st August so that will be a date to put into those new calendars of yours, and whilst we are about it, if there is anyone who has not got an events sheet then do ask Chris or myself who are usually carrying copies.

So now I must remind you all of our club night which is on January 18th and will be a film on Nortons, and our first run of the year, the spring run, from the Corn Dolly on March 11th.

Monday, 27 November 2017

Events 2018

section events 2018

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Christmas dinner 2017

the long table gets settled

Ray's ready but Dermot can't sit yet

wood panelling  like on a yacht!

draw prizes and a Christmas tree

Sandy has no worries, Dermot not so sure.

this end are camera shy

had to hide the 'tach I won as there
were better round the table!

first course over

now where did I put my speech

Dermot remembers a dream

Once again the year flies by and we are at the annual dinner, over 30 people attended the Town arms for this years event, judging by the conversation level, it seems it was enjoyed by all. I enjoyed my meal and hope everyone else did, it was quickly served and there was plenty of it. Dermot gave a run down of the years events and praised the committee for the planning and organising of runs and club evenings though he expressed disappointment at the numbers attending the latter. We are learning more of our Chairman of late as he has admitted recently to having once been moved to tears and today to having dreams!. Dermot then gave the answers to the quiz left on the table on our arrival and the winners were my wife Marilyn and I ( with heavy emphasis on the former! ). Mike announced the winners of the 3 cups available they were: pre war, John Boyd, post war, John Tribble and Foreign, Maurice Lay. Richard saw to the draw prizes of which there were many and the event came to a conclusion around 1500. Now an event like this does not go off so well without some hard work by many people, Chris produces the events calendar which is always available at our place settings, Richard has handled the main link with the Town arms and produced the menu etc, Mike has organised the trophies and had them engraved, and Dermot the speech and quiz; now here I must say that they are not alone as I happen to know that their better halves had more than a little input!, lastly of course the committee who are at the moment working very well together to make this section the success it is, well done all. I hope you all have a good Christmas and hope to see you at our next event which will be January 7th for the new years lunch at the Welcome Fryer South Molton.

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Club night 161117

13 members turned up to an excellent presentation by Dermot on the vision, construction and sailing of his yacht. We were able to see through photographs just how the boat was built in Malta and the problems encountered, then the tricky business of moving the completed yacht downhill to the harbour, followed by sea trials and finally the trips around the Med and over to the USA. All this was accomplished in 8 years, unfortunately, my invitation to join him on one of his cruises seems to have been lost in the post at the time!. However, we did learn that Dermot can be broken to tears but only apparently by Maltese customs officials!, Thanks Dermot for the evening.
We have been very fortunate to have had a very interesting and varied programme this year on club nights but unfortunately they have not been well attended, the committee have produced another interesting year next year and we would love to see the numbers climb to reflect the hard work put in.
Sadly, next month will be our last club night of the year, it will consist of a natter evening with mince pies and is on the 21st December, I would personally love it if you come along as I definately ate to many mince pies last year!.

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Guy Fawkes run 051117

lunch time at Nomansland

lunch time banter

nice setting

I was unable to join the start of this run due to a long term engagement but I have Dermot's route notes and debrief. It seems around 13 riders  turned up at Okehampton station for this Guy Fawkes run organised and led by Dermot. With Ian and John agreeing to bring up the rear, the run set off to Exbourne on B3217 then Monkokehampton, Iddessleigh, Dowland and Dolton before crossing the A3124 to Riddlescombe, Ashrereigny, through Winkleigh, Morchard road and Morchard Bishop to Black Dog, ( Dermot has put Black Cat to see if I'm awake! ), then Thelbridge Cross to arrive at the lunch stop at Nomansland. Some rain was encountered during the morning run and judging by Keith's bike I would say quite a bit of mud too. I was able to join the riders at the Mount Pleasant pub where the talk was of the unfortunate mating attempt by a Velo on a honda which resulted on the two riders having to dismount unintentionally!. John appears to have had is bike fall over when his side stand slipped into a trough. However, it seems all were able to remount and ride away though Cyril rode for home as a precaution. 
The Mount Pleasant looked after us well, I say us as by now I had joined the run, and a good meal was enjoyed by all. Whilst enjoying the meal, the rains came heavily and after some discussion it was decided to stop the run here.
Thanks to Dermot for the run and to Ian and John agreeing to do back marshal duties, now we have a few months to attend to fettling our steads ready for next year, don't forget the Christmas lunch, this year at the Town Arms on November the 25th 12 noon, see Richard or Chris for places, your section would like to see you all there so ring and book now.

