Sudbury MCC September 2015 News


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Butley EnduroWith five of the six Class Titles to be won at the final round of the G H Motorcycles/Husqvarna/Eastern Centre Enduro Championship staged by the Woodbridge Motor Cycle Club at Butley Suffolk could there be upsets on the day. In the prestigious Championship Class the current leader Aston Bird (Woodbridge) was spending time with his family in the Isle Of Man and was a non starter which left Jamie Roper (Sudbury) needing third place on the day to retain his Title. He got off to a good start in the first Special Test beating Chris Hockey (Sudbury) by point 95 seconds while in the second Special Test he dropped his machine and Hockey won it by 3.90 seconds. All Hockey had to do was to ride the remaining sessions without losing time penalties and the win was his. For no apparent reason on the penultimate session Hockey clocked early which incurred a penalty of 60 points. This then put Roper in the lead with only the very tight for time last session to ride and he was a minute late incurring 60 penalty points and with Sam Toy (Sudbury) incurring the same penalty it gave Roper a 1.5 second win over Toy. It was a bad day for Hockey incurring another 120 penalty points putting him in 5th place behind Craig Roper (Sudbury) 3rd and Steve Mason (Sudbury) 4th. These results are only provisional in which the riders have 14 days to make any protest however the Title of Eastern Centre Enduro Champion goes for the third year running to Jamie Roper on 72 points, Bird 2nd 65 points, Toy 3rd 58 points and Hockey 4th 52 points. This now mean Sudbury Club riders have won this Title 22 times over the last 27 years. Will Hughes (Braintree) had already won the Expert Class Title and was out to win a round for the second time this year but he was out of luck he had to retire. Ben Alexander (Woodbridge) stepped up to the mark and won this Class from Rob Blackman (Castle Colchester) with Ben Grice (Lowestoft) 3rd, Jack Nicolaou (Sudbury) 4th and Jack Grice (Lowestoft) 5th. The final positions for this Class are 1st Hughes 64 points, 2nd Alexander 61 points, 3rd Blackman 56 points and 4th J Grice 40 points. Mark Chapman (Diss) current holder of the Expert Veteran Class Title needed a win on the day to retain his Title from Event Sponsor Gavin Hockey (Sudbury) who could not add to his score unless he won on the day because as Chapman had missed a round and the best 4 scores out of 5 count all his points would be credited to him. These two fought it out tooth and nail with Chapman leading by point 23 seconds at the start of the last session; Chapman was a minute late while Hockey was 2 minutes late giving Chapman the win and the Title. Third place was Michael Ridge (Stowmarket), 4th Phil Roper (Sudbury) and 5th Jake Morphey (Woodbridge) Final positions 1st Chapman 73 points, 2nd Hockey 71 points, 3rd Roper 58 points and 4th Ridge 50 points. Alex Rampton (Sudbury) was out to make amends for 8th place at the last round and sure enough he did not slip up this time winning the Clubman Class from Ryan McDonnell (Sudbury) by 20.08 seconds while Alex Walton was 3rd and Jamie Lagden 4th making a Sudbury 1 2 3 4 with Martin Stevens (Diss) taking 5th. Provisional final positions are 1st Rampton 77 points 2nd McDonnell 65 points, 3rd Stevens 59 points and 4th Walton 46 points. There were eight riders who could win the Clubman Veteran Title this year and Phil Waldron (Sudbury) who was not in contention was leading on the day by 1.24 seconds but the last session proving very difficult for all riders however John Austin (Sudbury) despite being 3 minutes late took the win with 2nd Waldron, 3rd Terry Allen (TBEC) and 4th Jason Carsboult (Sudbury) all 4 minutes late. This gives Austin the Class Title on 66 points, 2nd Carsboult 57 points and 3rd Allen 52 points. After 4 rounds both Clive Stevens (Diss) and Andy Mason (Sudbury) were joint leaders of the Clubman Super Veteran Class and on the day it was win for Mason with Graham Mays (Sudbury) riding in this Class for the first time 2nd with Gary Drage (Sudbury) 3rd and Stevens 4th. Mason retains his Title on 77 points, 2nd Stevens 61 points and 3rd Drage 56 points. In the Sportsman Class Pete McDonnell (Sudbury) has gone from 5th in the first round to first place in the final round a great personal achievement for him. The final positions for the Team



