Craig Wilford - One time Trials Rider latterly after his illness a very welcome observer for many clubs within ACU South Midland.
Les Hubbard -
Bridie Valder - Wycombe Club right hand "man" to Brian at all SM Centre Events they attended together
Keith Wakefield - Cambridge Matchless - Trials
Brian Valder - SM Life Vice President, Wycombe Club member, Brian was the SM Stewards Co-ordinator for many years, and a Steward before moving from the area to Gloucester where he continued to observe at Trials. He was also a former member of the ACU Panel of Adjudicators.
Mick Wadley - South Reading
Fred Henley - Mid Bucks - Centre Life Vice President, National Timekeeper, Ben Fund Committee Member for more than 30 years, plus much more.
Fred Sparkes - Barnet - Centre Vice President, Management Member, Road Race Marshal, Trials Observer, Manager of the Centre Grass Track Team, and much more
Mick Edwards - Barnet - Trials Rider
Doug Wheeler 1933 to 2016
St Mary’s Church at Garsington, Oxford was filled with Family, and Friends from the World of Motorcycling on the occasion of the funeral of Doug Wheeler in December. Roger Harvey and Pete Griffiths recalled their memories of him as a competitor and friend.
Doug started very young building his own ‘scrambler’ at the age of 14, and immediately began competing although under age at that time. The Oxford Mail of 19th June 1950 notes ‘Another good ride was by D Wheeler ( Oxford Ixion) who celebrated his 16th Birthday last Sunday and finished third in the non-winners race’.
He went into the Army doing his National Service with REME in Germany, and competed in many Service events becoming Best REME Trials rider in 1954.
After leaving the army he went to work firstly for Pressed Steel and subsequently at the Family Garage in Garsington run by his Father and Uncle. He developed the business into one of the foremost Motocross and Trials dealers in the country. He was a very competitive rider, who in his time rode virtually all the British Scramble Bikes, AJS, BSA, Cotton, DMW, Metisse, as well as Husquvarna, Maico and Bultaco. As such he rode at all the major Scramble Circuits throughout the Country, as well as many Continental Circuits in World Championship rounds.
Doug was a lifelong member of Oxford Ixion Club and President for many years. He was a well known member of the South Midlands Centre, serving on the SM Motocross committee. In Competition he was South Midland Centre 250cc Motocross Champion winning the Shuttleworth Scramble Trophy in 1967 and 1970 against the likes of Freddie Mayes and John Burbidge, frequently riding a Cotton Twin and helped Oxford Ixion win the Inter Club Scramble Challenge Trophy in 1966.
Doug also sponsored top flight riders, Rob Hooper, Roger Harvey and Vaughan Semmens when they were competing both in this country and on the Continent.
Doug suffered a stroke in early November and passed away a week later, he leaves a wife Jean.
Any donations may be sent to the Stroke Unit, John Radcliffe Hospital, Headley Way, Oxford OX3 9DU
K J O’Brien.
Roger Wood - Milton Keynes - MX
Alan Johnson - Barnet - Trials
Dave Waterman - Hayes & Southall - Grass Track
Steve Petts - St Albans - Grass Track Sidecar
Reg Goodrum - North East London - Trials, Sidecar
Arthur Stanley Haslam (Stan) - Hillingdon & Uxbridge - Trials Rider & Scrambler
Bob Cobley - Market Harborough (Nene Valley) - Trials
Nik Fisk - passed away 28th January 2015 aged 59 years. The driving force for many years behind the Milton Keynes Motor Cycle Club, a former member of the ACU Motocross Committee, S M Centre Management Committee, Editor of the S M Review, commentator on many national and International Motocross events.
Chris Wilford – Cambridge Matchless – Trials rider & Observing
Mavis Gough – Mid Bucks – Marshal at MX
Jim Parker – Rushden Query, Milton Moto, New Era – Past ACU Chairman, Managing Director ACU Events, SM Life Vice President and former Treasurer,Vice President of the FIM Road Race Commission
Mick Mandeville – Vampire, GTRC – Grass Track rider
Today was a sad day for motorcycle sport as we said goodbye to Jim Parker at Mid Herts Crematorium. A good turn out ensured a suitable farewell to a man who has put in a lifetime of hard work to the sport he loved. Jim was 74 years old when he died on the 29th July of an illness borne for too long.-
Jim left Grammar School at 16 and went on to do his National Service serving mainly in Cyprus. He worked for several years in local government until, after a few years riding in local trials and a little grass track, he got involved in the start the Racing 50 Club, run for the beginner and clubman. This was to be the stepping stone to starting the Road Racing Club, New Era. The club became one of the biggest road race clubs in the country running meetings most weekends during the season.
As his clubs Chief Executive, Jim joined the A-CU Road Race Committee where he was able to encourage and oversee the future of the sport, indeed he was Chairman for 20 years. He was a Senior Official at the Isle of Man TT races for most of his 30 years of attendance. His work earned him a place at the FIM where he joined the Road Race Commission in 1992 and became a Vice President.
He was elected A-CU Chairman in 2004 and held that office until 2010. More recently Jim had been Managing Director of A-CU Events Ltd, with Milton Malsor as his pet project.
Jim had been a member of the South Midlands Management Committee for many years, and although his A-CU and FIM duties took him all over the world, he still attended when he could and brought his unique view to many an argument across the tables. During the 1990’s he was Centre Treasurer and he still found time to Steward Centre events.
Jim Parker was a well respected Gentleman of our sport. He will be missed greatly, and we offer our sincere condolences to his Family.
As was said today in the chapel, you only need to say ‘Jim’ and everyone knows who you are talking about.
September 2013 saw the passing of Ken Wilshire - Grass Track - St Albans Club
Sydney Crane BEM - Northampton MCC - Syd was a lifelong member of the Northampton Club and for over 40 years was a motorcycle trainer for which he received the BEM. He also undertook the organisation of the Social side of the Northampton Club.
Simon Piccaver - Peterborough Junior - 9.3.14. - (MX)
Mick Surman - Berkhamsted - 15th April 2014 - (GT)