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2016

Andy Doherty, Observer Sean Nicholas
David Langdon, Observer Sean Nicholas
John Entrican, Observer Tim Hutt
Simon Grover, Observer Ashley Calvert
Daren Green, Observer Nick Goddard
Steve Allen, Retest
Dave Pinney, Observer Tim Hutt
Alan Tomlinson, Observer Rob Yates
Norman Price, Observer Richard Sanders
Rob Herbert, Observer Godfrey Mills
John Ford, Observer Andy Woodward
Richard Wright, Observer Kamran Irani
Nigel Hoare, Observer Ashley Calvert
Dave Preece, Observer Richard Kear
Chris Evans, Observer Richard Kear
Alex May, Observer Nick Goddard
Joe Logan, Observer Tim Hutt
Richard Fellows, Observer Richard Sanders

2015

Graham Monteith, Observer Graham Owen
Rob Walpole, Observer Graham Bailey
Bill Dickson, Observers Tim Hutt & Nick Bevan
Chris Zielazny, Observer Ashley Calvert
Alan Simpson, Observer Nick Goddard
Peter Wilson, Observer Andy Downs
Eddie Mullen, Observer Rod Pritchard
Alison Pierce, Observers Ian Stavert & Rod Pritchard
Brian West, Observer Philip Caterer
Tom Carnell, Observer Kamran Irani
Mick Dwyer, Observer Tim Hutt
Simon Dyer, Observer Graham Owen
Mark Fisher, Observer Godfrey Mills
Rob Bunting, Observer Rod Pritchard
Jon Sheehan, Observer Rob Yates
Andrew Nicholson, Observer Godfrey Mills
Craig Kear, Observer Andy Woodward
Jeremy Griffiths, Observer Kamran Irani
Grenville Mitchell, Observer Tim Hutt
Lewis Cavanagh, Observer Tim Hutt
David Baker, Observer Nick Bevan
Guy Twinning, Observer Ian Stavert

2014

Barry Sweeny, Observer Richard Kear
Kevin Dugmore, Observer Graham Bailey
Andrew Chilton, Observers Richard Sanders & Tim Hutt
Andrew achieved a F1rst pass
Alex Avery, Observers Graham Read & Rod Pritchard
Ashley Calvert, Observer Ian Stavert
Richard Fillingham, Observer Graham Owen
Paul Taylor, Observers Carla McKenzie & Andy Downs
John Harries, Observer Tim Hutt
Steve Clarkson, Observer Tony Sadler

2013

Mark Wade, Observer Graham Bailey
Nick Robbins, Observer Patsy Glover
Jon Young, Observers Sean Nicholas & Mark Godsland
Oliver Buxton, Observer Kamran Irani
Phil Giles, Observer Andy Tinsley
Ben Smith, Observer Geoff Pollard
Ben achieved a straight F1rst pass
Patsy Glover - retest
Steve Allen - retest
Stuart Kramer, Observer Brian Charlton
Andrew Collis, Observers Greg Hackney & Graham Bailey
Linda Allen, Observer Andy Woodward
John Kenyon, Observer Richard Kear
Mike Attwood, Observer Andy Woodward
Richard Smith, Observer Philip Caterer & Richard Kear
Richard achieved a straight F1rst pass
Roland McLellan, Observer Paul Kimpton
Chris Dowling, Observer Andy Woodward
Gregor McColl, Observer Graham Owen
Gregor achieved a straight F1rst pass
Mark Nation, Observer Ian Stavert
Yvonne Clapham, Observer Philip Caterer

2012

Julian Harris, Observers Andy Downs & Godfrey Mills
Karen Rickard, Observers Graham Bailey & Andy Woodward
Richard Sanders, Observers Rob Cater & Andy Woodward
Nick Goddard, Observer Graham Bailey
Jon Small, Observer Andy Woodward
Frank Nation, Observer Greg Hackney
Andrew Mclean, Observer Philip Caterer
Gary Hyett, Observer Carla McKenzie
John Elliot, Observer Richard Kear
Paul Boston, Observer Graham Owen
Sue Woodward, Observer Richard Kear
David Wright, Observer Andy Tinsley
Rod Gregg, Observer Andy Woodward
Andrew Hillsdon, Observer Philip Caterer
Sean Nicholas, A F1rst Pass Observer Paul 'Curly' Cote
Ray Lewis, Observer Tim Hutt
Michael Smith, Observers Philip Caterer & Andy Woodward
Rob Cater, F1rst Pass (voluntary re test)
Dave Whistler, A F1rst Pass Observer Rob Cater
George Wilson (Member 100!) Observers Graham Read & Andy Downs
Rob Rendall, Observer Paul Kimpton
Charles Turner, Observer Ian Stavert
Robin Jennings , Observer Graham Bailey
Pauline Champion, Observer Carla McKenzie
Nathan Smith, Observer Paul Cote
Jonathan Thomas, Observer Paul Jude
Derek Cook, Observer Philip Caterer
Derek achieved a straight F1rst pass
Chris Hill, Observer Tim Hutt
Chris achieved a straight F1rst pass
Dean Lee, Observer Andy Woodward
Kamran Irani, Observer Andy Tinsley
Greg Hackney, Observer Rob Cater
Sandra Read, Observer Ian Stavert
Dave Morse, Observer Brian Charlton
Nick Bevan, Observer Phil Caterer
Paul Hazel, Observer Ian Stavert
Richard Williams, Observer Andy Woodward
Andy Stone, Observer Graham Owen
Stephen Watts, Observer Sally Charlton
Derek Hunter, Observer Paul Kimpton
Brian Andrews, Observer Mark Gosland
Mark Trotman, Observer Rob Cater
Les Jevins, Observer Ian Stavert
Roger Swallow, Observer Graham Shaw

