Essex Chapter GB


Website Update
Finally, all of the chapter photos are now in one place.
They're all on SmugMug.

Richard Auton – Pinball
It is with great sadness that I have to inform everyone that Richard Auton [Pinball] passed away last week. As a long standing member of the original Essex Chapter, a much loved Director, by many members. His time at Stratstone/Stadium as technician and later moving to Sycamore HD, and then more recently to Lakeside HD as senior technician put him in touch with many HD enthusiasts. His outstanding knowledge of Harley's and enthusiasm made him many friends both here and abroad.

Funeral Arrangements:
Friday 28th August 2015

Leaving Lakeside HD, Lakeside Estate, Heron Way, West Thurrock, RM20 3WJ at 12.00pm
Arriving at Upminster Crematorium, Ockenden Rd, RM14 2UY, for the service at 12.40 pm
Going to "The Lennards PH" near Avery, to celebrate Richards life after the service.

Flowers are welcome and any donations to St Francis's Hospice

All bikers are welcome.

25th Anniversay Essex Chapter Rally 2016
We've just confirmed the rally dates for 2016.
5th, 6th & 7th August 2016.
So put the dates in your diary, come along and make it the best rally yet.

Tragic News
Jeff`s Funeral arrangements
We have just had confirmation that his funeral which we will be calling his last ride will be taking place on 1st August 2014.
Leaving Jeffs house 15 Salisbury Hall Gardens, Chingford, E4 8SA
We will meet at 11.00 for leaving at 11.30.
Arriving at city of London crematorium for 1.00 service.
We have been informed we have a police escort so to ensure all bikes and cars can keep together.
After service the wake will be held at The Goals, Morrison Avenue, Chingford, E4.
This is located at the rear of Jeffs house off Morrisons car park.
All bikers are invited to share Jeffs last ride and also at his wake, so to ensure Jeff has a good turnout please share this and put it on your chapters website.
Could your members contact BFT by text to let him know how many people he may need to be catering for on 07801255710.
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.
Ride safe.
Tony Nash

Information has come to us of the tragic news that two of our one-time members met their deaths last evening on the A10 road in Hertfordshire.
Leslie Collyer [widow of the well known Mick-the-Pick] and her friend Jeff Locke were both killed in a car crash.
No further details are available at the moment, as more information becomes available it will be posted, our thoughts are with their respective families.

The Funeral of Leslie Collyer will take place at Enfield Crematorium on Thursday 17th July 2014 at 1.15pm.
Bikes are welcome.

Anyone who is going by Motorcycle: meet at the lay-by near the BP Garage on the A10 for 12:30pm.
Leslies family would like attendees to wear pink as it was her favorite colour.
There will be a reception after at the Cheshunt Golf Club, anyone wishing to go along please see Chris Corbidge who will be leading a ride to the golf club.

Committee Nominations 2014

As is usual the following Committee will stand down at the AGM on 5th October 2014.
The following list of Committee positions will up for election.
Membership Secretary, Merchandising Secretary, Editor, Safety Officer, Photographer, Webmaster, Events Co-ordinator, Head Road Captain, New members Rep, Inter Chapter rep and Historian.

Please refer to the Chapter Charter on the website for details of the roles.
If you would like to apply for one or more positions then simply complete the form (Download the form).
Forms should be submitted by the 3rd August 2014, either by post or handed to a committee member.
Anyone applying for a committee position must be willing to serve for one year.

Website Update
The website has an additional events page.
I've called it "Day's Out".
This is for interesting but non Harley or biking events.

Pride of Essex Award 2013
Now here's a reason for every Essex Chapter member to proud.
Essex Chapter were Highly Commended in the Pride of Essex Award Community Champion 2013.
How good is that!
It was presented on the 3rd December at the Anglia Rusking University Chelmsford.
View the certificate here.

SXChapterPix Update
There is now a video section on SX Chapter Pix.
To keep the front page clean i've put the video section in the Gallery area.
Click on "Browse" to find the video section.

Website Update
The website has had a face lift.
Hope you like it. enjoy.

Photo Website (SmugMug)
New photo website design unveiled.
Hope you like it.

Chapter Photos
Introducing the all new Photos Website, SXChapterPix.

Due to the high demand for photos and the space they require on our webiste, we have started a specific chapter photos website, SXChapterPix, where we can hold an unlimited amount of pictures, so keep sending them in for us all to enjoy.

So far I have only moved this years photos, however, the older photos will be moved across to their new home as time goes on.

