Secretary’s Report and Run Reviews
By Dave Cook
Well you got me. I was very content with life, like a crouton floating in the soup of life, until some of you demented souls bought me a ticket on a” railroad" and elected me your new club "Secretary" (I had to look up how-to spell it) I will do My best not to screw up things too badly. Marc Gallin set the bar for Secretary pretty high. Our President took me aside and explained the Secretary's job was a joy and a privilege I was not aware of!
Sat. 24 Sept. El Camino: Well I polished up the old 65 XLCH Sportster. It really looked good and it started that morning. We rolled into the Bike judging area and came out with a score of 83 out of 100. Not bad considering Chrome after market oil filter, chrome oil tank, chain guard and Aluminum rims with the wrong date of Manufacture on them. All this was caught by the watchful eye of my good friend Chief Judge Dave Clayton. It was a fair score for my scooter. I was a little disappointed this year by the lack of attendance of both Vender's and spectators.
Death Valley: DV was a blast, weather perfect. Monday was registration, Tues. & Wed. riding to Scotty's Castle at the north end of the valley, Stove Pipe Wells and Bad Water. Wed. night, a terrific BBQ dinner complete with Wiley Coyote watching and waiting for table scraps, like the family dog. He laid off about 40' and watched. I had the welcome wagon (Registration booth) Monday afternoon. Got to meet every one. This was not only a National event, it turned out be International, we had a couple from who really fit right in and they spoke English too. But they did have some strange terms for things, like a sprocket is called a” chain wheel "Sorry, this year’s ride was restricted due to the summer storms that caused considerable damage to the roadways. The highlight of Wed. afternoon was a down hill coasting race on the road to Beatty NV. It was rumored that some people cheat by putting extra air in their England 's (British spelling, see, I told you they are strange) I don't believe it. No body I know in the club would do such a thing. Except _____! ______! and____! Never mind. Tyre
Sat.22 Oct. Carpinteria: Seven of us rode to Carpinteria by way of Box Canyon (the burned area from the last Big fire in Sept) All the rocks and brush was burned to a crisp but there in the middle of it all was ranch house untouched thanks to the combined efforts of Fire fighters from all of the Metro areas of LA, Orange, Ventura and Santa Barbara County's. I was on the road that day and saw all the different Departments responding. Does your heart good to see the mutual aid plan working. That's a long ride on the tail board of a fire truck. Sat night we ate at a bar where you can cook your own steak, rib eyes and they were exceptional. Sunday Morning
Tom Hart's Chief did not want to get on the road. She had developed a case of no fire in the distributor; seems the rotor was in poor shape and there was none to be had. To make the story short Mr. Hart fixed it with a nail and a wad of chewing gum. Don't ask me talk to him.
Sun. 06 Nov. Hansen Dam Ride: Had about ten Club members attend. Big crowd. Lots of American, European and Japanese crotch rockets (anyone can ride, but only those who complete the ride on a British scooter get to collect a pin) Good turn out saw lots of old friends.
In closing; your board remains the same except for the new guy (that’s me) Marc Gallin had to step off due to business demands. We all owe Marc our sincere appreciation for all his work over the years as your Secretary.
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