Now there's a blast from the past! Please excuse me as my memory is not as good as it could be.My name is Dave Wood from Manchester and I started rallying at the 1967 Dragon on a 1952 AJS 500. After a few years a number of non-club riders started to sign in rallies as The Gonads and we started to win club awards - funny as there was no club!
Ronnie Burgess (now living in Ireland) and Mike (Shep) Shepherd now living in Bali Indonisia.
A number of us including Alan Giddens, Steve Giddens, Ronnie Burgess, Phil Youlton, etc, thought we could run a rally so we did. Well two rallies actually.
Held on a 20 degree slope high above Oldham in 1972 & 3 or thereabouts with no facilities at all but a toilet tent and a small frame tent with free tea etc. We hired a transit van to take folk down to the White Swan pub in Oldham (made famous by Coronation Street - "The Flying Horse") which was our local bikers' pub and where Lois Slicker, the landlord served "afters".
It rained of course.
The second rally was much the same - little facilities, rain, van down the hill to the pub, afters. Then we cooked everyone burgers etc. for about two hours in a leaky frame tent with a hired Honda generater banging away.
Great fun - everyone should run a rally miles away from anywhere!
After about 500 rallys over 25 years I've not been to one for a bit now ......... hmmm
- Dave Wood
Photo from Neil Disley of the Gonads at the TT in 1978.
Daves memory is definitely not what it was as the two Gonads Rallies were held in 1977 and 1978.
- Steve Giddens
Memories are made of this.