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The John Wells Run

Sunday 19 July 2009

Photos and report by Michael Wood

Sunday 19th July saw a break in the wet weather for a windy but sunny day for the annual John Wells Run starting and finishing at Freshwater Camp site near Bridport.  Over 130 motor cycles turned up, of which a dozen, which were under 100cc, rode the short route through the West Dorset countryside.

Preparing to leave the coffee stop
The riders, refreshed by coffee, prepare to leave on the second leg of the course.

With a coffee stop at The Shaves Cross Inn the route managed to avoid the steepest of Dorset hills but some LPA was needed on a few occasions.  Roy Best came up from Exeter with his Honda Novio but otherwise it was the usual suspects on Honda P50, Yamaha MA50, Mobylette Luxamatic, Vespa Ciao, Honda C90, LE Velocette, Puch Maxi, etc.

The low horse power bikes complete the course
The low horse power bikes complete the course.

At the finish, Roly Moores turned up with his Model T Ford pick-up with an unidentified Villiers-engined autocycle on the back and, much to everybody's amazement, he managed to start it and ride round the field.

The Ford Model T pick-up with autocycle on board
The totally original and road legal Ford model T pick-up with autocycle on board.

Roly rides his Coventry-Eagle autocycle round the field
Roly rides his unidentified autocycle round the field.
[Roly's autocycle is now identified - it's a Coventry-Eagle.]

The whole event raised £1,300 for the Air Ambulance.

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