Log for 2019
Sunday 19th - Tangmere Museum ride - Photos
Saturday 18th - New Members Ride 2 - Photos
Wednesday 15th - Respect to the Few ride - Photos
Monday 13th - Moto Mondays @ GH-D - Photos
A warm sunny evening spent chatting, kicking bike tyres, eating pizza and drinking beer!
Sunday 12th - Boathouse Breakfast ride - Photos
Saturday 11th - Megalithic Stones ride - Photos
Thursday 9th - Committee Meeting
Amongst other topics discussed, Brett Speed and Czes Wicherek were confirmed as Editor and Webmaster respectively for another three years.
Monday 6th - Coast ride - Photos
Chris Doody led 23 bikes from GH-D to go to Littlehampton via devious back roads to have brunch at the East Beach cafe. Some of the riders decided to carry along the coast to enjoy the fleshpots of Brighton and a few to sample ice cream further along the prom. 9 bikes came with Chris returning to Milford via little use backroads. Thanks to Alasdair Denton-Miller and Andy Parker for backmarking.
Sunday 5th - Highway to Highcliffe ride - Photos
Andy William led the 26 bikes and 30 people who turned up on a dry but chilly morning for a 2 hour ride to Highcliffe covering a total of 150 miles on the day. Thanks to back markers Paul Cutler and Martin Harrington.
Saturday 4th - International Female ride - Photos
Liz Getgood led 1 bike (new rider) and 1 trike (newish rider) to the Devils Dyke on a windy and winding route with just a few short sharp showers. Lunch was had over looking the great views and a 99 ice cream - what more do you need!
Saturday 4th - Star Wars Day ~ A New Hop(e) ride - Photos
Alasdair Denton-Miller led 10 bikes (11 members) on a 70 mile loop through Surrey and Sussex to the Hepworth Brewery near Pulborough and a tour of the brewery. It was then on to Billy’s on the Road Cafe for something to eat before returning to GH-D. Nice weather, if a little bit cold and thanks to Ken Hall and Martin Harrison back marking.
John Holmes led a group of fifteen party people down to the first big Rally of the season stopping at Thruxton and Cheddar Gorge en route. We joined up with other Chapter members who had made their own way down so that the Hogsback contingent numbered just over 20 souls. Great entertainment from the live bands over the three nights with the highlight for many being the comedic performance of 'Amy Housewine'.
The weather proved to be kind to us all weekend and for the return ride home which John also led. Thanks to Paul and Lynn for back marking both ways even if one of the riders present forgot how the drop off system worked on the way down, thus losing part of the ride for a while! But following the mantra of 'What goes on tour, stays on tour' that matter is now closed!
Thursday 2nd - Club Night - Photos
Check out what you missed: 1 of 600,000 Belgian statues; 2 of 37 million Canadians; 5 of 6 Iron Hog riders and 1 lucky Golden Key winner!
Wednesday 1st - Biker Down course - Photos
Wednesday 1st - Classic Cars 1 (evening ride) - Photos
Sunday 28th - Bike Shed ride - Photos
Chris North led 24 bikes & 30 members to the iconic Bike Shed in Shoreditch ... DURING the London Marathon, and despite the Mayor's anti-biking emissions rules and the Sunday drivers!
Early start at Cobham Service Station, then a nice run pass Warrs, onto the West Way flyover. As we approached Kings Cross, Cathy Robert (a Gold member of Bike Shed) moved on ahead and secured the parking and directed traffic (wearing temporary Orange tabard as supplied by Woody).
Bike Shed supplied security for the bikes, and a long table for the brunch. They have been congratulated for their enthusiastic support of the ride. Many thanks to my back markers Andy Parker and Trevor Rawlings without whom it wouldn’t have been possible.
Saturday 27th - Bucklers Hard ride - Photos
Trevor Rawlings set off with 15 bikes and was joined by 3 more at the halfway point which was Loomies (pre-agreed). The weather was bright and dry albeit windy with gale Hannah. No mishaps and thanks to back markers Paul Andrews & Chris North.
The Chapter's first 2019 International Weekend Away saw 13 bikes and 19 members join Roger and Tracy Bonnici on their weekend rumble to Ostend to savour Flemish stew, Belgian beer and fantastic roads with the West Flanders Chapter. Many thanks for the supporting road crew of Andy England and Dik Gregory keeping the group together.
