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14 January – Meet up and ride out

This is a new venture to get the bike out and take advantage of a lovely winter’s day, with the option of staying in the café if the weather turned out less than favourable.

We met at 10.00am for coffee (some managed breakfast or a bacon bap!). This was followed by a well organised ride through Devon lanes and villages finishing at Torcross. The café here is in an iconic location overlooking the beach where the American marines trained for the D-Day landings on the Normandy beaches. A Sherman Tank now sits in the car park opposite, as a memorial to the loss of life during Exercise Tiger.

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15 October – Run to Padstow

23 riders with a variety of bikes gathered at Bovey Tracey central car park for a 10.30am start. The weather was dry and blustery as we crossed Dartmoor to Tavistock where we met up with other section members, after a quick coffee break we headed off towards Padstow. With the help of others and clues along the way most of the ride arrived at Padstow where we enjoyed Fish & Chips at Rick Stein’s quay side Fish & Chip restaurant. After lunch there was time to wander and explore the town and try  the local ice cream. The afternoon soon drifted by and it was time to head for home, some choosing the main road while others took a detour back across Dartmoor.

Run to the Sun – 17 September 2017

After a coffee at the Fox Tor Cafe, Princetown we set off across the moor to Tavistock and beyond to arrive at the New Inn, Trebarwith, North Cornwall where we enjoyed a traditional roast lunch. After lunch we visited the harbour where in years gone by the locally quarried slate was loaded and shipped away. Travelling up the North Cornwall coast we had exceptional views of the Atlantic Ocean. Arriving at Bude we relaxed in the sunshine with an ice cream before heading back to Devon, across the moor and home.

 

Motor Museum Run 13 August 2017

Leaving the Clay Cutters Arms at Chudleigh Knighton we made out way to Launceston Steam Railway for morning coffee and a look around the interesting collection machinery. After refreshment we headed back to the Tors Inn at Belston for lunch, this took some time to arrive which made us late for the museum tor at Moretonhampsted, however the owner stayed open for us to look around the extensive collection of vehicles and motoring Memorabilia.

East Devon Run  16 July 2017

The weather on our run into east Devon on Sunday was very kind and 10 bikes and 13 of us enjoyed a ride through the lanes ( a bit narrow in places but quiet for a group of us) and great  countryside out to the Otter inn at Colerton Raleigh for an excellent carvery lunch.
Leader Mike had planned a route via Haldon forest avoiding the Sunday traffic and we had our coffee stop at Luccombe Fisheries ( who were very hospitable and pleased to see us. They asked us to be photographed for their Facebook page!!). Onwards across Countess Weir bridge without too much delay and through  more picturesque quiet lanes around Woodbury ,  East Budleigh and Otteron  for lunch.  A short ride afterwards to the beach at Budleigh Salterton for ice creams and a chat in the sun. From there ( it was nearly 5.00pm) the group made its way back towards Exeter where we each made our way homewards.  Many thanks to  everyone who came . Hope you enjoyed it  !!!!  East Devon Pictures

Powderham Historic Vehicle Gathering 8th – 9th July 2017

Dartmoor VMCC had a fantastic weekend in glorious weather at this popular event. We met up on Friday afternoon to put up the club gazebo , banners and flags .Our pitch was fine , near to the trade stands and close to other club stands.( Some clubs seemed eager to impress by getting out the petrol mowers to manicure their grass!)
There was a run out of historic cars and an Ariel  combo to Teignmouth seafront for fish and chips and then live music and a beer tent back on site to keep us entertained.

On both days there was the chance to parade our motorcycles in the grand arena and to show off our well polished machines. This gave plenty of opportunities to start a diesel engine Royal Enfield and for a mishap with a Norton Commando.  Our stand was well  visited over the weekend by club members and others interested in talking and photographing bikes. Besides the historic bikes , cars, commercials steam engine etc there was some great live music, food stands and trade stands including auto jumble.
Some of us camped over the weekend and it was great to meet with friends and families.
Many thanks to everyone who helped out over the weekend,  those who visited on either or both days and especially with setting up and taking down the stand and everyone who  brought their  bikes.

Here are some picture of the weekend – a great time was had  by all !!!!  Powderham Pictures

 

Classic Bikes at Cockington Court – 25 June 2017

This year we enjoyed ideal weather conditions which made for an excellent family day out, here are a selection of photos which say it all. A big thank you to all who helped organise the event and the band of helper on the day.

This year we attracted a huge variety of bikes

South Hams Run – 14 May 2017

Tamar Transit – 23 April 2017

Meeting at the Tesco car park Lee Mill, members with a wide variety of bikes soon attracted interest from passers by. Leaving Lee Mill we made our way across Lee Moor, through Roborough to The Pump House Cafe at Lopwell Dam. After suitable refreshment we negotiated the Tamar Bridge and entered Cornwall and enjoyed a pleasant  ride around the Rame peninsular, the views along Long Sands were spectacular. Stopping at The Little Fox Hotel, Crafthole we were served a traditional roast lunch which was well received. Moving on we made our way across country to Callington and Kitt Hill for a coffee at Louis Cafe. Time to head for home, so we split off and made our way to Tavistock, across Dartmoor and back to Newton Abbot. An excellent day had by all, led by Derry on his newly acquired Sunbeam S8.

Out in the Sticks Run  – 12 March 2017

This was the first official ride out of the season and a great opportunity to get the bikes out and blow the cobwebs out of the carbs. 12 members gathered at 10.00am in readiness for a 10.30am start. Leaving Bovey Tracey the weather was grey and overcast however the forecast was improving during the day.

Heading up onto the moor from Goodstone the mist came down accompanied by a fine drizzle, abandoning our usual coffee stop at Chagford, due to a jobs worth traffic warden we made our way to Castle Drogo for coffee and cake. As the weather was improving we continued our ride to Sticklepath where we enjoyed a roast lunch at the Taw River Inn. The return journey was a dry run and took us through Moretonhampstead, Steps Bridge and along the Teign valley. A few minor hic-cups, loose carbs, number plate rattled loose and as I turned the corner for home my clutch cable snapped – ah, well, a little fettling ahead of our early evening ride.

