Coming of Age Suffolk Advanced Motorcyclists has come of age this year. If we had a door we would be given the key and we could act all grown up and become responsible adults. As such the BBQ tonight is dedicated to the Group coming of age, ie 21yrs. Well we haven’t got a door but we have grown and are responsible adults, ( well in most cases). This Group was started at the second attempt by John and Jenny Maddox, one of our special guests tonight, as a sub group of Ipswich and District IAM Car Group. The wheels were put in motion late 1989 as best we can remember, because the minutes of our early meetings kept by the car group have unfortunately been destroyed. This first meeting was held at a pub in Ipswich, The Golden Hind on Nacton Road. All local motorcyclists who were already IAM members, of which I was one, having already taken THE TEST, were contacted and invited to attend this inaugural meeting, along with other interested motorcyclists, following local advertising. During that meeting a committee was formed and volunteers to become trained as Observers called for. Unfortunately, myself and a guy called Dennis Newby along with a couple of others, couldn’t keep our hands in our pockets and we volunteered to be trained. Things really didn’t get off the ground properly until we were trained and so we were to meet at the car park off the Scole Inn on the A140 and be further trained by Norfolk Advanced Motorcyclists At around 9am on a bitterly cold February 1990 morning, so cold in fact that one participant had to be warmed up in a car and couldn’t participate any further. ( Names withheld to avoid any embarrassment or mickey taking which has become part and parcel of being part of the SAM Observer team.) Every weekend was taken up with training Dennis and myself, until we were deemed ok to start Observing ourselves. Part of that training was for Dennis and myself to be taken for a drive with Bob Gosden, one of your examiners and the only one at that time, who has been extremely supportive to the group and The SAM Observer August 2011
The August 2011 edition of "The SAM Observer"