Sudbury Enduro ClubThe 2015 G H Motorcycles/Husqvarna/Eastern Centre Solo Enduro Championship reaches its climax on Sunday 30th August with the fifth and final round at Butley Suffolk the event being organised by the Woodbridge Motor Cycle Club. Five of the six Class Titles are up for grabs and starting with the prestigious Championship Class again like the last few years only two riders can win and claim the Title Eastern Centre Enduro Champion, however nine times Champion Chris Hockey (Sudbury) for once is not one of them. The two contenders are Aston Bird (Woodbridge) past Champion on 65 points and Jamie Roper (Sudbury) current Champion on 60 points. It is believed that Bird will not be riding and it would seem that Roper could retain his Title however as it is the riders best four results out of five that will count Roper needs third place which would give him 15 points less his worst round score of 8th that is 8 points resulting in net 7 points if he finish 4th although on equal points with Bird would lose out to him on best rounds scores. All is not plain sailing for Roper as at this last round several British Championship riders compete and last year they took the first three places so the odds are on Bird. Will Hughes (Braintree) has already won the Expert Class so five riders battle it out for second and third. The Competition Sponsor Gavin Hockey (Sudbury) leads the Expert Veteran Class on 71 points with Phil Roper (Sudbury) 2nd on 58 points and Current Class Champion Mark Chapman on 53 points. P Roper cannot catch G Hockey however Chapman as he has only ridden in three rounds can win and retain his Title which he is quite capable to do, anything less, then G Hockey takes the Title. Martin Stevens (Diss) who led the Clubman Class for the first two rounds now finds himself joint second with Ryan McDonnell (Sudbury) on 58 points both behind Alex Rampton (Sudbury) on 65 points. Rampton was running away in this Class after the third round but a lowly 8th place at the last round have given Stevens and McDonnell the opportunity to clinch the Title. The Clubman Veteran Class is the most interesting as eight riders are in the running for the Class Title, John Austin (Sudbury) leads on 46 points, followed by Jason Carsboult (Sudbury) 44 points, Dean Curry (Sudbury) 41 points, Terry Allen (TBEC) 37 points, Duncan Griffin (Diss) and Kevin Gore (Norwich) both on 35 points, Jeff Turner (Sudbury) 32 points and Peter Andrews (Woodbridge) 29 points. Curry is the only rider who has competed in all four rounds so will be up against it. Clive Stevens (Diss) has led the Clubman Super Class from round one however he is now joint leader with Andy Mason (Sudbury), current Champion on 57 points with Adrian Rickwood (TBEC) 3rd 49 points, Gary Drage (Sudbury) 4th 47 points and Steve Finch (Braintree) 5th 40 points. Both Mason and Finch have missed one round so all their points scored on Sunday will count. In the Team Dave Roper Challenge Rampton has 392 points with McDonnell on 390 points and what could happen McDonnell could win the Clubman Class Title with Rampton winning the TDR Challenge because of the different point scoring system.

All what has been written is theory or possible predictions so what happens on the day will count and there could be some surprises.



Two Sudbury Motor Cycle Club members travelled to Mid Wales last weekend to ride in the British Enduro Championship, the Tarenig 2 Day Enduro. What a weekend it was for Craig Roper at Round 7 on the Saturday he finished second in the Expert E1/2 Class while on the Sunday Round 8 he went one better winning the Class. This must have been Roper’s best ride in all the British Championships he has competed in over the past few years. Jack Nicolaou competed in the Clubman E2 Class and finished 8th on the Saturday and 9th on the Sunday. There were other successes for riders from the Eastern Area with Will Hughes (Braintree) winning the Clubman E2 Class on both days, Tom Sargent (Bury St Edmunds) finished 17th on Day 1 and 12th on Day 2. Rob Blackman (Castle Colchester) finished 7th on Day 1 and 8th on Day 2 in the Clubman E1/2 Class. Meanwhile Sudbury members were riding in the third round of the Dave Barkshire Two Man Enduro Championship at Wattisfield organised by the Diss Motor Cycle Club. Perry Miller and Phil Whiting were in the running to win the Clubman Class but in the end had to settle for second, while Dan Goodwin with his riding partner Tom Morris (Diss) finished 4th, Adam Kempster/Keith Potter 7TH and Paul Webb/Trevor Scott 14th. In the Expert Class Alex Walton/Jamie Lagden finished 10th and Graham Mays/Nigel Ross 12th.



