Past Events Reports.

East Yorkshire Section.


The Beverley Run.

What a way to end the East Yokshire section riding season. A drop in temperature, high winds and rain the week before the run and the forecast for Sunday not looking much better. Come the day of the event the high winds had blown themselves out and we were left with the low temperatures and the rain, and there was plenty of it.

As I sat in the car with my personal secretary Gail, wondering if anybody would turn out in such weather Les Dawson turned into the college grounds. He was shortly followed by Glen, the Section Treasurer. I joined Glen in his car and we discussed next years runs. Latter Dennis Johnson, Pete Freeman, and the first person on a bike, Geoff Ketley, joined the group. John Thomson also joined us closely followed by a keen rider from Huddersfield but the bike stayed in the van. Tony Reed on his little Honda and another East Yorkshire member came steaming up. Steaming being the best way to describe their arrival. Chris the Section Chairman came with a van full of bikes but wisely they stayed in the dry.

                                   Three wet intrepid riders                                        Three dry wise men.

A good wet day was had by all !!


The Autumn Amble.

The weather had been bad the previous week with prolonged rain and high winds, but come the day of the run the weather had changed and a dry day was the optimistic forecast. Dry but not warm and not a lot of sunshine. As we made our way to the start at Tea Pot Cafe Fimber, there was not much traffic on the roads. We were early but some riders were already there raring to go!

                 Note the twin front brake.       Two Tonys Talking.           Ralph a West Riding visitor.

All the talking has stopped and the riding begins.

Rider numbers were down which is a shame but perhaps we have become used to wall to wall sunshine so the chance of rain and the low temperature has put a few people off. Remember the next run is the last one of the year for East Yorkshire Section. The route took riders to Church Houses for lunch. The Feversham Arms was busy but there was room for more.


                   The Mid Lincs Crew.                  Dining al fresco.            Ralph setting off home.



                   A sample of the view.             Trust me it's LEFT.                  Now it's RIGHT.


Despite getting confused with left and right they found the way back to Tea Pot for another cupper and a chat. No one got wet and no breakdowns were reported. In fact another cracking day out in Yorkshire.

Many thanks to those who took part and to Glen for his organisation.



The Sunbeam September Run.

Photos by Les Dawson.

                        A nice line up.                   A rare Royal Enfield.            Model P Triumph.


           A rare Matchless Silver Arrow.       4 stroke James next to BSA.       The Dawson team.

(Cedar Barn farm shop . Thornton road Pickering.)


The Mid Lincs Northern Veteran Run.

(Words and photos by Richard.)

        Water cooled flat twin Humber.             A good line up.            With a Rover in the background.



This years Northern Veteran Run was from Wickenby Airfield as before, on arrival we were welcomed by a lovely smell of bacon wafting out of the cafe door from those having breakfast, nothing to do with the run I might add.

                                   Scott.            One of two black Ariels on the run.                      AJS.

After signing on people began to set off, in small groups and on there own in the direction of Holton cum Beckering then on the Market Rasen Road before turning off towards Buslingthorpe returning almost from where we had started before turning towards Snarford.
We travelled on some narrow roads until the A158 Lincoln road for a mile then turned towards Apley then Stainfield to Barney where there was a stop at Chris and Dianeís for some of her lovely home baked cakes. After having our fill, thanking Diane, looking around Chrisís garage and shed we turned into Barney centre turning left almost immediately at the Post Office towards Wadingworth. Following a pleasant and quiet route via villages not heard of before the route circled round towards Wragby but turning off back to the start at Wickenby.


                           Raleigh.                    One of two 16H on the run.       Model "N" Triumph.


Twenty-seven signed on for this years run and apart from one breakdown where a chain was lost & the back up driver getting lost twice a good day was had by all. This run is now so popular we even had Peter Dawson coming over from Spain to experience yet another great day out in mid Lincolnshire.

                    The other Back Ariel.                        BSA.                   Imperial-(Not new or mint)


Many thanks to all that took part and to Stewart for organising the run.



The Brian Woolas Forest run.

This is the first of two runs that the East Yorkshire  Section put on in September. The  Saturday before the run  was a missarable wet day but the day of the run was cool but forecast to remain dry all day. Riders began arriving early and Peter was soon busy signing riders on. Thirty entrants and just the right amount of route sheets printed to satisfy everyone. Early on in the route there were road works but the planed diversion to circumnavigate them was not needed as the road was left open at the weekend.