C-CAM was again present at the National Association of Blood Bikes Prescott Bike Festival. The Festival was blessed with warm sunny weather and had a good attendance. (Read more...)

We are delighted to announce that Kamran Irani has passed his training to the high standard of National Observer, and that Greg McColl has qualified as a Local Observer. Many congratulations both.

Bike Seal is a product that slows down and reduces the dramatic effects that can occur when any motorist gets a puncture, normally at the wrong place and the wrong time - damned frustrating. It's a product that has been, over many years and with a proven track record, used in all types of tyres - yes cars and trucks as well as motorcycles. It really can make a difference to your overall safety. (Read more...)


Thought about a tour of Spain? In July, Gary & Irene caught the Plymouth to Santander Ferry for their 2 week holiday. This was their 6th trip to Spain and Portugal on the bike. (Read more about why they find it such a great biking destination...).


Last Sunday Gary (Chairman), Sandy Read (a major ingredient to the result), Andy Downs, Andy Chilton, Roland, Graham, and last but not least Yvonne all carried out some sterling recruitment work on behalf of CCAM, by not only flying the flag and reminding the biking fraternity that we exist (Read and see more...)


A big thanks to the 'Magnificent Seven' who turned up on the morning to the make the day a success. All in all a great laugh, lovely scenery along the Long Mynde and Clee Hill (Read and see more...)


Following on from a trip to Normandy last year, a couple of C-CAM members took a short trip to France and Belgium (and Luxembourg) to see what historical sites remained from the First World War and to visit part of the Maginot line. The following is a short description of the trip (Read more...).


CCAM had a stand at the Prescott Hill Climb event on 17th April, where we attracted quite a bit of attention and some new members. There are some snaps in the gallery if you'd like to take a look.


8 of us kicked off from Longford with the morning dry, bright and looking good. Coursing a slightly 'off piste' route through the forest (well what did you expect), we eventually descended down to river level at Redbrook with everyone still intact and following...good eh! (Read more...)


A great sadness and a sense of missed opportunity. Well at least it is for the rest of the membership that can only read about it! For 22 of us in attendance at last Sunday's (20th March) ride out into Wales, the official first ride into spring was undoubtedly, a great success in all aspects. (Read more...)


Cheltenham & Cotswolds Advanced Motorcyclists...deliver the goods. Yes a CCAM motely crew braved the 'salty season' and low temperature to present a cheque for funds raised to the tune of £750.00, quite a remarkable achievement, and all down to the big hearts of us all...your club. WELL DONE!

Not only were we able to get a photo session in with the helicopter (good fortune for all...and the public!) but also the crew of the day made the time to give us a very comprehensive 'look see' of the aircraft and its current equipment level. A very nice hot cuppa and biscuit followed before the station went into full alert, with the aircraft taking to the skys before our very eyes...indeed an added bonus for us, but perhaps quitely wishing it was not needed at all.

A very Big thanks to Dave & Cherill Preece who organised the whole thing, and of course the members in attendance on the day to make it special. Click on each of the below to see a bigger version, click in this link to see the gallery.

     


C-CAM members attended the BMW model launch at Cotswold Motorrad over the weekend of 6-7 February as the first recruitment event of the year.

Our aim was to promote the group and our events at Prescott and our free rider skills morning on May 15th. There was significant interest in the group and our activities with three new members joining at the event. Thanks to all of the group members supporting the weekend and to those people who dropped in to talk to us.


The first ride out of the season, to Annie's Team room. Click on each to see a bigger version, click in this to see the gallery.

     


In September, two C-CAM members went on a one week trip to Normandy, mainly visiting D-Day sights. The idea of visiting Normandy was that it was a short distance to travel and could potentially be used as an introduction (over a few days) for members who had not been abroad before. With so many interesting sites (and sights) in close proximity we could do a little or as much riding as we wished and change plans as dictated by weather. The following are just a couple of thoughts from the trip; I have also put some photos on the gallery section of the website.

