We had a record number of motorcyclists at our august clubnight and we signed up a couple of new members which is always encouraging. Some very tasty motorcycles in the car park. A dozen or so riders had a quick blast around the Essex countryside before the meeting. The drop off system worked a treat as everyone followed the rules! Colin did a quick run through the events of July which I covered in the last blog,and its good to see that most events are still well supported. The presentation to Bernie made the Jampot Magazine but they couldnt help themselves and managed to edit it! I did manage to get the Section Notes in but its a real uphill task. This month I will be leading a run into Suffolk, which always has proved popular,as there are several places to visit along the way, including Cakefield Classics, Draganfly, Crown Street Motors,and of course Stephanies Cafe! Thats Thursday August 15th leaving the Alma at 10 am so we can fit it all in. Julian was volunteered to do a trip to the Codbangers at Sudbury as an evening run, date to be confirmed. George and I will be visiting the Jampot Rally and the Sammy Miller museum on the 23rd/24th and if you would like to join us contact me. Its about 134 miles to the rally site, and about an hours ride to the Sammy Miller Museum from there. The Ladies lunch will be on Saturday 31st, venue to be decided. There is a Pre 65 scramble on the 25th, at Maylandsea, and we are all welcolme. Rides for September are open to suggestions ,and one is a visit to The Granary Museum at Buxhall near Stowmarket. We visited it a few years ago, and its a real trip down memory lane for those of us of a certain age!. There one or two other favorites that could be considered and if you do have somewhere you would like to visit, please let us know. The next clubnight on September 4th, will be the last to incorporate a pre meeting ride, which as usual will leave the Alma at 7pm .Look forward to seeing you at some of these,if not all. Gordon
Just a quick update on club events so far this month. The July club night was well attended with 22 members. Five guests, and a few apologies. Ten of us ventured on the ride before the meeting. 22 bikes in the car park, with moderns outnumbered by Classics. I believe we recruited two new members. We arranged a couple of rides after asking for volunteers. Steve took us to Littley Green to The Compasses, on roads quite new to me and others. A good evening with 13 bikes and one guest doing the ride. Good food as well. Steve also guided those of us that were lost back to Tiptree!
John Swann took us on an equally interesting trip to Andrewsfield airfield, again on roads that most of us hadnt seen. Seven of us had a good natter over lunch, and we all rode back together to Earls Colne. The Green Laners had another run out on the 14th. I gather this is getting more support on each outing. Too messy for my liking!
Just a quick recap of last nights meeting. Colin covered the activities for June, which had mostly been well attended. At the moment the only ride confirmed is that to be led by Steve on Thursday evening,11th of July leaving the Alma at 6-45 to The Compasses , Littley Green,which has a reputation for excellent food, and they are expecting us. There will be a daytime ride, either by a new volunteer, or as an alternative, John Swann said he would lead one to Andrewsfield Airfield. Please watch the events page and your e mails for confirmation of one or the other.The lunch meeting will be on August 3rd, venue yet to be decided. The next club night will be August 7th. There will be a pre meeting ride. We will using the drop off system. Please make sure you understand how it works, and follow the instructions of the leader and the tail end rider. As you saw last night, if you dont do as your told, it can result in chaos! Gordon
As you all know, we have been pubilicising this Pre-65 race series in our up coming events, because one of members, has been taking part, Julian Smith. Now I know one or two of you have been along to help with marshalling and by all the feedback, it sounded to me like a good day out, so I thought I should go along. The last time I attended a scramble was back in the days of Saturday Grandstand, with the likes of Jeff Smith, Vic Eastwood, Dave Bickers etc, and I remember being quite put out as we had to wait about for the races to fit in with the BBC. How things have changed!