Monday 22nd - BH - Easter Monday Breakfast ride - Photos
Alasdair Denton-Miller led 24 bikes and one trike at a good pace and kept that up all the way, with the group staying together and tight throughout to Lobster Pot cafe in Felpham. The lovely warm weather was a perfect end to a great Easter Monday ride. Everyone had breakfast and were all gone by 11.00am. Thanks to Ken Hall and Paul Cutler for back marking.
Sunday 21st - Crocodile ride - Photos
17 bikes met up at an unearthly hour to go off to The Crocs. We stopped for a carvery at lunchtime having had a coffee break on route. No incidents or accidents and a huge thank you to Chris Doody and Axel Thill for watching the rear. - Robin Seymour
Saturday 20th - Easter Egg Run ride - Photos
The weather was very good as Liz Getgood led the ride from GH-D to the Childrens Trust at Tadworth .... though not so good for the Easter eggs we took! There were 29 bikes and a trike parked up at the Easter fair where we handed over the eggs and donations to the trust before checking out the stalls and then going on to the Tree Boxhill for lunch. Thanks to Pete Ostinelli, Chris North and Pete Hillier for their back marking.
Friday 19th - LoH Lunch - Photos
12 of the Ladies of Harley gathered at the Red Lion Shamley Green for a lovely meal lots of conversation and made the most of the wonderful weather. Looking forward to the next one!
Friday 19th - A Flying Visit ride - Photos
Dell Evans and Peter Ostinelli led 23 Harleys on a ride through the scenic sunny countryside to Headcorn Airfield. Sat in the sunshine outside the cafe watching people throw themselves out of air-planes before returning home - a lovely day.
18 hardy Harley Hogsback guys and girls braved the cold start with ride leader Stephen Foster for a fun day on the South Coast playing crazy golf. Nice venue with café and 'indoor' crazy golf should the weather prove to be nasty. The A team (Andy No pants & Alasdair) kept everyone safe, Peter and Roger captured the fun. A bottle of bubbly was presented to the winner: Little John.
Saturday 13th - Newmarket H-D ride - Photos
A very cold start to my ride from Cobham services to Newmarket H-D and their HUGE dealership (lots of room) via Lakeside H-D for coffee and doughnuts, dodging rain showers that sometimes turned to hail on the way up. Then following the sat nav which led us to where I'm sure I could hear banjos playing through huge fields of bright yellow rape seed back home. Only 8 riders meant that we made good progress all day. Many thanks to Peter Ostinelli for back marking and Dell Evans for being on stand-by incase there were 10 of us on the ride! - Chris Doody
Monday 8th - Moto Mondays @ GH-D - Photos
Second of a series of monthly bike nights at GH-D running throughout the year.
Sunday 7th - Sea Lane Café ride - Photos
On an overcast April morning, Gary Tew led 17 Harleys down to Goring–on–Sea travelling along single lane carriageways with some nice sweeping bends. The rain that was forecast held off and we even managed some sunshine down at the café. Although busy, we were all fed and watered and after saying our goodbyes to a few club members that met us there we took a swift ride homewards along the A24. Thanks to Ken Hall and Alasdair Denton-Miller for taking on the back marking duties.
Saturday 6th - GHD-2-SHD-2-MHD-2-GHD ride - Photos
Peter Ostinelli led 30 riders and 1 pillion on this 150 ride. Meeting at GH-D, the first stop was at Sykes H-D and a tour of their custom build area. Whilst at Sykes a further 2 riders joined for the tour.
The second leg to Maidstone H-D saw the ride break up a bit with 11 riders returning home leaving 19 heading off to the next stop. Once at Maidstone H-D, coffee was consumed and when a look around the dealership finished it was decided that the last part for the way back would be on the motorway. Thanks to the back markers: Chris Doody, Dell Evans, Alastair Denton-Miller and John Holmes.
Thursday 4th - Club Night - Photos
Back to the Princess Royal for another busy evening.
Sunday 31st - Ardingly Show ride - Photos
Great ride today on the first day of Summer. John Holmes left Newlands Corner with 14 bikes en-route to Ardingley for the Classic Bike Show. Good progressive ride there and back finishing at Ryka's, nice one John! Thanks to back markers Peter Ostinelli and Andy Williams.
Saturday 30th - New Members Ride 1 - Photos
A warm sunny day saw a massive turnout for the New Members Ride! So the assembled were split into 4 riding groups, led by Graham Woods, Dell Evans, Vince Pyle and Robin Seymour respectively.