For those who have not been to France before, the overwhelming impression is of empty roads, absolutely great for biking. Riding on the other side of the road is not generally a problem (I put a reminder on the RH mirror - put it by the kerb). The other impression is of the courtesy of drivers (and the fact that the vast majority of drivers stick to speed limits, unlike the UK). The only other thing to keep an eye on is 'priorite a droite' (priority to the right); whilst in most places (in particular roundabouts) this has now gone, it still exists in some places. A useful note is that a + sign is a crossroads where you have right of way, a X sign is a crossroads where you do not. Another characteristic of French roads is that they can be steeply cambered and so you need to plan accordingly.

We had not booked hotels in advance, however finding accommodation was generally easy although this may be an issue with a larger party. Typically the hotels we stayed in were between 70-100 euros a night and varied from typical Travelodge type hotels to an old manor house. In terms of places to visit my recommendations would include Arromanches (site of Mulberry Harbour and a good museum, also visit the headland to the East above the town): Pointe Du Hoc (headland where US Rangers had to climb cliffs to reach gun battery above): Sainte-Mère-Église (Airborne museum) and Utah Beach Museum. Further inland we went to Falaise (home of William the Conqueror) via Villers Bocage.

I have a variety of brochures, hotel guides and tourist guides (the tourist offices are extremely helpful) etc. Please contact user.ccam@hotmail.com if anyone would like more information on visiting this area (beware however that June is very busy for obvious reasons).


C-CAM attended this year's Prescott Bike Festival with a larger stand, the stand was well attended by both visitors and members dropping in for a chat (and tea, coffee and cakes). One of the features of the stand was an offer of a prize draw for a free Skill for Life course (won by Tim Stewart-Smith).


(Click for a larger image)


The stand featured a variety of bikes including a Yamaha XV950 (loaned by Peter Hammonds of Cirencester) and a new Kawasaki Versys 1000 (loaned by Frasers of Gloucester) in addition to members' bikes - these all provided interest and discussion. As is usual for Prescott the weather presented a challenge, this year it was high winds (but luckily dry) which meant that we had to keep some of the sides on the stand and that everything needed to be tied down! But every cloud has a silver lining, the enclosure meant that the audio-visual presentation was brighter.

Thanks to Yvonne and Nick Goddard for arranging the C-CAM presence and to all of those helping over the weekend.


I have a couple of events that may be of interest, I will be attending both of them, so if they take your fancy contact me for further details and application forms.

Firstly the German magazine Motorrad have arranged another closed course event at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, Germany. This is the famous (infamous?) 20 km circuit in the Eifel region of Germany. The circuit is approx. 280 miles from Calais. The dates are Tuesday 11th and Wednesday 12th August. Whether you are new to the Nürburgring or are familiar with its 176 bends this course gives any motorcyclist the chance to ride the 'ring' without any public traffic, under full instruction and at whatever pace you are comfortable with. This really is the Top Gun of motorcycling! This link to their website page (it is in German however):

   http://www.motorradonline.de/perfektionstrainings/motorrad-action-team-perfektionstraining-nuerburgring-2015/445888

Secondly, BMW Club GB have a section called the sporting register and a good friend of mine organises 'rider friendly' trackdays. Any make of machine is welcome to attend. They are purely for roadbikes only with numberplates and mirrors fitted - no slicks or tyre warmers. It makes for a more relaxed and safe environment. Robert, the organiser, prides himself on not having to use the red flag during the days as there are very few incidents. The format is pretty conventional - running seven 20 minute sessions - 1 hour for lunch. There is also a good restaurant on site. There will be myself and another CCAM member attending their Cadwell date on Monday July 13th and we will be riding up on Sunday 12th. It would be great to have more members from the group along with us. Cost for the trackday is £120 - contact me for more info.

Roll on Spring!!

Best Regards, Andy


Some of you may be aware that the IAM Observer Test is now monitored by IMI Awards - meaning that each individual taking the Observer test is now tested to an accredited and nationally unified standard. There are two levels of qualification, National Observer and Local Observer. As the name suggest the National Observer is a national qualification and is tested using staff examiners.

I'm delighted to be able to tell you that currently Tim Hutt, Richard Kear, Graham Owen, Ian Stavert and Andy Woodward all hold the National Observer qualification.

Some will also know that Tim Hutt is a qualified member of the National Training Team and is a Group Qualified Local Observer Assessor - making him responsible for our Observer Training. Tim has also recently qualified as our Observer Radio Instructor.....(busy lad then).

Congratulations to all three who have worked very hard indeed in obtaining their respective qualifications. If any full member is interested in observing and requires more information please contact Andy Woodward or Tim Hutt.


Now that the daylight hours are fewer and the weather more dodgy, the issue of rider visibility keeps raising it's head. The below article on this subject was written by Andrew Dalton, a solicitor (not the IAM). This article has also been put onto the IAM website in the Standards section. I would actively encourage you please to take a couple of minutes to read this and make your own judgement.