We hope you all enjoy the new layout and quantity of pictures.

Sat Nav Routes
Introducing the all new Sat Nav route page.
As you can probably guess there is a new page devoted to sat nav routes for you to download. So if you've produced some dandy little routes on your sat nav, and you would like to share them, send them to me, the Webmaster and I'll upload them for all to enjoy.

Thanks Bob for starting this off with some routes for the Peak District Tour.

Forum Access
A number of members have reported issues accessing the forum.
It seems to be an issue with Microsoft's Internet Explorer, other browsers don't seem to be affected.

If you wish, you can use the Firefox or Chrome web browsers.
These links are also on the "Links" page near the bottom.
I've also included a link for a very good FREE antivirus.
Remember, keep everything up to date.

A New Look on the website
A small makeover on the website, hopefully making it easier to look at and work better on mobiles.

A New Link On The Links Page
A new link has been added to the links page to celebrate a former Miss Camber Sands event. (in the biker friendly section)
Check out the website, there is a big writeup on the Essex Chapter visit.
Camber Sands website

17 August 2012
Webmaster makes typo on weekly update, but it's true.
AHCC Lazy Saturday is on the 1st September and not the 8th September
September only - The first Saturday of the month :-)

16 August 2012
Webmaster makes typo on weekly update.
AHCC Lazy Saturday is not on the 1st September as stated but on the 8th September
Sorry all :-)

26 June 2012
Changed the way the events page is shown,
in an attempt to get it to work on iPhones.
If you don't like it, let me know and I'll change it back. 23rd May 2012
More videos added to YouTube.
Essex Chapter Video's on YouTube

30th April 2012
Some more videos added to Essex Chapter Video's on YouTube

28th April 2012
The Hard Rock Café event has been removed from the events calender.

28th April 2012
Alsace 2010 Photos:
More pictures added to this album.

28th April 2012
Old News:
The older news items have been archived.
You can see them by clicking on the "News Archive" link, top right.

Ride of Respect 2012 & Brighton Juke Box Show

Sunday 18th March through Royal Wootten Bassett
Interested riders will have to go to the ride of respect page 2012 and register your entry to participate in this ride

Also Saturday 28th or Sunday 29th April is the Brighton Juke Box Show at Brighton Race Course
It is a daily show of everything to do with juke boxes memorabilia and rock and roll.

If you are interested in either of these, contact Bryan Barnes via email for more info.

Faaker See

I am planning to go to the 15th European Bike Week at Faaker See in September 2012, it would be good if there was 3 or 4 bikes,
if any one would like to join me please let me know.
Trip will be 14/15 days going via Channel Tunnel.

I plan to do as many mountain passes as possible taking a longer route, including Silvrettapass, Timmelsjoch, Brenner, Stelvio and Grossglockner Pass spending about 3 nights at Faaker See.

I am prepared to plan the route and book the hotels if required.
Mike Kuszyk
01206 734587

Iceni Chapter Rally

Fran and myself will be attending the Iceni Rally on the 9th -10th June
This is a one night stay (camping) basic amenities, but EXCELLENT Value for money.
Details on events page.
If anyone is interested in going please let me know and I will arrange the ride up there.

Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum Ride

I am planning a ride down to the Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum in New Milton Hampshire on Saturday 12th May 2012, with overnight stay.

I have limited the ride to a maximum of twenty bikes. I have a reserved twenty rooms at the Premier Inn Highcliffe in Christchurch. These rooms will have to be booked before the end March 2012. It will be the responsibility of the individual to make their own booking. Reference & Telephone number will be provided on acceptance, any rooms not booked by the end of March will be cancelled.

Costs for the rooms are £ 59:00, subject to change, Breakfast is £ 7:99
Entry to Museum £ 6:90 ( not including Club Discount of 20%)
The journey is approximately 164 miles, with a stop half way.
I will be looking to have a ride out on the Sunday morning before heading home around 13:00.

If anyone is interested in coming on the ride please let me know, as it will be first come first served.

Gaz          Essex Chapter Assistant Director & Photographer

American Anthems, 10 February 2012, Chelmsford

Louise & I are thinking of going to this show, which used to be the Route 66 show. Some of you may have seen it at Thunder in the Glens and we saw it at Westcliffe when they put it on tour. I was a great show - very lively music and the cast were amazing.

Tickets are £22 each, but with a small discount for group bookings of 10 people or more

More details available at here.

If you are interested then let me know - - maybe we could get a group together.