                        Setting up shop.                       First arrivals.                      One or two more.


                           Still shuffling paper.                  Nearly full.                                     Full.


A sample of the machines at the run,

I must mention that I had forgotten my camera, I had charged it up and emptied the memory card ready for today, but didn't pick it up from the hall table where I had placed it ready so I wouldn't forget it.

Les Dawson came to my rescue, he kindly loaned be his. A better model than mine, so the pictures are of better quality. Many thanks Les.

             A Bultaco dashing to escape.        At last the open road.       Quick they are after us.

The route took riders to Thornton le Dale for lunch. A designated area of the car park had been reserved for the bikes and Brian was on guard duty whilst riders found their lunch in the town.

I was unable to take any more photos for various reasons, so if you have any of the run you would like to share with us, please email them and I can post them on the web site.


Richard sent me this photo of a temporary repair (bodge) he had to make to his clutch cable. Not neat looking job but it was an effective repair lasting for the length of the run and the journey home.


Many thanks to all that took part.


Many thanks to Peter for organising another good day out in Yorkshire.




Mid Lincs Mystery Run

Words and photos by Richard



On a gloriously sunny morning 27 lucky souls signed on for this years Mystery Run which started as usual from the very busy Happy Cafe at Sandtoft Airfield, there had been a pre arranged VW weekend meeting there so we were mingling with other people enjoying the good weather.
The route set off going through Belton, Beltoft and upto the River Trent at Outmill before turning right along the river side via West Butterwick to Owston Ferry before turning off towards Epworth. Once in Epworth we diverted out of the village past the show field to Tunnel Pits then via Wroot to the main Blaxton Road where we stopped for coffee at McCallums farm shop.
Once refreshed we headed towards Haxey turning off back in the direction of Wroot but went up Cove road to Westwoodside circling the duck pond then onwards & over the main A161 Gainsborough Road riding some very quiet but occasionally bumpy roads before passing through West Stockwith famous for its basin usually full of boats which can enter the Trent via a lock then into Misterton


The route headed towards Gainsborough via Beckingham and Walkeringham then along the main Ramper Road to the lunch stop at The New Trent on the bridge side at Gainsborough where there was a varying choice of meals available, most choosing the carvery.
After being fed and watered, thanking the staff for their excellent service we headed on the main Grimsby road out of town before turning off towards to Upton and Heapham into Springthorpe then turning left then right to Aisby before arriving for icecream in Blyton. A lot of people obviously had the same idea as there was rather a large queue at the window.
Leaving Blyton we then turned into Laughton riding some of the forest roads to East Ferry, Susworth & East Butterwick before turning into Burringham making our way back via Keadby Bridge then once again along the Trent side via Althorpe back to Outmill then heading into Beltoft, Epworth and Sandtoft to the start at the Happy Cafe where they were holding sprint sessions on the runway for cars both modified and standard.

Our thanks again to Happy Cafe for hosting the run and to the organisers who did extremely well in arranging the sunny weather.

Another outstanding day out in Mid Lincolnshire.



Sunk Island Run.

The weather was not forecast to be very good with a 90% chance of rain in the afternoon. Despite the forecast 15 riders signed on for the event and the rain, which was not of any great amount, held off until most of the riders had completed the run.

                       Hobart.                               Raleigh.                                  Sloper.

                  Humber.                       Now which lever is it?                A lovely pair.


             My bike. Its got my name on it!             Heading for the countryside.                     We are there.

                                           Back at the start.                                    Broken down --keep smiling.

The road signs in this area have names such as Outstray, Newlands, Channel, and Stone Creek all of which show that the land has been reclaimed back from the river Humber making it rich farming land. It is also very flat but not featureless and is excellent for the older machines. Riders enjoyed an excellent meal at the Haven Arms. A good day out in East Yorkshire.  

        Many thanks to all that took part and to Dennis as the organiser.



Mid Links Day run.

Bikes outside The Tywhitt Arms at Short Ferry near Lincoln where we had a ride in for lunch meeting.
Some of us had a scenic ride there via Sturgate and Wickenby Airfields before turning off the Wragby/Bardney road to a Short Ferry then another scenic ride back via Horncastle, Cadwell, Binbrook and Rothwell. A good turnout for a day run. Well done to all.

