Club seeks motorbike enthusiasts
A recently reformed motorcycle club is appealing for members in its historic heartland.
The Galloway Motorcycle Club was relaunched earlier this year, having previously run from 1932 until 2011.
And while they have more than 80 members, they are keen to get more in the Stewartry.
Club secretary Wullie Brown said: “We have 86 members which we’re absolutely over the moon at.
“However, they are mainly from places like Thornhill and Dumfries and we’re looking to get more members from Galloway, which is the heartland of the club.
“When the club was formed it was the only one in Galloway up until the late 1970s when a Rhins club was formed in Stranraer, but people remained a member of the Galloway club, they didn’t move away.
“Ideally, we’d like to spread and get members right across to Stranraer as there are motorbike enthusiasts everywhere.”
The club caters for all aspects of motorcycling and was reformed after the Scottish Classic Grand National Scramble at Drumlanrig proved successful, as did a social evening in Thornhill in March.
Tomorrow evening they are holding a pie and a pint social at Sulwath Brewery in Castle Douglas to mark the launch of a new beer.
That will be followed by the club’s first road trip on Sunday, leaving from Market Hill in Castle Douglas at 10am.
Wullie added: “Our most iconic scrambling track was at Airds at Crossmichael so on Friday night we are launching an Airds brew at Sulwath Brewery. Old members are welcome to come along as are new members interested in joining.
“At the Thornhill event we had Eddie Graham from Grierson and Graham who used to have a motorbike shop in Dumfries and sponsored lots of riders. We also had Douglas Anderson from Anderson Kilts who was a notable scrambler and we’ll hopefully be able to get similar folk from Galloway.”
Everyone is welcome to attend the social night tomorrow, which runs from 6pm until 10pm where details will be available about this year’s Scottish Classic Grand National Scramble at Drumlanrig on July 14 and 15.
And there will be the chance to sign up for the road trip, which will cover just under 140 miles and travel through the Glenkens and around the coast. People will also be to sign up on Sunday from 9am with the run leaving at 10am. For further details visit www.gallowaymcc.com.
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Bike fans Fraser Dykes and Wullie Brown of the Galloway Motorcycle Club