End of Season Run – 16 October 2016

With the last of the heavy over night rain making way for a bright sunny day section members and guests left Totnes to explore the Jurassic Coast. Taking the coast road via Teignmouth and Dawlish we made our way to Exeter where we encountered heavy tarffic as we negotiated the road works on the Exeter bypass at Countess Weir. Regrouping at Topsham we enjoyed a pleasant ride along country roads to Otterton Mill where we met up with friends who were relaxing over a coffee, as time was getting on we decided to head for the lunch stop at Branscombe. Riding through the narrow lanes presented a challenge for drivers and riders with advice offered from both parties on how best to handle their respective machines.
Arriving at The Masons Arms we were made welcome and enjoyed a rather nice roast lunch, following lunch it was decide that a visit to Branscombe beach was called for. Arriving at the beach car park we were greeted with CCTV and the threat of prosecution should we fail to pay for parking, as the sun was shining monies were parted with before making our way to the cafe.
In 2007 the Napoli a 62000 tonne container ship became an unwelcome visitor to Branscombe where it was beached during storms and became a tourist attraction while it was dismantled and taken away to be scrapped. As a token of appreciation the ships  owners presented the village with one of the ships anchors, this now sits on the sea front as a reminder, the anchor weighs 14 tonnes.

 

 

Run to the Sun – 11 September 2016

We gathered at the Fox Tor Cafe, Princetown on a grey overcast morning for a pre-ride coffee, it was good to meet up with several members from the Cornwall section who joined us for the days run. Leaving Princetown we made our way to Roadford reservoir where leggings were donned amid driving drizzle, moving on towards our lunch stop we were blessed with Cornish sunshine. The Redpost at Stratton had a table reserved and 15 riders enjoyed roast with all the trimmings. There were several options for the afternoon and it was decided that a run to Bude was in order to sample the sea air and local ice cream. Heading south along the coast passing through Widemouth Bay we made our way to Crackington Haven where we enjoyed a coffee and chat and soaked up the autumn sunshine. Time to head for home, following country roads back to Launceston and on to Tavistock, from here we went our separate ways – for me it was back across Dartmoor to Newton Abbot. Thanks to Steve for an  excellent days ride, it really was a run to the sun.

 

Aveton Gifford Classic Vehicle Show – 31 August 2016

Leaving form Totnes we enjoyed a pleasant ride through the country lanes to the railway station cafe at Dartmouth for a coffee before riding on the Classic Vehicle Show. This year we had glorious sunshine, a pleasant  day was had relaxing and viewing the vast array of vehicles, chatting to folk and sampling food from the various stalls.

Mid Devon Run – 14 August 2016

12 riders and passengers on a wide range of bikes ranging from Stumpy on his C 90 Honda to Darren on his Harley met at Chudleigh for a 10.30 am start, heading up the Old Exeter Road to Haldon we travelled down through Doddiscombsleigh and along the Teign Valley to Steps Bridge and on to Moretonhampstead. From Morton some of us went via Chagford and some went another way, however all met up at the coffee stop at Fingle Bridge, a cracking location out side the pub overlooking the river.

Leaving Fingle we turned right in Drewsteigmton back through Cheriton Bishop, Tedburn St Mary to Credition, a quick stop to gather stragglers then on to Thorverton via Shobrooke to the Ruffwell Inn where we enjoyed a buffet Roast with all the trimmings.

Declining a sweet, we made our way back to Exeter and stopped at the Orange Elephant near Kennford for a ‘proper’ ice cream – very nice too! From here some left for home, the rest took a leisurely ride back across Haldon to Chudleigh where we said our good byes and headed for home. A lovely sunny day and ideal weather to get the old bike out and roll on a few miles.

Great West Run – 17 July 2016

17 bikes of various ages and sizes met at the Plains, Totnes for a 10.30 am start. Leaving Totnes we travelled along the river Dart valley to Buckfastleigh, Ashburtn, Poundsgate and on to Princetown where we re-grouped for coffee at the Fox Tor cafe. Once refreshed we followed open roads across the high moor to Yelverton, Crapstone, Denam Bridge to Gunnislake and Calstock where we enjoyed a roast lunch at The Tamar Inn on the Quay side.

Leaving Cornwall we made our way across country through Chillaton, Bridestow to Okehampton. Onward then to Whiddon Down, Moretonhampstead and home. An excellent ride out in fine summer sunshine. Thanks to Brian for co-ordinating the event.

 

Classic Bikes at Cockington Court 19 June 2016

This is the fourth year of running this event and as always we are dependant on good weather to bring people out for the day. Although the afternoon turned rather damp we had a good selection of classic bikes and a lot of interest from the public and people who saw our adverts and just came along to see the bikes and have a chat. Thanks once again to Babbacombe & St Mary Church Rotary for providing food, Teign Cellars for supplying the bar, Cockington for hosting the event and of course  all those volunteers who helped on the day.

 



Early Evening Ride 14 July 2016

Leaving the The Royal Seven Stars Hotel’ we had an enjoyable ride through the back lanes to Marldon and on to the Two Mile Oak for coffee, onward theough Denbury, Broadhempston and back to The Seven Stars, Totnes where we enjoyed a pint in good company and were joined by Mick Downs our new area rep. Good to meet up with you Mick

 

26-27 May 2016 – VMCC Dartmoor ‘Baton Run’

On the 26th May 2016, VMCC Dartmoor section met at our starting point in the car park overlooking the Brunel’s Tamar bridge, After a series of photos with the bridge in the background and the Baton mounted of each attendees bike we set off for our first rendezvous at the entrance to HM Prison Dartmoor.

Having “photo-bombed” the prison front gate, we hurriedly departed for the Fox Tor Café in Princetown for our first coffee of the day and to meet up with some more of our members.

On leaving Princetown we headed across the moor to Coombestone Tor where we met Our Secretary John Osmond, and took a series of photographs in the excellent sunshine against the backdrop of an iconic Dartmoor Tor.