I thought the name Tywhitt was worth looking up and I came up with the following:-

The Tyrwhitt surname comes from the place name Trewhitt in Northumberland; the first bearer of this surname was most likely someone who had come from that place to a new location. The name goes back ro the 1600s.

Golden Era Run.

Well after a long period of hot dry weather things changed this week end. The wind and rain certainly made their presence  felt. However there seemed to be a good turn out despite the poor riding conditions.

                  Single speed Hobart.                     Unloading.                             Matchless.


                       Work in progress.                                                           As shiny as a new pin.


                                       Ancient & modern.         Sidecar tornneau acting as a pluviometer.


One of the riders had an accident and the Air Ambulance was called. We wish him a speedy recovery, and hope he is soon back riding.

Many thanks to the organisers and all that took part.


Founder's Day at Stanford Hall.

Richard has sent in the following photos of some of the interesting machines on show.

                                                 A rare machine.                                A twin headlamp Panther.

                          Very Smart.                     Like the tractor seat.                  360cc Greves.


Many thanks Richard for sharing your day out with us.


Mid Lincs Day Run.

Fourteen signed on for this years Day Run, starting again from Caenby Corner. We set off towards Glentham before taking a left turn onto the scenic route to Bishop Norton, Atterby & Waddingham then heading towards Caister but turning right well after Brandy Wharf towards Kingerby, then a little back road towards the A631.
We turned off the Louth road towards Toft next Newton, Owmby, Spridlington & into Hackthorn then past the front gate of Scampton Airfield, unfortunately the Red Arrows did not greet us with a display.

Once turned past the Lincolnshire Show field we turned left once into Sturton by Stow then right towards Torksey then heading in Newark direction before taking Dunham Toll Bridge over the Trent fortunately free for motorcycles.
Once into Dunham on Trent we skirted round via East Drayton & Upton to the Transport cafe at Markham Moor for lunch.

This is the third time we have been there for lunch my feeling being it is not as good as previous visits, perhaps it is time to make a change.
The return journey took us out of Milton skirting Bevercoates before turning towards Laxton going past the Holocaust Centre, never having been there I cannot comment if it worth a visit, checking out on the website required perhaps.
We travelled along back roads past the Power Stations of Cottam & West Burton, High Marnham no longer being there, into Clayworth then the picturesque village of Wiseton before turning into Gringley on the Hill before arriving for coffee at Harrys in Misterton.
Our thanks to Harry and his good lady for their hospitality where as usual there was plenty of banter, & the world being put to rights.
At least the weather was kind to us even though it was cooler than late at the start until just before the lunch stop.
Another good day out in Lincolnshire and a little bit of Nottinghamshire. Well done all.

Spotted on the run, square fours are difficult not to spot, was this example which had dampers added to the rear springing.

Norton steering dampers being adapted to give two way damping. A very neat job.



The July Jaunt

The weather had been set fair for several weeks now and it remained so for Sunday's run starting at Langlands Garden Centre, Shiptonhorpe. The riders started arriving early and there was soon a good entry gathered.

Riders thinking about getting ready.


                    Route card ready.                Quick follow him.                   In a minute. No rush.


There was a choice of routes in the morning, a long one and a short one. Most riders opting for the long one. The route wandered back and forth within the Vale of York finally finishing at the Pig in the Willows cafe at Cottingworth.



The organisation at the cafe was good and riders were served promptly. The food was good and the menu varied. The breakfast with black pudding proving popular.

The afternoon run was shorter and took riders via Howden along the river bank back towards the start.

There were no breakdowns reported but two riders did admit to getting lost.


Many thanks to Brian for an excellent run.

Thanks to all who took part for your support.

Another grand day out in East Yorkshire.



Banbury Run.


 Nikki, Marie, Jason and Chris all represented the East Yorks Section at the VMCC Banbury run, starting from Gaydon motor museum. They were all riding various models of Triumph. The weather was fine  with a just a slight shower on the last stretch. All the group completed the course but missed a turning and had to back track to get back on course and fuel was getting low. Nikki and Jason topped up with fuel and  were soon back on track.  Silver and gold awards proved elusive, oops, never mind back to East Yorkshire, empty handed, but completed the course and thoroughly enjoyed the day out. 

Many thanks to Nikki for the report and the Photos.



