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Editorial                                                            July 2009 Newsletter – Issue 156

When I joined the WDMC I was a slip of a lad and the old queen was still on the throne. Ok,
ok – so it was1995, but that was a long time ago. In the good old days the club organised one
“official” ride per month. Everyone was keen to get out, even if the weather was a bit iffy and
our normal turnout was 20+. Great I hear you say, but every silver lining has a cloud. It is not
easy to marshal a large group of riders particularly through town centres with lots of traffic
lights etc, although winding country roads were often almost as challenging. The ride leader
stayed at the front of the group and tail-end Charlie at the rear (well most of the time), but
what went on in between was more or less pot-luck, with the more experienced riders trying to
hold things together. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn‟t. The net result? Rides were
often fragmented and small groups sometimes disappeared never to be seen again! The only
saving grace was the route map produced by the ride leader and handed out to everyone at
the start which itemised stopping points and allowed riders who had been delayed to catch
up. Of course if you didn‟t know where you were and didn‟t have a map (sat navs – what are
they?) this was not a great deal of help !

Many thought that there must be a better way to organise ourselves and so, over the years,
our current ride methodology was developed, tested and a WDMC “Ride Protocol” agreed by
the Committee. This was published in the newsletter more or less once a year, but to my
knowledge we haven‟t published it for some time. I thought that it would be useful to print it
again as an aide memoire to our longer standing members and a point of information for
those who have joined over the last year or two. So here goes –

Ride Protocol

“Rides are controlled by the Ride Leader with the active co-operation of the rest of the group.
Before commencing a ride a Ride Leader should be aware of the various levels of experience
of those taking part. There should be a short pre-ride briefing during which the Ride Leader
identifies the Tail-End Charlie (“Charlie” is the last man for the duration of the ride), the ride /
lunch destination and known stopping or regrouping points and ensures that everyone is
aware of the club riding “etiquette”.

Everyone has the opportunity to ride alone or with friends at any speed they like, but if you or
your friends join a club ride then as part of a club we should be looking after one another by :-

    a. riding a safe distance behind and to one side of the rider in front of you thus giving
       more time / distance for an emergency stop.
    b. if you are riding at “number 2” immediately behind the Ride Leader always stop at the
       next junction / roundabout (unless of course the route continues straight ahead) where

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       you can be easily seen, signal the way forward and let the rest of the riders pass you
       and wait until Tail-End Charlie arrives; then slot in ahead of him. The new “number 2”
       should repeat this process and all riders will gradually rotate through the group. If you
       would like to ride faster by riding back to the number 2 position and stopping on as
       many junctions as you are able, no problem. If on the other hand you feel more
       comfortable staying in the middle of the group, no problem, just drop back as
       necessary. The only time we have a problem is if riders do not stop at junctions. It is
       very easy to get lost and very hard to regroup !
    c. if you invite a friend or somebody new to the club turns up, explain the system we use
       to them to stop any confusion.

That‟s basically it. If, however, you find these simple guidelines too restrictive for your style of
riding or you find our rides too slow, then possibly the WDMC is not the club for you”.

Lecture over, but I am sure that you can see that the above “system” has many attractions
and few drawbacks. Most importantly it ensures that when the club goes out for a ride we all
enjoy ourselves without feeling under pressure in any way or forced to ride beyond our
capabilities. Ride safe ! Gerry D.

        Note : a couple of years ago, Richard and Marilyn put the riding etiquette into a printed
        booklet, together with the Constitution, which was distributed to all the current
        members at that time and a copy is given to every new member on joining. If anybody
        would like a copy please let any member of the Committee know and they will organize
        it. Thanks – Marilyn

Gerry keeping cool at Malham on the 24th May, Norman‟s ride.

Land Speed Record

I have always been fascinated by the Land Speed Record. I don‟t know whether it is the raw
power of the cars, the heroism of the drivers, the gradual advance of technology or good old
patriotism - let‟s face it, it‟s good to see GB acknowledged as best at something and we are
very good (the best?) at breaking speed records. I remember following Richard Nobles‟
several attempts to break the record in the 4 ton Thrust 2 which was powered by a Rolls
Royce Avon engine from a Lightening fighter. He succeeded in 1983 reaching the new record
speed of 633.468 mph at Black Rock Desert in Nevada.
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Noble was back in 1997 with a new car, the stupendous Thrust SSC. Powered by two Rolls
Royce Spey jet engines from a Phantom fighter she weighed in at 10.5 tons and was more
powerful that two Leander class frigates or 1,060 Ford Escorts making her the most powerful
LSR car yet. Piloted by Squadron Leader Andy Green, Thrust SSC smashed the earlier
record reaching an astounding 763.035 mph – breaking the sound barrier @ mach 1.0175 –
at Black Rock.