From Coombestone we headed down from the moor via the old Devon lanes to the town of Buckfastleigh where we had our lunch stop at the café of the South Devon Steam Railway. Our bikes were parked outside the station and became quite an attraction while we sat and had our lunch. We were joined by a number of other members at this point, in preparation for the afternoon ride.

From Buckfastleigh Station we headed along the Dart Valley to Dartington, then around the back of Totnes. From here we headed toward Slapton village via the back lanes and finally stopped at Torcross by the tank memorial to the American servicemen who lost their lives training for the D-Day mission. A very poignant and moving memorial. A number of photographs were taken here.

From Torcross we headed along the stunning coast road toward Dartmouth for a brief stop by the Castle before heading off to our finishing point at Bovey Tracey. Here we were supposed to be met by the east Devon section who eventually turned up much later following a calendar malfunction. Thanks to Giles for sorting out the handover later in the evening, also to Brian for co-ordinating the event .


Dartmoor Run Sunday 22 May 2016 – Chris Coote

Ten riders met at the usual start venue opposite the Royal Seven Stars Hotel in Totnes for a 10am briefing and signing on before leaving at 10:30 sharp for a quick run West along the open minor road to Avonwick. A very sharp right hand turn was then taken onto the extremely narrow but very attractive lane to Horsebrook and beyond to South Brent.  This route trend continued via Wrangaton and Bittaford to Ivybridge.  The horses we met on route seemed to appreciate our stopping to allow them a more “peaceful” exit off the road.  A really obscure long lane via the Dartmoor hamlet of Harford caused a bit of confusion, as some explored the dead end leading to the church, rather than carrying straight on as prescribed by the “drop off” system.  All was safely gathered in however at the coffee stop at the Cornwood Inn, where we sheltered from the worst of the only shower of the day that we encountered.

More open roads across the Western section of the moor took riders over Cadover Bridge and via fantastic views of the open moor to Sheepstor and around Burrator resevoir, under clearing skies. The run up to Princetown and beyond to 2 Bridges allowed machines to be opened up before enjoying the twisting climb out of Dartmeet and on through to New Bridge and the outskirts of Ashburton.  The original planned route was to finish just outside Buckfastleigh at the Dartbridge Inn, which announced at the last minute that it would be closed on our date of 22nd!.  Thus the final route had to be extended via Staverton and Littlehempston, to find the “Pig and Whistle” who could and did accommodate us for a splendid Sunday roast lunch.  Several riders commented on the attraction and convenience of this latter diversion which avoided both the Dartington and Totnes traffic, to lead us to our final destination still on virtually empty quiet lanes.  We covered about 60 miles on mainly quiet, obscure minor roads and lanes, and only suffered one short soaking followed by bright sunshine to get us all home well in time for tea.

 

BMAD Event 30 April/1 May  2016

Another well attended event where we once again hosted the Founders Day Rally sign on station. Our new feather banners went down well making us easy to spot amongst the crowd. If you have more photos let me have them and I will post them here.

 

Rame Run 17 April 2016

Leaving Totnes we made our way via Avonwick to Plymouth where we stopped at Jennycliff for coffee, a cracking location overlooking Plymouth Sound. Onward to the Torpoint Ferry (Dooh  Plymouth roads grid locked due to the Plymouth 1/2 marathon, bikes overheating – go back three squares and miss a turn). At last all aboard the ferry to Torpoint where we enjoyed a relaxing ride through the rural hamlets of the Rame peninsular arriving at the Smugglers Inn, Seaton for lunch. After an excellent carvery and as it was such a good day we decided an ice cream by the sea was called for so next stop Looe. From here some decided to head back home via the A38 while a hardy bunch set off to Liskeard and Tavistock to take the scenic route back home across Dartmoor.

Early Evening Ride 14 April 2016

Thursday 14th April started dry and sunny but unfortunately didn’t stay like that so our first evening ride of the year started out wet, stayed wet and ended wet! Never the less five riders ‘enjoyed’ a ramble in the South Hams, from Totnes to Kingsbridge for a coffee stop and then return via Loddiswell and Avonwick to Totnes go end at the Royal Seven Stars where we met some ‘dry’ members in the bar.

Not the best weather for our first ride, but it helped blow ( and wash) the cobwebs away.

Out in the Sticks Run – 13 March 2016

Clear blue sky greeted us for the first ride of the season. Leaving Bovey Tracey we made our way to Widecombe,  through Devon lanes on to Postbridge, Warren House, Moretonhampstead and on to Chagford for a coffee stop. Onward through moorland lanes to Murchington, Gidleigh to Sticklepath where we enjoyed good company and roast dinner at the Taw River Inn, over dinner Derek chaired a lively debate on the pros and cons of our special relationship with the EU. With the sun still shining we made our way back via Whiddon Down, Moretonhampstead, Dunsford and the Teign Valley. A good day had by all, thanks Roy for organising the ride.

 

New Year Run 2 January 2016

Despite being in the grip of hurricane Frank five intrepid riders met at Totnes for a ride into the swamp known as South Hams, unfortunately by the time we reached the island of Kingsbridge we had lost one rider with a blocked snorkel. At Kingsbridge Quay we enjoyed a coffee and chat, moving on we set sail for Dream Bites, this is a small island between Aveton Gifford and Modbury with a snack shack which welcomes bike riders that have been blown off course. Soon we were tucking into bacon baguettes and enjoyed a brief glimpse of sunshine before making a rather damp return home.

Although accompanied by heavy rain showers and flooded roads, we all agreed it was great to get the old bikes out and shake off the Christmas excess.
Happy New Year

 

End of Season Ride – 11 October 2015

Along, and over, and around the moor in sunshine and in shade
‘Tis distance lends enchantment to the view’

A thought from Michael

 

 


The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride – 27 September 2015

This was an international event in aid of prostate cancer, and lets be fair a good excuse to dress Dapper. Meeting at Buckfastleigh Railway Station for breakfast our group of appropriately dressed riders took a sedate ride to Exeter where we met with other gentleman who were dressed for the occasion. Leaving Bridge Garage we rode in convoy to Dawlish Warren where we enjoyed coffee and nibbles amongst the Sunday afternoon seaside revellers. Leaving the Warren we took a pleasant route across Haldon to Chudleigh.
Check out the web site http://www.gentlemansride.com

 

 

Widecombe Fair – 8 September 2015

A pleasant ride across the moor to a classic country fair with Uncle Tom Cobley and All

Aveton Gifford Classic Vehicle Show – 31 August 2015

Leaving form Totnes club members and friends enjoyed a pleasant ride through the country lanes to Dittisham for a coffee before riding on the Classic Vehicle Show. This year we had much improved weather, a pleasant afternoon was had viewing the vast array of vehicles.

