Cheltenham & Cotswold Advanced Motorcyclists
promoting safer riding
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Pauline Champion - Observed by Carla Mckenzie, Nathan Smith - Observed by Paul 'Curly' Cote, Kevin Bourne - Observed by Tim Hutt, test passes presented by Simon Ross

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Nick gave a great account of his Polar Challenge and the most northerly try ever scored at the magnetic North Pole. His talk was enhanced by his model for the evening, a Mr G K Bailey, who applied all the layers required to protect the body from -40 temperatures. We discovered that the packets of chili flavoured peanuts, located in the boxer shorts base layer, was to represent frozen nuts! Many thanks Nick.

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Chris Hill (left) and Derek Cook receive their F1rst test passes from Simon Ross

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Dean Lee (top left) and Kim Talbot (bottom left) receive their advanced test passes from Simon Ross.
I have to add that in the main picture Graham Bailey is receiving his F1rst pass certificate, lovingly looked on by Graham Owen, who has also passed his F1rst test.

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Andy takes a BMW for a walk during the slow riding day. Another successful event.
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A few of the intrepid riders off to Weymouth via Gold Hill in Shaftsbury for fish & chips. Led by Graham Bailey.
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The sun shone on South Herefordshire for the barbecue and over 30 riders and pillions turned up despite the best efforts of Graham and Dave to lose the rideout around the highways and byways of the Royal Forest of Dean!

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Main picture, Graham Owen receives the Clubs first IAM F1rst test certificate. Top right, Sandra Read and Greg Hackney receive their IAM test pass Certificates from Andy Woodward.

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An Ian Stavert rideout to Calne. He went with 19 riders and pillions and came back with 6! A great event you can truly get lost in!

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Nick Bevan receives his Certificate from Simon Ross

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Fantastic weekend for all those involved at Frasers. Great attendance, 11 new members signed up, more on the way. Click on the photos below to take you to more images of the day, including some of our Honorary member, Guy Martin.

C-CAM team on duty, helping out with the test rideouts. How many C-CAM members can you see in these pictures?




I just had to include this photo, taken on the Saturday at the Watsonian Squire open day. This bike rumbled past us, towing a trailer made out of an oil drum with a dog sat up in it. As you can see the bike is unconventional, well, just a little bit anyway. The engine is a VW 1.9 litre diesel, gears, well what gears, it is direct drive and the clutch is slipped until a speed of around 15mph is reached! The diesel fuel tank is an old red water fire extinguisher on the left side, you can just see the brass handle just above the seat on the far side. As you can imagine, it needs a standard 12V battery to turn the engine over and this is located just above the flywheel. The owner has taken this over to Germany for a diesel bike meet!




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Sorry about the slight blurriness to the photo, it was due to alcohol or much merriment or both. Thank you Ian

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A few die-hards from the Cheltenham & Cotswolds Advanced Motorcyclists group headed for Silverstone for the first practice day for the MotoGP. This wobbly video documents some of what we saw. Many thanks to Al Lord.

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A caption for this picture should be "Where do you go in Wales?!"

Our guest leader, Dave Preest, leads a trip round the highways and byways of Wales. Many thanks Dave.
(Thanks also to Andy Stone for the photos. Click on the image for more photos.)

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Another great day for slow riding at Cheltenham Racecourse. The heavy showers kept at bay to allow for the 'U' turn, figure of eight, slow straight line riding and weaving in and out of equally spaced cones under the excellent guidance and advice from our Observers.

Many thanks to Andy Downs for organising and Cheltenham Racecourse for the use of their car park.

Click on the image for a great selection of photos from the day, captured by Richard Williams.

Also captured on camera was a scene from the as yet unseen Harry Potter film, The Latter Years, where our very own Graham Bailey plays the old Harry Potter after he has traded in his Nimbus 2000 for one from the pound shop! Click here to see that image!

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Original Scottoiler spotted at the Thundersprint! Many thanks to Al Lord and Ian Stavert for the photos.
Link to video clip (Al Lord)

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What a fantastic day. Thank you Graham. (Many thanks to Andy Stone for the photos)
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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No it's Superman on a scoot going up Prescott Hill!
(By the way, Les Jevins collected well over £400 in sponsor money! Well done Les. I like the extra padding!)

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Several members of CCAM joined 15,000 other bikers for the ride through Wootton Bassett.
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As you hopefully know we've just had an Open weekend with Hein Gericke. Now, considering that it was WSB weekend at Donnington and Honda had 2 bikes launched - we have had a very successful weekend.

We have already agreed in principle with Hein Gericke that we will have another event in summer.

My thanks go to all who turned up to support the event, it was great to see so many folks over the weekend, especially to our new members who came along to say hi for the first time.

My sincere thanks also go to the Observers who gave freely of their time over the weekend - it wouldn't happen without them. The images above also goes to show how you can make errors of judgement when recruiting for the committee..............Our Treasurer after too many "e numbers" Apologies to Andy and his son Nick whose photo at HG became associated with our Treasurer!

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Brian Andrew (left) and Derek Hunter receive their IAM certificates from Tim Soper at the AGM. Congratulations to both.















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First rideout of the year was up the road to the National Motorcycle museum near the NEC. Photos here

For all those who looked out of the window on Sunday morning and decided that it was too damp, I will have you know, it stopped raining by Marlow! Pictures here










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