Andrew Dalton's Blog: http://www.whitedalton.co.uk/motorbike-blog/2011/10/should-riders-wear-dayglow-jackets-and-white-helmets/

High Visibility Clothing and Bright Helmets.

Some motorcyclists believe they are actively contributing to their own safety by wearing high visibility clothing and white or bright helmets. They would point to the Highway Code which advises for daylight riding, "Make yourself as visible as possible from the side as well as the front and rear. You could wear a light or brightly coloured helmet and fluorescent clothing or strips. Dipped headlights, even in good daylight, may also make you more conspicuous. However, be aware that other vehicle drivers may still not have seen you, or judged your distance or speed correctly, especially at junctions." For night time riding the Highway Code advises "Wear reflective clothing or strips to improve your visibility in the dark. These reflect light from the headlamps of other vehicles, making you visible from a longer distance". So, a sensible motorcyclist self evidently should wear as much day glow as his or her frame allows. I think not.

It is a commonly held but mistaken rule that failure to follow the Highway Code leaves a road user vulnerable to findings of negligence and as most motorcyclists do not wear fluorescent clothing that the Courts would be critical of riders who do not follow this fairly straightforward advice. However, the Courts have made it very clear that a failure to follow the Highway Code can lead to an inference of negligence, it does not prove negligence and the person alleging negligence not only has to prove that, in this example failure to wear day glow and a white helmet, was culpably wrong but it also contributed to any collision. On the occasions it has been raised in argument at trial it is pretty quickly destroyed by the simple line of questioning:

"So if he was wearing a dayglow, you'd have seen him?"
"Yes"
"But the motorcyclist is not invisible, is he? He has his headlight on, he is a six foot tall man on top of a 1000cc motorcycle. He didn't just appear on your bonnet, did he?"
"Erm, no."
Judge - "Move on Mr Dalton, you've made your point"

So if it is not legally necessary to wear high visibility kit, could it reduce the risk to motorcyclists of the classic "Sorry, mate" moments? The evidence is far from convincing. On a personal level, I do not wear a fluorescent or seek out a white lid because my own experience of riding for over 250,000 road miles is it makes me less safe. When I work by the side of the road I do so in full pretend police kit, as drivers are much more careful about a motorcyclist on foot with photographic equipment and cones that looks like a police officer but when I ride I deliberately remove anything that gives that "pretend Plod" look. I have come to that decision after years of representing injured motorcyclists. The key concepts are "conspicuity" (the state of being highly visible) and driver perception. Perhaps you can influence the first and hope to influence the second but I am far from convinced. I do occasionally ride in a dayglow and white helmet, usually if I have been caught out in the rain and my only waterproof is the Police style motorcycle jacket I carry for road side surveys, I observe the impact of that jacket on car drivers is unpredictable and in my experience increases my own personal risk.

The Highway Code advice is diffident because there is no strong evidence to support the proposition that day glow makes any difference. All the Highway Code says is "you could" not "you should" wear dayglow and a white lid. Even the display of a headlight "may" also make you more conspicuous. Government is never short on unwanted advice, from how many vegetables you eat to how you should have sex, so why this reticence?

The human eye works in a particular way, which we can trace back to our original development as hunter-gatherers in the savannah plains of Africa. We humans developed two types of key sight skills, the ability to search for things (gathering) and the ability to place attention on moving objects (hunting). We can assist the eyes of others by increasing our conspicuity but colour is an unreliable method of doing so. The human eye detects motion very clearly. Any soldier will tell you the first rule of staying hidden is staying still. A moving motorcycle travelling in a dead straight line towards a car is generating little detectable motion so creating lateral movement by moving across the carriageway helps gain the attention of car drivers. The roads are full of high visibility objects competing for the driver's attention and it is uniqueness or contrast which draws the human eye. The actual visible parts of a dayglow jacket on a sports touring bike are the head, upper chest and lower arms of the motorcyclist.

A dayglow waist coat will give marginal areas of contrast. If a rider has, like I do, a graphite grey bike and a patterned but largely grey and charcoal helmet, he has no contrast to the grey car he is in front of. Make the car red or white, or the white grille of a big lorry and there is a clear contrast. Annoyingly, you cannot choose the colour of the car behind you. A white police "Battenburg" liveried bike has no real advantage in front of a large white lorry as there is little contrast. In a built up area the bike is competing with all the light sources and visual clutter of vehicles, road furniture, advertising, and road signs.

Unsurprisingly big objects are easier to see than small objects and as we motorcyclists occupy about one quarter of the road space of even a modest car we are harder to see. The use of a dipped motorcycle headlight has been shown to significantly increase conspicuity and properly constituted tests have shown this is without fail a good method of seriously increasing your survival chances. Or at least it will be for as long as cars do not have to run daytime lights.