East Devon Ride – 16 August 2015 Leaving Chudleigh we made our way over Haldon to Kenton and Exminster where we joined a short section of very congested Exeter Bypass, on through Topsham we soon left the traffic behind as we headed over Woodbury Common towards Sidford for coffee at  Easthill Pride Farm Shop. Riding up the Sid valley and over Gittisham Common afforded spectacular views and wooded escarpments, dropping down to Weston to Awliscombe and on to the A373 for a short section before cutting across country through the villages of Colstocks, Talaton, Clyst St Lawerence to Broadclyst. A short section of the B3181 to Killerton, Ellerhayes to Silverton where we stopped for a well deserved roast lunch at The Ruffwell Inn where we were made most welcome. From here some departed heading back towards Exeter, the rest of us went onward through the villages and hamlets of Thorverton and West Raddon to Crediton, and Newton St Cyres where we stopped off for coffee and ice cream at Quickes Farm. Time to head for home, a good time had by all with ideal weather for taking the old bike out.

North Coast Rover Ride – 12th of July 2015 Sunday Morning dawned with a drenching wet downpour, but as it is summer in Britain, a hardy group travelled from various points across Devon and Cornwall to the meeting point at the Fox Tor café, Princetown. The ride leader/guide was Steve, and after a warming coffee, nine of us set off for the ride to North Devon, via Tavistock, Lewdown, and a series of typical Devon B and C roads to Stratton, near Bude. En route, we stopped to visit a contact of Steve’s who owns a working and well preserved workshop. Although mostly converted to electric, a working 1930’s paraffin driven stationary engine was still in situ, which powers an amazing array of belt driven pulleys and shafts to the various wood and metal working machines. Although not working on the day of our visit, it was nice to see such places still exist. Interestingly, the cooling jacket of the engine bore a still watertight hand beaten and riveted steel repair patch – needed after one of the coldest winters on record of 1947. Now that’s real workmanship! Due to the interest shown and time spent at the workshop we rode on straight Stratton and passed up on a coffee stop at the Lifton farm shop. We stopped for roast lunch at the Kings Arms, Stratton, and attempted to dry out, before then moving on along the coast road to Bude, Widemouth bay and then to Crackington Haven for more warming coffee. The return journey to Tavistock was via another fine selection of Devon lanes and minor roads and I’m sure that somewhere along the way we had about 30 minutes when it stopped raining, but the rest of the time it was wet, wet, wet. Don’t you just love the summer!

Early Evening Ride and Club Night 9 July 2015 Leaving Totnes we ambled through the lanes passing through Bow Creek, Tuckenhay, Cornworthy and Dittisham, a beautiful evening with stunning views across the River Dart. Descending down into Dartmouth we boarded the ferry to Kingswear where we followed the river course up stream through Galmpton and Stoke Gabriel arriving back at Totnes at 8.0pm. The evening continued in The Royal Seven Stars where we were joined by Rod and Carol Hann who brought us up to date with news from HQ, all enjoyed over a pint and much friendly banter.

Classic Motorcycles at Cockington Court – 14 June 2015 Building on the last two years success this years event surpassed all expectations with approximately 150 motorcycles visiting throughout the day. Marques represented varied from Mick’s GPO Telegram Bantam to the latest V twin  from Indian. Also in attendance were the Morgan Club whose classic V twin light weight three wheelers always attract a lot of interest. Thanks to Babbacombe & St Mary Church Rotary for providing food, Teign Cellars for supplying the bar, Cockington for hosting the event and of course  all those volunteers who helped on the day.

Dartmoor Ride – 17 May 2015 In bright May sunshine a miscellany of motorcycles met at Totnes. We travelled the back roads from Buckfastleigh through  Bittaford to Cornwood and paused for coffee. Passing Sheepstor we crossed the moor past Postbridge to Moretonhampstead. Two pictures, of many, remain in my mind; a slow, red, vintage Fordson tractor towing another broken, red, vintage Fordson tractor with a chain and Stumpy’s helmet seeing the world with the eye of another. ‘The memory of a certain image is only for a certain moment, and is as fleeting, alas, as the years.’ Michael

BMAD Festival – 3 May 2015 VMCC Dartmoor were in attendance with a display of classic bikes. Friday afternoon saw a band of volunteers set up the tent ready for the Saturday/Sunday event. A strong easterly wind blowing off the sea didn’t bode well for Saturday as the forecast was for rain; despite the wet weather a group of hardy section members were on duty to offer coffee and biscuits to those who called in for a chat. The Saturday Team

Sunday being a much better day attracted a good crowd that stayed until late afternoon when a sharp shower made most people start to head for home. All in all good day had by all with a great deal of interest in our old bikes from people who have one, had one or knew someone who had one. The Sunday Team

Jurassic Coast Run – 12 April 2015 Section Members met at Darts Farm, for a 10.30am start. Leaving Topsham we rode through Woodbury and Budleigh Salterton to Otterton for a coffee stop. After refreshment we travelled through the back roads to Sidmouth enjoying stunning views of the Jurassic Coast line from Peak Hill. Stopping at Branscombe forge, a replacement bolt was sourced for a Suzuki kick start for a road side repair, onward to the Masons Arms where we enjoyed an excellent roast lunch. The weather was with us so it was decided to ride on to Lyme Regis where we strolled along the Cob with ice cream cornet in hand disguised as tourists. Late afternoon saw the clouds gathering so time to head back the road towards Exeter. Thanks to Derek for organizing the ride

Out in the Sticks Run – 22 March 2015 This was our first official ride of the year. Leaving Bovey Tracey we made our way across a cool but sunny Dartmoor via Widecombe to Moretonhampstead and on to Chagford for a coffee stop. Onward through moorland lanes to Sticklepath where we enjoyed good company and roast dinner at the Taw River Inn, there was the added bonus of Dartmoor ale at a very reasonable price. With the sun still shining we made our way back via Whiddon Down, Moretonhampstead, Dunsford and the Teign Valley. A good day had by all, thanks Roy for organising the ride.