Cider Rally

We are planning on doing the Cider Rally (Bridgewater Chapter 4th-7th May 2012)

on-site accommodation is full so we will be in some off-site b&b (still tbd) cos Wendy ain't gonna camp!

Tickets are running low (about 100 left out of 1000) so.............

If anyone is interested in joining us or we can meet up with others, let us know (via forum "PM" or and we can start to organise the necessaries...............

but you do need to book the rally tickets asap.

Cheers, Bob and Wendy Andrews

Ride Out form updated
Added extra fields to gather more information on the ride outs.

2nd Man System Explained
If you're not sure about the 2nd man system, check it out here

YouTube Video Channel
Yes, yes, yes Essex Chapter now has it's own channel on You Tube.
The link is at the top of the Photo's page.
All the old video's are now uploaded.

If you have any videos to show on there, send me the link and I'll include them.

If you're traveling in Europe this year check out the new links added to the links page. Newly added - The laws for rinding in Europe, and some route planners.

It's now 2012
And an all new website too, you may not see much difference, but the workings behind the scenes is much improved, the site is now PHP rather than html, so if you have links to our site that look like "", this will no longer work. Change the link to "", and all will be fine.
There is a new "RideOut" form which if you wish will send you a copy of the submitted form, and lots more, take a look around and enjoy.

The first post on the noticeboard
Thanks Bob for the post and getting this new feature off the ground.

Added new link on links page
Do you want to see some real riding check out the new link
on the links page NTMSC.

New function added
On the events page, I've added a new function to show the events
when clicking on the event link, hope you like it.

Created Rideout Form - 28th October 2011
If you're planning a rideout just fill in the fields and click send.
You can find the rideout form on the Forms page.

Photo's reinstated - 27th October 2011
Hoorah! all photo's re-instated....
If you notice any missing please email the webmaster.
If you have orginals of the BMF Easter Egg Run 2011
please forward them to me, the larger photo's seem to be missing.

Photo's reinstated - 26th October 2011
OK! gave up tryin to do it alphabetic, now doing year by year.
Starting with 2010 and working back. Loads more online now.

Photo's reinstated - 25th October 2011
Some of the photo's have been reinstated.
Trying to deal with them in alphebetical order. More to follow.

New site goes live - 24th October 2011
The new Essex Chapter website goes live.....
For those wanting access to your photo's, that will be done within the next couple of
days. This is my next task to work on.

The committee hope you like the new look and feel, please send any comments to the webmaster.

Thankyou and enjoy.

AGM - 16th October 2011
It was a good turnout for the AGM, and as per normal the committee stood down and a new one elected, albeit some of the committee re-stood for their positions.

The 2011/2012 Committee:

Director: Phil Riley
Assistant Director and Treasurer: Mark Ball
Assistant Director and Photographer: Gary Driver
Secretary: Phil Hart
Editor: Louise Ball
Webmaster: Kevin Wood
Events Coordinator: Heather Wood
Merchandise: Pete Pyke
Members Rep: Vera White
New Members Rep: Frances Driver
Safety Officer: Steve Shipperly
Historian: Rodders White
Head Road Captain: Pete Wilson
Charity Officer: Angie Thorn

6th Febuary 2011
The Essex Chapter was formed on the 6th February 2011, this was due to the closure of the 20 year old Essex Chapter H.O.G when our sponsoring dealership announced they were closing the Harley Davidson dealership STRATSTONE.

Harley Davidson H.O.G announced that we would have to close as a Chapter, because all Chapters have to be sponsered by a Harley Davidson dealership.
The remaining Essex dealership would not adopt us as a group to maintain the ESSEX Chapter H.O.G name.

There were two options for the Chapter to decide on.
The first option was to become an independent Chapter and not be supported by Harley Davidson H.O.G.
The second option was to migrate to a existing Essex dealership and be renamed in alignment with their dealership name.

The membership were balloted and an EOGM (Extra Ordinary General Meeting) was arranged at the Lodge Public House Marquee.

It was an overall majority to opt for the first option, keep the Essex Chapter name and become an independant club.
The membership also voted that the existing committee would continue to operate and run the club until the next AGM.

The new website,, has been created and information and events updated.

The commitee have arranged many events and are preparing for the annual Essex Chapter Rally on 12th - 14th August 2011.

The renewal date for membership had been agreed to be a single annual date from February 2011, members will renew their membership on a sliding cost from their personal expiry dates to achieve a common renewal date of February 2012. This means that individuals do not have to be members of Harley Davidson H.O.G, but they must own and ride a Harley Davidson motorcycle.