Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Evening run 210817

enjoying the sunshine

taking over the outside tables

Dougs' family try to steal show with Fiat,
whilst Dermot explains why he now needs 4 cylinders!.

15 people turned up at the Mitre in Witheridge on Monday evening for this our last evening meet of the year, the weather was dry and sunny as you can see from the photos. Ian came on his 'let's wake up Witheridge' Norton, Dermot showed off his Nimbus which is now on the road, and Doug came with family in a very early Fiat 500 in very good order, so plenty to admire. After the meet, we were all invited to Ian's to look over his 67 Norton collection, at this point my ever faithful T90 decided it wouldn't start until I had stripped out the jets and cleaned them out!!. The ride a bike night last Thursday was very low in numbers due to holidays, sickness and other commitments but I'm sure we will do better on the next run which is on September 10th from Kirsty's kitchen in North Tawton, see you there folks.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Dartmoor run 130817

lets have a cuppa before we start

Lunch at Princetown

gathering at the start in good weather

D & S supplies at Winkleigh

the bikes patiently wait

a comfort break at Widecombe

ah that's better!.

The promised good weather sent 24 riders and one pillion passenger to D & S supplies at Winkleigh for the Dartmoor run, organised and led today by Ian B. Promptly at 11.00, Ian led us away from Winkleigh through a few twists and turns toward the moor, I could clearly see the Tors in the distance getting closer by the mile, it wasn't long before we bumped over the first cattle grid on to the moor proper. Ian had warned us at the briefing that we should be aware of the 40mph limit as there had been covert camera vehicles deployed recently, also he mentioned the ponies and sheep likely to wander across the road in front of us and this they did. A stop was made at Widecombe for a comfort break and here the restart was held up a bit by a few riders being slow to get going, the back markers today were Chris and Roy and they followed them out allowing me , who was marking the turn out, to move off. There were a lot of visitors on the moor which held us up a bit but not too badly and after some 35 miles we all arrived safely at the old Police station in Princetown for lunch. After lunch the route took us through Chagford and on to Whiddon Down where people started breaking off for home. I must say this was an excellent route in very good weather amongst friends which is surely what motorcycling is all about. Thanks to Ian for the route and for leading, to Chris and Roy agreeing to do back marker duties and to everyone for marking the turns well. Now don't forget next Monday evening to meet at the MITRE in Witheridge followed by Ian L's offer to show us around his Norton collection which he tells me now stands at 67!, then our next run will be on September 10th starting at Kirsty's Kitchen in North Tawton.

Friday, 11 August 2017


Dermot has written to me asking that I inform you all of a very kind offer from Ian that anyone attending the evening run to the Mitre on the 21st is invited to follow him home for a second chance to view his collection of Nortons which has grown since we last visited, so come along for a great evening out.

Monday, 7 August 2017

Fish and chips 020817

watch the birdie!

looks good grub as usual

The turnout at the welcome fryer on Wednesday last was a bit down on numbers due to holidays and sickness, however Ray tells me that it was still a very enjoyable evening as is usual at this venue so roll on the next one. Now whilst I have your attention folks, it was not possible to run Keith's observation night at last months club night due once again to holidays and sickness producing poor numbers, so we decided that since Keith puts so much work into the preparation, we would run it again at a future club night.
I need to remind you all that we have a talk on 21st September by the bloodbikes, or Devon Freewheelers to give them their correct title, please make every effort to attend as it would be embarrassing to have a poor attendance for this event.
Now the next event for us is this weekend when Ian will lead us off from D&S supplies on the old Winkleigh airfield site for a trip around Dartmoor, then on the 21st of this month there is an evening meet at the Mitre in Witheridge, this is our last evening meet this year ( what already! ). Thanks to Steve for the photos he sent me and Ray for the brief, I will in future try to time any illness to avoid fish and chips evenings!.