Tuesday, 21 June 2022

vening meet Chittlehampton 200622


13 people rode to the Bell Inn at Chittlehampton Monday evening in excellent weather, to have a meet up and chinwag. We who arrived early, were treated to the view of a horse pulling a cart with a number of people on board. Ian, our newest member, was there enjoying the sunshine, welcome to the section mate. Tony arrived on a very nice BSA Thunderbolt and announced that he has also purchased an MV, WOW!.

These evening meets allow people with smaller engined machines to ride to the meet without any concern of having to ‘keep up’, also a chance to test your bike after some work prior to joining an organised run.

Last Thursdays club night saw the running of a film which covered the 

Latter years of the BSA, Triumph and Norton empire, we have all seen 

Evidence of this period but this particular film was very interesting to say the least.

Now our next run is 10th July from Jonesy’s cafe at Winkleigh which will be lead by Ian who always gives us an interesting ride, hope to see you there folks.

Wednesday, 15 June 2022

Venue change 200622

 It has been necessary to change the venue for the evening meet on the 20th which will now be at the Bell Inn at Chittlehampton, also the club night this week on the 16th will NOT be skittles again it will be a film on British classic motorcycles. Hope to see you there folks.

Monday, 13 June 2022

Ray's memorial run 120622


10 riders, one pillion and 3 well wishers met at Morrisons in Tiverton for this memorial run for Ray who was a stalwart of the Devon section almost since it's inception, fulfilling the role of secretary for over 30 years. we were pleased that Ray's son Graham could come along, riding with his wife Liz, down from Swindon especially.

I explained that this run would be in 3 parts, the first I would lead to a lunch stop at Whiddon down services then Graham would lead us to where Ray's ashes were scattered, there we would have a toast and a

reminisce. a third part would be that we would go back to the waterside cafe at Bow for a coffee if anyone wished.

I lead out on time at 1100, with Ian and Andy agreeing to do back marker duties, in what promised to be a good weather day. The route was out of Tiverton on the Witheridge road before turning off to Thelbridge and on to Black Dog. From there, the route was through Morchard Bishop to Morchard road where I had warned to take care crossing the A377. A trip through Down St Mary lead us to another tricky junction out on to the A3072 where I had to ask the marker to see people out. A left turn in Bow took us on to Spreyton then on to Whiddon Down, on arrival we found that Andy was missing and it was found that his clutch cable had parted so he was awaiting recovery, ( he has let me know that he arrived back OK though the big lorry that arrived did expect a TR6 car not a TR6 motorbike!.

After lunch at the Hog and Hedge, Graham lead us to Moretonhampstead and up on to Mardon Down where we all parked up and had a wee tot of Ray's favourite as a toast supplied by Graham and Liz cheers!.

From Mardon Down, Graham and Liz left us to make their long way back whilst we made for Bow dropping off North Devon guys on the way. Once at Bow, we remaining three had a grand cup of coffee and appreciated another great day, riding our bikes in good company.

Thanks to all who helped to make this a memorable event and commiserations to Andy and to those section members who would have been on the run were it not for illness. It was nice to see Bill Rowciffe, ( Ray's cousin ), at the start to see us off .

Next ride out is June 20th an evening meet at the Exeter Inn Chittlehamholt but do keep an eye on this blog for any changes, next run is July 10th from Jonseys cafe at Winkleigh, please attend as Ian is leading and always gives us a great run.

Saturday, 21 May 2022

Club night 190522


The photo shows us enjoying burgers and refreshing ale after five games of skittles. The staggering news is that Andy was the best player of the night emulating his wife Louise who won that trophy at the last session, but Andy won it in a different way!, he only played one game, ( work that one out folks !, Chris's team were the team winners at the night.

Much enjoyable chit chat went on at the table whilst eating our burgers where the whole world was put right, why don't they listen to us guys?.

Many thanks to Chris for setting it all up and well done to those who turned up, I only wish we could attract more people to the club nights. It was a shame that the weather stopped our evening meet at Chulmleigh on Thursday, let's hope that the next evening ride on the 20th June is a better weather scenario.