The real problem for us motorcyclists is we are just a small part of the street scene and car drivers have a genuine problem seeing us. There is a theory which goes along these lines "Bikes are a minority form of transport. Car drivers do not look for them because most of the time they are not there" – this is the zoning out theory, or "cognitive conspicuity" (Wulf et al 1989). In a 1979 study where rates of turns across bikes rights of way were compared in Japan to the US (Japan then having very high use of small motorcycles) the frequency of collisions was unaffected by the amount of bikes on the road. There is little evidence to support the idea that because bikes are relatively rare, car drivers do not expect them. A motorcyclist is ten times more likely to be missed by a car turning across his path than a car driver is (US Study 1986 Olson). The same study tried to replicate why bikes are missed when cars are seen and the conclusion was that where a car driver glances along the road before pulling out, he is much more likely to fail to see a motorcycle, whereas if the driver does not glance, but looks properly he can see the bike and responds correctly to it. That is the "gatherer's eye" working because active looking is taking place as opposed to a quick glance. On the presumption that car drivers are not trying to kill us, the failure to observe must be the main culprit and that is the overwhelming burden of evidence on the scientific studies into driver's not seeing motorcyclists.

Olson, Dewar and Farber in their comprehensive study into driver perception state the most likely causes of failure to see motorcyclists as the motorcyclists small size, the motorcyclist being hidden in streams of much larger vehicles, the motorcyclists visibility being obstructed by street furniture and signs and the motorcyclist being obscured by the structure of the car pulling out, especially as car door pillars and windscreen pillars have become thicker over time for driver safety in the event of crash. Those airbags have got to go somewhere.

Therefore because a dayglow does not make me bigger, nor does it give me anything but a very modest and unpredictable increase in contrast to other vehicles, it does not make me stand out from road signs or reduce the size of a car's door pillars, I do not wear dayglow. I ride a large motorcycle with additional running lights. By use of those lights I make myself wider and an unusual shape. I move laterally across the road near junctions. I have made these decisions based on my own experience but I also take into account the science I have become familiar with, along with the forensic examination of thousands of motorcycle accidents I have dealt with in twenty years of practice. I have come to the conclusion that riding in dayglow makes such a marginal difference that the down sides of being mistaken for a bike mounted copper (unpredictable driving, cars pulling over unexpectedly, sudden drops of speed to well below the speed limit) outweigh the illusory advantages of following the weak suggestion of the Highway Code, unburdened as it is by any evidence to back up its own advice.

In so far as reflective kit is concerned, I do wear that at night. My reasons are two fold. The first is my rear light is a two bulb affair which I could easily cover with my hand. Anything that increases my conspicuity by reflecting light back is readily discernible to the human eye. Secondly at least two of my clients have only be found in bushes or ditches by emergency services picking up reflective piping or patches in their clothing by torch light after they had been sent flying off their bikes in a collision. All of my lawyers are issued with an Urban Glow reflective waistcoat and most of them wear it. Not wearing day glow for me is not a style statement. If I thought it increased the chance of my coming home safely to my family, I would wear it. In my carefully considered opinion it does not, so I don't.


It seems that spacemen walk among us. Very many congratulations to our very own club Secretary Roland McLelland for his part in the Rosetta story that has been in the news recently:

http://www.gloucestershireecho.co.uk/Touchdown-Cheltenham-engineer-Roland-McLelland/story-24518944-detail/story.html


For the more adventurous. Fancy a trip to Romania, Transfaragasan Pass, as featured on Top Gear? This is sometime in July 2015, so plenty of time to think and plan. Rough outline: Get across to Romania as quickly as sensible, do the pass and anything else out that way (I think Dracula's castle is in the same direction); Meander back getting in as many good roads and passes as is possible - Gross Glockner pass Austria, various Swiss ones, Italian, etc, you get the idea. Camping, B&B, hotels, level of comfort is your own choice and wallet. Travel together or meet up at the end of the day, the choice is yours and can change as the mood takes you. Avoiding motorways as much as possible and sensible given the mileage. It's approx. 1500 miles from Calais, so I reckon probably 4000/4500 mile round trip. Gives you an idea for budgeting. Hardest bit is having the bike serviced and with new rubber near the start date. 4 to 5 days to get there, the rest to get back. Leave on a Saturday either from here or Calais. Get home two weeks later, Saturday or Sunday. We all have to go back to work on the Monday...Trip of a life time - Maybe?

Interested? please email chairman@c-cam.org.uk.


Some snaps from the Aberdare run: Click Here!
Some snaps from Gary Hyatt's Portugal trip: Click Here!
Some snaps from the Pembrey Skills Day, 24 June: Click Here!
Some snaps from the BBQ weekend, 20-22 June: Click Here!
Wanna see Andy Woodward's Nürburgring Photos? Click Here!
Some snaps from Andi Holland's tour of the Normandy Beaches: Click here!


