Hunting for Rickman

A retired Humberside Police Traffic Officer and fellow IAM member has been in contact with CambsIAM to seek your help as he researches the eighty Rickman Métisse motorcycles which entered service as police vehicles in the UK in the early 1970s – twelve of them bought by the Mid-Anglia Constabulary between November 1972 and November 1973

Cambridge 1973 – a Mid-Anglia Constabulary Rickman Métisse

Our fellow biker has put together detailed background reading on the unique story of the Rickman Métisse, its link with Mid-Anglia Constabulary and what became of the twelve used in our region. Click here to read more

Perhaps you recall these machines, or even have an photograph you’d be willing to share? Or maybe you even know the whereabouts of a Métisse? Just contact sunday-rides@cambsiam.org.uk and we’ll put you into touch. All anecdotes, images & potential leads will be gratefully received

All-day ride, Sunday 9th June

Keith Tremeer will be leading an all-day ride through the backroads of Norfolk & Suffolk on Sunday 9th June. This rideout has been in the Events Calendar for a while, but Keith has now provided details of the route & timings for the day – these can be found here

All full members and pillion companions are welcome, but there will be a limit on the number of motorcycles. So if you’re free that day you’re encouraged check the ride description using the link above and contact Keith to reserve a place on what promises to be a fine outing

The White Horse near Badingham

An invitation from SAM

The IAM central England Spring Forum on 27th April was an opportunity for groups in the region to catch up with the latest developments. CambsIAM was represented by Chief Observer Graham Scott, who passes on an open invitation to all CambsIAM members to the Group Meeting of Suffok Advanced Motorcyclists on Tuesday 16th July

The meeting begins at 7:30 – after club formalities there will be a presentation by a staff pilot and doctor from East Anglian Air Ambulance explaining the work they do

The Ipswich-area venue (Gresham, Tuddenham Road, IP4 3QJ) has a bar serving all types of snacks, meals and drinks including teas and coffees – see the SAM events calendar for more details

First ladies’ ride of the season

Damp grey skies and a cold breeze were the backdrop for the first ladies’ ride of the season, which took place on the last Sunday of April. Well wrapped up & suitably waterproofed, we headed out on greasy Cambridgeshire roads in an easterly direction, passing through Kimbolton then turning right to Caxton, Old Weston, Clopton and Wadenhoe where we stopped at the Old Barn for scones and tea/hot chocolate

Warmed through, we left the car park following Janet Pinion for the return leg. Janet led us through the Giddings, Ramsey, Warboys & Bluntisham where (after another hot drink) the five of us went our separate ways. It was good to catch up and it was a great ride!

Image courtesy Catherine Ryan

A clean sweep

Congratulations to Jason Wingfield, who earlier this month became our 2nd member to obtain an IAM F1RST, sweeping the board with a One in every category

Jason started riding as a teenager on mopeds and 125-cc bikes, but family life intervened and he soon needed to get a car. It wasn’t until he was 32 that a change in circumstances allowed him to pursue his passion and obtain his A licence through the Direct Access Scheme. He owned Yamaha (RD350 YPVS & FZR600) and Suzuki (Bandit 1200) bikes, but once again had to put riding on hold

He got back in the saddle in 2016, buffed up his skills on Norfolk Constabulary’s Safe Rider Scheme and decided to take his riding to the next level. Jason visited the IAM stand at the NEC Bike Show and signed up

Paired with Observer Steve Alsop, Jason made rapid progress and was soon ready to take a pre-test ride with Chief Observer Graham Scott. Jason comments that in just a few sessions ‘Steve helped me to polish off the rough edges, so all credit to him for being a big part of my F1RST

An excellent ride throughout your test. You were safe, legal & smooth. Your good use of the system helped you make very good progress, you were courteous towards other road users & your acceleration sense was excellent”

Examiner John Atkinson

2019 Annual General Meeting

Venue: The Lord Byron Inn, Trumpington
Date & time: 22nd May 2019, 7:30pm to 10:00pm
The conservatory at the Lord Byron is booked from 7:00pm

All Associates & Members are warmly invited to attend to review the year and air their views on the direction and running of their club

To remain active and relevant to its members the committee needs your input and support. We hope to see as many of you as possible at the AGM

The minutes from the 2018 AGM are available here

A F1RST-rate achievement

Congratulations to Stavros Theodoridis, who recently became an IAM F1RST member, only eight months after joining as an associate (and with just 18 months of motorcycling experience)

His participation in Cambridgeshire BikeSafe last July inspired Stavros to take his training further by joining IAM, and in August he was out on an assessed ride with Observer Barry Dickinson. Their partnership worked well, and over autumn and winter Stavros & Barry rode almost 300 miles together in 7 observed outings

Stavros rode in all weathers throughout the winter with his wife & friends, putting in approximately 5000 miles to develop the techniques he had discussed in his sessions with Barry. By January Stavros was ready for a pre-test ride with National Observer Chris Curryer. With a couple of pointers from Chris and one more observed ride with Barry it was time for the test…

Examiner Chris Devlin met with Stavros at the Wyboston Travelodge. The weather was ideal: slightly overcast, not windy, 10°C. The test route headed north on the A1, exiting at St Neots then all the way to Kimbolton, south on the B660 towards Bedford before joining the A421 back to the starting point

Joining the IAM and training with Barry Dickinson has been a great opportunity to develop as a rider whilst enjoying some superb rides with someone I’d now describe as a friend. I must give credit to Barry Dickinson, Chris Curryer and the support of the CAM Group who have all played an active role in helping me achieve my goal. Their commitment to rider safety and the biking community as a whole, is truly admirable

Stavros Theodoridis

Ladies-only rideout

Calling all female members & associates! Please join us for the first ladies-only ride of the year on Sunday 28th April

We will depart from the car park at Tesco in Milton: please arrive fully fuelled for a short briefing at 9:20am. We’ll aim to end the ride by 1:30pm

The ride will be book-ended by Janet PinionCatherine Ryan. We hope to see you there! Please email Janet to confirm your attendance

See the Events Calendar to add this date to your diary

Meet the Examiner evening


2nd April, Hauxton Village Hall. Full details in the Events Calendar

Although primarily aimed at Associates progressing towards the Advanced Rider test, Meet the Examiner is always popular and Members are also most welcome. The evening is led by Forensic Collision Investigator and IAM examiner Simon Burgin, and gives Associates the opportunity to hear what he is expecting during an IAM test

Simon offers unique insights into motorcycle safety & roadcraft, and his talks are always informative and entertaining. The evening is sure to be of interest to riders at whatever stage they are in their biking!

So we can be sure there is enough tea and biscuits, please email Events Coordinator Catherine Ryan (sunday-rides@cambsiam.org.uk) to say you’ll be attending

Read the truth about Simon & Cambridgeshire traffic police at MoreBikes