These are the lunatics who run this particular asylum!
Andy "Dibble" Young
"The older I get the faster I was springs to mind". Andy has been riding bikes since the mid 70's when he was a member of the Slough Ton Up club (story not for press) and has clocked up a lot of miles since those days, owning a variety of breeds of bike. He trained as a motorcycle instructor in the days of the part 1 and part 2 tests and as result of the bonding with fellow instructors and some talented pupils they set up a social club - ''The Wakkit N Krakkit Klub'' - their aim being to have fun on their bikes and raise money for charities at the same time. After several profitable years they finally called it a day around '93 but still keep in contact and most are still riding. After this Andy then joined the Honda Owners Club at their third meeting in Northants, within two years he was the branch secretary and general organiser and in 2000 he was persuaded to stand as National Chairman, a post he still holds. Andy and his wife now live in France, his response to the often puzzled reaction this generates - "yes, France. I maintain contact quicker than we ever did in the early years of my tenure and it's expanded my travel opportunities" - can't argue with that!
Graham started out riding a mate's CD175 back in the early 70s and eventually bought an SL125 of his own. A couple of Suzukis followed (sorry) before he took delivery of a spanking new VFR750F in 1988 which he then kept for the best part of 10 years until the temptation of a new Blackbird proved irresistible. Another two Blackbirds followed and he still owns the third one. In the meantime there have been several other bikes including a Transalp and two CB500Xs that were bought for commuting into London from Bedfordshire, a round trip that Graham has been doing for the best part of 30 years in his job of building site management.Graham joined the HOC back in '98 or thereabouts and took on the role as Bedfordshire Branch secretary (still is) before being press ganged in as General Secretary back in 2003 - a definite case of not stepping back fast enough!Outside of motorcycling he enjoys a round of golf and a curry on a Friday night (does the takeaway deliver to the fairway?), has five children, four grandchildren (and counting) and an ex-wife or two along the way - he owned the VFR longer than he's ever managed to remain married . . . so far!Graham was the world extreme underwater basket weaving champion (Mississippi river, surrounded by alligators) for 18 years until deported by Trump because he wove the image of a Mexican climbing out of the basket.
Although Sarah has been riding bikes for over 26 years she has owned only 3 in that time - all of them Hondas! Sarah works as a full time office manager for a plumbing and heating company and has a massively long and tiring commute to work . . . less than a minute! As well as being main carer to her mum and a mum of two, she's a Pompey supporter but we don't hold that against her. She's also chair of the local bonfire society so very often found dressing up as an Indian - and no, we're not totally sure if those facts are related or if she just likes fancy dress. Sarah also holds an SIA door supervisor's licence - so we tend not to argue with her!
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Although Rona has only been riding for a relatively short 4 years she's probably done more miles in that time than most riders do in a lifetime! Add to that the 13 or so years she spent as a pillion with her hubby Phil on the 1991 CBR600F (called Gonzo, she names all their vehicles!), a bike that she now owns alongside a 2000 CBR600F (Pepe). As a huge motorcycle racing fan, Rona takes every opportunity to get a photo with the plethora of racers on hand while she runs our stand at Motorcycle Live each year, a task that involves no small amount of planning and perseverance (the stand organising as well as getting the photos)! Rona somehow manages to fit all this around a full time purchase ledger job for a chain of holiday parks and the nightly badger watching in the garden at home (the badgers are in the garden, Rona stays inside where it's warm!)
Greg van Ebeling
Golden Wing Editor
Born and raised just above sea level in The Netherlands and with a saddle between his legs from birth, Ron is happy riding anything on two wheels - although he has spent an awful long time on the dark side riding bicycles! Currently a 'legal' immigrant in England - even post Brexit. He makes regular trips back to The Netherlands for annual dike duty and can no longer be seen hurtling around the country on his yellow Honda CBF1000 as the Webmaster bought it, he has now joined the other Dark Side and rides a BMW K1600GT. Also, he is trustee of the Northants HOC Regimental Mascot.
"Mother Hen" Erica has been a member for around 16 years, riding for 18, and married to Gerald (her pillion) for more years than she cares to remember! Erica never stops - as well as this role and running the Oxford branch, plus working part time in sales and marketing at the tender age of... (we won't tell!) she fills her time with charity work such as helping children, the homeless and working with Blood Runners/SERV OBN. Although she started her riding life on a Kawasaki she soon switched to Honda, starting with a CBR600F before switching to the first of 5 VFRs - so far! Being very much in to racing, she (and Gerald) have been all over the UK and Europe to watch road racing, BSB, WSB and MotoGP.
A self-confessed gadget freak and movie geek, Phil passed his test on a CG125 in the mid 90s, just after the introduction of Compulsory Basic Training. Another one who started out with a Kawasaki (grey import GPZ400R), then spent a short but highly entertaining time with a de-restricted Aprilia RS125 before progressing to a CBR600F (still in the family and now owned by his wife, Rona) and then a 2001 Fireblade. He's now been a member of the HOC for over 16 years and, with Rona, has run the previous Chester & North Wales branch as well as helping run our stand at Motorcycle Live each year. Originally aiming for a career in computer programming he currently works in procurement for a utility company but the computer skills obviously still come in handy! Phil says that he found out about "normal" a long time ago and decided he wanted absolutely nothing to do with it.
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