South Devon Railway, Buckfastleigh Station 28th December 2014 A lovely clear frosty morning was ideal conditions to blow away those Christmas cobwebs. Old and new members enjoyed a breakfast coffee, with much bike chat looking forward to next years calendar of events. Quiz Night 11th December 2014 Paul entertained us with a PowerPoint presentation quiz of motorcycle trivia, answers ranged from Marianne Faithful to Stumpy’s third leg and  Wallace & Gromit. All you have to do is guess the questions!!!  A good time was had by all 😉

End of Season Ride 12th October 2014 I was privileged to lead the last official ride of 2014 through the South Hams and over Dartmoor, with excellent refreshment stops in Cornwood and Moretonhampstead. I recall the wonderful views to sunlit Burrator from Sheepstor, rigid Velocettes, much laughter and the indomitable Stumpy riding the hand-change Jiang Chiang sidecar with a broken leg. However, the best thoughts are those of Samuel Johnson ‘If a man does not make new acquaintances as he advances through life, he will find himself alone. A man should keep his friendship in constant repair’ Michael

The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride VMCC Dartmoor supported the ride to raise funds for prostate cancer on Sunday 28 September at Taunton Please follow this link to view some pictures of the event http://baddogphotography.co.uk/galleries/distinguished-gentlemen/ best wishes Michael Ride to Fish & Chips at ‘Rio’ Brixham 11th September 2014 We met up at Occombe Farm on the Torquay ring road for a pleasant evening ride to Brixham where we enjoyed excellent Fish & Chips at the Rio Cafe, we were also entertained by the owner  who shared stories of his traveling life with the fairground.

Club run to the Aveton Gifford Classic Vehicle Show on 25th August 2014 Bank Holiday Monday It rained. It rained a lot Then it rained some more We visited the fete and drank hot coffee with cream cake We visited the pub and drank beer We visited the fete again and ate roast pig We rode home ‘You must be mad to ride in this weather’ ‘I’m looking for a convention of mad men’ ‘Ah… Welcome,’

East Devon Run 17th August 2014 VMCC members from as far afield as Plymouth and Tavistock met at the main car park in the centre of Chudleigh. Leaving at 10.30am we followed country lanes through Dunchideock, Ide and the west side of Exeter to Cowley, following the A396 to Stoke Canon where we stopped for coffee at The Stoke Canon Inn. Following the A396 to Silverton and across country to Budlake, Westcott, Talaton. Feniton and on to The Otter Inn at Weston where we were made very welcome and enjoyed a selection from the carvery. After lunch on to Gittisham Common, Sidford  to Sidmouth through the ford and on to the sea front to enjoy an ice cream in the sun shine over looking the sea. Heading homeward we took the coast road to Otterton, Woodbury and on to Exeter where we went our separate ways. A good day out with good food and good company. Thanks to Dave for organising the days run


North Coast Rover Run 13th July 2014
Meeting at The Fox Tor Cafe at 10.00 am we had time for a chat and coffee before we set off at 10.30 am. Lifton Farm Shop provided a convenient mid morning break before setting off to Stratton. A warm welcome greeted us at the Kings Arms where we enjoyed roast dinner with all the trimmings and a good selection of ales. From Stratton we headed towards Bude and followed the Atlantic coast all the way down to Boscastle. The views along the rugged coast line were stunning. Boscastle is a small picturesque village which made an ideal stop off where we mingled amongst the visitors, ‘anyone for an ice cream?’  Leaving Boscastle behind we made our way to Launceston for a fuel stop before heading back to Tavistock where we went our separate ways. A good ride in good company, with the added bonus of a glorious sunny day. Thanks to Steve for organising the days run


Classic Motorcycles at Cockington Court 29th June 2014
Building on last years success, this years event hosted 60 + motorcycles ranging from a much admired Norton to a well presented Raleigh Runabout. The Rotary Club of Babbacombe & St Mary Church put on the Barbeque and Teign Cellars supplied the drinks bar. The weather was generally good with a sharp shower late afternoon. Thanks also to the Morgan Club who brought along two very interesting cars that attracted much discussion.


South Hams Run 15th June 2014
Summer is here !! Leaving the Cott Inn at 10.30 am we followed the country lanes through Ashprington, Cornworthy, Dittisham and on to Dartmouth where we enjoyed a  coffee at the castle in beautiful sunshine over looking Dartmouth. Heading out of Dartmouth along the A379 through Stoke Fleming we had a fantastic view of Slapton sands, turning left outside Stokenham via the lanes to East Prawle. Lunch was at  the Pigs Nose where we were made most welcome. We were joined on the ride by Mick and Val  on their Matchless who were visiting the south west from Ilkley, West Yorkshire. As often happens when friends are gathered in the company of alcohol stories are told and the world is put to rights. Today was no exception. After lunch we ambled back through Kingsbridge to Totnes for a late afternoon coffee at The Royal Seven Stars. Thanks to Derek for leading the ride – a good time was had by all

Dartmoor Run – 11th May 2014 Recipe for a Dartmoor ride Mix old motorcycles with gentlemen of a certain age After stirring gently beside a winding river Add dappled sunshine and accelerate up woodland gradients Brake to taste Coat the moors with sunshine and stir hot engines for an hour or so. Blend in roughly chopped side winds And pause for coffee. Simmer in wood fired pots until comfortable And return marinated ingredients to boil Add copious cold rain water And finish with roast meat and strong beer Thanks to Michael our ride leader for the recipe for a great ride.


