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Royal Connections
We all know of  celebs who ride bikes, some of them even BMWs. Ewan McGregor, with Charley Boorman, famously rode BMW GSs in their Long Way Round and Long Way Down adventures. McGregor however, originally approached  Moto Guzzi to supply the bikes but was turned down. The rest is, of course, history. 
The announcement of Lord Snowdon's recent passing saw the loss of a sometime BMW rider.  But there are some other surprising motorcyclists from his 'circle', as featured in a recent item on the Triumph Talk Forum
Denis Jenkinson
Motor Cycle Legend
By Bob Melvin

As a young lad, one of my treats in life was to read my father’s only subscription magazine, Motor Sport. In the 1960s Motor Sport was sort of the gentleman’s version of Autosport magazine with one of its regular contributors, Denis Jenkinson, their regular European and Formula 1 correspondent.  Whilst Denis, known to his pals as ‘Jenks’, Jenkinson’s professional life revolved around 4 wheels, his heart was always in the 2-wheel camp. 

I first met Jenks at the 1972 Motorcycle World Records meeting at RAF Fairford. I was the travelling marshal and he turned up in a pre-production, Jaguar XJ12, that he was driving on a road test for Motor Sport. During a ‘testing’ of the timing lights, Jenks took the new Jaguar throughthe speed trap at a smidge over 140mph, a seriously quick motor at the time. Later, he took me for a brief ‘spin’ and I was mightily impressed - being driven by Jenks!

Amongst his claims to fame, Jenks was sometime passenger to World Sidecar Champion, Eric Oliver, winning the event in 1949. He was also a supporter of both motorcycle and car hill climbing, sprinting, and drag racing in the UK during its formative years. He campaigned his own, modified TriBSA at various events and was, until his passing in 1996, a Vice President of the National Sprint Association.

In 1979 Jenks competed at the inaugural Ramsey Sprint during TT Week, an event organised by yours truly. He arrived on The Island with his competition machine lashed to a sidecar, hauled by a Norton twin (from memory). This was true motorcycling dedication. The last time I met Jenks was on ride-out to a club trial, somewhere in the depths of Hampshire, where his familiar figure, sporting the distinctive beard, was Jenks, observing a true grass roots motorcycling event.

Jenks greatest achievement however, was, without doubt, his navigating Stirling Moss to winning the 1955 Italian road race, the Mille Miglia. This event saw cars racing over 1,000 miles on open public roads with Moss and Jenkinson, the event’s only non-Italian winners, at an average of 98mph over the actual course distance of 992 miles. A record that still stands today, with the event being discontinued in 1957. Jenks account of this event remains, for me, one of the most descriptive pieces of motoring journalism I have ever read.

Getting a Buzz out of new developments
The Isle of Man TT Zero event has lead the way in the development of electric motorcycles. Racing with average speeds for a lap in excess of 100mph from a standing start is impressive and the battery technology is now catching up to allow the duration to exceed more than a single lap at that sort of pace.

BMW have recently introduced the C Evolution, their first commercial thrust into this exciting new market. The super-scooter styled bike offers a combination of performance and duration at a commercially viable level. It is powered by, effectively, by batteries that are half of the BMW i3 electric car giving the ‘Godders’ style scooter a range of 60 miles and a top speed of just over 70mph. But are we ready for them?

The Met Police has just started trials of the C Evolution and this may give us a steer as to their viability … watch this space!
Speeding just got expensive
New sentencing guidelines have been published by the Sentencing Council and come in to force on 24 April 2017. I believe that we are all responsible riders and support road safety measures but perhaps we'll need to see how these are applied in practice ...
Speed Limit
Fine % of weekly wage
Recorded Speed (mph)
The fines shown here are the starting tariff and are accompanied by points  - ride carefully out there. You have been warned!
(more details are available from the Sentencing Council website):
A Little Light Entertainment

Below are some (allegedly) genuine excerpts from church bulletin boards.

The Fasting & Prayer Conference includes meals.

At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be "What Is Hell?" Come early and listen to our choir practice.

Eight new choir robes are currently needed due to the addition of several new members and to the deterioration of some older ones. 

The sermon this morning: "Jesus Walks on the Water." The sermon tonight: "Searching for Jesus." 

Ladies, don't forget the rummage sale. It's a chance to get rid of those 'things not worth keeping around the house. - Bring your hus­bands.

The peacemaking meeting scheduled for today has been cancelled due to a conflict.

Don't let worry kill you off - let the Church help.
Miss Charlene Mason sang "I will not pass this way again," giving obvious pleasure to the congregation.
For those of you who have children and don't know it, we have a nursery downstairs.
Next Thursday there will be tryouts for the choir. They need all the help they can get.
The Rector will preach his farewell message after which the choir will sing: "Break Forth Into Joy."
Irving Benson and Jessie Carter were married on October 24 in the church. So ends a friendship that began in their school days.

Please place your donation in the envelope along with the deceased person you want remembered.
The church will host an evening of fine din­ing, super entertainment and gracious hostil­ity.
Potluck supper Sunday at 5:00 PM - prayer and medication to follow.
The ladies of the Church have cast off cloth­ing of every kind. They may be seen in the basement on Friday afternoon.
This evening at 7 PM there will be a hymn singing in the park across from the Church. Bring a blanket and come prepared to sin.
Low Self Esteem Support Group will meet Thursday at 7 PM. Please use the back door.
The eighth-graders will be presenting Shakespeare's Hamlet in the Church base­ment Friday at 7 PM. The congregation is invited to attend this tragedy.
Weight Watchers will meet at 7 PM at the Church. Please use large double door at the side entrance.
The Associate Minister unveiled the church's new tithing campaign slogan last Sunday: "I Upped My Pledge - Up Yours"

Reproduced from  The Civil Service Pensioner