Sunday 24th - Pioneer Run ride - Photos
Saturday 23rd - GH-D Birthday Party - Photos
Aaron and his team at GH-D celebrated their tenth Birthday in some style with a very busy party at the Dealership that featured live entertainment, hog roast, and trade stands.
So a big thank you to Aaron and his team at GH-D especially Bob who made the coffee table, and to all those from the Chapter who got involved with helping out with traffic control, manning the Chapter stall dealing with membership renewals and queries, selling tickets for the charity raffle and LoH Tombola, and with the LoH refreshments. And the weather was kind improving as the day went on. You raised ......wait ........(its like an X factor result) ...... wait ......£2,469 WOW !
Sunday 17th - ABC 1 ride - Photos
Well what a lovely day, two determined riders joined Axel and ride leader Robin Seymour on a beautiful sunny day off to Wiltshire. It was a little on the chilly side to start with (6 degrees rising to 11.5 at lunchtime) which might have deterred some from joining. It just made it quicker and more fun and even with a lunch stop and a coffee stop we were back home for 4.00pm.
We 'collected' Bentley, New Alresford, Itchen Abbas, Stockbridge, Grateley, Quarley, Thruxton Down, Wiltshire, Zeals, Dorset, Mere, Kingston Deverill, Hill Deverill and Longbridge Deverill. Good time had by all and no drama’s.
Saturday 16th - Battle Cafe ride - Photos
Steve Routh led 9 other bikes on a ride along a good and varied selection of A and B roads as well as one small motorway section! The weather was better than expected for most of the ride with only one shower of driving rain. Yummy breakfast were consumed by all, with Steve having two: one at Ryka's and one at Route 1066 café !! Thanks to Jane R and ADM for backmarking.
Sunday 10th - SoS Nutcracker Breakfast ride - Photos
Graham Woods led the 8.30am 'Start of Season' ride. Following the evening storm, a hardy group of riders decided to set off for the coast dodging windfall debris and strong winds. It was a pleasant surprise when we were greeted in Bognor by blue sky and brilliant sunshine. A full English was followed by a leisurely ride and we were back home by midday. Thanks to RC Henning Roesch and Andy Parker who took the fabulous Sussex landscape pictures.
Saturday 9th - New Road Crew Training - Part 2- Photos
The four new Road Crew prospects must now organise a ride for Road Crew Only from GH-D all 4 are expected to give a pre-ride brief then take turns at Leading, Sweeping and dealing with a faux breakdown procedure stopping the ride at a safe location while observed by the Head Road Captain & Safety Officer. A good RC turn out supported this training ride stopping off at Billy’s for brunch.
Awesome fashion show organised by Beth as part of Club Night at GH-D, great clothes, beautiful models ... well all except the great grand finale .... with Scary Chris Doody.
Monday 4th - Moto Mondays @ GH-D - Photos
First of a series of monthly bike nights at GH-D running throughout the year.
Saturday 23rd - Winter Ball - Photos
What a fantastic night: beautiful ladies all dressed up in their ball gowns and the men suited and booted. Hogsback Chapter do it in style, and yes, we do scrub up well! The Thatchers Hotel turned out to be a great venue and the food was really lovely. Great music from DJ Rob Paston who had everyone up on the dance floor and some great guitar action from the men with the ladies giving them a run for their money.
The Black Jack and Roulette tables, manned by professional croupiers, were full all night and great fun. No real money changed hands but the Lady and Gentleman with the most chips at the end of the night won a bottle of prosecco each (the winners were Al Denton-Miller and Marion Morris).
There was also an amazing charity raffle with all of the prizes donated by our very generous members with the Hotel also donating a great prize. We raised a lot of money for our charities. To sum up it was a brilliant night, and congratulations to our Activities Officer Eileen Ostinelli who pulled it all together.
Saturday 23rd - Road to Reading ride - Photos
Dell Evans led 35 Harleys on a short ride to Reading H-D for a burger and a coffee then Robin led us all back to GH-D. Thanks to Liz Getgood, Steve Foster and Woody for protecting the rear of the ride!
