In the late 1950’s several likeminded people interested in motor cycling started meeting each Saturday afternoon at Johnny Cooper’s Motor Cycle shop in Gaol Lane, Sudbury. After a time it was suggested they formed a Club and a meeting was arranged at the Woodpecker Restaurant Market Hill (now a National Coffee Shop).
The first round of the Dave Barkshire Two Man Enduro Championship was not without drama; the original venue was waterlogged so the organisers Sudbury Motor Cycle Club move the event to Foxborough Quarry Sible Hedingham and on the day before when the course was set up conditions were perfect. However Mother Nature was not kind as it rained overnight making the conditions muddy, slippery, stamina sapping and very interesting. It was a battle of the Ropers (three brothers and one cousin all riding for the host Club) in the Championship Class, they slugged it out all day despite the slipping and sliding and after four hours it was a win for Rick Roper and his cousin Craig completing 38.50 laps pushing the brothers Stevie and Jamie into second place on 37.67 laps. Out of Centre riders Jack Lee and Paul Field secured 3rd place on 34.67 laps while there were two
A shortened course was prepared for the Youth Hare and Hounds Enduro after the main Adult event at Foxborough Quarry Sible Hedingham the other Sunday. The conditions were just as bad very muddy, slippery, stamina sapping although the rain held off. This event was sponsored by G H Motorcycles/G & B Aggregates and although there were only seven entries the organisers Sudbury Motor Cycle Club decided to run, four of the Youths had graduated to the Adult event and another six were riding elsewhere. It was a dead engine start with the competitors running a few yards to their machines and first away was Will Belton followed by Morgan Plaskett, Cullen Hawkins with Jemma Sargeant last away. Unluckiest rider was Billy Sargeant making his debut in this event who fell half way round the first lap and retired but he lives to fight another day. First round on lap one was