Sudbury MCC February 2015 News
There will be work parties on 1st March and the 7th ANY HELP wecome Contact is Gavin Hockey 01206 791155
SUDBURY MOTOR CYCLE CLUB PRESS REPORT 22-02-15
Round one of the G H Motorcycles/Husqvarna/Eastern Centre Enduro Championship was run in sub zero temperatures last Sunday in the Thetford Forest. The Diss Motor Cycle Club laid out a 12 mile course together with a 1.5 mile course for the two special tests. With several of the British Championship riders entered it was going to be a hard day for the East Anglian riders to score points. The best Sudbury rider was nine times Eastern Centre Champion Chris Hockey with 6th place while current Champion Jamie Roper managed 8th place. These two Sudbury riders are going to have a battle of their hand this year from past two times Champion Aston Bird who is going to concentrate of Enduros instead of Moto Cross and Bird finished 3rd on the day. Other riders in the points in the Championship Class were Stevie Roper 12th, Sam Toy 13th and Steve Mason 15th. There was strong opposition in the Expert Class with Darren Nicolaou 11th and Nick Barrett 14th being the best Sudbury riders. Gavin Hockey riding in the Expert Veteran Class for the first time had a 3.78 second lead over Nick Ames after the two special tests and a 14.47 seconds lead over current Champion Mark Chapman (Diss) however it is usually the last session of the course that can make a difference and it certainly did for Hockey as he was two minutes late incurring penalties and was second overall with Chapman taking the win as he was only one minute late. Phil Roper who was 9th after the special tests jumped up to 4th at the end of the day while Ames secured 5th, Richard Walters 11th, Andy Quorn 12th and Mark Green 14th. With four riders upgrading to Expert Class, the Clubman Class is now wide open for some younger riders to make their mark and this is what Alex Rampton riding in his second season just did securing 2nd place by one hundred of a second while Ryan McDonnell finished 6th, Alex Walton 11th and Martin Greenaway in his first full season finished 15th. Dean Curry finishing 4th was the best Sudbury rider in the Clubman Veteran Club with John Austin 7th, Martin Baker 8th, David Meehan 9th and Gavin Potter 15th. In the Clubman Super Veteran Class Steve Finch finished 3rd, Chris Ginn 4th, Gary Drage 6th, Trevor Scott 10th and Alister McFarquhar 14th. Pete McDonnell was the only Sudbury rider in the Sportsman Class and toiled and plugged away all day despite a few falls and finished a surprising 6th.
The next Sudbury Motor Cycle Club event is on Sunday 8th March at Foxborough Quarry Sible Hedingham being the six hour Endurothon.
SUDBURY MOTOR CYCLE CLUB PRESS REPORT 15-02-15
The Sudbury Motor Cycle Club are still receiving rave reviews of their first Extreme Enduro held last month and the videos made by President Roger Chaplin have also been well received. The six short videos of the event have had a total of 4190 views with video 3 having 2169 views. The two preview videos have received 1113 views while the interview with the comedian Ross Noble who competed in the event has reached 964 views. The Sudbury Club has not been standing still since this event while this month it has held its Annual General Meeting and Annual Dinner and Awards Night in which nearly 50 trophies were presented. At the annual function the 2015 Team Dave Roper line up was announced consisting of Alex Rampton, Ben Roper, Euan Millar, Jack Nicolaou, Nathan Greenaway and Ryan McDonnell and will be competing this coming Sunday at Round 1 of the G H Motorcycles/Husqvarna/ Eastern Centre Enduro Championship in the Thetford Forest around Santon, the event being organised by the Diss Club. Round 2 takes place on Sunday 22 March at Butley being organised by the Woodbridge Club however sandwiched between these two events is the Sudbury Club’s annual 6 hour Endurothon at Foxborough Quarry Sible Hedingham. The event starts at 9am and is open to teams of two and solos known as Ironman Class as they have to ride for the 6 hour on their own. On Sunday 19th April the Sudbury Club will be organising their annual Dave Roper Memorial Enduro at Great Cornard.
Awards Evening 2015
Photos from the Sudbury Motor Cycle Club's Annual Dinner and Awards Night on Saturday 7th February 2015 at the Stoke by Nayland Hotel and Golf Club
Extreme Enduro 4th Jan 2015
Our Vice Chairman Rick Roper has asked me to thanks the Marshals who did sterling work at our Extreme Enduro on 04-01-2015. I would like to include in this The Course Builders (members and non members), the Lapscorers, Don Blackman for the experimental lapscoring system (more of that at a later date), the riders for putting up such a wonderful show and the spectators for coming and watching the entertainment.
