Not so many years back just about every town of any size across the UK had its own dedicated motorcycle club. There is still, of course, a flourishing local scene both at sporting and social levels but it is fair to say that it is vastly different from what it once was.
I wouldn't really say I collect club machine badges but when I see one from a club local to me at a reasonable price I do have a tendency to reach for my wallet. The below is a small selection of clubs from back in the day active in the Dorset, Somerset, Hampshire and Wiltshire region.
|I know absolutely nothing about the Holmsley and District|
Motor Cycle Club but what a great badge and logo! I've never
seen another like this.
|The Sturminster Newton Motor Cycle and Light Car Club|
were one of the more active clubs in the local area. As far as
I know though now defunct.
|The Somerton and District Motor Cycle and Light Car Club|
were formed in 1948 and are still going strong.
|Also still going strong is the Yeo Vale MCC. Formed in 1945.|
|The Bridport and District MCC was founded|
in 1949. In 2011 they merged with the Weymouth
MCC to become the Bridport and Weymouth MCC
and are still active.
|At one time the Blackmore Vale MCC was a very well|
recognised club, known nationally, if not internationally
for organising the Blandford Road Races which attracted
top level riders and factory machinery. Still going but without
a web presence.
|A later version of the Blackmore Vale MCC machine badge.|