Branch Report for February 2013

Dates for your diary:

Saturday 23rd March - M.A.G. Easter Egg Ride to Acorns Children’s Hospice, Worcester. Meet for a 12:45 start to the ride at the Bewell Head Working Mens Club Bromsgrove, B61 8HY.

Sunday 24th March - Mike Hailwood Memorial Run - H of E Club 11am

Sunday 7th April - Prescott Bike Festival - 9.30am from Stratford Bike Park

Sunday 14th April - ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of THE TRIUMPH OWNERS MCC at Haslingden Cricket Club, Rossendale, BB4 6LX. Meeting starts at 11am.  

Sunday 21st April - St George’s Day Parade - Meeting at Tesco A34 Solihull 6.00pm (just off Junction 4, M42) All types of vehicles welcome. Only St. George’s flag to be flown on the parade.

What’s been happening:

10/02/2013 -M.A.G. Fred Hill Memorial Run to Coventry Transport Museum. I went on my ‘rainy day’ bike and it was a very, very rainy day!  lol.  It was a well-attended event despite everyone getting soaked.

Fred Hill died in prison on the 10th February 1984 while fighting against bureaucratic interference with his choice to ride a motorcycle without wearing a crash helmet. Fred’s involvement with MAG and the anti-helmet law campaign began in 1976 after the Sikhs gained and exemption from the law. Fred never wore a helmet and never paid a fine. It was his refusal to pay the fines, rather than the helmetless riding offence, that led the courts to imprison Fred, the charge being the more serious one of "Contempt of Court". Fred was sentenced to a total of 31 prison sentences over the eight year course of his campaign.

24/02/2013 - As our ‘ride out’ calendar doesn’t seem to start very early in the year I went for a ‘breakfast ride’ to the One Stop Café at Quatt with fellow members of the Royal British Legion Riders Branch (some of them ride Triumphs, I am happy to report) It was very cold but nice to be out on the roads.

While I was sitting looking out of the window a group of "lads" pulled into the car park on scramblers and road-legal, off-road type bikes but when they took their helmets off they were "more mature" than I had first thought and I smiled as they hobbled and limped into the café for a breakie and a warm.

A warm welcome to our newest member Don Griffith.

Finally, this is my last report and I would like to say thank you for reading and I hope you’ve enjoyed some of my ramblings.  

Good luck to the new scribe, whoever you may be.

Hasta la Vista, Ride Safe

Kazzie     xx

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