This years event was another joint effort between SaPAR and IAM Roadsmart. Neither were very busy, which could be time of year or weather related. Both groups did it appears attract additional members and we look forward to getting them trained in Advanced Riding.
Bike4Life – 2019
Members of SaPAR attended this event again for the 2019 Edition of the Annual Bike4Life. Committee members were due to build the stand on Saturday afternoon in readiness for the event on Sunday. However, on arrival to the centre of a windy airfield in the midst of Storm Hannah it was decided that the build should be abandoned until Sunday Morning. This of course meant that the traditional Sunday morning lie-in and hearty bacon and egg breakfast had to be forgone in order to get to RAF Cosford in time to build and fill the gazebo with tables, chairs and all the paraphernalia that goes into having a successful day. The morning began quietly with bikers drifting in and mooching around in the tranquillity of what would soon be utter chaos when the VIP’s and another thousand or 4 motorcycles arrived in a steady stream until there was barely room to stand. The guests this year were Steve Parrish, again, Foggy, again, Mark from TV’s Paramedics, again. New faces were Neil Hodgson a former motorcycle racer and now a Moto GP pundit for BT Sport and Ron Haslem. My apologies to anyone of importance that I have missed. The day continued to be busy with a steady stream of visitors to both ours and the adjoining IAM (SAMM) stand. Many showed an interest in joining and attending the forthcoming joint Assessment Day to be held on Sunday 19th May at Montford Bridge Picnic Area on the A5 at Shrewsbury.
Photographs courtesy of Ken Swinton & Robin Padgett
Wistanstow Bike Show – March 2019
Following the cancellation of the 2018 show through snow, this years event seemed to be a great success. Many motorcycles of all ages, makes and models arrived throughout the day. The weather apart from being a tad chilly and a brief snow shower mid day did not put us hardy bikers off.The organisation was as good as ever with the greeters taking money, part time parking attendants herding the many, many bikes into place and of course the team of ladies churning out hot drinks and baps for the visitors.
Pictures courtesy of Ken Swinton and Robin Padgett
Bike4Life – 2018
SaPAR manned, and ladied the gazebo at RAF Cosford again this year managing to escape the drudge of parking some 3,500 bikes at Meole Brace. The weather was mainly kind to us and the hoards of marauding bikers as they made their way to the show. There was plenty of interest in SaPAR with a decent number of people signing up for the forthcoming Meet & Greet on the 13th May and even a new member. Entertainment was provided by Jamie Squibb and his band of brave souls who clearly will not be enrolling with SaPAR.
Photographs courtesy of Glyn Jones, Kevin Fletcher and Ken Swinton
SaPAR Christmas Meal – December 2018
Fourteen members attended this years event which was held at The Haughmond at Upton Magna.
Pictures courtesy of Michelle Jennings and Kevin Fletcher.