This above record stands to date, but Noble has not stopped there. No, a new car is currently
being designed and built to reach the unheard of speed of – wait for it – 1,000 mph. (mach
1.4). Known as Bloodhound SSC this new car will be powered by a Eurojet EJ200 jet engine
from the latest Typhoon fighter, supplemented by a rocket motor for extra short-term thrust.
You can find out more about this beauty (and join the 1K supporters club - @ £20 a bargain !)

And a Brit now holds the new world record for a wind powered vehicle. Set at Ivanpah,
California in March this year Richard Jenkins achieved a very creditable 126.1 mph in his
Greenbird “car”. Made more or less entirely from carbon fibre composite the “car” looks like a
cross between a land yacht and a sailing boat. Jenkins is now developing another craft with
which he hopes to tackle a similar record, but this time on ice !

One of the oldest world speed records, established in 1906 by Fred Marriott in a Stanley
Steamer Rocket, is for steam powered vehicles. But this is now under threat! Yes, us Brits are
at it again. A vehicle has been built, tested and shipped to the US for an official FIA record
attempt in the second half of June. Although Marriott‟s official record stands at 127 mph, an
unofficial record was set in the States several years ago @ 145.6 mph and this is the speed
the new steamer is attempting to break. Powered by 12 light-weight propane fired boilers the
team who developed the car are quietly confident of success. Watch this space! Gerry

Ride reports

Having had a glorious few weeks of weather it is fitting that most of this newsletter is devoted
to the many and varied rides enjoyed by our members.

We are always looking for ride leaders, why not think about teaming up with a mate and share
the route, it doesn't matter if you get lost, only you will know !! It's a great day and you will
always have support from other riders. (John Finnegan)

May 24th Norman Bolton Ride Leader

7 bikes, 2 pillions set out on a beautiful sunny day to head north on the A59, through Parbold
and then onto the M6 exiting at Junction 31, to rejoin the A59. We turned left off the A59 and
headed towards Ribchester-Hurst Green, then through the splendid grounds facing the West
front of Stonyhurst College.* From the college we travelled through Waddington-Newton - to
Slaidburn, where we stopped for a break. From there through Wigglesworth and Settle onto
single track lanes, which were in reasonable condition, up to Malham. On the downward
approach to this normally very quiet village, my heart sank as I saw a couple of hundred cars
parked up in a farmers field, my first thought was “blimey, there'll be no scram left for Benny!”
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Little did I know then, but he'd brought his own butties. A few of us who were buttyless
enjoyed a snack at a surprisingly quiet little cafe, after which we joined the others for a bit of
unbathing by a very pleasant stream which runs through the village. After lunch we headed to
Arncliffe then followed the road towards Grassington turning right to Burnsall on the B6160.
Once through Burnsall, this road took us past Bolton Abbey, then turning right towards
Skipton to join the A59 to home, c.145 miles. Thanks for the company of all who travelled with
me .

* Some interesting facts about Stonyhurst College:
Founded 1794.
It's an independent Roman Catholic College following the Jesuit tradition.
Both boarding & day school,with 308 boys & 131 girls.
Fees: £22,368 p.a. for boarding & £19,137 for day.
Famous alumni include 3 Saints, 22 martyrs,7 Archbishops, 7 Victoria Cross holders, a
Peruvian President, a New Zealand Prime Minister, a signatory of the American Declaration
of Independence & Sherlock Holmes' creator,Arthur Conan Doyle.
School Motto: "Quant Je Puis" - "As much as I can".(does this refer to the fees!)
I was expelled from the school bus on my first day - Norman

7 June - Ride Leader John Fleming - Hawes.

We set off from our usual meeting place with 10 bikes in tow, excellent turn out despite mixed
weather reports. We took the Longridge road from Preston right through to Waddington , far
better than the A59. There we recharged with tea and grub before continuing to Settle. The
roads were very quiet and good progress was made. We made Settle in no time, where our
final sprint to Hawes was waiting. Arriving at this little Yorkshire town , there is an oasis of
bikes all lined up along the road , even 'Satan‟s Slaves' had paid a visit! ( Motley looking crew
you wouldn't want living next door to you!). On their departure you felt the whole town
breathe a sigh of relief. We then headed west to Kirkby Lonsdale for a pit stop, then the
tricky bit. I wanted to cut cross from Hornby to Slaidburn. We travelled through moorland
which was bleak to say the least, not a place to break down in. At Slaidburn we stopped for
tea and a chat, glad to be back in civilization, then back to Waddington, with the sun on our
backs , through Longridge and back home. A big thank you to everyone who turned up and
to Derek who was tailender and for route advice! – John Fleming