Some videos from Andy Tinsley's on-board camera. You are invited to select HD on the 'cog' at the bottom right of the screen. First up, Triumph Tiger Explorer front suspension:

The day Andy was 'Black Flagged' at Pembrey

One lap of the Pembrey track, before Andy had to remove the camera!


The events diary for 2014 is starting to fill out so please take a look and start populating your own calendars! Ideas for destinations and events are most welcome, please contact Graham Bailey in the first instance. Contributors - please check the details are correct for you events and advise me of any updates.

YAMAHA OFF-ROAD EXPERIENCE
This has yet to be defined, scheduled but will likely go ahead and be organised by Sean Nicholas. We are informed that it is designed for both novice and expert alike so no excuses....do it! Costs/dates will be put forward when an idea of numbers/interest is shown, so please contact Sean via email: seanfunk1@googlemail.com. Check out this link for more info: http://www.yamaha-offroad-experience.co.uk/courses.htm
PLEASE PLACE YOUR INTEREST BY THE END OF FEBRUARY.

SCOTLAND IN SEPTEMBER!!!!
Trip to Scotland - 9 day trip - Saturday to following Sunday...

Given good weather (we should already have good company!) this should be 'one hell' of a cracking good mini tour amongst some of the finest scenery the British Isles has to offer, but be warned...this is a limited and capped quantity of 10 riders, so first come first served I'm afraid. We will be using Hotel/B&B accomodation approx. costs per night are £60-90 per double room. More details as and when interest grows. So place your interest and commitment by the March Club Meeting at the Gupshill to Andy Woodward or Graham Bailey and the rest will be just planning.


C-CAM would like to extend it's warmest congratulations to Martyn Hillier, who has been awarded the Queen's Police Medal for Distinguished Service. This recognises Martyn's tireless work in making the Gloucestershire county's roads a safer place, including his introduction of BikeSafe in 1978. Martyn's face is well-known in C-CAM circles, where for many years he has been the IAM examiner for this area. Wikipedia.


Our esteemed Chair is bemoaning the lack of colour on the website, and has set about correcting this by supplying 2 colourful pictures. James Fisher has responded in kind with a snap from Morocco. The first is by Kilchurn Castle; the second is by the Kyle of Tongue; and the third is James's picture outside a cafe in Morocco. Pictures are always welcome to brighten up the website...


As recently announced, Andy has stepped down as Chairman to concentrate on other aspects of the club. The club wanted to mark both Andy and Sue's significant contribution, so we presented them with some flowers and fruit.




At 8.00am on a wet Saturday morning 6 riders gathered at Seven Springs for a ride out to Silverstone to watch practice and qualifying day. Richard gave details of the route - he needn't have bothered as we all followed him down a different road with interesting u turns!

So we arrived a bit late and pretty damp but none the less it was an interesting run with 2 stops to allow the welsh member to adjust his headgear, as the mop inside it was causing discomfort! Coffees all round from our leader to compensate for the u turns helped warm us up until we settled in the Luffield stand to watch the riders. By this time the heavens had well and truly opened and after a couple of spills in front of us the racing was postponed. Now you would have thought there was only so much fun that could be had, sat cold and wet in a stand watching marshalls with brooms attempt the impossible task of holding back the flow of water - just like King Canute! But we did have a larf.

Eventually the rains stopped, the racing restarted and the younger contingent even found their way back to the stand - how did they get lost around a race track?

Thanks Rich, great day out - same next year? Without the rain!


On Sunday Sue Woodward, Irene (Gary Hyett's Lady) and Yvonne went to Gloucester Royal Hospital's Special Baby Care Unit to present a cheque for £500 which was accepted by Senior Sister Kate Horton. The funds were raised throughout the year by members of C-CAM. We arrived at the unit just as staff were getting a very poorly baby ready to go to Bristol hospital where they could provide much needed care for the new born that Gloucester was not able to give the little mite that weighed in at just 0.75 kg.

Thank you all for your support.


Andy Tinsley has kindly put together another CCAM calendar for 2014. It is a similar format to last year: A3 size, 1 month per page and with photos again sent in by members. It will be priced at £7.50 + p&p. Below are 3 representative pages from it - click on each to see a larger version. To obtain this much sought after item, contact Graham Bailey!! Numbers will be limited so 1st come 1st served.

     

We are delighted to confirm that, at our clubnight race event on Tuesday 19th November, we achieved our target and raised £250 for our 2 charities Midland Air Ambulance and Scooby Doo. This means we now have just over £1000 to share between these charities and will be contacting them shortly to make payment. Many thanks to all the members who turned out for what was a very enjoyable evening and thank you for your generosity.


Some recent galleries. For more, see the bottom of the left hand menu.


