The Committee

John Hogkiss 
Chairman: John Hodgkiss

From the minute me and a friend dragged his dad’s navy blue 1966 Raleigh Runabout out of the back of his shed during the six weeks holiday of 1977, managed to get it running and ride it round his back garden I was hooked on biking, and to this day I still think it was worth the ear bending we got for wrecking the back lawn!

I started my road riding in 1981 on a Suzuki AP50, which to this day took me on the longest ride of my life with a mate on a restricted Honda CB50J to Barmouth and back in one day! I passed my test in 1982 and progressed through Suzuki's GP100, GT185 and GT380, and rode off and on until the mid eighties when I took a break from riding due to family commitments/financial restraint.

I returned to riding in 2000 with a Ducati 600 - followed very closely by VFR800 and have had a variety of bikes since and currently ride a Tiger Explorer.

At some point I considered that my early training (one day ACU) and motorbike test (ride around the block!) wasn’t probably giving me the best foundation for the safest future, so undertook The Edge riding assessment in 2002, the 2 day Bikesafe course in 2005 and in 2012 joined WAM and took the IAM advanced test through the Skill For Life course. Following on from my IAM test, I was asked if I would like to train become an IAM Observer and decided to give something back to biking and the club and became a Group Observer in 2013, a National Observer in 2014 and a Local Observer Assessor in 2015.

Since I joined the club I have made many new friends who share the same passion for biking that I have, and I’ve enjoyed the various riding experiences such as the fortnightly ride outs, the annual charity ride and the treasure hunt plus the numerous social events that are organised by Pam.

 
Matt Gwynne 
Vice Chairman and Associate Controller: Matt Gwynne

Started riding in 1986 with a Vespa 50 Special Commuting. As soon as I was 17 I bought a Suzuki GP 100. I then took my car test & didn't ride again until passing my Direct Access in 2005. I have owned & ridden a Suzuki 600 Bandit, Kawasaki Z750s, Honda VFR 800 & CBF1000. I currently have a VFR800X Crossrunner, Triumph Street Cup & a 1979 Honda CB250N Superdream.

Joined WAM in 2013 & passed my Advanced in 2014

 
Glyn Davies 
Treasurer: Glyn Davies

 

 

 
Stuart Norton 
Secretary: Stuart Norton

As a relative late starter to riding, I have since made up for it with the number of bikes I have owned. Since joining the IAM a few years ago I feel my riding and safety has improved dramatically through the training received.

 
Pam Fergusson 
Social Secretary: Pam Fergusson

I joined WAM in 2008 and have met some lovely new people all with the same passion for motorcycling.

My hobbies are motorcycling (obviously) and I have an interest in most types of rock music but the 80's ska and punk era is my favourite. I love socialising and getting everyone together and I guess I'm also known as a bit of a "party animal".

I became the WAM Social Secretary in 2010 after organising various social events for the club which include charity nights and ride outs, skittles, quizzes, meals out, river canoeing, go karting, girls pamper days, camping and the WAM Christmas Party to name a few!

I have been a keen motorcyclist for over 30 years and passed my test when I was 17. My first bike was a Suzuki TS 50 ER.  Over the years I have owned a number of different bikes, from sports bikes like a ZX10R to a DT175MX (which is as rare as they come now). Most bikes have been Japanese but I did own a BMW F800GS for 5 years which was a great bike.

I currently ride a KTM 1290 Super Duke and I've also got a little Honda CRF 230 which I use for the occasional bit of green laning.

I passed my IAM motorcycle test in June 2009 and since then I have carried on learning new riding skills.  The people in the club are a mix of different characters and abilities. I never thought I'd be good enough to ride with the very experienced guys but I don't do too badly now and they are always ready to offer any help or advice.  Joining WAM was one of the best things I did.

 

Al 

Senior Observer/Observer Records: Alan Cartwright

I have been riding a motorbike since I was 10 yrs old (off road) and passed my test just after turning 17. For many years I have been riding various different makes and models of bikes and have travelled around Europe and currently ride about 25,000 miles a year.

I joined IAM as an associate in 2009 and have progressed to become a national observer and local observer assessor. To add to my repertoire and because my love of motorbike and riding, I joined RoSPA and passed with a gold award in 2014. I am now undertaking the training to become a trainer for RoSPA.

I enjoy green laning and am a member of the TRF. I am also a member of the Fj owners club.

I enjoy leading club runs and tours for both the Fj owner’s club and IAM and my goal is to continue supporting these institutions as long as I am able to.

 


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