Dave Pragnell 2017
Dave Pragnell 2017 trial was held in a small weather window between Doris & a nasty cold, wet front that arrived as we were packing up. 34 riders signed on for this round of the Southern Centre championship & scored between an outstanding 4 marks lost & a heroic 136. Well done all of you.
Brian Francis beat Neal Hubbard for the Expert class, Steve Berryman won the Intermediate class, Max Seaman continued his winning ways in Youth "B" whilst George Greenland demonstrated that there's life in the old dog yet.
S&DMCC would like to thank all the officials, Observers & people who made this trial happen. AThank you also to Waltham Chase trials club, http://www.walthamchasetrials.co.uk/, for allowing us to use the land.
As a result of everybodys contibution S&DMCC have been able to donate £190 to Muscular Dystrophy. Well done all of you.
Jack White 2016
The Jack White 2016 trial was held at Bryces Farm as usual as a round of the ACU Southern Centre Championship. The weather was very kind to us & we had a glorious autumn day for the riders to play on the 10 sections. There was perhaps too much grip so the sections were tightened up at the lunch break but the riders refused to be defeated & several kept their low-scoring habit intact.
It’s a shame that there weren’t more riders to enjoy the efforts of the course setters & other officials but this is what may be expected when other local clubs move onto dates that have been committed to all year.
SDMCC raised £125 for Muscular Dystropy at this trial
Dave Pragnell 2016
The second round of the ACU Southern Centre - Solo Star, Youth A & B & George Allan Pre-65 Championship Trial was held at Hut Hill, Chandlers Ford, on 14th February 2016. The weekend started cold & wet but as the sections were set out, the rain became lighter & Sunday was forecast to be less dreich.
The trial was actually held in dry & occasionally sunny conditions. Unfortunately there were only 15 riders to enjoy the sections which had been set out by Pre-65 riders to be challenging but cleanable.
Ben Skinner took an emphatic win in the Expert
class, only dropping 1 point over the course of the day. Geoff Herbert
hustled his Ariel 500 round to beat Neil Clarke by 61 to 103 while
David Sherlock, Patrick Seaman & brother Max were sole entries in Twin Shock, Youth A & Youth B respectively.
Jack White 2015
Jack White trial 2015, held October 25th, was held in deepest Hampshire on
a glorious day with a blue sky & a golden sun shining through the trees in
their autumnal finery.
The trial was a round of the ACU Southern centre
Solo Star & the George Allan Pre ‘65 championship.Ben Skinner won the Expert class with a very
good score of 10 marks lost, his nearest rival,
On behalf of Southampton & District MCC, the organising club, I’d like to thank the land-owner & all the observers who made it possible to run the trial & the riders for making the effort worthwhile.
Southampton & District MCC have donated £150 to Muscular Dystrophy as
a result of holding the Jack White 2015 trial.
Southampton & District MCC have donated £150 to Muscular Dystrophy as a result of holding the Jack White 2015 trial.
Dave Pragnell 2015
The Dave Pragnell trial was held at Hut Hill by Southampton & District MCC on 22nd February.
The trial was a round of the Southern Centre Solo*, Youth A/B* & the George Allan Pre-65* championships. Unfortunately, the date clashed with the Telford classic show, after the show organisers changed their date. This may have contributed to the low turnout of 33 entries, mostly Novices & Intermediates. Rob Howard won the Expert class, Geoff Herbert won the Pre-65 class & both Twin Shock riders failed to complete the trial. The Intermediate class was narrowly won by Reynard Norris on 6 points from Mark Elms on 7 points lost! The day started with a beautiful blue sky & bright sunshine burnt the frost off quite quickly but the overnight rain had kept the sections very tricky & treacherous. The "Old Guard" of Dick, Dave, Keith & temporary member Steve Earle laid out some excellent sections which were enjoyed by the majority of the riders & observers.
I'd like to thank Waltham Chase for allowing us the use of the land, Sams Catering for providing hot food & drinks & everyone who helped to observe or officiate on the day.
Jack White 2014
The Jack White trial, held by Southampton & District MCC at Sherfield English, Hampshire was a round of the ACU Southern centre Solo Star & George Allan Pre 65 series championship & was enjoyed by all.
The riders had a good time with interesting sections
set out by Dick Ramplee, Keith Mitchell, Dave Freemantle &
The sections proved to be ride-able for the Pre 65
bikes whilst also taking marks off the modern bikes which is a fine
balancing act. The trial was held under non-stop rules with
Lewis Ranger decided the normal B route sections did not provide sufficient challenge, so upgraded to Expert & threw himself at somewhat scarier sections. All the observers were kept entertained by the riding & thoroughly enjoyed the day plus the Clerk of the course had a quiet day, so a success all round. As an added bonus the Muscular Dystrophy charity has benefited by £160.
I would like to thank Mr M Jewell, the owner of the land, all the riders, observers & officials who helped to make this a very enjoyable day, it would not have happened without the efforts of all of them.
70th Anniversary Open Day with Murray Walker
The Open Day to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of S&DMCC went extremely well.
Over 170 people attended, with many past members enjoying a chat and scouring over old photographs to see who they could remember. The BBQ went down well, and the weather stayed dry which was great.
At 3 p.m we were honoured to have Murray Walker OBE, The Club’s Patron, officially re-launch S&DMCC in its new premises.
Murray said he had looked up the meaning of ‘Patron’ and it means protector and benefactor. He recalled this would be S&DMCC’s 6th Headquarters since 1944 and remembered that Club members had built the previous Clubhouse in Woodside Avenue themselves..
