FORMER HARE AND HOUNDS
ON THE A64, AT THE BOTTOM OF STAXTON HILL NEAR THE TRAFFIC LIGHTS, SEE YOU THERE!!
One of the OLDEST ORIGINAL biker destinations in the UK!
Evidence shows gatherings as early as 1907 - possibly maybe happened even earlier!
The above photo, although dated 1912/13 - we believe is circa 1920
when the Former Hare and Hounds was run by the Haynes family.
The building has now gone full circle - and thankfully still stands as it did then - with the exception of the outbuildings which were shortened in the 1950's to facilitate a car park!
It was also home of the Staxton Hill Climb, with the original start line been just at the end of the car park. The last one was run in 1930, before the location was moved.
A GREAT PICTURE SHOWING GMEC, AND THE MAIN BUILDING WHICH WILL BE RETURNING TO THE HARE AND HOUNDS!
GMEC are proud to present the ex-Barry Sheene,1979 Dunstall Suzuki GS1000 F1. NOW BACK AT GMEC, COME AND SEE IT!! THE DUNSTALL WILL STILL BE ON SHOW WHEN THE GMEC BAR CHANGES TO THE HARE AND HOUNDS.
THE HARE AND HOUNDS WILL BE KEEPING SOME OF ITS BIKER THEME
This machine was raced by Barry Sheene at the August Bank Holiday meeting at Oulton Park in 1979. UK importer Heron Suzuki was interested in promoting production-based racing and had asked Paul Dunstall to enter Yoshimura-prepared engine factory GS1000s in TT Formula 1 events in 1979. Barry Sheene was the Texaco-sponsored Heron Suzuki team's number one rider in Grands Prix and his dislike of racing heavyweight four-strokes was well known, once referring to them as 'muck spreaders'. Nevertheless, Barry acquitted himself with distinction in his one-off ride at Oulton, finishing a close 2nd to Honda-mounted Ron Haslam. Indeed, the Suzuki star might have won had he not been balked by a back-marker on the final lap!
After spending 15 years in a museum, the yoshimura stamped blueprint engine may well be run again - just not in anger!
It was great to see it on the suzuki stand at the 2016 Barry Sheene weekend at Olivers Mount, and at Donington park, whereby it was re-united with one of Barry's mechanics of the day, who gave it close scrutiny - and was happy to see it!
In addition to the Barry Sheene story, this bike has also had a history - and indeed was ridden more, by the then very popular
rider Bob Smith (British Champion). On the 18/10/2019, purely by accident via an old program. It was discovered that Bob did in fact ride the Dunstall at Olivers Mount on Sept 7th 1979 - a fact previously dismissed! Sadly, Bob lost his life riding in the Gold Cup at the Mount in 1983, another great loss to the motorcycle world!
It was a pleasure to meet Lynda Smith and for her to be re-united with one of Bobs race bikes!
We are currently investigating other connections and history in relation to this bike.
Top: Dunstall Suzuki on display here at Gmec.
Middle: Lynda Smith in 1979 stood at the side of her husband Bob astride the Bike in its original state.
Below: Lynda reunited with the Dunstall on the 29/7/2019 at Gmec.
We don't think she has changed much either!
LICENCED BAR, SOON TO BECOME GECKO'S COFFEE HOUSE AND BAR!!!
OUR WELL STOCKED SHOP!
ABOVE: THE OLD SHOP AS IT WAS IN THE FORMER HARE AND HOUNDS BUILDING.
We have now called time on the Wednesday Bike nights!
Over the last 5 years, we have had some sensational gatherings - and some even more sensational events!
Who still remembers the Great Gmec Bake Off - a great fun charity event!
We was one of, only a very few venues to run consecutive bike nights for 2 yrs straight - through ice, snow, fires, electrical failures, bereavements and other major issues our then great team battled through - but still we had some huge amounts of fun. I am sure the Christmas party bike nights will be a lasting memory!
In recent times though, things have changed. Bike nights
have become more expensive to hold, due to rising staff and overhead costs. In addition to this, we would like to dedicate more time to other projects - and as much as we love to see everyone, we are just unable to do it all.
However, in 2020, we shall be holding special events instead, the dates and details of these are to be confirmed, but we will post these as soon as they become available.
Again, we would like to thank everyone who has ever attended one of our nights - and who knows what the future holds!
GMEC Motorcycles, is located on the A64 in Staxton, Scarborough!
With excellent FREE off road parking and ease of access, why not pay us a visit and enjoy a coffee in a relaxed atmosphere, while you browse our growing range of products.
MOT due - look no further - all motorcycles, including sidecars tested.
FREE complimentary drink while you wait.
Come and put your feet up in our great new bar area, have a brew, read a mag, and relax!!
Tel: 01944 711596
VAT No: 141 0942 45
Gift vouchers available.
During the Coronavirus outbreak, necessary MOTs can still be carried out via
appointment only if they expired prior to March 30th.
we currently have no landline phone so please email us or use a temporary number - 07736 301945 please leave a text messageand we will get back to you ASAP.
stay safe everyone.
GMEC Motorcycles MOTs and Shop only - now located in the MOT bay to the side of the main building.
While you wait!
Complimentary tea and coffee inc!!
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RING:01944 - 711596