NW Report April-May 08


13th April, Ridesafe Rendesvous, Fairhaven Lake, Lytham

            Ran the MAG Stall at this event. It was a well attended event and we picked up quite a few new members and distributed a lot of Mag literature.

24th May, Rally meeting 4th Fun n Frolics on the Fylde.

            Met down at the new site to assess how much fencing we will need this year to secure the site. We have increased the numbers this year as the rally sold out last year, but with moving to a bigger site, it has become apparent the extent of the extra work that will be needed and so we are presently asking for volunteers to help with set-up and marshalling of the event, details at www.blackpoolmag.co.uk


25h April:- MAG Board Meeting- Bromsgrove

            I attended the MAG UK board meeting, minutes available on MAG UK web-site. http://www.mag-uk.org


26th April MAG AGC-Bromsgrove

            Attended the AGC at Bromsgrove, and stayed over for the evening entertainment.


8th-10th May NABD Rally, Astle Park, Cheshire.

            NW MAG supported this event well, and the stand was well manned. 12 new memberships confirmed over the weekend with no cost to MAG. Many of the rally goers are already MAG members and the stand is always well received. Quite a few badges patches and FYP tickets sold.


11th May Thundersprint, Northwich, Cheshire

            We had to make an early start from NABD to be able to cover this event on the Sunday. Estimated 100,000 spectators at this event, but it has always been a struggle picking up new members here as the crowd is made up of a lot of family/day trippers etc. Picked up a few though and managed to distribute all of my old ROAD issues, and quite a few of the current ones. Plenty of membership forms and leaflets taken, and once again, no cost to MAG as the organisers let us have the stand space FOC in exchange for help with the marshalling.


25th May Scrapheap party, Blackpool

            Blackpool MAG held a special screening of the first appearance of the “Dark Riders” on Scrapheap Challenge, which involved copious amounts of ale and food.


28th May-9th June IOM TT Races

            What a fantastic event this was this year. I ran the stand at three events, the Street fighter challenge at Ramsey on “Mad Sunday”, the Ramsey Sprint on the Tuesday of race week, and the TT Motorcycle Show at Laxey on the Thursday afternoon. This was by far the most successful day with 14 members joining, and a visit from the Hairy Bikers, who were on the stall for a while sighing autographs and having their photos taken. They assured me that they are both MAG members, but were not to sure when their renewal was? Also won the prize for best stand !! Anyway, got some good photos for the”Road”. Over the fortnight I was there, I distributed 300+ magazines around the island at the various pubs and cafes, but could have done with twice as many as I had to restrict what was given out at the shows. Once again I was in discussions with the Moddey Dhoos MCC who run the bike show about affiliation, and they assured me that they will be bringing it up at there next meeting.


All for now & see you at the weekend,