Each year, Salisbury Motorcycle & Light Car Club hosts various events to raise funds for a chosen charity. Last year, members’ and friends’ ride outs cashed in about £1,500 for Salisbury Women’s Refuge.
This time, the events will raise funds for Wiltshire Air Ambulance, a charity that relies on donations to keep its lifesaving service operational.
Horses & Henges Solstice Run, June 23
Open to all, a charitable motorcycle road run between several White Horses and Henges in Wiltshire (pictured above, by Ian Futcher). In return for a donation to Wiltshire Air Ambulance, each entry is given a route to follow individually at their own pace, or as a group with other riders.
Last year, about 20 riders turned up with their classic and modern bikes. Contact Andy Elliott at 07909 778685 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lightweight Run (250cc and under), July 21
A 50-mile road run, starting at 10.30am, for motorcycles up to 250cc ending at a country pub for lunch, led by a club member. The ride starts in the public carpark next to Michael Herbert Hall, South Street, Wilton and donations to Wiltshire Air Ambulance are welcome. Open to non-members.
Last year, about a dozen riders with a good mix of bikes, including classic scooters and trail bikes were involved. Contact Andy Elliott at 07909 778685 or email@example.com
Mavro Motorcycle Run, September 22
Salisbury Motorcycle & Light Car Club’s annual charity Mavro motorcycle run in remembrance of Michel Noël (George) Mavrogordato (1903 – 1984). He led an eventful life as an early aviator, TT racer and Salisbury motorcycle shop owner.
The run starts at 11am at The Wyndam Arms, Dinton, with signing on from 10am. The run is through scenic Wiltshire and Dorset country roads and returns to the pub for lunch. Coffee and bacon butties are available before the run and a good lunch can be booked in advance. Open to non-members.
£3 from each entry goes to Wiltshire Air Ambulance. This is a signposted route with a route card in case you miss the signs. Many riders ride in groups with their own allocated leader. Normally, it has more than 100 entries and riders travel from far and wide. To enter, contact Ian Standen at 07855 420684 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or download the form from the club website.
Salisbury Motorcycle Club was formed in 1921 under the name of Sarum and District Motorcycle Club, mainly interested in motorcycle trials. In 1928, the club was re-formed to include all forms of motorcycle sport and in 1930, it changed its name to The Salisbury Motor Club to cater for the increasingly popular light cars.
The club was dormant between 1939 and 1946 but continued to develop after being reformed. In 1982, the classic section of the club was formed. The road runs are now open to all motorcyclists who ride in the ‘spirit of the classics’.