                     Jason, Nikki, Marie.                     The team.                         Jason.

Mid Lincs Section also had riders taking part in the Banbury Run.

Phil Meggett.1927 AJS.


Dave Pearson. Matchless.

Dave Dawson. 1923 Rover.

Glen Douglass. 1915Douglass.


Ray Meggett.Raleigh.











Well done to you all



The Betty Fisher Run.

The weather had been very good all the week leading up to the weekend, but it was due to change. As luck would have it, the weather front that was forecast to make Sunday a wet day passed through on Saturday night leaving the day cool and overcast but dry.

Bry's family once again made us very welcome with a fine spread of drinks and snacks.

      The Harley belongs to the local postman.                     Among the first to arrive.

The yard filling up.

                             Martyn, Eddie, and Ken  all setting off in the right direction.


After a hole had been made in the refreshments, riders set off on the morning section of the route. Through Brands Burton past the gravel pits and on to North Froddingham. Next was Harpam where St. John of Beverley was born, pressing on to that lovely old house of Burton Agnes. Across the A614 and turning first right to Gransmooor at the pond and then turning right at Kelk and then towards Beeford. Saunter through Beeford and turn right at the A165 for a short run before turning left to Skipsea, Bewholme and then Hornsea. Many of the minor roads needed the riders full attention as there was a lot of grit on corners and a few pot holes. Lunch at the Hornsea Mere Cafe or if you wished find a pub or fish and chip shop in the town. The route was a distance of 40 miles. The mere at Hornsea is the biggest fresh water lake in Yorkshire.


Looking out from the Cafe across the Mere.

The afternoon route followed the coast southwards through Cowden, an old RAF aircraft firing and bombing range, down to Aldbrough. Turn off the B1242 at Hilston keeping eyes to the left to see if you can spot Admiral Storr's tower. It was built in 1750 and is 50ft high. It was used as a lookout post and a hospital but is now unused. Head toward Sproatley passing that fine Elizabethan hall - Burton Constable. Now a small  detour through the edge of the hall's grounds and then back to Bry -Bets farm for yet more delicious refreshments. A distance of 22 miles.

Photo by Richard.

At the Mere showing some sail boats and bikes.


Bry and his team (left) were thanked and tokens of thanks presented .

Photos by Niki.

The riders were presented with mementoes of the event.


Some were not sure what the objects were and compered notes.






To keep riding on two wheels  Bry had just bought this scooter.

Very nice.

Photos by Gail.




Just to round off a good day Paul had found a new friend.






             Many thanks to all took part.


                Another good day out in


                   East Yorkshire.


  Steve Fisher has just sent me an email saying that the riders and others donated £46 towards the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

 Well done everyone.



The Relay Rally.


                   Check point "Tea Pot".                All set up and ready.              First to arrive.


The weather was perfect . Wall to wall Sunshine.

                   Have bike will travel.                       Cotton.                            The oldest bikes.


                A well used James.              Matchless and Harley.                    Off we go again!

                           RE Model G.                                                            There's  story behind every picture.

 The little Honda is being worked hard  because the pillion rider, Dick's, Triumph had had two punctures .

Nice to see Dennis out again.


A good day out in glorious weather in Yorkshire, many thanks to all that took part.

You lucky people.


The Wolds Run.

Once again I thank Richard for sharing these photos with us. This time there were all taken at the Wolds Run. This is based at The Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre, East Kirby, Spilsby. The event is run by Skellingthorpe and District MCC.

                                    3rd Place.                                       Not a thing you see every day.

                          A black bomber.                  Another black bomber.       Good colour for Lincolnshire.

                   Pineapple fined James.        Motobi four stroke.                       Shiny!

A good event with lots to see.


The Tiger Trot

The season has definitely changed and the better weather is on its way. The countryside has a lot more green showing on the trees and temperatures are creeping up. Twenty-five riders signed on and machines covered a wide range of capacities and makes. What is very pleasing is that riders came from not only East Yorkshire but also from other Sections.


                   All set up ready.                          Big Port AJS.                        A Bitza Bantam.


    Good to see Rick back riding.   Two triumphs and a BSA.               First Away.

                       Les and passenger.         Marie  and her Baby Triumph.                  Dennis.


                                   Last of the Summer Wine.    Just to show what villages in East Yorkshire can be like.


