Just another day in the life of the Club’s President, Vice President and Editor.
Late in September, Richard arrived at my place from Seymour early in the morning and we then drove to pick up Graham at a pre-arranged meeting point at Narre Warren.
The three intrepid bearded club aficionados then drove to meet with Focus Print Group manager Stuart Anderson in East Oakleigh for a meeting regarding the cost structure of Sprocket.
Following a fruitful meeting with Stuart we then were given a tour of the printing plant which was a real eye opener. The scale of the operation was impressive to say the least and we were all very impressed with what we saw.
After a quick coffee at the local Industrial Estate café, it was off to Cabrini Hospital in Malvern to pay a visit to Vern Dalton who is recovering in hospital.
Vern didn’t have any grapes for us to devour so after an hour visit we headed off to Hallam to meet with David Howard, the son in law of recently passed Life Member Allan Woodbridge.
David is part of the KH Equipment team who primarily manufacture Austart Air Starters and are also the manufacturers of the fabulous Irving Vincent motorcycle.
David was kind enough to pass onto the Club all the records of the Inverloch Investigator Rallies held over 20 odd years by Allan and Joan Woodbridge and family, which we gratefully accepted to be added to the Club’s archival records – thanks to David and the Woodbridge family.
Following a briefing from David about the nature of the business we were taken to the board room to inspect the display of six magnificent Irving Vincents, the ex-Bob Satterley Vincent that was hugely successful at Goodwood in 2014 and the ex-Kenny Roberts Junior Yamaha flat tracker, resplendent with traditional speed block paint work. What an unbelievable display, every corporate boardroom should look like this.
David then took us on a tour of the machine shop - painted floors clean enough to eat off, decorated with plants and a distinct lack of staff numbers due to the state of the art high tech machines in use.
We were then taken into the Irving Vincent inner sanctum and met with Barry Horner who was preparing the racing outfit to be piloted by Beau Beaton at the Australian Super Bike final round that weekend. The outfit was entered in the F1 & F2 outfit races but not competing for points as it was being run for testing purposes only.
Once again, immaculately clean work areas, extremely well set out and an absolute credit to management and staff reflecting how much they enjoy doing what they do.
Thanks David for your time showing us around and sharing your passion with us.
We wish Vern a speedy recovery.
Ian Snadden President CMCCV
On Sunday 17th September we lost a good friend, fellow Club member & our Treasurer Jol Dunn. It was a great honour for me to be asked by Jol’s wife Jane, to speak at Jol’s service on Monday 25th September.
I was equally proud of the number of Club members who attended to show their respect to Jol, which was not unexpected considering the esteem in which we all held Jol.
Jol will be greatly missed by us all. Ride in Peace mate.
As you are aware Jol chose our charity raffle recipient - Fight MND - and tickets are still available for the draw on the night of the General Meeting 15th November 2017.
Forget the prizes, support the cause & if you win that’s a bonus!
Let’s do Jol proud and raise the targeted amount of $2000.
To finish off 2017 the Club has organised a Christmas breakup BBQ at the Rowsley Community Hall. This will be a great event and a great occasion to catch up with fellow members. Make sure you put the date in your diary and come along.
*See notice and full details in October issue of Sprocket*
November General Meeting will be a cracker with our swap meet, member guest speaker and raffle draw. No door entry on the night and the usual gourmet supper, don’t miss it.
We have now adopted a buddy system on all club rides. How this works is that at the ride briefing you choose a buddy that you will look out for during the ride. You don’t have to ride with your “buddy”, just make sure at regrouping, morning tea stops & lunch you eye-ball each other to ensure that each is still on the ride.
Never leave the ride unless you have told someone of your intention to do so - best way to depart from a ride is to stop and inform the Tail End Charlie (or the ride leader at the commencement of the ride if you know you are going to depart before the finish)
Let’s always keep it safe and look out for each other at all times.
Dear CMCCV member
If you’ve never read a President’s message before - please read this one!
(Absolutely no reflection on past Presidents whatsoever, just trying to capture the reader’s attention)
Picture this, we are lucky enough to be out riding our beloved classic machines, socialising and enjoying our passion to the max.
How often do we pause during these times and consider the plight of others who may be stricken with an illness that has no cure - rarely I would suggest. Let’s not be too hard on ourselves over this, as unless you or a member of your family are confronted with a serious medical condition, life goes on for the majority of us. However I am not suggesting we are oblivious to others’ hardships but perhaps momentarily we feel genuine compassion for others when their plight is a topic of conversation. We then seem to seek comfort and be thankful that it “always happens to someone else” before drifting back into our comparatively fortunate lives.
Your committee has decided to support a worthwhile cause by running a raffle over the next few months. Members who attended the August General Meeting were presented with statistics regarding the horrific Motor Neurone Disease (MND) and at that meeting a raffle was launched. Our Club has been given approval from the MND Foundation to run a raffle with all proceeds going to their fund raising arm “Fight MND”.
Fight MND guarantee that 100% of donations go directly to benefit the cause, no expenses are deducted from donations.
For further information about MND go to www.mndaust.asn.au
I would hope we can raise at the very least $2,000 to go to this very worthwhile cause, which equates to one $5 raffle ticket per member. (The equivalent to a beer in the pub, a Magnum ice-cream or a large takeaway coffee.) Of course more would be better.
More details in this edition of Sprocket of how you can support this extremely worthwhile cause.
Back to classic bike indulgence, (but not losing sight of above)
Thanks to Jack Youdan & Colin Borthwick for arranging an excellent guest speaker for the August General Meeting - Rodney Richards, volunteer pilot with Angel Flight.
As you are reading this your committee is hard at work organising next year’s rallies and rides. Three rallies are planned for 2018.
November General Meeting is going to be a cracker with Jack and the committee organising a swap meet at the club premises, starting early and another excellent guest (Club member) speaker.
See you on a Club event soon.
Congratulations to Burger for his exceptional 7 years and 4 months as President extraordinaire. Burger was awarded Life Membership status at the July AGM for which he was very deserving. Enjoy your well-deserved rest from the President position Burger and we sincerely hope to continue to see you at future meetings and Club events. 12 years ago after a 3 year term as President of the BMW Motorcycle Club of Victoria I vowed that I wouldn’t make that commitment again. Well here we go again, however this time circumstances are vastly different, I’m now retired, older and wiser and have learnt in the interim not to take on everything myself, I learnt from my previous experience how to delegate, so watch out committee! I have agreed to take on the role of President of the CMCCV as I’m very passionate about our Club. I have been a member of many clubs over the years and our Club is very special. There are no politics, no egos and I feel I’m a part of a family of kindred spirits. The camaraderie within our club is exceptional and rides, social occasions, meetings and rallies are always very enjoyable. Welcome to the incoming committee for 2017-18. I extend a special welcome Sam Panettieri to the committee in your role as Club Captain and congratulations to Graham Boulter stepping into the Vice President position. The Club’s committee members are all hardworking and dedicated and work extremely effectively together as a team; I look forward to working with the committee during my term as President. I believe myself and the committee have a huge responsibility to ensure that our beloved Club is still in a healthy existence in the future decades to come. Our Club is no different to other enthusiast clubs in respect that our membership is ageing and a major hurdle will be attracting new younger members that share our enthusiasm for classic motorcycles to ensure the club lives on. This will be a great challenge to the committee which we will be embracing with enthusiasm and in due course will be seeking input from members. I look forward to serving you as President and thank the committee for their confidence in me to take on the role. As Burger once said signing off a President’s message - “A club event is a non-event without members” Look forward to seeing you on a Club event soon, guaranteed you will enjoy it.