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14 June - Ride Leader Phil Lewin – Wales

Nine bikes turned out with two pillion riders. Warm sunny day just enough breeze to make it a
comfortable ride. We set out just after ten, heading for the Wales general direction
Caernarfon. A quick run through the tunnel and up the M56 off at the Hooton turn off, and
through Two Mills to Queensferry, Mold and a stop at Ruthin for a break. From here we
moved on through the Clocaenog forest down to the A5 (watching our speed and our mirrors
for our friends in Volvos) and on to Betws-y-coed. We stopped here for coffee, but decided it
would be our dinner stop. This was taken at the railway carriage cafe, good food and
becoming a regular haunt of ours. After a relaxing break, chat and refuelling (bikes and us)
we headed on through Betsy to Capel Curig turning left towards the Llanberis pass. A narrow
walled road twisting through beautiful scenery amongst the Snowdonian mountain range
down to Caernarfon. As we headed south towards Beddgelert we were looking for a special
ice cream shop (one from Derek‟s little white book) but we missed it, the day was saved
when we spotted a van at a parking and view point overlooking the Snowdon range, we
couldn‟t pass it by so everyone enjoyed an ice cream and a pleasant break before heading
back along the A5 to Llyn Brenig. A touch of sunbathing and then off home through
Denbeigh, Mold and Queensferry, arriving back in Liverpool just after six. I am told everyone
enjoyed the day, (well almost everybody - Phil Lewin


Dates for your Diary

12 July      Ride now leaving at 10 am. Destination Ruthin (North Wales). Leader Bernarde Bell

11/12 July BMF Kelso Bike Fest, Border Union Showground. Kelso

15 July Club Social – July Social is also a Bring and Buy. Bring anything – keep your
        own funds! Parts, bits, clothing, books, etc etc
19 August – Club Social – we will be having a speaker from JtheB„s, talking on Biking
       Weekends in Normany, France.

Alterations to Ride Calendar
23 August Ride Leader will now be Phil Lewin
30 August – Ride leader will now be Norman Bolton
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Postscript from Les Fillis

I thought I would compliment the editorial team on two recent articles appearing in the
newsletter. The first was on the Aintree Race Course. The article mentions Maghull as the
venue for the first National – anyone know where? The second was the piece on the wonder
mixture WD40 – at work we have recently ordered 400 cans of the stuff. I tried No. 34 on my
decking to keep the pigeons off- guess what – it doesn‟t work. I now have the only bird slide in
the UK!

Note to Gerry – on all things Norton. Whilst the 500 Manxman and Dominator were awesome
bikes, the icon must be the Triumph 650‟s especially the „Bonnie‟ . Ask the likes of Brando,
Eastwood and of course Steve McQueen. McQueen had a shed full of Triumphs along with
his AJS‟s all of which he raced privately.

Anyone wishing to follow up Richard‟s piece on the Rev. William Shergold there is an essay
on the web entitled “Leathers under the Cassock”.
A good read.

What do the following initials stand for? J.E.E.P. B.S.A B.M.W. D.O.T. A.J.S. T.T. – Les F


Treasurer’s Report - the club‟s balances are at present Current Account £1298.91, Savings
Account £1593.83

Woodvale – We have now ordered the Woodvale tickets. Collect these at the next Social.
A few members have asked for tickets since the cheque was sent off. We will do our best to
get these.

June Social Meeting

“Myth busting” - Mark Harrison, the Director of North Star First Aid, a specialist first aid training
company that runs a range of first aid training courses designed for motorcyclists and race marshals
etc talked at our last meeting. Unfortunately a lot of members missed this really good talk, which
covered what to do with a crashed motorcyclist‟s crash helmet, ie the correct way to take it off the
rider, and when you should – all important stuff and an interesting evening.

Committee for 2010

If there is any member in the Club who would like to think about taking over as Secretary from
me in 2010, I would be very happy to discuss it with them. I joined the W+DMC at Woodvale,
in 2002, and was „volunteered‟ for the Committee soon after, on which I have remained ever
since, the last couple of which as Membership Secretary. I would now like to take a break
and hope there is somebody out there who could take over and let me become an “ordinary”
member in 2010! – Marilyn (07721 434758,

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