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Big Boys Toys (Oh and the MAG demo!)
Roller
I went out with Rog, Ed and Sue on Friday, to hear a group at a local community centre. The group “No Way Out” were excellent and would be ideal for the rally scene. Ed got talking to one of his Rocket friends, and they invited us to go over to John Mould’s yard before the MAG demo on the Saturday. He said he was having an open day, exhibiting his collection of classic vehicles. So Saturday morning, the four of us plus Jen and Terry set off for the short ride to the J. Mould compound . We pulled up in their car park with none of us really knowing what to expect. The sun was out and Rog was suffering with betty swallocks syndrome, having adorned full wet weather gear. He decided to pop home and change!
We strolled through the yard, turned a corner at was met by a line of fully restored classic trucks all turned out in the old John Mould green and black livery. Barn after barn was full of trucks and cars in different stages of restoration. One barn alone was packed with line after line of gleaming old British cars. Every corner we turned revealed another display of eye candy. Ed’s friend who invited us there said, “ have you been down the side by the garages?” With blank expressions on our faces he then said “follow me.” We were then led into another yard with pristine Mustangs, a Thunderbird, a 1911 Rolls Royce, a line of old Zodiacs, the list goes on and on. It was like being let loose in a toy shop! Our jaws were hanging open and drooling.

Mr Mould Sir, your collection is outstanding, and can I come and work for you……..please?
After that we went off to join the demo. It was a good turn out, but for me personally I felt it was a bit of an anticlimax. There were talks of a rolling roadblock so we could all get out as a group, but that never happened as we joined the motorway in disjointed packs. Now I’m not over keen on riding in large undisciplined groups. Coming out of the services we had a guy on a motor cross bike give it too much throttle on the bend. Hasten to say he landed in a heap with bike on top with a dented ego. He crawled out from underneath and kicked the bike…….like it was the bikes fault! I had a Harley rider who was intent on claiming my road space. Warrior 1 Harley 0. Then you have the power rangers on their crotch rockets with limited brain cells adamant on getting to the front at all cost. Still we had a good club attendance and did our bit for the cause.

Chris

Yes, we had an excellent turn out. There was support from C12 at other MAG demos too, so all in all a marvelous Vultures effort. I agree with Chris, the impact was somewhat lost by not having the ride in one mass block, but that was not really MAG's intention. They wanted to show that IF we wanted to, we could bring things to a grinding halt. And I guess, it was a toe in the water for them to gauge the support they have. By and large the ride was well disciplined, although a few brain challenged individuals need to learn some basic bike control and spacial awareness. I rode behind a crotch rocket which seemed unable to hold a steady course at less than 40mph, meandering right across the lane and cutting in front of the guy behind to the left of him but being blissfully unaware (or ambivalent) of his apalling riding. Interesting to note, he had a cuddly toy Vulture tied on the back!
Rachel and Vern took Benson and Maisey to a bridge over the M4 to watch and wave. They said it looked absolutely awesome even though the ride was broken up. They never saw any bad or inappropriate riding, so hopefully most motorists will have become aware of our issues without having been inconvenienced too much.
John




From Ian Mutch - MAG UK President.

MAG wishes to thank all the riders who came on our Motorway protest ride and demonstrated the resolve and discipline of which our lobby is capable. Inevitably there were some who misunderstood the mission and indulged behaviour that MAG finds it difficult to defend. Most of this activity took place after the twenty-minute MAG demonstrations that we planned but will of course still be connected with MAG’s day of action.

While our limited staff would like to be entirely engaged in maximizing the positive results of Sunday’s efforts, pacifying those authorities whose co-operation can make future demonstrations so much more effective, is now consuming time.

What we ask all riders to do is think clearly about what their efforts are likely to achieve and try to see the big picture. MAG is not an anarchist organization. We do not hold demonstrations for their own sake or simply to obstruct others. We hold demonstrations to engage the rider community and publicize issues.

The current legislative threats are European and our lobbying efforts in the UK are attracting support from British politicians whose support on the European stage is crucial. Of course we could not have expected to get 40,000 riders across the Channel on Sunday but a demonstration on this scale will be heard of in Brussels and will be supplemented by our lobbying efforts both here and there.

Thanks again to all who stuck with the plan. The Facebook film depicting solid twin lines of bikes in the two nearside lanes provided such a positive image of disciplined resolve.

Ian Mutch
MAG President http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvSecNv2ad0&feature=related
Photos by and copyright of © Chris Seymour, Iain Richards and Mike Turner 2011.
Video by and copyright of © John Stevens 2011.
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