Club Night, Concours Fun Event 8th May 2014
The concours fun evening was well attended, bikes includes Norton, Velocette, AJS, Moto Morini and Sunbeam. After an interesting update from Ron Hann we gathered in the car park for members to deliberate on the bike of their choice to receive the concours award. A paper vote was taken and the most popular choice was Paul’s 1952 Velocette 350 Mac.

Paul with his award wining Velocette 350 Mac

Paul with his award wining Velocette 350 Mac

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BMAD Event 3rd & 4th May 2014 The VMCC Dartmoor Saturday and Sunday 3rd and 4th of May, The VMCC Dartmoor Section were in attendance building on last years success, both days were well attended attracting thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts. Sunday saw a steady stream of VMCC members checking in as part of Founders Day Rally. A big thank you once again all who helped organise the event and assist on the days. VMCC Dartmoor Section Stand and Line up of Bikes

Some of the interesting bikes on display at the VMCC Dartmoor Section stand


VMCC Founders Rally 4th May 2014
A number of VMCC Dartmoor members successfully took part in the VMCC Founders Relay Rally 2014. Amongst them, Phil Keast {Gilera 125 – 324miles} and Michael Jennings {350 Moto Morini Sport – 302miles}, riding separately on different routes, completed all seven Devon and Cornwall checkpoints to arrive at their last checkpoint within 10 minutes of each other! Mike Williams {BMW R90S} rode a completeley different Somerset, Devon and Cornwall route to also visit 7 checkpoints and  recorded 304 miles, beating Michael J. by 2 miles! VMCC Founders 14 012 (2)   Phil Keast and Michael Jennings are pictured at their last checkpoint, VMCC Dartmoor on Paignton seafront, where they arrived within ten minutes of each other after over 300 miles riding!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The French Connection 17th April 2014 The French Connection                        VMCC Dartmoor – Moto Club Guerlédan Thursday 17th April 2014 Left home at 5.0pm, over to Ashburton and straight down the A38 to Plymouth. Met up with Brian, Steve, Paul and Dave T at the entrance to the ferry port. Through passport control and on the Brittany Ferry – Pont- Auen. With the bikes safely strapped down on the lower deck we headed up stairs to our cabins, two bunks folded down from the ceiling and one from the side, dropped off our kit and headed up stairs to the restaurant to eat. Slipped moorings at about 8pm heading slowly down the coast, nice calm sea. Back to the cabins to get our heads down ready for the early start next morning. Friday 18th April 2014 Early start, collected bikes and made our way out of the ferry port making our way south on minor roads through Crantec down the D73 to Morlaix, Plougonven, Calanhel with a lunch stop at Callac. Met Trevor (Moto Club Guerlédan) at Corlay, two other members of Moto Club Nicholas and Daniel soon arrived and guided us to our Gite at Kerlun near St-Aignan. A quick pit stop and we were taken for a ride out to a bar by the lake near Silfac, then up to Gouaret to the Super Marché for food, back to the Gite where we sat out-side and enjoyed a beer in the evening sunshine. We were joined by Michelle the owner and chatted over a couple of bottles of wine before retiring to bed.

Saturday 19th April 2014 Met Daniel, Jean-Yves and other Moto Club Members for a guided tour around the historic town of Pontivy. Claire from the Information Bureau provided us with a very interesting guided tour of the town and explained the strategic importance of the town which controlled the water way via the river Blavet and the Nantes Brest Canal. On completion we were given a booklet covering the history of the town. Lunch time we were guided to the Men-Glaz Restaurant where we enjoyed delicious pizza courtesy of Moto Club Guerlédan. After lunch  a guided ride out to Bieuzy to visit Site de Castennec which is a small chapel built into the rock. Here we spotted an old Triumph Speed Twin rusting away in a cottage garden, much interest and speculation. Return to St-Aignan where we were privileged to meet Stephan the Mayor of the local community. We were made very welcome with wine and nibbles and introduced to the French custom of cheek kissing. Brian made a short speech thanking for their hospitality and presented the Moto Club with the engraved cup to mark the exchange visit as a token of our appreciation. By return we were presented with club T shirts, key fobs and another glass of wine. Back to base for snack tea.

Sunday 20th April 2014 Jean-Yves met us at our Gite and guided us to the open Market a Bon Repos, lunch with the Moto Club in the local cafe by the bridge (Breton sausage and chips). After lunch we viewed the EDF hydro dam and power station at the head of Lake Guerlédan a very interesting talk by Jean-Michael. Coffee stop at Perett (Chez Soize) followed by a ride around the lake (approx 50 km). In the evening we were taken to a local Creperie at Ste-Brigitte where we enjoyed savoury crepe made with black flour followed by sweet crepe with a choice of fillings. This was followed by a rather hairy ride back in the dark with my 6v lights which at best partially illuminate the wrong side of the road.

Monday 21st April 2014 Jean-Yves met us at our Gite and guided us to St-Aignan where we met Moto Club members outside the electricity museum. A short ride to the Super Marché to pick up food for lunch, then ride to Lanrivain for picnic lunch in the village square. After lunch we visited the local church which depicted statues telling the bible story to the people who at that time could not read. Beside the church gate was the oratory which contained many human bones (tourists according to our hosts). Apparently when more room is required in the cemetery old graves are excavated and bones stacked for all to see. Time for more coffee and beer in the local bar opposite the church where we were made very welcome. On the bikes again through country lanes to Vallée des saints, here there are 50 huge statues carved from stone on the site of an iron age fort, the plan is to produce 1000 as a tourist attraction. Heading back towards St-Aignan we were invited to Jean-Michael’s house where we were privileged to view his car and motorcycle collection, as is the custom cider and cake were served in Jean-Michael’s well equipped garage. We were then invited back to Jean-Yves house for nibbles and a fare well drink before we made our way back to our Gite where a few more beers were enjoyed.

Tuesday 22nd April 2014 Early breakfast and bags packed we set off for a gentle ride through quite country roads with a coffee stop and forested valley near Huelgoata on our way back to Roscoff where we boarded the Armorique for the afternoon sailing. Channel crossing was smooth with clear blue skies, as we approached Plymouth we had a clear view of the Eddystone Lighthouse and the remains of Smeaton’s Tower. Disembarking we said our farewells and went our separate ways reflecting on a superb Easter weekend.