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Foxborough Four Man Team Enduro 09-08-15
Twenty two teams started the fourth Four Man Team Enduro last Sunday at Foxborough Quarry Sible Hedingham Essex. The organisers Sudbury Motor Cycle Club were blessed with hot and sunny weather which was a change from last year when there was heavy rain. A few regular moto cross riders were persuaded to ride in some of the teams and they thoroughly enjoyed themselves finding the atmosphere relaxing compared to moto cross and joined in the fun of the event. Twenty two riders lined up for the only mass start of the day when after 15 minutes the chequered is shown they then ride to the beginning of the holding bays where another team member takes the bike while the rider then runs to his holding bay hand over the wrist band transponder then that team member runs to the end of the holding bays jumps on to his bike to ride the next 15 minute session and the 15 minute sessions continues for four hours. There was hot competition between most of the teams which were riding a blistering pace throughout the day and the main contenders were Teams 2, 4, 6, 12, 15 and 16 with the lead changing several times however as the day went on they gradually sorted themselves out with two teams fighting for the win. It was a great day for Jason Morland (Halstead) who led Team 16 to victory by 1.5 seconds from Team 15 both completing 60 laps. Last year Morland lead a different Team to victory and this year was a last minute replacement for John Bishop. Team 4 finished 3rd, Team 2 4th, Team 6 5thand Team 12 6th. Team 19 were unlucky as their rider chain snapped and caught up in the rear sprocket on the last lap and was unable to finish and had they done so would secure 9th.

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Overall Results ; 1st Team 16 60 laps ( Jason Morland, Julian Harvey, Paul Spurgeon & Damian Long), 2nd Team 15 60 laps (Dean Smith, Richard Squirrell, Luke Copping * Jake Gregory), 3rd Team 4 59 laps (Ben Roper, Brendon Mayers, Joe Marsh & Sam Mitchell), 4th Team 2 59 laps, 5th Team 6 57 laps, 6th Team 12 67 laps, 7th Team 8 56 laps, 8th Team 11 55 laps, 9th Team 13 54 laps, 10th Team 17 54 laps, 11th Team 3 54 laps, 12th 7 53 laps, 13th Team 1 52 laps, 14th Team 5 50 laps. 15th Team 10 50 laps, 16th Team 22 49 laps, 17th Team 18 49 laps, 18th Team 9 47 laps, 19th Team 21 47 laps, 20th Team 20 46 laps and 21st Team 14 44 laps.



It has been a week of sad news in the world of motor cycle sport with the death of one of the Sudbury Motor Cycle Club’s Vice Presidents Wilf Braybrook at the age of 92. Wilf came to the village of Foxearth in 1946 and worked at Ward’s Brewery until its closure. He along with his wife Irene were great stalwarts of the Sudbury Club in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, they were always on hand to help the Club in any way they could, Irene and son Graham served on the Committee for many years. When Graham rode in Classic Trials Wilf supported him and they joined the Eastern Fourstroke Association (EFA) and through his long association Wilf was made a Life Vice President. The Sudbury Club sends their condolences to the family. Further afield a well known Scrambles rider in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s Peter ‘Toomba’ Smith has died and he was in his 70s. Peter grew up in the Coddenham/Great Blakenham area alongside the legendary Dave Bickers who passed away last year. They used to race together and had ding dong battles and when Dave decided to compete in the sidecar Class he turned to Peter to be his passenger. They gave endless pleasure to the many people that watch them and sometimes would change positions during a race and were always smiling. Peter was at a meeting once without his machine and a spectator asked him ‘where’s your bike Pete and he replied in his Suffolk accent ‘Toom ba’ which translated meant ‘At home boy’ and since that time was then known as ‘Toomba’. Many tributes have been paid to him through the internet.

