Film ID:
NEFA 15459



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Tyne Tees Television North East Newsview sports item on a veteran motorcycle rally, with vintage BSA, Norton, Raleigh and Scott bikes in competition, from Durham City to Blanchland in Northumberland. The run is the very first Northumbrian Run of the Vintage Motor Cycle Club (VMCC), organised by Bill Hume. This news report by Tom Phillips was originally broadcast on 1 June 1964.

Motorcyclist competitors and onlookers, including an interested nun, gather beside the river in Durham at the start of a veteran motorcycle rally to Blanchland, Northumberland. A motorcyclist (possibly Jack Archibald, revs up his Triumph bike (Reg. EU 2576). The competitors, some with sidecars, set off.

The camera tracks various motorcyclists on the route, some on vintage BSA models. First up on the road, Joe Sanders rides an AJS Model D with sidecar. Competitors are tracked on the road, Walter Green, winner of many concours prizes, rides a very shiny 500cc BSA (built in 1921). Another rider Jim Richardson, rides Bill Hume’s two-stroke Velocette with a CN registration (Gateshead).  

Commentary with one of the competitors while he is riding a veteran motorcycle with a sidecar, Horace Freeman, a Gateshead councillor who was also involved in a series of programmes for BBC Radio Newcastle. The microphone lead is visible running from the motorbike to the car in front.

Another competitor, Jimmie Steel, wearing a Baker boy hat and goggles, is taking part in the 'Bamburgh Run', and is flagged down at Etal, Northumberland, handing over his form.Steel has a plastic pigeon on his wicker basket. It is raining now as the riders round a corner after a bridge, and tackle a hairpin bend. ‘Piece of cake’ shouts one competitor.

The riders gather at Blanchland drawing a small crowd. One rider, Harold Featherstone, explains that his interest in motorbikes began as a youngster and that he always wanted a Scott, so when he took up vintage motorcycling that’s what he got. Another man agrees, saying once you’ve ridden a Scott, you’ll never ride anything else, even though they are temperamental sometimes. Another describes his vintage Raleigh as beautiful and fascinating. He thinks the comradeship in the vintage movement is ‘out of this world’.