Now our next ride is the 12th of June, it is a much delayed run to remember our long serving Devon section stalwart Ray Rowcliffe, it is hoped that his son Graham will come down from Swindon to join us, we meet at the Morrisons car park on Kennedy way in Tiverton, lunch will likely be in Mortonhampstead which was Ray's home for his early years, I have yet to finalise the route but Graham has promissed to take over after lunch for a while to pass take us past where Ray lies at rest.

Monday, 9 May 2022

Scrumpy run 080422


11 riders turned up in excellent weather at the Cook Island Inn at Mullacott cross for this our annual Scrumpy run. The run was to have been lead by our esteemed secretary Chris but as he is suffering the remaining effects of covid, it fell upon the capable hands of Andy to take over. Two new riders were evident, one a learner, but she proved quite capable throughout all the twists and turns that faced us during the day and should have no trouble taking her test next week, good luck gal!. 

The run set off at 1100 after a briefing from Andy with a warning of loose gravel around Combe Martin. All went well until one of our new riders on a hybrid machine, locked up its back wheel brake, he insisted he could sort it and would meet us at the Blue Ball which he did. After a very good meal at the pub where Andy decided on a vegetarian burger but when the waiter came he found himself saying 'steak and ale pie please!' ( I think he needed the meat for the afternoon run!). 
The afternoon run passed pleasantly enough with variations between main road and grass up the middle lanes to arrive back at Quince Honey farm to finish.

Many thanks again to Andy and to Nick who 'volunteered' to cover the back marker duties with me. Now, the next trip out is on the 18th at the Red Lion in Chumleigh from 1800 then the following evening is club night for burgers and skittles.

Thursday, 21 April 2022

Evening run 200422


The Castle Inn at Landkey proved to be a great choice for an evening meet for a natter, the weather was excellent and sitting in the beer garden was an added bonus. People rode all sorts of distances to get there, some only riding a few yards whilst it was nearly 30 miles for myself. We began to arrive around 1815 and people stayed as long as they were able bearing in mind that some of these elderly bikes don't have very good lights. There would have been more than the 10 present had Andy's Triumph not required fettling first and then his mate on a Harley lost drive due to a broken drive belt, ( Andy tells me he had been rude about Triumphs before this happened )!.

Now Chris tells me that he has been in touch with the Welcome Fryer re our fish and chip night on the 30th of this month, it seems they only do take away on a Saturday but would open the restaurant for us if there were enough numbers, so please contact Chris or myself if you definitely would attend and in what numbers..

Our next run is May 8th starting from Mullacott cross at the usual time, this is our famous Scrumpy run ( sorry no scrumpy is involved! ), see you there.

Tuesday, 12 April 2022

Spring run 10/04/22


13 riders were involved today with this our first run of 2022, it was Nick that put his hand up to organise and lead from ‘the Quay cafe’ in Braunton, ( I’m sure I warned him never to volunteer! ). The weather was cold to start but dry with the sun showing itself during the day. It was nice to see new riders to us and a couple we have not seen for a while, also Maurice on his first ride out since his heart procedure and Andy arriving on his Sunbeam to see us off after his arm op, ( unfortunately he had to bump start his bike but I checked later in the day and he was ok ). Nick lead us out dead on 11am with Chris and I doing duty at the rear, at a good steady pace past Saunton, Croyde, Georgeham and on to Woolacombe, Ilfracombe to our lunch stop at Blackmoor Gate at the Old Station Restaurant. 

We saw that the roads were fairly busy and the beaches and coasts were well filled, there were thankfully no breakdowns though tie wraps came into use on a Triumph and Nick picked up his partner in Lee Bay.

After a great Buffett meal, we set off again to South Molton, Bishops Tawton and finally Barnstaple.

Many thanks to Nick who did very well on his first lead, now there will be a meet in Landkey on the 20th at ‘the Castle’ and it’s club night on the 21st where we will learn about our clubs finances.