|Some very interesting local pics from John
Sidmouth, Marine Garage, Esplanade [East End] Late 1930's
The motorcycle is the 350cc Excelsior ridden in the 1930 Junior T.T.
Photo shows it fitted with a 1925 D.O.H.C. J.A.P engine designed by Val
Page & developed by Bert LeVack.
Toms, Exeter about 1950 oldest riding motorcyclist
Miss Whitehead, one of the sisters who kept The Black Horse,
Longbrook Street, Exeter
photo, in uniform R.F.C.? Nursing? Riding P&M [Panther] about
1918/19. Edinburgh registration.
[Note: P&M sidecar outfits were used by R.F.C]
Very small photo found in second hand shop in Heavitree about 1965 and un-identified
for many years.
Photo later recognised without hesitation by Stan Shepherd whose father
built the first motor car in Exeter in Longbrook Terrace.
|Notes from the past ~ 2003' REC with EBMCC
guests ride out to a |
Hydro-Electric Generating Station @ Mary Tavy
Rudge Enthusiasts Club South West Area Run, Sunday July 20th 2003.
Members of Exeter British Motorcycle Club were invited
to join us on our run to visit a Hydro-Electric Generating Station on the
edge of dartmoor. Around fifteen were at exeter Services for the 10.30 am
start and, following the old A30, once the main road to Cornwall we soon
cleared the city and found the old road almost deserted. Seven miles out,
Stewart and Kevyn were waiting and at Tedburn St. mary were Francis and
Tom with dick Bloomfield all the way from somerset.
(story by John Clayton, thank's John)
A loverly ride followed on quiet roads at around 55mph-ish., theough Okehampton
to stop briefly at sourton transport cafe, then, on to our destination.
searching to turn left "opposite" the war memorial in Mary Tavy,
"Opposite" Alistair had said, there's me looking to the right
and completely missed it
but at the post office I realised we had gone too far, turning arround and
now it is on our right. Down in the valley, totally hidden from view is
facinating hydro power station with Alister waiting and we were only about
ten minsutes late. Alistair introduced use to the engineer on duty who did
superb job of describing the place, its history and technicalities. Builr
in 1932 and extended in 1934 it still has the original equipment and can
enough electricity to power the whole of Tavistock.
The water comes from the river Tavy and the old mine leats 600ft higher
on the moor, the tail race, now aerated benefitting the fish farm down-stream
as well as the Tavy so it is very environmentally friendly and extremely
efficient. The original Pelton wheels in cast iron are still in perfect
after 70 years but bureaucracy dictates that they must be replaced with
stainless steel. We have no foundry in the UK to do this now so they are
France though they will be hand-finished by the British company which supplies
the original wheels.
We had just finished our guided tour when andy Hopkins with ulster and friend
and B.S.A. Bandit arrived, they had difficulty finding the place, even a
policeman in the village had no idea that a generating station existed.
Alistair left us now to get back to Mandy who has just had serious surgery,
thanks Alistair for organising this visit and Mandy for letting him and
After a lovely morningit is now 1.30 and the sky is darkening and after
some discussion it was agreed to ride to The Elephant's Nest at Horndon,
a lovely old inn where we arrived just as it began to rain heavily but cleared
an hour or so latter and though showery it improved as we made our way home.
Dick and I stopped at Francis' for a welcome cup of tea, thanks Valerie.
A realy good day out, most interesting and a good ride despite the rain.
I think without exeption the British M/C Club members all said how much
they had enjoyed it.