Images now in Gallery thanks to Sharon Barltrop & Stuart Cooper VIEW IMAGES
Videos thanks to Roger chaplin
Heavy rain the day before the first Sudbury Motor Cycle Club’s Extreme Enduro threatened the event but with overnight frost and temperatures at minus four degrees made the going ride able. The sun was shining for the 11am start at Foxborough Quarry Sible Hedingham when the six Pro Class riders started their 150 yard run to their bikes followed by 13 Experts, 18 Clubman and 7 Trials riders at one minute intervals. Chris Hockey took an early lead in the Pro Class with Moto Cross Ace Jake Nichols in hot pursuit while Jamie Roper was further down the field. The many obstacles around the course were causing many problems to all the riders while the top riders were completing a lap in around 5 minutes while the lower riders were taking around 10 minutes. At the end of the first lap the tractor tyres, tree trunks and oil drums were causing havoc with riders falling off or slipping off because of this muddy tyres but they picked themselves up and slogged their way through. As the two hour session wore on the temperature rose but it made the going muddier and muddier but the spectators loved it and were being well entertained. Before the first hour had finished Hockey had to retire as his engine over heated along with several other riders before the end. Roper was pacing himself and gradually making his way through the field after passing Nichols for the lead he held on to it completing 18 laps with Nichols 2nd 16 laps while Sam Toy in devastating form took 3rd on 13 laps. Stevie Roper riding in the Expert Class seems to be struggling at times but his quality shone through with first place completing 15 laps with Phil Roper 2nd 10 laps, Jack Grice 3rd and Paul Belton 4th both on 9 laps. Ross Hall won the Clubman Class completing 12 laps, 2nd Tom Collett 3rd Brian Till both on 11 laps. Up and coming rider Alex Rampton secured 4th place on 7 laps pushing comedian Ross Noble into 5th. Ross rides as often as possible in Extreme Enduro throughout Europe and it was the first preview video made by President Roger Chaplin Ross saw on the Enduro News website which made enter the Sudbury event and he thoroughly enjoyed himself and he kindly gave an interview at the end of the day. Dare Devil rider Chris Northover was the only finisher in the Trials Class and of the 44 riders started only 17 finished. The Sudbury Club have received a lot of rave reviews for this event which is richly deserved for the time and hard work they have put into it and this would have made founding member Maurice Damant who passed away on New Year’s Day very proud.
Rider No.1 Jamie Roper winner Pro Class. Rider No. 70 Stevie Roper winner Expert Class Rider 67 Ross Hall winner Clubman Class Rider 68 Chris Northover winner Trial Class Rider 69 Ross Noble (comedian) who rides Extreme Enduros.
It was with sadness that the Sudbury Motor Cycle Club heard of the passing on New Year’s Day of one of their founding members Maurice Damant at the age of 83. Maurice became Club Treasurer around 1959/1960 and was at the heart of running the Club, if you wanted to know something or wanted something done he would take upon himself to find out and made things happen what I would call a ‘fixer’. He was the one who leapt over the ramp with Club members underneath in the Stunt Team and at one Fete, namely the then home of Bury St Edmunds Football Club in Kings Road he jumped through a pane of glass. When it came to running our first Scramble 28th May 1961 he was at the legendary Tye Farm course during the week doing various preparations and I would help him and ignore my school homework especially Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night just to be there. My brother Barry who was 18 at the time was Secretary of the Meeting and in a tribute to Maurice has said “My very good friend and ‘minder’ in the early days of the Club. One of the best and will be missed by all the members.” In 1966 he stepped down from the Treasurer ship and I fortunate to succeed him and he became Chairman also one of the Club Delegates for the first Sudbury Mammoth Olde Tyme Rallye which the Club was co-organiser with the Sudbury Rotary and Sudbury Round Table Clubs. Due to work commitments Maurice stood down as Chairman at the end of 1966 but continued on the Committee during 1967 and when he moved away to the Eye area he left the committee, with his good work the Club was left in good stead. He was bitten by the bug of Traction Engine and other Engine Rallies and after leaving the Sudbury area he attended many of these Rallies and to him it was coming home to the events in Great Waldingfield and Long Melford. He did not lose his love for motorcycles and he told me twelve months ago he had a Greeves Trials bike like the one he competed on in the 1960s lurking in the back of his shed and was intending to do it up. The Sudbury Motor Cycle Club owes a great debt to Maurice and I know he was proud of the Club for its achievements during and after his time on the committee. Our condolences goes out to his family.
