NW Report June-July 2009


6-12th June: - IOM TT Races

            Took the stall across to the TTs again, and although the number of members taken was disappointing, the general feedback for from bikers about MAG was good. Ran the stall at three events;

7th June:- Streetfighter Challenge, Ramsey

9th June:- Ramsey Sprint, Ramsey

11th June:- TT Motorcycle Show, Laxey.

            Managed to distribute a vast amount of Road magazines and MAG leaflets whilst we were there, as well as some DVDs we were given from the Highways Agency, Great Roads, Great Rides 2. In general, went very well.


13th June: - NC Meeting Rugby

            Had to miss this one as had a previous engagement & wedding.


24th June:- RideSafe BackSafe Police HQ, Hutton

Once again I attended this regular forum meeting. Not much to report but find attending these meetings helps to keep in touch with events around the region and policies being adopted by Lancashire and Greater Manchester Police.


25th-28th June:- Blackpool MAG’s Fearless Fifth Fun n Frolics on the Fylde

            It was another great success. The site’s club house capacity had been drastically reduced from last year and so we had to buy a couple of gala tents to house the rally goers, but on the plus side, the site fees were a lot less. We raised £2k for MAG, £500 for local charities and still have enough in the coffers to kick-start next years rally. All feedback was very positive and we are planning a couple more events at that site later this year, a Halloween party on Saturday October 31st, and the NW AGM and Christmas Party on Saturday 5th December, all welcome!


8th July, RSBS Bikers Night Knott End

            I was asked to take the MAG van down to this event which was organised by the local constabulary. It was an enjoyable evening with live music and BBQ. Picked up 4 new members, to boot!


12th July:- Blackpool Bike Show, Stanley Park, Blackpool

            This is the second year we have run this event. Basically we get full access to the park for Bikes & Trikes as long as we can provide marshals. There is live entertainment provided and local MAG members run the Bike Show. All profits go to the North West Air Ambulance, and this year we raised £50 after paying for the trophies. We picked up another 6 new members and two renewals, distributed loads of literature and Road magazines. The event has zero cost to us and is good PR for MAG and biking in general.


12th July:- Heaton Park Bike Show, Manchester

            This is a new event organised by the same company who run the Manchester G-Mex show. I had managed to negotiate a free pitch at this event, but unfortunately then realised that it clashed with the Blackpool Bike Show so the new Manchester Rep, Jax, volunteered to look after this one with help from the rest of the Manchester MAG group. The feedback I got was that this was a very successful event, and we picked up 4 new members. This show should now be an annual event which the NW will continue to support.


Other business

            The newly re-launched Manchester MAG is going well with 12 or more members regularly attending the bi-weekly meetings. I have assisted Morecambe and District (MAD) MCC to affiliate to MAG. I am good friends with a number of the club and we are trying to set up a local MAG branch in the Morecambe and Lancaster Area. This has been ongoing over the last 12 months and getting MAD MCC to affiliate is a move in the right direction. 

            In the NW, we now have two 8m x 4m marquees for hire at £50 each and 40m of rope light at £15 rental. So far we have earned £270 back in rental fees.