Presidents Reports

Presidents Message June 2018

President’s Message - June 2018 It’s hard to believe another Club year is drawing to a close. Membership renewals are due by 30th of June and the Club’s AGM will be held before the General Meeting on the 18th July. All committee positions become vacant for 2018-19, please refer to AGM notice in this issue of Sprocket. I would like to acknowledge and thank Richard Haughton for producing the very professional DVD of a number of interviews with Club members and their magnificent machines at the March meeting Show and Shine. Richard’s DVD will become a valuable addition to the Club archives and is available from the library for members to borrow and can also be viewed on the Club’s website. Thanks also to David Langridge for his polished interview skills to which we have all become accustomed. This well attended event was made possible thanks to the organiser Jack Youdan – thanks to Jack on behalf of the members who thoroughly enjoyed the occasion. A number of us joined the Geelong area members for the SLOB Ride on 22 April. The ride was well attended and extremely well organised and run by Andy Symons. Andy’s ride leader skills and instructions to riders at corners requiring marking were exceptional, the best I have witnessed on a Club run. Well done Andy to you and your team for a great ride. Geelong area Club representative Dave Gudgeon has relocated from the Geelong area and as a result has decided to step down from this position. I am delighted to announce that Andy Symons has agreed to take on this role. Our thanks to Dave for his role as the Geelong Rep. over the last few years. You will have noticed that Jeremy Coffey has taken up the role of Sprocket Editor. Jeremy will be taking over from Richard Sommerville to allow Richard to take on the Club Permit Officer position from Ray Isles in the new Club year. Richard and Ray have undertaken their previous roles for many years and are to be congratulated on their commitment to serving the Club in such an exemplary manner. Both the Editor and Club Permit Officer roles are key committee positions and require a huge commitment to fulfil. My thanks to Bill Washington for agreeing to take on the library position from Jeremy. On recent Club Rallies issues have arisen regarding Club members in cars following the ride. When the Tail End Charlie relieves a corner marker the TEC is then required to wait for the backup trailer and members in cars to catch up. On narrow country roads with potentially dangerous intersections this has often led to the TEC to be required to wait in an often-precarious position for an extended period of time. If the cars are strung out over some distance there is often no room for the “freight train” to prop safely and wait for all the cars to arrive. This issue was discussed at the April committee meeting and it was agreed that in future, members in cars will be provided with details of the morning tea and lunch stops and if they desire, make their own way to these stops. Only the back-up car and trailer will be included in the ride group. I appreciate that this decision may not be welcome by some members however it has been made to enhance safety for all Club Members participating in Club Rallies. Have a look at the Club Calendar for the extensive number of rides on offer, for your enjoyment. Look forward to seeing you on a Club ride soon. Ian Snadden President CMCCV  

Presidents Message May

President’s Message - May 2018 At the February General Meeting this year I advised members in attendance that the committee & I would be focussing this year on offering members a greater variety of events for their participation and enjoyment. I mentioned a proposed change to the mid-week ride format. The committee have decided to start a fresh approach with the mid-week ride structure which will hopefully enable members to have greater access to mid-week ride departure points without the necessity of having to ride vast distances in peak hour traffic to attend a mid-week ride that may start a considerable distance from their place of residence. It has also been decided that all Club rides (mid-week and monthly Sunday rides) will have a common start time – 8.30 am for a 9.00 departure. Hopefully this will overcome any confusion that may have been experienced during the recent trial for some rides to start at a later time. The number of mid-week rides will be increased to two per month. Mid-week rides will be split into two regions, South of the Yarra and North of the Yarra. Eddie Sleightholme will be the Southern region coordinator; Keith McCracken & Wally Walsh will co-coordinate the Northern region. Southern region mid-week rides will be held on the first Tuesday of each month. Northern region mid-week rides will be held on the third Tuesday of each month. This effectively doubles the number of mid-week rides available to members, obviously if you are keen and peak hour traffic riding doesn’t faze you, then you have the opportunity to attend two mid-week rides each month. Doubling the number of rides will necessitate more planning and ride coordinators are not expected to plan and lead every ride themselves. Members will be encouraged to step forward to plan and lead a ride in their region. If you haven’t run a Club ride before and feel overwhelmed by the prospect, support is available from the ride coordinators and committee members. The pre-ride briefing can be undertaken by a committee member or ride coordinator if you feel uncomfortable about handling this function. Please give some thought to offering to run a future mid-week or monthly Sunday ride. Share with other Club members your favourite ride, take a more active role in your Club, guaranteed you will enjoy it. Watch the Club calendar for implementation of the new mid-week ride format. July will be the first month featuring two mid-week rides. Before winter sets in, get that classic out and come and join us on a Club ride.   Ian Snadden President CMCCV

