New National Observer

Congratulations to Steve Rowdon, who recently completed a detailed training program and test to become a National Observer. Chief Observer Graham Scott comments –

Steve Rowdon today passed his National Observer test with flying colours after a grueling time under the close scrutiny of IAM Staff Examiner Pete Doherty

Steve joined IAM in September 2005, and has been a very active member since joining the Observer team. My records do not go back far enough to say how many Associates Steve has helped to full Membership, but I do know that some have gone on to become Observers themselves, cascading down the knowledge gained with Steve’s help

The 100% pass rate which his Associates have enjoyed bears testament to Steve’s abilities. I know that Steve derives much pleasure from his involvement with CAM and fulfillment from being an Observer, a role which lets him see first-hand riders develop with his guidance and encouragement. Steve will now help experienced riders within CAM to become Observers in their own right, as he has been nominated Local Observer Assessor to strengthen our team further

Well done Steve on your well-deserved success!

image © Paul Lester

Reflections on i2i Machine Control

Many thanks to Associate Ian Dunckley for taking the time to share his reflections on the i2i Motorcycle Academy Machine Control course which he recently attended in York. Ian signed up for Machine Control on his own initiative, but note that CambsIAM negotiated a group discount & subsidised members’ attendance in 2018 and 2019

Read Ian’s account using the link below – if you like the sound of this unique course you can of course contact i2i directly. Alternatively, put a note in your diary and look out for an email towards the end of the year – we hope to offer subsidised attendance once again in 2020 for this outstanding motorcycle training

  • Read Ian Dunckley’s account of the course here
  • Review the 2018 CambsIAM Machine Control course here
  • Visit i2i Motorcycle Academy here

Ride to the Cotswolds

Full members: why not join Chris Curryer for his all-day Cotswolds ride on Sunday 11th August?

Leaving the Gulf Petrol Station in Barton at 9:00am, we’ll ride through the beautiful grounds of Woburn, followed by the roundabouts of Milton Keynes. A coffee stop in Buckingham then it’s on to the hills, taking in as much of the Cotswolds AONB as time & two wheels allow. There’s great scenery, pretty villages and, with luck, some A-list celebrity-spotting

The route takes us through Ayhno, Moreton-in-Marsh & Chipping Campden, with lunch in Bourton-on-the-Water. There’ll be a chance to visit the Motoring & Toy Museum with its Brough Superior (considered the Rolls-Royce of motorcycles in the inter-war years)

Pleasant riding along Cotswold lanes will take us through Bilbury to Burford, where – if you still have an appetite – you can enjoy an afternoon tea on the famous High Street. Following a more direct route back, we should be home around 7:00pm, having covered about 250 miles

To join this ride, see the Events Calendar entry & contact Chris directly