                            First back.                        Les and Sister.                Mr. Dawson Snr.


Lunch indoors and outdoors.


There were no reported problems with the route and only two machines were known to have had problems on the climb out of Newbald to High Hunsley but both were able to roll back down the hill to the start.

Niki sent me this email and photo on Sunday evening.


Hi Harry some pics. from this mornings run!
New Member  Jason Clark my husband. First official VMCC run!

Had a lively ride out! Great route! No problems apart from I may have run out of fuel 2 miles away from lunch stop!

Jason and Marie to my rescue! Lunch was lovely!


(Marie leading ,Jason next, and Niki at the rear. A good photo of the hill out of Newbald.)

Thank you Niki.

Thanks to all that took part.

               Another good day out in East Yorkshire.



The Spring Run.

The two weeks leading up to East  Yorkshire's first run of the season  was a very wet time. However on our way to the start we travelled to the top of High Hunsley (350ft.) which gave us a good view of the Vale of York and there was no sign of rain to be seen. At first there were only a few riders at the start at Beechwood Cafe but after a short while Glen was kept busy at the signing on station. Thirty-four riders signed on. Which was a very good turn out.


                  Glen looking for riders.                 Early birds.                              A few more.

In this photo are shown three of the four Velocetts that took part in the run. One with an electric starter.

Also in the shot is the BSA C11G belonging to a new rider on his first run with the Section. The rear sub frame was showing some mysterious sideways movement  and the carburettor was just hanging on with one last remaining nut. The second new rider with the club was on a very well sorted Aerial Red Hunter. In the far distance can be seen the Norton twin of  Phil Homes and the Triumph of Dennis Hodge.


This fine looking machine belonged to the third new rider with the Section.  He had only become the proud owner of it a couple of days before the run. On his way to the start it spluttered to a stop but he was, by "bush telegraph", able to get a message back to John Stathers who rescued him with his van. The spanners came out and the carburettor was cleaned and the bike was back on its feet again. You can't beat a good shake-down run to help you get familiar with your bike and sort out little problems.



As we followed the route we came across another break down. This time it was an experienced rider Ken who's BSA was being  troublesome. The fault was soon traced to an ignition coil that had become detached from its mountings

Press on and just round the corner, yes, you right another break down!

This time it was Area Rep Tony Cowley.

There were plenty of hands to make light work remaking connections and testing various bits of wires but all to no avail. We all offered the services of Les Dawson and his van to come and pick Tony up. Well done Les. I am sure Tony would be most grateful.


The Lunch stop at Middleton Arms was busy,              Oldest rider and oldest bike?

a coach party, a large group of walkers,  and us.                     Dennis Hodge.


The run back to the start was uneventful just the Bantam ,which would not start, more dirt in the carb.

I have just been sent these additional photos from Les Dawson.

                      At the start.               Eddie passing through Langton.               At the lunch stop.

Many thanks to Glen and all that took part.

Another good day out in East Yorkshire.





The Beverley Run.

Because this is the Section's last run of the year there is always a chance the weather will not be kind. Changeable as the weather is a wet week did not change into a dry weekend. The Bishop Burton College had once again proved to be an excellent host. There were plenty of signs directing riders to the entrance to the grounds. Within the grounds there were more signs guiding riders to the parking area and to the all important canteen.

After coffee had been taken the rain had abated and the riders, sixteen in all set off on the runs. I say runs because there were two routes available a short one of forty miles and another of sixty four miles. Only one rider opted for the shorter route.

                                     Shiny bikes at the start.                                  Oldest bikes away first.


                     Braving the weather                  First two back                A good clean needed.


  The two smallest machines on the run. John's MZ and Tim's Ossa.

   Tim managed to fall off his bike before he got to the main York road. Perhaps a spillage of something slippery but no real damage done.

 The Ducati had a puncture but an aerosol repair can was deployed and it did the job. I have used one once and it worked well saving a lot of work at the road side. There were reports of a lot of water in places. Les who is usually first back had stopped off to look in the church in South Dalton. It was built in 1858-61 and has a fine interior.

As you can see it is well worth a visit. Those riders who followed the short route would have ridden through the Hotham estate which the church is part of.


Despite the weather riders seemed to enjoy the ride.

The East Yorkshire Section  hope to see you all next year for a fun packed season of events. Take care.