Presidents Message April

President’s Message - April 2018 On March 16th to 18th we held our Inverloch Rally. The rally was well attended by the regulars and it was pleasing to see a few new faces. Our thanks go to Alan Prentice for planning the rides on Saturday & Sunday as well as a morning tea treat on Saturday and a great send-off BBQ on the Sunday. The roads Alan led us on were sensational with no lack of corners & magnificent scenery. Alan’s mates did the ride marshalling on the Saturday ride leaving ride participants to simply enjoy the riding. Great organisation, great rally, thank you Alan and Michelle and all those that gave their time to help you. Over the Rally weekend we had the pleasure to catch up with Joan Woodbridge and her family. Joan and her late husband Alan and their family ran 18 Inverloch Investigator rallies over a twenty-year period. I want to vent my concerns on a subject that I feel strongly about. Being president of a club of like minded motorcyclists of the mature and sensible type, I am confident that the vast majority of you will be in agreeance with me, regarding my subject of concern. Here goes! – It never fails to amaze me the gear or lack of, that some motorcyclists think is suitable for riding in. Well may we say (a bit of Gough plagiarism there ha ha) that we live in a nanny state, as we risk getting fined if we use our mobiles while we drive or cycle, we are fined for not wearing a seat belt and there are numerous other seemingly trivial misdemeanours of which we need to stay on the right side of the law. I agree many of these actions are dangerous & should be discouraged, however it is perfectly legal (be it incredibly stupid) to ride a motorcycle in a singlet top & shorts. I need not expand on the type of injuries that are sustained if you slide down the road with only your bare skin covering your bones. Should we become even more nannified (possibly a new word I have made up) & legislate mandatory protective motorcycling clothing? It certainly wouldn’t bother me, but should we have to go to these extents to keep motorcyclists safe & keep the TAC premium down by keeping those who consider themselves invincible out of hospital. Then there is the issue of scooter riders to complicate matters. You really would think that common sense would prevail – but it doesn’t seem to unfortunately. I’m glad our Club members consistently set an example to those that don’t seem to be aware of their vulnerability in this regard. One can only hope that it may rub off, but I’m not too hopeful about that. On a sad note on the 12th of March Lesley McKibbin sadly passed away after 12 months or so of battling ill health. Our thoughts are with Bill & family during these difficult times.   Ride safe & often Ian Snadden President CMCCV

President’s Message March 2018

March already – unbelievable! We have just had our first committee meeting for 2018 (14th Feb) and the committee and I are planning an exciting and event packed 2018 for you. Three rallies will be held this year - The Inverloch Rally this month, The Brass Monkey Rally in June (see this issue for details) and a Ride and Ruffit weekend at Llanelly this Oct. Planning for the latter two rallies is well in hand. Other events in the planning are an overnight ride to a country pub (leave Saturday, return Sunday) and we may even do the same thing for a midweek ride (leave Tuesday return Wednesday). A total revamp of the midweek rides is being planned – more news of this later. Of course, the monthly Sunday rides are always worth looking forward to. March General Meeting is our Show and Shine, so bring your pride and joy along for all to salivate over. Future General Meetings are aimed at being less formal and more enticing for members to attend. Graham, Richard and myself have recently returned from a few days away checking out possible future rally sites for 2019 and Graham and I spent a few days towards the end of last year looking at a potential rally site for the Clubs 50th anniversary in 2021. The enjoyment we endure for you guys – hey thanks. So hopefully with a full calendar, we’ve done our bit and it’s up to you members to support Club events. As I’ve said before, a Club event without member participation is a non-event. You are a member of a fantastic Club, take advantage of what your Club is offering you. I saw a few Club members at The Island Classics late January; what a great meeting that was. Australia won the International Challenge which was a great to see. The weather was exhausting being a spectator, can’t even imagine what the riders went through. The temperature topped 39 degrees on the Sunday causing parts of the road from Cowes to San Remo to melt and breakup. Looking forward to next year’s meeting. This month is the Club’s Inverloch Rally - rally organiser Allan Prentice has taken Graham and I on the planned rides for the two days and for those attending you will be amazed at what Allan has planned. I had no idea the diversity of the roads in the area, corners (many, many), scenery and all within a few kilometres of rally headquarters. For those going – look forward to seeing you there. Please support your Club activities. Ian Snadden President CMCCV