à bientôt (until next time) Dave Wills


Out in the Sticks Run – 13 April 2014
We met at Bovey Tracey at 10.00am for a 10.30am start. Leaving Bovey we headed across the moor to Hay Tor, Hound Tor, Lettaford stopping for coffee in The Square at Chagford. Moving on from Chagford we made our way across country through Murchington, Gidleigh, Throwleigh to Sticklepath where we stopped at the Taw River Inn for lunch and joined by other section members. We were made very welcome and enjoyed roast dinner, a selection of real ale (some at £1.00 a pint) and good company. After lunch we ambled through the lanes to Belstone, Taw Green and  Whiddon Down where we went our separate ways. The weather was ideal, a good day had by all. Thanks to Roy for leading the ride.

 

 

Club Night Fish & Chip Run 10th April 2014 14 04 10 Drakes Fish & Chips An interesting selection of motorcycles gathered at Occombe valley farm shop car park for a short run to Babbacombe where we enjoyed Fish & Chips along with good company at the famous Drakes fish restaurant.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buckfastleigh Station Meet 30th March 2014 A promising start for the new VMCC Dartmoor Sunday meeting spot. Good breakfast and good company. After a good breakfast I had a superb ride back to Exeter via Dartmeet, Two Bridges, Postbridge, Moreton and Dunsford. Blue skies, dry(ish) roads, very little traffic and no suicidal sheep or ponies. R90S running very nicely. Mike

 

Jurassic Coast Run – 16 March 2014 In ideal weather conditions we left the Cott Inn, Dartington making our way to Newton Abbot where we met up with local members and made our way to Otterton via Teignmouth, Dawlish and Countess Weir where we picked up with Michael on his New Imperial. Onward across Woodbury Common to Otterton Mill for coffee where we met friends from the East Devon Section, an excellent array of bikes provided much interest and discussion. From here our ride took us along the coast road to Sidmouth taking in fantastic views of Lyme Bay all the way to Portland. The Masons Arms, Branscombe  made a welcome stop where we enjoyed a well deserved pint, roast dinner and much bike chat. After lunch some said their goodbyes while the remainder rode on through Lyme Regis and Bridport to the Hive Beach café near Burton Bradstock, relaxing in the sunshine, coffee in hand (and cake for some) overlooking the sea, I can’t think of a better way of spending a Sunday. As the sun started to dip it was time to make our way home along the main road to Axminster where we tanked up  for the final run home making it a 165 mile round trip.

Thanks to Martyn for the photos taken at Otterton Mill which are available to view at: https://picasaweb.google.com/110415479029242497688/VMCCJurassicCoastStopAtOtterton2014?noredirect=1 Thanks to Derek for organising the run

 

8th & 9th February 2014 34th Carole Nash Bristol Classic MotorCycle Show at Shepton Mallet Here are a selection of photos courtesy of  Martyn https://picasaweb.google.com/110415479029242497688/2014CaroleNashClassicShow?noredirect=1 Thank you Martyn


1st January 2014
Congratulations to Martyn for the picture of his perfect 1926 BSA on the January cover of the VMCC journal. Well done! BSA
Club Night – 9 January 2014 ‘Phoenix Rising’ We were treated to a presentation by John which detailed the progress of his restoration project. John acquired a 500cc V twin  James at auction in 2012, from the early photos and to most of us this looked like a rusty heap that was beyond rescuing. Not so, as the presentation progressed John explained the preparation, strip down, sourcing of parts and services and gradual rebuild. This was a fascinating insight into what can be achieved in the shed at the bottom of your garden and how parts can be repaired and restored. This is still a work in progress so we look forward to seeing the bike on the road. Thank you John for an interesting and informative evening.

End of Season Ride 27th October 2013

Cott Inn

Riders on the storm

Despite ferry crossings being cancelled and the threat of the worst storm since the Hurricane 25 years ago, six intrepid riders met at the Cott Inn, Dartington. Leaving at 10.30am we made our way to Buckfastleigh and followed the old A38 to Ashburton following the Dart valley, over Holne Bridge and up through Poundsgate. The fast flowing river Dart had attracted numerous kayakers trying their skills at the rapids, this is always an interesting ride particularly now with the Autumn colours starting to show. Up onto the High moor we stopped at Princetown. As the weather was closing in we made our way to Tavistock for some welcome coffee and bacon butties kindly hosted by Ian. There we were joined by other friends, and around the farmhouse table the world was put to rights. From here we rode to Okehampton, down through Sticklepath, Moretonhampstead and back to Newton Abbot. Apart from a few spots of rain it was an exhilarating ride through Devon’s wilder side. As for the storm, that was best observed in our rear view mirrors. Thanks to Derek for leading the ride. South Hams Ride 22nd September 2013 The  weather was set to be fine for this months ride . We left the Cott Inn taking the back roads through Tuckenhay to Dartmouth, heading along the coast with stunning views from Blackpool sands to Slapton Ley where we stopped for coffee and cake at Slapton. Following the coastal lanes we made our way to East Portlemouth and a welcome lunch stop. After Lunch we made our way to Kingsbridge, Salcombe before returning via California Cross and Avonwick to the Cott Inn. Thanks to Brian for organising another excellent ride

John O’Groats to Lands End Dear friends I thought you might like to see what I was up to last week, so have attached just a few shots of my trip, which was extremely successful. We covered about 1150 miles, never touched a motorway, enjoyed some wonderful scenery and met some fantastic people. We were so lucky with the weather – just one very wet afternoon in six long days riding. My 1960 Velocette Venom performed well, only stopping briefly after hitting a large puddle just this side of Street and mostly starting first kick. Only one bike out of 37 failed to make it all the way, and just two or three riders had to retire part way. I thought being 88 years old and having ridden up from Manchester in the first place was a good excuse. A sample of pictures from the ride.