CCAMmers Ian Stavert and Nick Bevan did a Coast 2 Coast cycle ride this last weekend in aid of the Alzheimer's Society. They were accompanied by Ian's son Drew and Nick's wife Natalie with Ian's wife Jane driving the support car. Here's pictures of them at the start (Ravenglass Roman Bath House) and at the finish (Tynemouth):

  
(Click on each to see larger images)

If anyone would like to sponsor Ian and/or Nick, the links are:


We are close to a ‘significant number’ for a donation to our two chosen charities, Midland Air Ambulance and Scooby Do. To help push this figure up and be able to hand over a nice present in time for Christmas, we are holding a Charity Race Night at the November clubnight, Tuesday 19th November, 7.30pm at Gupshill Manor.

We have a great night lined up – a chance to see some of the best motorcycle racing action from MotoGP, British Superbikes and World Superbikes, lots of action, thrills, spills and of course paddock girls! You won’t need Google or a head full of stats, come along and have some fun and help raise just a little more for Midland Air Ambulance and Scooby Do. Bring your friends, family, neighbours and in-laws – the more the merrier!


CCAM have arranged a "Biker down" First Bike On Scene 1st aid course with Powys Road Safety Partnership, to take place at Llandrindod Wells Fire Station on Saturday October 5th. The course is 3 hours long and is not intended as a comprehensive 1st aid qualification, but is geared towards helping us deal with the immediate aftermath of an incident (Major bleeds, CPR, helmet removal, scene safety, hi-viz’) during the all-important 15–20 minutes before the paramedics arrive.

The course runs from 10am to 1pm and we have 10 places remaining on a first come first served basis. The course is free but CCAM will be making a donation and a charge of £5 per participant to cover refreshment costs (tea and coffee is available throughout the morning). If you would be interested in attending please let the chairman know via email. After the course we will visit a local cafe for lunch then make our way home via the scenic route!!

If we are deluged with interest we`re sure there will be another course available early next year. We`ll keep you informed.


Please note that the "More Tea Vicar" run has had to be cancelled. Ian Stavert is instead leading a ride out from Longford Inn, Tewkesbury Rd, Gloucester. As yet the route is undecided and will depend on numbers, but whichever route we take the ride will be progressive (i.e. participants will be expected to ride to an IAM test standard). We will have a brunch/lunch stop en-route. Ian expects to return to Gloucester by mid afternoon.


CCAM are holding another slow riding day at Cheltenham Racecourse North carpark on Saturday July 20th. All members of CCAM, be they full or associate members, are invited to participate. Also through our partnership with Cotswold Motorrad we have invited some of their customers to experience a CCAM skills improvement day with us, so there will be some unfamiliar faces. We aim to start at 10am (arrive at 9.45am) and finish at approximately 1pm, and will follow the formats from previous events - a variety of exercises aimed at improving low speed control of your bike. There will be the opportunity to try all exercises on a rotation basis in small groups (dependent on numbers). Our skilled observers will be on hand to run each exercise and offer advice on the techniques required to negotiate each one. Also as usual there will be refreshments available during the morning. If you would like to participate can you let Woody know via email and your name will be added to the list. Many thanks.


Brian and Sally Charlton are hosting their annual BBQ on Sunday, 14th July - see the calendar for more details. Graham Bailey is organising a ride out from Longford Inn, Gloucester, at 10:30. If you plan to go direct, please let Brian or Sally know beforehand (phone number: TBP) for numbers. Or you may end up sausageless. For SatNav users, the postcode is HR9 5QT.


(Well CCAM does at least). We as a group have an opportuntiy to expose our talents to a captured market of bike riding squaddies that would likely benefit from a Skills for Life program. Therefore we intend to provide support to a fully organised event that will likely see side stands, bike displays, other stalls of bike related interest and most of all, REFRESHMENT VANS!

So you `Oribble lot`, Graham Bailey needs about 8 volunteers to fall in as follows

The show starts at 11.30am and closes at about 4.30pm. Volunteers must let Graham know beforehand, and as soon as possible, as access to the site is by prelisted names, identities, bike registrations etc only.


Watsonian Squire are holding another open weekend on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd of June at their base in Blockley. We have attended this event for last 7 years to provide escort duties for the test rides of their Royal Enfield motorcycle range. Unfortunately several of the usual helpers are away that weekend so I am looking for 3 members who feel they can help out on escort duty on either day of the weekend. The test rides commence at 10am and continue until 4pm, with an hour break for lunch. Lunch and refreshments are provide for those helping out.

Please let Woody know ASAP if you can spare some time to assist. Give him a call on 01386881815 or email if you require more details. Many thanks in anticipation.


The weekend camping and barbeque at Talyllyn was enjoyed by all. For photos click here.


Robert Rendell presented a compelling case for ear protection at the club night on 18th June. Basically for most of us, if we don't want to go deaf from riding our bikes, we should wear ear protection. For more information see the seabrook audiology website, or contact Robert on 01452 863470 or email him on rob@seabrookaudiology.co.uk.



Many thanks to Sally & Brian Charlton for hosting a great day and great food. (click on the image for more photos, courtesy of Carla McKenzie. You may have to tilt your head from side to side!)

