The Club was formed in September of 1973 in the back room of the Dukes Head Public House, Laindon Common Road, Billericay, Essex, by a group of bike riding friends that used to meet at various pubs and cafes in the area. After a short while the club outgrew the room at the Dukes Head (over 50 people in a room no bigger than 30' x 20') and moved to a clubhouse at Billericay Town Football Club in Blunts Wall Road, Billericay. We stayed there for a number of years and then moved to the De Beauvoir Arms (locally know as the Beavers, now Azuma), Downham and then to the Nags Head, Ramsden Heath, before ending up, as still a local club, at the Coach and Horses, Chapel Street, Billericay. The club had a change of direction about this time and decided that as our membership was spread out around the country (and had been for some time) and only an average of eight people were turning up for club-nights (whereas over 40 members were attending camping weekends) we had better change to a National Club. The club does not now have a clubhouse but as we have an average of one camping weekend every month we manage to keep in touch with the membership even better than before. The club still retains its friendly nature and attaches no stigma to any make of motorcycle, nationality, sex or age group. All we ask is that members ride their bikes and come along to weekends with the sole purpose of enjoying themselves in a responsible manner. We have always tried to promote the good things about motorcycling, the enjoyment, freedom and comradeship of a way of life.
We participate in international gatherings all over Europe and have had members visit, by motorcycle, every one of the European countries including Russia. We regularly participate in rallies such as the F.I.M. Rally and FIM Motocamp (Federation Internationale Motocycliste - the governing body of motorcycle sport in the world) which have in recent years, been held in Finland, Spain, Italy, Sweden, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece etc. For 2007 the event was held in the Italy and a large party of club members attended enabling us to win the largest club turnout overall, that's beating all of the clubs from all of the countries in attendance. For 2009 the Rally will be held in Croatia and various parties are already planning the trip.. For 2010 the F.I.M. is being held in Belgium and a large numbers of members are expected to attend.
We organise a full social calendar with an average of one camping weekend every month in different parts of the country. Pre-requisites of a Mayflower camping weekend are a real ale pub with good food, overnight access to toilets and preferably a reasonably flat and spacious camping area (although we have been known to cram together for a good pub). We like to try to camp in interesting parts of the country where members can enjoy a decent ride to get there and have somewhere to look around whilst they are there. These weekends are usually attended by an average of 40% of our membership which reflects the enthusiasm of our members and may surprise some of the larger local, National and One Make Clubs, who seem to struggle to get their members out and riding their bikes!! Most of our membership also take part in other clubs' rallies up and down the country which happen nearly every weekend. Our "Rallymans Trophy" and "Rallywomans Trophy" are awarded to the members who have attended the most Rallies in the calendar year and every year it is usually won by a member who has attended more than 30 Rallies. We also organise our own Force Ten Rally in January and Pilgrims Rally in August that are attended every year by large numbers of riders from all over Britain and the continent of Europe.
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The Committee, Mayflower Motor Cycle Club