Briport & Weymouth MCC

Club Sec: Ivan Rose

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PISTON SLAP                                           APRIL 2020


Thought I would get a News Letter out to keep members informed of recent happenings. Some good, some not so good.


We were all deeply saddened to learn that Bill Collins had passed away. Although Bill was a Yeo Vale man, he was a very good friend of our club. Rode in all our trials and, when he was no longer able to ride, still came along with Joan to observe. Tony Johnson penned a very good tribute in the latest Yeo Vale News Letter, accompanied by a fine selection of Linda’s photos. Bill was a very likeable man, always friendly and ready for a chat and really enjoyed the trials world which he was so much a part of. We were thankful that he and Joan were able to attend our awards presentation last year to collect the Bowditch Observers Cup for the 2018 season. It was a measure of his dedication to the club scene that he phoned me from his hospital bed to find out how he could return the trophy.

Local trials will miss his presence for a long time. We extend our sincere condolences to Joan and the rest of the family.


Another member of our local bike scene also passed away recently. Jeremy Knott, only son of Joan and Basil Knott of Sydling will be remembered by our older members. Joan and Bas’ were leading members of the Bridport Club for many years, Joan being club Secretary for 40 years. Sadly Jeremy was disabled, to the extent that he never grew up. Even in his 50s he looked like a lad of about 13. He also had learning difficulties, but was never happier than when he was at a trial, or scramble in earlier days, surrounded by people he knew. Everyone was fond of Jeremy, in fact Bill Collins was a great friend and often asked about him when I saw him at our trials.  After Bas passed away some years ago he moved into a residential home in Bridport where he was very happy and thoroughly enjoyed the trips to the countryside organised by the home. It was a measure of his popularity in and around Sydling that saw the village church filled to capacity for his funeral. A lovely lad. For that is always what he seemed to be. Our heartfelt sympathy to Joan, who is suffering her own health problems at the moment.


I have heard in recent days that one of my old trials riding buddy’s has also passed away. Once again older members will recall David Cox, better known as Laurel.  During the late 50s early 60s Laurel, his brother Ed, and myself rode in all the local trials and were very much into the club scene marshalling and helping out at scrambles run by Bridport, Weymouth and Yeo Vale clubs. Laurel was a lifelong motorcyclist with a particular passion for Velocette’s. He owned a rare pre war MOV 250, and was a member of the Velocette Owners Club, organising the Bob Foster Memorial Run for many years.  Bob Foster being a works Velo rider pre war and owning a bike shop in the Bournemouth area. Starting from Crossways village hall around 100 bikes would set out on the byways of Dorset, usually taking in Bulbarrow Hill on route before returning to Crossways for a buffet masterminded by Laurel’s wife Janet, followed by the presentation of awards. Laurel spent his working life as a mental nurse, putting in many years service at the old Herrison Hospital before being promoted to a higher position in the Bournemouth area. Small in stature but big in personality, there was never a dull moment when Laurel was around. Our sincere condolences go to wife Janet, daughter Louise, and the rest of his family.



Now to brighter things. 68 riders turned up at Rogers Hill for the Boxer trial. Recent heavy rain had made the going very difficult, with some parts of the course still under water. But the marking out team took all this into consideration and marked out ten reasonable sections that were not too testing. This worked well and scores were low in all the classes with only a few retirements. Top man in the six rider expert class was Tony Hewitt with 12 marks lost, six better than Brian Francis. Dave Penfold took the Clubman honours, his loss of 4 being two better than runner up Ryan Guy. It was decided to move the Veteran class to Over 50 as a lot of 40 year olds are too good.  The 40 threshold was set when bikes were a lot heavier. Seven over 50s opted to ride the B route Richard Elliot heading Shaun Francis again by just two marks.   Jason Atwell, returning after a long absence from our trials, was the best of two Twin Shock Bs ahead of Luke Lucas, the scores being 4 and 7. Marcus Hancock won the Novice class some way ahead of Andrew Oldham, while Mike Smallshaw and Simon Rye recorded the only clean sheets in a massive Over 50 C route.  Seventeen entries in this class. Seven entries in Twin Shock C were headed by Geoff Herbert, just one mark better than John Long. The pre 65s had a more challenging day, Matthew Caulkett taking the lead from Paul Balmain on the vintage Ariel. There were eleven youths in three different classes. They also found the going a bit stiff but only three of the younger ones retired, the others forced on to the finish with very reasonable scores considering the conditions.

All in all a very successful trial and congratulations are due to the marking out gang and the lads who ran this event despite all the problems. Finally our thanks to Danny Hall for the use of the land.  



Around twenty members and friends turned up for our awards presentation at Three Compasses Charminster. The landlord and his good lady did us proud, setting up tables and chairs for us in our usual committee room. Chicken burgers and chips went down well, with salad and coleslaw for those with their own teeth!  The presentation got off to a dodgy start when it was realised that most of the perpetual trophies were still at the engravers in Weymouth. Paul Rogers worked his mobile magic, found the guys’ number and Richard disappeared out the door. Returning again in what seemed like five minutes with all the cups on board. The rest of the evening went without a hitch with a good number of winners present to receive their trophies. We were pleased to welcome four members of the Southampton Club who have observed at our events recently.

A very good evening. Thanks to Richard for putting it together and to Rob and his wife for making us so welcome.



As we are aware, all motorcycle sport is suspended at present due to the Coronavirus. Only time will tell if we can run the West Dorset at a later date, but both The Earl of Sandwich and Mike Fooks are keen for the trial to run if at all possible.   Can only keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best.






West Dorset Trophy Trial


Provisional date  Sun Sept 13th.    If Covid 19 will allow.


All the best Ivan