The vintage Motor Cycle Club - VMCC
The Vintage Motor Cycle Club

Notts and Derby

VMCC Section

Phone: +44(0)1283 540 557



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Barrie was a hugely popular member of our section and we are all saddened by his passing.

Malcolm has written his obituary which is published below.

Barrie Sherras 1932-2020

On the 18th March 2020 Barrie sadly passed away in hospital after a short illness.
Just days before he was admitted to hospital Barrie had been working on a Bultaco
Trial Motorcycle which his son Bob competes in Twinshock Trials competitions.
Barrie was born in Leicester but was moved to Derbyshire as a child evacuee,
in world war two.
An apprentice engineer at Butterley Works, Ripley, he later became manager
of a local engineering works and then a Post Office owner in a Lincolnshire village.
Barrie had an instant love of cycles and motorcycles from an early age.
Just before he was 16 years old he bought his first of many motorcycles, a Royal
Enfield, followed by many more, including a works Morgan used in the 1929 I.S.D.
Trial, more motorcycles were to follow, including Triumphs, Bultacos,
BMW, Hondas, Yamahas and a Velocette etc.
In the 60`s he competed very successfully in many Kart races. In the early days the
Kart was transported on a trailer behind his sidecar outfit with wife Gladys and two
youngest sons in the sidecar and elder son riding pillion. In the 70`s Barrie competed
in Motorcycle Trials, helping to run trials for Derby Phoenix Motorcycle Club as club
secretary with son Bill and Gladys. He was still trialling and competing in
enduros well into his 60s.
In retirement from competition Barrie took on the roll as observer at many Classic
Motorcycle Trials and, with the help of Gladys, was club secretary for the Notts and
Derby V.M.C.C .and also organising and leading many runs.
On a personal note, I first met Barrie when he returned to Derbyshire after
retirement from the post office in Lincolnshire, together with my wife Susan and Gladys
we had many adventures including the Manx GP, a visit to Monthlerey in France and
many V.M.C.C. runs together.
I will miss my friend Barrie, a true gentleman R.I.P.
My condolences go out to Barrie's wife Gladys and all the family.
Malc Sheppard

Relining Cork Clutches.

Andy and Quae – VMCC members of the West South Wales Section, have purchased the clutch re-corking business from Bob Metson, who has now retired at the age of 88 years young. This is their message to Club members:

We re cork motorcycle clutches with ‘real cork’ as has been done for over 50 years. We didn’t want all that experience and knowledge to disappear so we have decided to carry it on.

If any members would like their clutches re-corked now or in the near future please give us a call on 01559 371770. We have a Facebook page @theclutchcorkcarvery.

Registered Address

Allen House, Wetmore Road,

Burton upon Trent,

Staffordshire, DE14 1TR