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VMCC Banbury Run

The VMCC Banbury Run returned to the British Motor Museum at Gaydon after a 3 year break due to covid. It was great to see, hear and smell all the pre 1931 motorcycles again! The Norton Owners Club had their usual display of bikes just past the start line which ideal to see all the bike start and leave.

Historic Thruxton

This was a new event for our Club as this was the first time that motorcycles were invited to Historic Thruxton. there were only cars on the track but there was a good display of bikes from various clubs.

Gillingham in Gear

The annual Gillingham in Gear show held to help raise fund for the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance. A low key show where you and turn up with anything transport related including motorbikes, cars, hot rods, fire engines and lorries. We had our usual stand with a good selections of Norton motorcycles.

Spring Run & BBQ

After a break of 2 years due to Covid we were able to once again hold the first of our yearly Club Run & BBQ’s. Normally held on the weekend of the last Bank Holiday in May so we had to wait until the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend. Luckily we had a sunny ride out to the Churchill Arms, Alderholt followed by a BBQ at Pete’s later in the day. Quite a few members were away on holiday but a great day was had by all who attended.

Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride

Once again a Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride took place in Bournemouth and we were invited to display some of our bikes at the finish as several members were taking part in the ride. The day was perfect for the ride dry and sunny but not too hot for everyone who had dressed up in their ‘Tweeds’ and suits. The weather must have brought everyone out as the Bournemouth Ride was the largest in the UK with over 650 entrants! Out of the 771 rides taking place around the world the ride was the 12th highest fund raiser and the 13th largest turnout of riders. Finally to top the day off Richard Senior was awarded ‘Bike of the Ride’ for his Dommie.

 

Sammy Miller Norton Day

The Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum held a Norton Day so as we are the nearest Club we attended the event. Most of our members all rode in together so everyone could hear what Nortons sound like. We had almost 20 members with their bikes at the event. The President and Chairman of the Norton Owners Club both attended the event. Considering it was held during the week there was a good turn out of bikes.

Spirit of the 60’s Run

This year was the 30th Spirit of the 60’s Run organised by the Westland Classic Motorcycle Club. We have marshalled this Run every year since the start. Some of our members even join in the run. As we have always supported this event we present a prize for the ‘Best Norton’ in memory of Wally Davis. This year the prize was awarded to Dave Flanagan for his 1973 Norton 850 Commando.

Castle Coombe Classic Bike Track Day

We were invited back to Castle Coombe race circuit by Brooklands to take part in their group at the Classic Bike Track Day. This a great day out as all the bikes in the Brooklands group are ‘Classics’ so are very similar. Luckily this time we didn’t have any rain even though it was April which makes it far more enjoyable. The organisers were so pleased with the turn out of bikes that they wanted a group photo at the end of the day.

Stafford Classic Bike Show

Now everything is returning back to normal after Covid, the Stafford Classic Bike Show was back to it’s normal April slot. The Norton Owners Club had a display of ‘Dirt Bikes’ in the main hall. A couple of our members were asked to put their bikes on display. The bikes ranged from Trials, Speedway, Scrambling to other off road based bikes. We did get a first prize for Best Sidecar.

Parkinson’s UK Presentation

The Poole & District Branch of Parkinson’s UK have been the charity we support for a few years now but due to the Covid restrictions we haven’t been able to meet up with them. This however has not stopped our members raising funds for the charity. This has been through various events including raffles, sponsored shaves and our collection pot. Mike one of our members also painted 98 paintings during the lock down of many pets, people and vehicles which raised over £2,000. The True Lovers Knot had a charity pot which once opened had over £560 in it. The Vdub at the Pub show also donated another £300 as we displayed our motorcycle there and helped with the ‘cream teas’ for the Vintage Cycle Ride. Eventually Committee Members from the Parkinson’s Branch were able to join us for an evening where we were able to present them with a cheque for £4,839.61 which was greatly received!

Upcoming Events

Jul
3
Sun
11:00 am Broadstone Family Fun day @ Broadstone Recreation Ground
Broadstone Family Fun day @ Broadstone Recreation Ground
Jul 3 @ 11:00 am – 5:30 pm
Broadstone Family Fun day @ Broadstone Recreation Ground | England | United Kingdom
A free to enter event where you can just turn up on your bike on the day.
Jul
6
Wed
8:00 pm Club Meeting @ True Lovers Knot
Club Meeting @ True Lovers Knot
Jul 6 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Club Meeting @ True Lovers Knot | Tarrant Keyneston | England | United Kingdom
Club Meeting Held at The True lovers Knot, Tarrant Keyneston.  Blandford Forum DT11 9JG
Jul
10
Sun
8:00 am Coast To Coast Run
Coast To Coast Run
Jul 10 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Coast To Coast Run
The annual Westland Classic Motorcycle Club Coast to Coast Run starting in Lyme Regis on the Dorset coast and heading to Burnham on Sea on the Somerset coast. More details once available.
Jul
11
Mon
12:00 pm Lunchtime Club Meeting @ True Lovers Knot
Lunchtime Club Meeting @ True Lovers Knot
Jul 11 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Lunchtime Club Meeting @ True Lovers Knot | Tarrant Keyneston | England | United Kingdom
Monthly Club Meeting Held at The True lovers Knot, Tarrant Keyneston.  Blandford Forum DT11 9JG