President Sudbury Motor Cycle Club
EXTREME ENDURO SUDBURY MOTOR CYCLE CLUB PRESS REPORT 21-12-14
With ten days to go preparations for the first Extreme Enduro on Sunday 4th January 2015 at Foxborough Quarry Sible Hedingham are coming along nicely due to the efforts of the weekly work parties. There will be two more work parties one on the Sunday after Christmas and the day before the event which will put into place the finishing touches. Entries have reach 30 so far and it is hoped they will reach the 80 mark however the Sudbury Motor Cycle Club have decided that as this is first time they have run this type of Enduro it will go ahead if the entries are not as expected and are prepared to take a financial loss in order to establish it for the future.
EXTREME ENDURO SUDBURY MOTOR CYCLE CLUB PRESS REPORT 07-12-14
The Sudbury Motor Cycle Club are going EXTREME this winter, they are organising an Extreme Enduro on Sunday 4th January 2015 at Foxborough Quarry Sible Hedingham Essex. The event is run on a short course and consist of extreme sections of tyres, concrete and rocks slabs and logs scattered around natural terrain and there is no let up over the two hour duration. There are four Classes being Pro, Expert, Clubman and Trials machines and over the past few weeks the course has been laid out and some of the many obstacles have been put into place while the remaining ones will be put into place over the next three weeks. This is an exciting new adventure for the Sudbury Club and it is believed they are the first Club in the Eastern Centre to promote this type of event. There is a limit of 80 riders and it is hoped to attract riders from around Great Britain and many marshals are needed to help to keep clear the many obstacles from falling riders as there is no alternative route. The starting method will have riders running to their machines in a Le Man style and hoping their machines will start first time.
Regulations can be downloaded from above and please enter as early as possible.
Muntjac Enduro 16-11-14
Not a SudburyMCC event but thanks to Sharon Barltrop we have some images of this event in the Gallery VIEW HERE
SUDBURY MOTOR CYCLE CLUB PRESS REPORT
Conditions were perfect for the last round of the Edmondson Racing British Enduro Championship which was organised by the Diss Motor Cycle Club in the Thetford Forest. This event is aptly named the Muntjac Enduro 2014 and was sponsored jointly by G H Motorcycles and G & B Finch Aggregates. There was a very large entry of nearly 200 riders amongst them were the top British including the 2014 British Champion Tom Sagar, Danny McCanney and Steve Holcombe. In the Championship Class McCanney won with Holcombe 2nd while Sagar had to settle for 7th place. Locally all eyes were on Sudbury members Chris Hockey British 250cc Champion in 1999 and nine times winner of the Eastern Centre Enduro Championship and fellow club member Jamie Roper current Eastern Centre Enduro Champion. They both rode their hearts out against such strong opposition with Roper finishing 14th and Hockey 15th while in their Sub Class they were 6th and 7th respectively. In the Expert Class Stevie Roper finished 10th, Craig Roper 14th and Steve Mason riding for the first time since his injury earlier in the year finished 20th. In their Sub Classes Craig was 3rd; Stevie and Steve were 4th and 10th respectively. The Clubman Class saw Darren Nicolaou 17th, Phil Roper 20th, Ben Ramus 28th, Jack Arnold 37th, Richard Walters 39th, Paul Belton 44th, Terry Hadwen 50th, Jim Funston 56th and Lewis Roper 60th. In the Sub Class E1/2T Walters was 4th, Belton 6th and Roper 7th. Ramus was 8th and Arnold 8th in the E1/4T Sub Class. In their respective Clubman E2 Sub Classes Nicolaou was 8th and Hadwen 3rd while Phil Roper secured 3rd place in the E3 Sub Class and Funston 8th.
In the Clubman Veteran Class it was a storming ride by the Sudbury Chairman and co-sponsor of the event Gavin Hockey with a superb 2nd place while further down the order Gareth Young was 14th, Mark Green 17th, Nigel Ross 18th, Jason Carboult 23rd and Dean Curry 24th. Best Sudbury rider in the Clubman Super Veteran Class was current Eastern Centre Super Veteran Champion Andy Mason with 4th place while Paul Davis was 6th. In the Sportsman Class Dean Southernwood was 3rd, Martin Baker 5th, Peter Barltrop 6th, John Austin 7th, Paul Webb 11th, Philip Barltrop 12th and John Roach 14th.
Vidoes of Muntaj Enduro
Blast 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.
Dr Shox boot camp video
This is where the Sudbury MCC Dave Roper trust funded under 21 riders have been training for more info on this school please visit this link.
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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- 08 Mar: Foxborough Endurothon
- 17 May: GH MCs Husqvarna Solo Enduro Champs - Rnd 3 Foxborough Quarry
- 14 Jun: GH MCs Husqvarna Solo Enduro Champs - Rnd 4 Little Hadham