BBQ 2012
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Paul Boston, David Wright and Sue Woodward received thier IAM certificates from Simon Ross.

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A great weekend in Devon organised by Karen & Greg. Many thanks.
(click on image for more photos, courtesy of David Wright.)

Devon Trip
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An evocative photo of Sue and the bikes on our recent trip to the Italian Alps. This is at a restaurant at 1700 metres on the Julier Pass in Switzerland.

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Congratulations to Rod Gregg, Sean Nicholls & Mike Smith

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Congratulations to Diane and Steve Allen on their recent marriage.
C-CAMmers and Blood Bikes were there to provide an escort.

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Dave receives his F1rst certificate from Rossy, whilst in the photo on the right Dave receives friendly abuse from two F1rst class.....(please insert your choice of words here!)

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and a bit of breaking from speed! Over 30 bikes and riders turned up on Saturday morning, 12th May, at Cheltenham Racecourse lower car park to practise their slow speed bike handling. The tasks covered were, slalom round tightly spaced cones, 'U' turn and figure of '8', up to a junction stop for 3 seconds without putting your foot down and riding off, slow speed riding against the clock (the more time time taken the better, and I have to report that Rob Cater took the longest!) and finally emergency stopping from 40mph. Yes, there were a few unintentional stoppies and some intentional, eh Mr Cater? Many thanks to Cheltenham Racecourse, Ian Stavert, Rossy, the Observers and to the head of outdoor catering, Graham Bailey. (Bigger kettle next time!)
Click on the image below to take you to a selection of photos from the day.

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Sign up for this funtastic trip...

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It's that time again to find parts of the Cotswolds you never knew existed! This year, a slight change of plan. The whole list is here for you to download, without paying anything, just go and enjoy riding and exploring on your doorstep. When you have taken a few photos, send them to me and I will out them up on the Challenge Photo Gallery. At the end of the year, say November time, if you have enjoyed participating, please make a donation to the club, a crisp £5 or more and the whole donation will be passed on to our chosen charity. Download Cotswold Challenge here.

Remember to take high resolution photographs, we need to fill the spaces on the 2013 Calendar!!

Last years Challenge, 2011, was enjoyed by many. Here are links to some photographs received.
Kamran Irani Kim Talbot Paul Kimpton Rod Pritchard

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Congratulations to Philip Caterer on becoming a fully fledged Observer.

Philip can be seen below receiving his certificate from Andy Woodward.



A few of the Observers bikes, observed at the observers day!


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I'm delighted to be able to tell you that Simon Ross (Rossy to many) has agreed to take the role of Chief Observer for C-CAM.

Many of you will know Simon through his police bike work, involvement with BikeSafe and attending Bikers Nites on his job bike. Simons role will be to continue the excellent work done by Woody, to continue to raise the bar and improve riding standards across the group.

In the first instance Simon will be working with the Senior Observers, this work will then obviously be rolled out to the Observers and beyond. Simon will also be involved with a slow riding skills day planned for April.

I'm sure that his training, police traffic experience and bike skills will be a huge benefit to the club and all associated with it.

Woody will continue to be involved in a number of projects going forward until we can complete the transition ideally in March, from which point he will focus on his Senior Observer role and the Associate Coordinator role.

As always, any questions please ask. I hope you all have chance to meet with Simon in the very near future.

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Please be conscious of destinations that will often represent both a long day and mileage in excess of 200 miles, these will be mainly PROGRESSIVE, be honest with yourself. If in doubt, ask the leader before the event. New for 2011, we will be experimenting with a secondary `pick up point`, this simply is a chosen location on route to our destination that allows participants to wait and join the group as it passes, rather than have to endure a `double back` upon themselves when making the trip to our usual meeting point of Ashchurch.

Remember, `FULL TANKS` please. • Finally, please remember to check our Web page near the dates, as often climatic conditions and personal issues can influence last minute changes.

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Great first year for our Cotswold Challenge, enjoyed by many, discovering bits of the Cotswolds that are often ridden by. Congratulations especially to Paul Kimpton and Ian Stavert who completed the whole challenge and were awarded certificates at our Christmas dinner. For those of you who don't know what the Cotswold Challenge is click the link above. But in a nutshell, find 30 landmarks throughout the Cotswolds, photograph it along with your bike. Simple as that and it is great fun! Have a look at all the photos! (Photo to the left is Paul Kimpton sucessfully locating the Three Shires Stone!) (Click Paul and Ian's name above to see their photos)

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A fantastic Road Racing Event - you will not get closer to the action on the mainland! Olivers Mount This is normally a McGuinness, Hutchinson, Farquhar, Martin, Dunlop, Plater etc etc - top notch event.

This trip is now fully booked. But if you are still interested in going, have a chat with Ian Stavert, he may be able to advise on places to stay or someone may drop out at the last minute.




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