NW Report February-March 2012
I attended the NC meeting at MAG HQ. Minutes of meeting will
be available on MAG
Yet another successful Fred Hill run organised by Bill Green
& Red Rose MAG. Bishop Michael was back with us this year after missing
last year due to bad health. The temperatures the night before were sub-zero so
a ride around the lanes after the ceremony at
The funding of this initiative seems to be improving with
contributions from Lancashire, Merseyside, Greater Manchester and
It was the first year this show has been run, and what a
fantastic venue. The MAG stand was run by me and local reps from Blackpool,
I volunteered to attend this as a RSBS representative along with Merseyside Roads Policing Officer Mike Abram to promote the RSBS initiative. I also took some MAG literature and had success in persuading a few there to join up, including a high ranking official of SLAM (South Lakes IAM).
This meeting of NW clubs and groups is going well. The meeting this month discussed many issues including Bike insurance, future events and the Motorcycle Alliance Party which has been set up to contest the Greater Manchester Police Commissioner Elections.
I went to this event to witness the first run of the sprinter chop and also to meet with the organisers. Marshalls North West who runs this event would like MAG to get involved next year, and I have agreed to help out where possible. It is good promotion for MAG and I do not foresee a problem with getting enough volunteers to support. The sprinter chop went well and got into the low 8secs for the 1/8th mile sprint, which was very impressive for its first time out.
Blackpool MAG is doing well and numbers at meetings are increasing which is encouraging. A lot of ongoing work for the rally later this year. Red Rose MAG & Manchester MAG are still getting regular attendees at their meetings but numbers are down. I cannot get any response from the new Morecambe group local rep and so I am not sure what is happening up there. I intend popping up to one of their meetings when time allows. Rode down to see Gordon, the Wirral & Chester MAG rep to drop of some literature for a Road Safety Event, Powerbikes 2012 taking place in Warrington the same weekend as MAG AGC .Gordon will run the MAG stand at this event as he is not able to attend the AGC. The local group has now relocated their meetings to the Edgemont Ferry Public House in Wallasey.
On a personnel note, started a new job the day after being made redundant from the last one so hopefully I can now start to plan out what spare time I have left. Many events planned this year with the new MAG stall, and a few without! At my new place of work there are many motorcyclists who are not aware of MAG and what we do. Things are about to change....!!
See you all at the weekend,
NW Regional Rep.