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Autumn run 081017

some of the bikes at Sainsburys'

in sunshine!

my thumb and the Blue Ball

The main body of riders arrive at the end
15 club members arrived at Sainsburys' for this the penultimate
run of 2017, many of us had endured bad fog and mist on the way but it soon burned off to leave, what promised to be, a dry mostly sunny day. We attracted a number of interested folk who gave us their early days on similar machines and wished they could return to those days. John had his wedding anniversary today so he did not join us for the run, then Doug's Ariel decided that it didn't want to get going until he had cleaned out the carbs jets, so Chris, who was doing back marker duties with me, stayed back to lend a hand and we remaining 12 set off on time after a briefing by our run leader today Mike. I must confess I had not expected Mike to  have recovered from his op to the extent that he could lead today but there he was and on his Velo as well, good for you mate.
We were led out and set off to Barnstaple, then over the new bridge and on to Braunton, there was some heavy traffic and a bit of a holdup here before we set off to Saunton. The beach at Saunton and at the other bays we came across were pretty full of people enjoying the good weather. We had some great views passing through Croyde, Mortehoe, Georgeham and Woolacombe before heading back up to the top of Ilfracombe and heading for Blackmoor gate. Here Mike had to do a swift calculation as he had been asked by the Blue Ball to be on time at 1230, so we were taken down to Lynmouth and then up the hill to the pub.
After a good meal we headed off to Brendon down in the valley and on across the common to Simonsbath, but just a few miles from Simonsbath, Maurice found his front tyre was losing air fast, he asked me to catch up with Doug on his combination as it was thought he might have a pump. I think my ex police triumph thought it was back in harness as I shot off to overtake first Graham then Doug to wave him down. Between Doug's pump and Grahams air can gadget, he was able to get going again in company with Chris, Doug and Graham until he turned off for home, I can tell you all that he reached home ok and is very grateful to all who helped him overcome his problem. The run then made the way to the honey farm for a well earned cuppa.
Thanks to Mike for the excellent route, to Chris who agreed to join me bringing up the rear and to those who helped today. Now the next run will be the Guy Fawkes run on November 5th from Okehampton station.

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Girder fork run 240917

The first 3 bikes turn up

Tony's |Norton looks great

Nice to see Paul on his ES2

Brian pulls away to lead

Brian follows

Tony gets going at number 4

Ray brings up the rear

5 eligible bikes and riders turned out today at Morrisons Tiverton for this the last Girder fork run for 2017, as you know, we have included this year any bike born before 1960. The bikes attracted quite a lot of interest as they usually do and in addition there were 2 ineligible  bikes at the scene, one was mine as I had come to take a few pics and the other was a 500cc Royal Enfield who came to ride behind the pack for the ride. Todays route was chosen by Brian who led away out of the car park and on to the Rackenford road, then out past Rackenford and on towards South Molton, a right turn off the road took us towards the Cabin and here I left as I was not eligible and had come just so far for the ride. Ray tells me that the bikes ran on without any trouble but they ran into rain near South Molton. A very nice lunch was held at the Bell Inn Chittlehampton during which the rain kept coming such that the decision was taken to end the run there and make way home. Ray reported that the rain stopped almost suddenly as he skirted Rackenford on the way back, shame really but thanks to Brian for the run and for leading and to Ray who did back marker duties. Now our next run will be the Autumn run on October 8th from Sainsburys Barnstaple.
Now I will put a couple of photos from Merv's funeral if you don't mind to show just some of the 45 bikes that attended.