Ray Luke, winner of Best Classic Bike in Show, with his award, presented by Karl Harris, British Supersport Champion. Ray won with his superbly restored Triumph Tiger 100.
Ray's Triumph Tiger 100 '63, absolutely stunning, this is some restoration job.
Michael Callaghan being presented with his award for Best Bike Paint in Show by Karl Harris. Michael's BSA Super Rocket was resplendent with it's newly finished paint.
Michael's BSA Super Rocket - winner of Best Bike Paint in Show
Pat & his BSA A50, outside The Glen, before the start of the Foundation Run. Bill's Honda CX500 is behind. Paintwork was done by Merlin Coachworks, Pity Me.
Members getting ready to set off on The Foundation Run. Fine weather favoured us for our first run of the year.
This is Barry's new 'classic' bike, Royal Enfield 500 Bullet in trial trim, built in 2005 in India. Nice looking bike. Ray's on his Honda XL 250, which is now classic - he rides it in the Beamish Trophy Trial.
Members leaving The Glen at the start of The Foundation run, look at the clear skies!
The Crooks Run, weather was canny, we all got a bit spread out as we left our home county. This pic is somewhere in N.Yorks, we all...err, mostly.... managed to meet up at this village, after a few detours. There seems to be some debate going on, is that a map I see? Left or right? Where are we? Whatever!
Back at Graham & Doreens, we all stopped for pie & peas after a fine run out. The pies were excellent as usual, some ate more than others, the club sec. didn't let the side down! Here are John's Triumph & Ray's BSA, looking good, as usual.
Still back at the farm, here are Graham's Norton Commando & Bill's Honda CX 500. The Honda has done quite a few touring miles and has taken Bill to many parts of Europe, even in it's (& his)advancing age. He went abroad on it this year also. Graham hosted us all for pie & peas, but is missing from the pic due to looking for a pot of black paint to touch up 2 stone chips & a rear footpeg. In the gales this year Graham lost the roof of his cottage & Dennis' son had his car written off when damaged by the roof falling on it! Then he had his replacement car written off by a blind lady driver - good job he wasn't on a bike at the time.
Lunch stop at Middleton-in-Teesdale, where the rain caught up with us briefly. Some expert map reader was a bit late due to non-expert map reading, I won't name/shame them though! There's Graham's Norton, again, but he's off down the street looking for a paint shop! This was an excellent run, which took us to small, quiet villages in N.Yorks after lunch which I'd never been to before. Anyone remember what the fountain/statue is called next to where we were parked up?
Pete, Davey, John & Pat went to the Isle of Man for the Southern 100 road races in July. This pic shows Davey, John & Pat at Joey Dunlop's Memorial at the Manx Motorcycle Museum. Amzing work of art & a class tribute to 'Yer man'. Glorious weather for our trip to watch the road races which are held at Castletown on the Billown road circuit. If you haven't been to this road race event, go, we had a brilliant 3 days. I'd also like to say thanks to Peter Murray, owner of the motorcycle museum for making us so welcome. We gave him club t-shirt to hang in the museum & in return he gave us a manx tankard for the club & Rumpy the Manx Cat coin bank (which we'll fill up at club meetings & donate to charity).
Here's our club chairman, Davey, handing over the club t-shirt to Peter Murray outside the museum. If u go to the IOM, you have to pay a visit to this museum, your made welcome & the 'craik' is great. The owner's a character also!
Somewhere in the middle of wild Northumberland, Doreen, Hazel & Sally try to work out where the toilet is - bad news, girls, there ain't one...so it's behind a bush unless Dennis has a porta-a-loo strapped to the bike! Behind the wall was a resevoir, with a large flock of geese on & a heron. We later saw 2 more herons as we crossed the river at Wark. Earlier in the morning we passed a dead badger & Davy nearly took a blow to the helmet from a startled barn owl that flew out suddenly from a hedgerow as we thundered by. Wildlife safari or what! You get it all on our runs!
Davy's 1989 Yamaha XS650. He use to run it with a nice Steib sidecar, but it's currently in solo trim. This bike recently made thejourney to the IOM Southern 100 Races, ridden by another member, Pat. Rumour has it that it was used to transport manx kippers but I can assure you it wasn't - that would be John's bike!
Graham's immaculate Norton Commando, which draws many an admiring glance. He's a fanatic about keeping it clean & tidy, although we have had sighting's of Dorren polishing it late into the night, with Graham keeping a watchful eye on her! The paint pot & brush is out before, after & even during runs, keeping on top of any chips in the paint. We spotted a bit of rust on one of the rear footpegs - needless to say, Doreen got the blame! Graham's BSA hasn't been out this year on any of our runs - maybe it'll make Bikewise.
This is Ray's lovely BSA, which he rides on all of our runs, with his wife, Sally. It recently went up to Scotland on a family visit and nearly came to an untimely end on the way back - it was being trailered and the retaining straps broke & the bike nearly disembarked! Fortunately it was spotted before this occured - but Ray & Sally had that sudden sinking feeling when the bike disappeared from their rear view. Roadside recovery came tothe rescue & all ended well, thankfully!
First run of the year, The Foundation Run marks the inauguration of our club in 1998.
Winner of The Foundation Run Trophy for Best Bike on Run - Ray Luke, for his beautiful Ducati 350. Here he is being presented with the trophy by our club president Ken Minns.
Ray & Sally on their BSA 650, two of our older members, but no one is more enthusiastic.
Evening run, May 2004
Evening run, June 2004, brill weather, fish'n'chips at Colins chippy at Ferryhill Station, lovely grub, thanks for the hot drinks Colin.
Graham has some bother with his Norton, wondered why it was wobbling round corners, nothing to do with a snapped spindle! He got it home, though!
Our club attended the Corbridge Classic Bike Show in August. A great turn-out by members with their bikes & the weather got out nice too!
A member's Triumph Rocket 3 caused the most interest at the show, whilst not exactly a 'classic' there were crowds around it all afternoon.
Bike club stand & display of bikes at Durham Police Bikewise event held at Aykley Heads, Durham, 15 August 2004
Winner: Best British Bike Runner-Up: Best British Bike
George's Run in memory of his father was our last organised run this year. Lunch-stop was at the Wear View Diner, where we all enjoyed lunch, especially the 'spotted dick'! Sadly we couldn't get the waitress to call out the order! Great place to eat, but gets very busy.
Two beautiful AJS singles, both a credit to their owners.
George organised a quiz for members, the winner receiving George's Trophy. Note the smoke from over-heated brains!
This Sunbeam belongs to our oldest member, who could also eat for England!