Saturday 16th - Mileage and Membership Day @ GH-D - Photos
Saturday 9th - Garage Talk on Engines - Photos
Thursday 7th - Club Quiz Night - Photos
A buzzing evening ably hosted by the team 'Top Dog' aka Dell Evans, Eileen Ostinelli, Chris Doody and John Fluker with a guest appearance from Trevor Rawlings which included him singing one of the questions though that didn't seem to dampen the spirits too much!
The 'Toothless Wonders' went on to win and in the process, earnt themselves the privilege of hosting Quiz Night next year!
Sunday 3rd - Ten Pin Bowling - Photos
Wednesday 30th - Road Crew training - Biker Down - Photos
Sunday 27th - Shooting Day at Bisley - Photos
The Annual Chapter Shoot at Bisley was hosted again by Dell and Bill. A record 16 members braced the cold and experienced shooting a variety of firearms during the morning. After a hot lunch they returned to the cold to blast away with a black powder pistols and shotgun. The Annual Chapter Shoot cup was awarded to a new member Tom.
Saturday 26th - Boot Fair @ GH-D - Photos
Chris Doody and Dell Evans were there nice and early to erect the Chapter tables and easi-ups by 09:00 am and were soon joined by Roger Bonnici, Stephen Foster, Richard Mangold and others who quickly set out the Chapter Members items for sale. Thankfully, the weather stayed dry and despite a light drizzle after lunch the busy 'Chapter salesmen' did their very best to sell what they could.
It was a very well natured event with a mobile pizza van on sight to keep the energy going for all attendees. By 2.00 pm the crowds had dissolved to just a handful and a joint decision was made to call it a day. It was a good result for all selling and after 15% of takings was deducted for our charities we counted a good balance of £388.50! Well done to all who manned the stall and thanks to Aaron and the dealership for the opportunity.
The cake stall was also a great success and managed very good sales during the Boot Fair raising £398.89. A big thank you is therefore due to all our wonderful bakers and to all the ladies who helped with the stall with a special mention for Julie Legg who ran the stall.
Saturday 19th - General Garage Talk - Photos
Saturday 19th - New Road Crew Training Day – Part 1
An inaugural presentation to the four new Road Crew prospects from Graham Woods illustrating the established Hogsback group riding style, commitments, rules and briefing new riders using our handbook illustrations followed by a screening Roger’s Hogsback group riding video and distribution of the full RC equipment, the event was supported with input from our Safety Officer Vince Pyle and Assistant Director Paul Andrews.
Friday 18th - In memory of Ian Hardy-Evans
Ian's funeral took place this afternoon.
Thursday 17th - Committee Meeting
Wednesday 16th - In memory of Simon Selby
Simon's funeral took place this afternoon.
Monday 14th - Cliff Michie's funeral - Photos
Cliff's wife Golly wants to thanks everyone who turned up to see him off in such style. A sad day was made bearable for her by all you folks who cared for him. The funeral director who has done many such events was very impressed with the escort (of over one hundred and thirty bikes) so many thanks to the road crew, you did a grand job. We are all also very grateful to GH-D for putting on a lovely spread and hosting so many after Cliff's service.
Saturday 12th - Charity Race Night - Photos
About seventy punters and jockeys joined Master of Ceremonies Howard Pullen for the second ever Hogsback Charity Race Night, with many people dressing for the occasion and everyone enjoying a social evening of fun and frolics with a fish and chip supper.
In addition to the exciting racing, the raffle was very lively and our thanks goes to all those involved in the setting up and running of the racing .... and also to all those who donated raffle prizes.
We raised the very impressive sum of £886.34 for charity on the night which has got our 2019 Chapter Charity Fund off to a great start!
Saturday 12th - LoH Garage Talk - Photos
Sunday 6th - Snowball Run - Photos
The 2019 riding season got off to a flying start with Carl leading twenty four bikes through the Surrey country side on a twisting ever changing route, enjoying lovey dry road conditions, be it a little nippy though. New and nearly new members, a sole trike rider along with a female solo rider made a real diverse mix showing a totally inclusive Chapter ride. Over fifty drop-offs were perfectly executed by the Chapter members on the ride, well done! Jack’s café in Bagshot was the final destination, where most enjoyed a gorgeous Full English, a pie or two and a good chat. Many thanks to Gary M, Dik and Andy P for the sweeping duties at the back.
Saturday 5th - Ladies Shopping Day - Photos
Thursday 3rd - Club Night - Photos
The New Year started with a visit to the Princess Royal for the first Club Night of 2019. Plenty of pals, pints and patter to be had!