Big turnout for classic motorbike run

July 09 2017
Big turnout for classic motorbike run

THE Wells Classic Motorcycle Club’s Tortoise and Hare run attracted more than 120 classic motorcyclists from across the South and West.

Riders brought café racers and cruisers, Vincents and Velocettes, Scotts and Suzukis along for the ride.

Machines made before the First World War lined up alongside fire-breathing modern classics in the Market Place before being waved off by Wells Town Crier Len Sweales and Mayor John North and thundering out of Wells into the Mendip Hills.

The run took larger and more modern bikes, the ‘Hares’, on the longest route, past Priddy Mineries and on to Wrington, before they headed back to their first stop and Shipham Village Hall.

The ‘Tortoises’, smaller capacity and older machines, were given a shorter route, and this year there were also ‘Snails’ or vintage machines and mopeds who had the shortest route of all.

A decidedly inclement turn in the weather hit the riders at Shipham, before the bikers headed off again winding their way across the hills before stopping for tea and cake at Wells FC.

An afternoon ride towards Frome, Bruton and Castle Cary was also affected by the bad weather, with riders chased by rainclouds as far as Nunney and a particularly torrential downpour hitting the run as it made its way back home again to Wells for more tea, cake and presentations for the best bikes, by which time the sun was out, allowing a chance for riders and pillions to dry out on the way home.

The run, which was sponsored by a multitude of local businesses big and small, raised money for Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance.

The WCMCC welcomes classic motorcyclists of all kinds. For information about the club visit