He said his father, Graham Walker, had been a Vice President of S&DMCC and Murray had always associated the Club with Thruxton. He related a couple of stories about times he was commentating for the BBC alongside his father and one was very amusing – In 1959 they were commentating on the 500 mile race at Thruxton organised by S&DMCC – Graham Walker was dealing with 1st position and Murray with second. Back in those days there was no technology so Murray was walking around with a 30lb. pack of full radio equipment on his back. The race lasted 7 ½ hours, of which he spent most of the time dashing up and down the pit lane - all on the day before he was due to fly off to commentate on the 24 hr Le Man Car Race in Paris.
Referring back to the Club he commented on all the Road and Track Meeting S&DMCC had organised and the Club’s Motorcycle Training Scheme, Flying Start, which deserved a lot of credit. He also referred to his last visit to the Club when he launched the Southern branch of SERV (volunteer blood couriers).
He thanked everybody for coming and said it was great to be amongst bikers again – his first love is motorcycling.
The Open Day concluded with a social evening for members and invited guests. There was a live band and much dancing and merrymaking and the night culminated with the Club’s current President cutting the huge anniversary cake
Dave Pragnell Trial 2014
Once upon a time, this event was known as the "Mixed Bag" but was re-named in honour of our long serving chairman Dave Pragnell. The 2014 event was very fortunate in the laying out & the trial itself. The formula of having Pre-65 riders lay the sections out for Pre-65 bikes seemed to be universally liked. Admittedly the leading Intermediate class riders didn't have too many problems but the Expert & Pre-65 riders lost a reasonable amount of points.
Ben Skinner won the Expert class, closely followed by Brian Francis only 3 points behind. The Pre-65 class was won by Ian Guy, beating Geoff Herbert by a single point! Reynard Norris beat Mark Owen by the same margin in the Intermediate class & Adrian Steele won the Over 40 class with a single point lost.
SDMCC raised £140 for Muscular Dystropy at this trial
Jack White Trial 2013
Well, thank heaven for that!
Our New Home
At last we have moved to our new home at The Cranbury Centre, Eastleigh. After many false starts and delays, we are finally open for business as from 4th October. A big thank you to all the club members who have spent many hours painting, plumbing, building, sawing, cleaning and moving furniture. We are all looking forward to a fresh start and many years of comaraderie at our bright new clubhouse.
Poker Run a Winner
The recent Poker Run was a resounding success, despite the inclement weather. Several bikes set off in two separate groups, and visited 4 locations, picking a card at each stop off point and completing their poker hand on their return to the clubhouse. The winner was Lynne Humphrey with three of a kind, and the wooden spoon for the lowest scoring hand going to Jacky Kenward. Thanks go to Matt Meehan and his team of helpers for all their hard work organising the day.
A total of £451 was raised for our club charity, Naomi House.
The Cranbury Centre
After searching for a new home for a number of years, the club has finally taken on the running of The Cranbury Centre. Friday club nights will soon be held at the new clubhouse, once vital refurbishment has been completed. We will also be managing the centre on behalf of Eastleigh Borough Council, as it is a popular venue for local organisations and clubs.
Before we can move in lock stock and barrel, there are many tasks that need to be done - decorating, gardening and refitting for example, so any offers of help from club members and friends will be greatly appreciated.
These are exciting times for our club and we are looking forward to celebratng our 70th anniversary in our new premises in 2014!
Dave Barton (Honda Dave) 21/4/47 - 21/5/13
We were all deeply saddened to lose long standing club member Honda Dave on 21st May. Dave got his well-deserved nickname through his extensive knowledge of all things Honda motorcycles. He could be found most club nights sitting in his favourite corner, chatting enthusiastically about his bikes and his family. He was always cheerful and friendly, and despite the ill health that he suffered in recent years, he still managed to come to the club as often as he could.
The following tribute, written by his son Trevor, sums up the man we will all miss:
"My Dad was a character. Top memories for me will be that he sometimes woke us up just before sunrise and took us out to watch the sun come up in the New Forest, spotting the deer and taking it all in. He wondered why the world was in such a rush and if he could take a scenic route to get somewhere (either driving and riding, or sometimes in the way he spoke!) then he would take it.
He could talk for England, but he had great stories to tell and a sense of humour to go with it.
He did a lot for various bike clubs, and registered classic bikes for people with the DVLA. He also did charity runs and more recently volunteered for a hospital radio.
He never really got over the loss of his wife, but his persistence meant that he was often not overcome by things many others would have been.
I was proud to get to know him better in adult life. The family will miss him sorely of course, and we know bikers up and down this land, and other countries, will do too. "
Report on the Dave Pragnall Trial, Hut Hill, Chandlers Ford
24th February 2013
This was a round of the ACU Southern Centre Solo* & Clubman championship & George Allan Pre ’65 series.
There was an entry of 37 riders, spread across 6 classes & scores ranging from 1 to 136 marks lost, with all the riders saying that they had enjoyed the event.
This must reflect the care that Dave Freemantle, Dick Ramplee & Geoff Herbert took in laying out sections that were suitable for Non-Stop Pre ’65 bikes & riders, and riders on modern bikes as well.
The observers did an excellent job on a day that was quite cold with occasional slight snow flurries, but the riders all warmed up quite nicely.
Brian Francis took the Experts award on 23 marks lost & Reynard Norris won the Intermediate class on 3 marks lost.
Matt Sleep took the Twin Shock with 1 mark, Ian Guy was the best Pre ’65 losing 22 marks & Mike Smallshaw was best Over 40 rider on 12 marks.
Matt Elkins won the Novice class with a score of 48
Sadly I have to report the death of Brian Boden on 30th November 2012.
Later Brian became heavily involved in trials riding, riding in many trials in Hampshire and neighbouring counties, and together with Edna they did more than their bit in the running of trials events.
The last time I spoke to Brian was on the phone just a short time ago, we recalled the great times we had together and our motorcycling adventures.