President’s Message Feb 2018

President’s Message - February 2018 I recently read an article by Jerry Thurston in the British ‘The Classic Motorcycle’ about the 25-year rolling rule for VMCC eligibility in Britain, which made me think about our Club and the direction we appear to be heading and what really is a classic motorcycle. The Oxford dictionary defines classic as “A thing which is memorable and a very good example of its kind” If you apply this definition of classic to our situation then yes we do have members that own, ride and enjoy classic motorcycles. Sadly by this definition I am not one of them, however I still consider that my R90S for example to me is a classic motorcycle (yes it’s a bit tatty and some are cruel and heartless and keep telling me it’s not the right colour). But the model has excellent pedigree, when first released it was considered a superbike with many new innovations that have endeared it to collectors worldwide to this day. But lined up beside an SS100 Brough Superior for example and asked to choose which machine is a classic then the R90S would hardly rate a second glance by most motorcycle buffs. Our Club rides over the years have seen the true classics participating drop off considerably and now days most rides are dominated by more modern machines to the point that one would be hard pressed to fathom the purpose of our Club if you weren’t in the know. Does this matter and should we be concerned? Well from my point of view it’s a shame but there are obvious and logical reasons behind this. For a start the number of vehicles on the roads is increasing by the day and let’s face it old bikes don’t have too many safety features. For most of us just the journey to the start of a Club ride can be a harrowing experience on a bike with all those modern safety features. So if you are like me and consider life preservation something of a priority then why increase the odds against oneself if you have a choice sitting out in the shed. Urban Melbourne residents envy Geelong area members your close proximity to country riding. For me a mid week ride starting at Rockbank doesn’t even rate a second thought, by the time I got there I would need a Bex and a good lie down. Best remedy I think is to trailer your beloved classic bike to Club rallies. You have comfort in the knowledge of a back up trailer being present on the rides. You don’t have the long ride there and back and you can enjoy your machine on country roads right from the front door of your accommodation. That said The Inverloch Rally is coming up in March this year so why not get your classic bike ready and come along. So back to the classic by definition dilemma. I don’t think it really matters. Perhaps the definition of classic should remain objective and be at the discretion of us as individuals. If you consider your bike to be a classic then why not, irrespective of whether it’s a Brough or a 1980’s Japanese machine (or a tatty R90S). I don’t care and personally would never disagree with someone if they referred to their pride and joy as a classic. Patina or restored to better than brand new, well that’s another subject for another day. Hope to see you and your classic at The Inverloch Rally next month. Ian Snadden President CMCCV

President’s Message – Dec. 2017

It’s been a tragic and chaotic month. Hard to believe that this month we have lost Ian and Jan Kennedy, both Life Members and long serving members of our Club who gave so much to so many during their lifetime. Ian and Jan ran 10 Gippsland Classic Rallies for our Club and Ian was always willing to organise rides and break stops whenever a ride /rally was held in the Gippsland area. Ian organised and planned all the rides during our week-long LEAP Rally based in Lakes Entrance last year. Ian and Jan were actively involved with the Maffra Sale Motorcycle Club for many decades, were instrumental in the establishment of the Gippsland Vehicle Collection Motor Museum and ran numerous Ken Rumble Reliability Runs and The Harold Parsons Memorial Rides. Ian and Jan spent many hours bringing a quality of life to those less fortunate in their community. Ian built an outfit that would carry a wheelchair bound person in the chair. I understand the oldest passenger he carried was 105 years old. This conveyance Ian called The Hope Mobile. We will miss them both, our condolences and sincere thoughts are with the family during this extremely difficult time. At our well attended (70 plus members) and very successful November Swap Meet / Meeting (thanks to organiser Jack Youdan) we drew the Fight MND Raffle. Congratulations to the three prize winners and to all those who dug deep and bought tickets for this very worthy cause. The proceeds of the raffle ticket sales made our target of $2000. The Club donated all costs associated with the running of the raffle. Committee representatives will meet with Fight MND representatives for a cheque presentation as soon as this can be organised. Well done CMCCV members. I hope by this stage all members who have internet access will have had a look at our new website. Ok I’m biased, but I think it looks fantastic and would like to thank Peter, Glenda and Graham for their genius. If you haven’t had a look yet, do yourself a favour www.classicmotorcycle.org.au We have decided on a common theme between Sprocket cover photo and the website home page, so when you log on you will be greeted with the magnificent round case Ducati (until Sprocket cover pic changes). Sunday 26th November was our Christmas breakup BBQ - a very enjoyable day was had by all (even though the weather was not great, and the power was off all day), great food, great company and an enjoyable shortened ride (due to the inclement weather) led by Captain Sam. Thanks to all those that helped to make the day a success. Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a prosperous, healthy and most importantly safe New Year. Look forward to joining you on a Club ride over the Christmas break. Ian Snadden President CMCCV   Please note: Next Committee Meeting 14th February, next General Meeting 21st February, no Sprocket in January.

President’s Message – November 2017

 

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

   

President’s Report – October 2017

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.

Ian Snadden

President CMCCV.

 

President’s Report – September 2017

President’s message:

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.

Ian Snadden

President CMCCV.

President’s Report August 2017

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.

Ian Snadden

President CMCCV