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Sussex British Motorcycle Owners Club

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Royal Alexandra Military Hospital

The right honourable Crowley has been attending the Royal Alexandra Military 
Hospital for some bend me stretch me treatment and was told about their open day to raise money for the hospital and their need for one or two military motorcycles for a small display. Mr C asked around and the result was that Alan Topping 1944 3HW Triumph , John Taylor 1945 Ariel WG, John Grew 1943 Matchless G3L and himself 1954 TRW Triumph turned up and a very interesting afternoon we had.

 The most moving moment was when we got talking to `Bill` who was brought along in his wheel chair by one of the nurses. He was a bit slow in opening up but when Alan asked him what he had got up to in the war he became a bit emotional when telling us that he started off by landing at Le Havre and shortly after was sent to Africa and then on the Singapore . At this point he burst out crying as he told us that he had then spent three and half years with the Japanese as a prisoner . We all felt rather guilty afterwards
for bring back what must have been some horrible memories .

The rest of the afternoon was spent in a lighter vein.

John Grew                  


Many Club members will have over the years attended the Remembrance Day gatherings many of which were organised by the Late Eve Pullen. Eve died just before the 2016 ride down to Shoreham and following the Service riders completed a ride past her home and now to complete the acknowledgement of her efforts over the years a plaque was placed at Shoreham Airport. The following pictures follow the events of the evening gathering.


Geoff Baker's Compass Run, an excellent idea but apparently baffling to some Club members, attracted modest support due to the inclement weather. However those true motorcyclists amongst the Club sped off and enjoyed a nice run with some very differing mileage totals at the end. Pete Busson claimed the mileage nearest to Geoff's answer but safe in the knowledge Pete is unlikely to read this I bet Geoff told him the answer, Keith (Hairy) had a minor altercation with a lady driver who reversed back around a blind bend but survived unscathed  and with only minimal damager to his Honda. Dave gave his new bobber a second Club run in just a few days and got it dirty again.

Steve excelled himself with a quality hog roast with plenty for everyone and some took advantage of the offer of 'seconds'. Steve also confirmed he will be looking after those exhibiting their machines at Goodwood, lucky fellows.

Cadillac Country, Dave's latest musical discovery, took over playing Peter Baker's favourite style of music and George and Ethel took to the floor to show those unwillingly to get to their feet how it should be done. Gradually  a few more hardy souls made it to their feet and filled the floor. Richard continued his winning streak  with the ticket draw and once again Dave's raffle team sold an impressive number of tickets.

Thanks to all who supported the event and in just a few days your hearing should return!

Cadillac Country in full swing.                                   The Pagham table continues to grow.                      The hardest working member...........again.


Mid session and the quizzers tuck into some quality food thanks to Steve slaving way in the car park and after a gruelling quiz well presented by Geoff Baker he presented the worthy winners with 'gold' medals whilst Bernie presented the shield. Ticko's Tigers didn't quite romp to victory as there were three teams scoring equally requiring not one but two dead heat deciders.


The lull before the storm as the Bar area is cleared and prepared for the seventy folk who have bought tickets for this event. This necessitated shifting all of the Bar furniture out, removing the table tennis equipment and tables and chairs from the stage and then putting the Bar furniture onto the stage so the table tennis contestants could play. This was the very best we could  do to try and satisfy  Club members for this oversubscribed event. It doesn't look too bad until you put the people in!

In spite of the crowd, which must have impacted in a negative way on the bar takings, there were skills a plenty on show. John Wood patiently waited for his team, last to bowl, and the after a double 'skittle off' , his team aptly name 'Wood's Winners' came out on top. The Chairman presented the shield to the winning team which included two familiar faces as well as John and his wife.

Perhaps the best skill on show could have been how a certain individual negotiated his way through the throng to the Bar.........on several occasions and I am sure Bernie's good lady wife will appreciate the picture of her with her tongue poked out circulating on the World Wide Web.