The LASER MC Committee

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Chair: Dave Hobbs 

 

Dave is a founder member of LASER MC and has been chairman since inception.

He started riding in 1963 on a 197cc James Captain and has always had motorcycles of one sort or another since then.

In 1964 Dave started to ride in motorcycle trials and went on to ride scrambles and enduros with some success. In 1966 he joined the Metropolitan Police and became a member of the Metropolitan Police Motorcycle Trials Team, competing both at home and abroad. For 3 years in the 70s he was a member of the British National Teams in the International Six Days Trial held annually in various countries. Dave competed annually in the Liege International Police Rally for 25 years.

 

Dave spent over 25 years as a Metropolitan Police traffic officer on both two and four wheels and on retirement worked for Honda as an instructor for their award winning MAC Motorcycle Training scheme. He was qualified to teach CBT and Direct Access as part of the job.

Dave has ridden extensively in Europe, India, Himalayas, Vietnam and South Africa and currently rides a Honda Pan European, often with wife Chrys, as pillion.  A Honda XR400 still provides the occasional opportunity for a bit of off road fun.  Over the years, Dave has organised many of LASER MC’s weekend tours.

Secretary: Russell Knight 

 

I have been Secretary of LASER MC since 2010.

I came to motor cycling late in life via an early mid life crisis.  Having done the maths and worked out a bike was far cheaper that an affair, a direct access course seemed the best idea. 

Fast forward a couple of months and I was doing my test on a Yamaha Diversion, “you haven’t lived until you’ve been chased round Bedford by a lady examiner in a pink Corolla”. I stopped off on his way home and bought my first bike, a Yamaha Fazer 600.  

 After wobbling about for a couple of months, advanced training was required and I joined the local branch of the IAM and did one of their skills for life course, almost getting knocked off by none other than Sven-Goran Eriksson whilst out and about on the back roads of Hertfordshire.  Luckily I managed to pass their advanced test after a few training sessions and would recommend some form of advanced road riding course to anyone new to motorcycling (giving a job to the examiner’s daughter always helps as well!).

 I first met Dave (LASER MC Chair) as an instructor on the Honda Motorcycle Appreciation Course.  It’s also when I had my first bike drop incident whilst completing the mirror-signal-stall procedure turning right after a coffee stop.  It may have cost a fairing panel and the brake lever but it was also my introduction to what was to become LASER MC.

The first ever tour I did was with the then Honda UK riders club to North Wales.  I prefer the informal, friendly club atmosphere and the way the marker system allows slower and faster riders to ride at their own pace without losing anyone.  When Honda decided to wind up the riders club, I was delighted that Dave and others decided to keep the club going.  Since then the club has run numerous ride outs and tours ranging from simple over night trips to extensive tours of Spain and the Alps as well as the monthly ride outs and club nights.  I’ve also been known to lead a few myself and have organised several of the club tours.  Some of them have even gone to the right location.

Treasurer: Brian Corneloues 

 

Brian has been Treasurer of LASER MC for the past 4 years.

 

Brian is a founder  member of Laser MC and has been treasurer for the last 5 years. Brian’s first powered 2 wheeler was an Excelsior Autocycle in 1952 while working at JAP motors. Four years in the Royal Air Force as an Aircraft engine mechanic was followed by a time making Lotus 7 chassis. Outside working  hours he spent 25 years racing on roller skates 8 years as a sidecar passenger grass track racing and another 25 years time trialling on a push bike (these pastimes overlapped).

 

During this time he has had a variety of bikes and the last 6 have been Hondas. A 500 Royal Enfield was stripped and rebuilt in the bedroom in his Mums house and had to be ridden down the stairs to get it out. He also spent 7 years restoring a 1955 350RT DKW (but not in a bedroom). Overall number of bikes owned not known but somewhere over 20. Other long term interests are power boats and water skiing.

 

After buying his first VFR he met Dave through the HUKRC and Honda MAC course, soon after becoming  a member of Laser MC when it arose from the ashes of HUKRC. Since then he has been on numerous trips and as many of the ride-outs that weather allows.

Membership Secretary:
Andy Philpott 

 

Andy has been the Membership Secretary of LASER MC since 2019, and has been a member of the club since 2002.

He has been riding since 1976 when as an impoverished student he bought a half share in a BSA Bantam 175 - struggling to keep this running provided constant on-the-job motorcycle maintenance training for about 2 years until it was nicked. It was replaced by a BSA C15 (also unreliable, also nicked) and then a Honda CB250 K3 which finally provided some reliable transport until it too was nicked ! Next came a couple more Hondas that he managed to keep hold of long enough to sell them. After a few years off bikes whilst raising kids etc he finally came back to bikes in around 2001 with a Suzuki SV650S.

 

A friend who was in the LASER club told him about a planned trip to Auderath, Germany and he joined the club to make this his maiden Big Trip. Many others have since followed, with destinations across the UK and Europe on a succession of Suzukis including a couple of GSXR1000s. Finally heeding the warning signs of a stiff back and neck, he is currently riding a GSXS1000F which provides (a little) more comfort.

He often leads ride outs and is usually responsible for the sat-nav inspired cock-ups that happen sometimes on tour. He can usually be found in the bar or local pub when the club is away on tours.

Social Secretary:
Andy Smith

 

Andy is a founder member of LASER MC and has been Social Secretary and Rideout Coordinator since 2004.

His responsibilities include organising the monthly rideout, club trips in the UK and abroad and social events e.g. summer BBQ, curry nights.

 

Andy has been riding since 2000, with a couple of years much earlier as a teenager.

He has travelled throughout the UK and Europe. He often leads the ride outs and organises and leads some of the club trips.

Andy has IAM membership on both two and four wheels.

 

Mobile: 07956 351119
Communications Officer:
Alan Johnson

 

AJ has been a member of LaserMC since 2005.

He passed his motorcycle test in 1978 and rode a Honda 250 Superdream for several years until marital and mortgage commitments took precedence.

 

After several years of non-motorcycling AJ was able to get back into biking by riding some of his father-in-law's collection of classic bikes including Triumphs, Nortons, Velocettes and a Royal Enfield.  Sadly these bikes were sold when his father-in-law passed away.

 

In 1997 AJ joined Honda UK working for their finance company and soon identified an opportunity to ride their bikes rather than having to buy and insure his own!

 

He has been riding continuously since then and has ridden most of the bigger bikes bikes that Honda sold including the Varadero, VTX1800, Pan European and his favourite the Goldwing.  Upon retirement from Honda in 2016 he bought a Goldwing from the company.

 

AJ joined LaserMC after they used Honda's car park for a weekend training day and kindly invited Honda staff to join them.  The members were very friendly and all the talk was around regular ride-outs and trips to the continent which appealed very much.

 

AJ is married to Shirley and has a grown-up son who is also a motorcyclist (and LaserMC member).

WHEN WE MEET...

We meet on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month at 8.30pm. Plus ride outs.

 

If you'd like to come along, just turn up.

 

WHERE WE MEET...

The Green Dragon,

London Colney,

St. Albans.

AL2 1RB.

(1/2 mile from J22 of M25)

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