Back to the future plans for the Sudbury Club’s Four Man Team Enduro on 9th August are going ahead, this year being held at Foxborough Quarry, Sible Hedingham Essex and the bogs will not be included as the Club are trying to emulate a course of yesteryear 


Several Sudbury Motor Cycle Club members competed in the 2nd round of the Dave Barkshire Motorcycles Two Man Enduro organised by the Woodbridge Motor Cycle Club at Blaxhall. Jack Nicolaou (Sudbury) teamed up with Tom Sargent (Bury St Edmunds) and finished a very good 4th in the Expert Class. Further down the order were Alex Walton/Jamie Lagdon 7th, father & son Les and Alex Rampton 12th with Graham Mayes/Nigel Ross 15th. In the Clubman Class Matt Rampton/Stuart Phillips were 10th and Martin Baker with Terry Allen 11th. It is too early to publish the current standings as there are three more rounds to go and possibly another round in October and a lot can happen over these next rounds.



Conditions for once were dry for the Welsh Two Day Enduro although there was rain overnight after the first day which settled the dust for day two. The event over forestry and farmlands around Llandrindod Wells had attracted nearly 600 riders where several made the long trip from East Anglia. Featuring the Sudbury Motor Cycle Club riders first John Austin finished 9th overall (7th Day 1 & 14th Day 2) in the Sportsman Class behind him were Philip Barltrop 69th (77th & 81st), Paul Webb 82nd (96th & 76th), Jason Carsboult 84th (102nd & 64th) and John Roach 98th (108th & 99th). In the Over 40 Class Phil Roper 15th (14th & 15th), Paul Belton 39th (32nd & 42nd), Richard Walters 52nd (51st & 58th), Dean Curry 76th (79th & 78th) and Jeff Turner 87th (76th & 87th). Clubman E2 Class saw Jack Nicolaou 15th (18th & 13th), Gareth Young 17th (10th & 26th) and Paul Willis 37th (43rd & 38th). David Keeble finished 27th (28th & 29th) in the Clubman E3 Class ahead of David Witney 32nd (33rd & 34th) while Craig Roper finished 5th (7th & 3rd) in the Expert E1 Class and Chris Hockey finished 13th (12th & 14th) in the Championship Class.

Braintree members were well in the results, Sportsman Class Richard Penfold 29th (41st & 25th) while in the Clubman Classic Class it was a win for Steve Finch who topped this Class on both days, James Yearley 8th (9th & 7th) and Mark Hughes 9th (10th & 9th). Mark’s son Will had a storming ride to finish 3rd {3rd & 2nd) in the Clubman E2 Class. Castle (Colchester) rider Rob Blackman finished 7th (9th & 6th) in the Clubman E1 Class while Tom Sargent (Bury St Edmunds) finished 18th (22nd & 15th) in the Clubman E2 Class. Diss members Danny Wright finished 105th (118th & 87th) ahead of his Dad Gordon 115th (123rd & 117th) in the Sportsman Class while Alex Barkshire was 4th (4th & 6th) in the Clubman E2 Class. Three Woodbridge members feature in the results Damian Long 14th (14th & 14th) in the Clubman E1 Class, John Bishop 20th (17th & 22nd) in the Clubman E2 Class while Paul Spurgeon was 17th (12th & 21st) in the Clubman E3 Class. Spare a thought for Carl Walker who had a heavy crash on Day 1 and had to withdraw from the Event, he is okay and can’t wait to ride next year.



EnduroThirty one riders from East Anglia are making the annual pilgrimage to compete in the Welsh 2 Day Enduro which is on 25th and 26th June. The event is based on forestry and farmlands around Llandrindod Wells and as usual attracted an entry of 540 competitors which 15 are Sudbury Motor Cycle Club members. Making his debut is Sudbury member John Austin who was captured by the camera of Sharon Barltrop doing a ballet movement at Hadham last week when his bike found some unexpected grip coming out of the bog and reared up. He almost managed to hold onto his bike, fortunately for him no other rider rode over his tutu and he completed his last lap just on time thus collecting his maiden win in the Expert Veteran Class and leads the Class by two points with one round to go. For the Welsh event John is hoping to pirouette his way for a good result. 