The point of the trip was to raise funds for a worthy cause. I have several good friends with Parkinsons, including the man who gave me my first job in Conservation. I was overwhelmed by the generosity of everyone, both here and on the trip, where people would walk up while we were refuelling and stuff money in our collecting tins. Thank you very much to all who contributed. It helped to make every mile a real pleasure. Mike


Mount Edgecombe Ride 25th August 2013

The weather was set for the  ideal club run, we departed from the Cott in Dartington at 10.30am riding down the back ways to Plymouth stopping for coffee at Jennycliff overlooking Drake’s island and Plymouth Sound, onward and over the Tamar into Cornwall and out along the Rame peninsula passing through St. Germans, Craft Holt and finishing for lunch at South Down Marina adjacent to Millbrook. This was an idyllic location where we met with members from Cornwall and enjoyed roast dinner overlooking Millbrook. Crossing on the Torpoint ferry we returned to Plymouth where we split into smaller groups and made our way home. A good day had by all with over 100 miles on the clock. Thanks to Derek for organising the run For more pictures of the day visit Martyn’s web page https://picasaweb.google.com/110415479029242497688/VMCCDartmoorEdgcumbeRun?noredirect=1

 

 

Andy’s Ambles Ride 28th July 2013 A group of 11 rider left the Cott13 07 28 1 13 07 28 4 Inn at 10.30 am and made out way across Dartmoor via Holne, Hexworthy, Two Bridges and back to Moretonhampstead. A steady ride down the A382 to Drum Bridges finishing at Buckfastleigh railway Station for lunch, roast dinner was on the menu or a variety of snacks to choose from. After lunch we made our way to Totnes, Halwell and Slapton where we parked up for coffee and cake. Looking out to sea the weather looked reasonable however in land the clouds were gathering. We went our separate way from Slapton dodging some heavy showers on the way home. Thanks to Andy for leading the ride, another enjoyable Sunday run.

 

‘Classic Motorcycles at Cockington Court’- 14th July 2013

Cockington Court was host to the sight of and sound of a wide variety of classic and modern motorcycles. The day went exceptionally well helped by blue sky and faultless weather. Thanks to all who helped make the event a great success, also Rotary Club of Babbacombe & St Mary Church for supplying the BBQ and Teign Cellars for supplying the bar and refreshments. For more pictures of the day visit https://skydrive.live.com/?cid=52a607d63e169268&id=52A607D63E169268%21366&Bsrc=SkyMail&Bpub=SDX.SkyDrive&sc=Photos&authkey=!AJSASqqPUnC5bsc

 

Exmoor Ride – 23 June 2013

It was a rather damp start as I headed from Newton Abbot to Whiddon Down to rendezvous at the Service café for the start to the Exmoor ride. Eight of us on eight makes of bike left at 10.00am, by which time the weather was improving and as we headed towards the Fox & Hounds at Eggesford for a coffee stop the roads were dry. Onward to South Molton to top up with petrol, from here we cut across country to North Molton, Withypool , Exford  with a lunch stop at Porlock Weir, excellent lunch at The Anchor with a good selection of local ale. Back on the bikes to Dunkery Beacon, Wheddon Cross and Exebridge stopping for coffee at Tiverton Grand Western Canal. Making our way back we followed the Exe valley to Exeter where we went our separate ways. Thanks to Michael our ride leader, a good day’s ride had by all.

 

Labyrinths Ride – 26 May 2013 Labyrinths 13 005 ‘Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity.’ An eclectic mix of Ariel, BMW, Chiang Jieng, Honda, MZ, Norton, Sunbeam, Tribsa, Triumph, and Velocette, rolled over Dartmoor in splendid May sunshine on the ‘Labyrinths Ride’. We paused for coffee at the Powdermill Pottery and lunched at Lydford.

Chiang Jieng

Chiang Jieng

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Club Night – Concours event 23rd May 2013 IMG_9125   The concours fun evening was well attended, much time was spent mulling over the bikes, chatting with fellow enthusiast’s and enjoying the sunny evening with drink in hand.13 06 13 TRW 6 At 9.30pm everyone was handed a slip of paper and asked to vote for the a bike of their choice, once completed we retreated to the inn where votes were counted. The most popular choice was David’s Triumph TRW MK1 500sv. This has been recently restored, the Mk1 TRW was produced between 1949 and 1955 for the military, this particular machine was sent to the Ministry of Supply in 1951.

 

 

 

BMAD Event on Paignton Green 4th & 5th May 2013

The Bank Holiday weather was exceptional attracting motor cycle enthusiasts from all over the south- west, The VMCC Dartmoor Section were in attendance with a good selection of classic motor cycles. A big thank you to all who helped organise the event and assist on the days.

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Chagford and Beyond Ride

 

Chagford and Beyond 28 April 2013 Fourteen riders with an interesting array of bikes met at Bovey Tracey at 10.00am for a 10.30am start. Leaving Bovey we headed across the moor to Widecombe, Natsworthy, Lettaford and then Chagford for a coffee stop. Moving on from Chagford we made our way across country through Murchington, Gidleigh, Throwleigh to Sticklepath where we stopped at the Taw River Inn for lunch. We were made very welcome and enjoyed roast dinner, a selection of real ale and good company. After lunch we went our separate ways, some of us enjoyed a brisk ride back through Chagford, Moretonhampstead, Bovey Tracey and home –  We had a most enjoyable day with members joining us from Torbay, Newton Abbot, Okehampton, Exeter and Exmoor. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Jurassic Coast Run – 24 March 2013 After meeting at Exeter services we made ourJurassic Riders at The Miners Arms, Branscombe way to Smiles Café Honiton where we met members of the East Devon section who joined us for a brisk ride to a lovely coffee stop just the other side of Bridport. This was a good opportunity to gather ranks and thaw out before making our way back to Branscombe for Lunch at the Miners Arms, here we were greeted with an open fire, good ale and choice of the excellent carvery. It was difficult to leave here with the blazing fire as this was the coldest ride I have ever been on – east wind all the way out and temperature just above freezing. A truly Jurassic Ice Age event, apparently a woolly mammoth was spotted grazing near Exeter Air Port.

Jurassic Riders at The Miners Arms, Branscombe

Lopwell Dam