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Jamie RoperThere were lots of surprises at the 4th round of the G H Motorcycles/Husqvarna/Eastern Centre Enduro Championship held at Home Farm Little Hadham by the Sudbury Motor Cycle Club. With rain days before the event it made conditions interesting especially in the boggy area in the Woods. First of the surprises was Contest leader in the Championship Class Aston Bird (Woodbridge) who could only manage 4th on the day being 15.849 seconds behind the winner Jamie Roper (Sudbury) and another surprise Sam Toy (Sudbury) finished 2nd in front of his mentor Chris Hockey (Sudbury) making a Sudbury 1-2-3. Steve Mason (Sudbury) secured 5th, Craig Roper (Sudbury) 6th and Tim Rose (Diss) 7th. All the riders in this Class accrued penalty points for lateness. The leader in the Expert Class Will Hughes (Braintree) scored his first win beating Ross Taylor (Diss) by 22.283 seconds. This was Taylor’s first ride this year after an injury at the end of 2014 which has kept him out of all competitions. Rob Blackman (Colchester) finished 3rd, Ben Alexander (Diss) 4th, Chris Hart (Sudbury) 5th and Alex Barkshire (Diss) 6th. Mark Chapman (Diss) was back to his winning ways beating Gavin Hockey (Sudbury) by 11.281 seconds in the Expert Veteran Class, while Phil Roper (Sudbury) was 3rd, with another surprise of Paul Belton (Sudbury) securing 4th in front of John Bishop and Graham Lazzari both Lowestoft. Contest Leader in the Clubman Class Alex Ramption (Sudbury) had a bad day coming off in the special tests which relegated him to 8th position while Ryan McDonnell (Sudbury) took his first win and he was 26.859 seconds in front of Rampton. Carl Honeywood (Lowestoft) was 2nd, Ed Pooley (Stowmarket) 3rd, Tom Sargent (Bury St Edmunds) 4th, Martin Stevens (Diss) 5th and Dan Willis (Stowmarket) 6th. A nice surprise for John Austin (Sudbury) with his first win in the Clubman Veteran Class beating following Sudbury rider Jason Carsboult by 7.156 seconds, following them were Terry Allen (TBEC), Jeff Turner (Sudbury),Phil Waldron (Sudbury) and Dean Curry (Sudbury). Surprises keep coming for it was a first win in the Clubman Super Veteran Class for Gary Drage (Sudbury) beating second place rider Andy Mason (Sudbury) by 16.413 seconds while Simon Thake (Sudbury) took 3rd place, Adrian Rickwood (TBEC)) 4th and Clive Stevens (Diss) 5th. Pete McDonnell (Sudbury) had his best ride in the Sportsman Class finishing 2nd before fellow Club member Martin Smith.

Although the new wrist band transponder system was used for the first time in a time card Enduro the results are being treble checked so are only provisional so are the current overall positions. Bird’s lead in the Championship Class has been reduced to five points by J Roper with C Hockey 3rd nine points adrift of J Roper. Hughes has a 16 point lead over Alexander in the Expert Class and if round 4 results are confirmed he will take the Expert Title while in third place is Blackman. G Hockey is still leading the Expert Veteran Class from P Roper and Chapman. Rampton’s lead in the Clubman Class is down to seven points with M Stevens and R McDonnell level in 2nd place. Austin is now leading the Clubman Veteran Class by two points from Carsboult and five points from Curry. C Stevens and A Mason are tying for first place in the Clubman Super Veteran Class followed by Rickwood 8 points behind. In the Team Dave Roper Challenge there are only two points between Rampton and McDonnell and the final round on 30th August at Butley will decide all the Class winners.



 video footageBlast From The Past
The is a gem cine footage put onto DVD. Suffolk Grand National Scramble 31-03-1963 organised by the Sudbury Motor Cycle Club at Tye Farm Great Cornard Suffolk.



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Blast from the Past

By & featuring Roger Chaplin

Anglia Television were doing articles on some minority sports and I was contacted by the Presenter and Interviewer Cy Percival asking me if I would set something up.Filming took place in January 1971 and it is in black and white because of a union despite with colour filming.The Sudbury Club in the 1960s organised for Anglia Television two scrambles demos at Tye Farm Great Cornard and of course we had the live BBC TV Grandstand Scramble (the second one they ever ran) with Murray Walker as commentator


Tye Farm 1971 Trials






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