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Well, after a bit of a break the newsletter is back
and hopefully from now on, on a more regular basis. Although not a lot
might have appeared to have been happening, the club management have
been working hard over the past few months re-organising the club to
arrange more events for members, creating a sponsorship proposal and
preparing the race team for this season, see Ian’s report in the Race
team news section.
We need your views
Last year was an educational year. The club growth was
good and we had a few good events. The membership may not be the most
vocal online but are certainly active offline with loads of event being
successful. Organising events would be easier if members were more
vocal. When we set up the Asparagus pub meets, few members would respond
online to the event, however between 10 to 15 members regularly turned
up to the event.
The club has a few event suggestions on the website
forums, and we would really like to know what you think about them.
Over the next few months we would like to improve and expand the
newsletter – this is the newsletter for YOUR club so take an active role
and send us in some articles. They don’t have to be a masterpiece, I am
more than happy to ‘tidy’ them a bit. So lets hear about your ride outs,
trips, rallies, parties, your bike etc. just a few lines and maybe a
photo would be great. Please send any articles or photos to me:
The race team is extremely active on their racer-only group email. We
like to involve club members as much as possible in the race team and
all are welcome to be a part of it.
Please feel free to contact the
management team about about
Attaining our goal
Go Star Racing is a focused motorcycle club, whose aim
is to form a WSB race team and also be represented all levels of
motorcycle racing, as well as having a thriving social side to the club.
We are currently restrained in what we can do mainly due to lack of
manpower and time. We appreciate that some people may be put off
volunteering to help because they do not like the words ‘management’ or
‘politics’ that can be associated with running a club, but we do not
want the club to be aimless and a general free for all.
Go Star Racing is wholly run by volunteers who have
joined the club as members. Members can volunteer to help out in what
ever way they feel they can, and for however long they want to. We all
have day jobs and this is only a (serious) hobby. We have identified
that we could do with some more members willing to help the club with
the following issues:
We now have a sponsorship presentation both in printed
digital format, but we need someone who is willing to seek out and
approach companies and get them to part with enough sponsorship money to
start a BSB team. Or could anyone give us any advice or guidance on the
best way to find and approach companies.
We need someone who can do all or part of the following:
- Send out welcome email to new applicants and prompt
for membership fee
- Receive and bank membership fee
- Post membership card and welcome pack
- Have all information in database including renewal
- Prompt for renewal fee twice a year from due
We could do with a bit of legal protection. It would be nice if our club
has a set of terms and conditions that absolves the club from liability
from accidents and injuries etc to members during club activities i.e.
We need someone to maintain contact with Local newspapers on behalf of
interested racers to publicise there efforts as part of our sponsorship
If you have a skill that you think could be useful to the club please
let us know. We do not know everything and are open to suggestions.
Example, you may be a shoe polisher, willing to polish racers shoes? We
did not think of it but it will make our racers more presentable. Or you
have an A2 laser printer and are willing to print our stuff. What ever,
let us know or come to a meet and have a chat.
|Christmas toy run
Celeste and John S flew the flag for Go Star at the annual toy run
from the Ace Cafe just before Christmas. The organisers were so
impressed with their efforts that they got to follow Santa at the
head of the run! A full report from Michelle can be found on the web
site. Look out for details about the Easter egg run in April.
more info at
Christmas Toy Run
Karting at Daytona
first club event of the year was a great success with 15 members
battling it out at the Daytona kart track. A full report by Michelle
can be found on the web site.
Go Karting @ Daytona Jan 03
Race Team news
The race team has acquired a new sponsor in the form
of DCE Tuning. Dale Cooper is the tuning and engine specialist at DCE
and in his short time with Go Star racing has already worked on one of
our racers engines plus has been active answering technical questions
within the members only forum pages. DCE Tuning can handle all your
engine tune requirements:
The race team is also expanding with the addition of
Gavin Wheeler who has changed from a standard Go Star member to a
racer. The team will be more the merrier with his involvement.
The Go star race team has decided on a standard race
bike colour scheme and Chris Martin one of our racers, was the first to
convert his bike to this standard livery.
The team has also consolidated on a race team kit that
will include the wearing of a black trouser or shorts and a uniformed
grey short sleeved shirt with the clubs logo back and front. The
professionalism of Go Star will hopefully make a big impact during the
As an incentive a number of racers have offered rides
on their bikes in exchange for help at the track side and the response
has been good with 4 - 5 members volunteering for this.
Look out V & M here we COME!
Race Team Director
Chris Martin’s CBR 600 in the new
race team livery
Brands Hatch 8/9th March
Well what a weekend! Gavin having his first race and Ian out on his
new bike, a GSXR1000. It was a mixed weekend with up's and down's both
personally and also for Bemsee the organisation that manages these
races. A full report and pictures on the weekend activities can be seen
on the website. This year will be very important for Go Star in terms of
establishing ourselves as a well-run club racing team within the UK from
which to move further towards the BSB goal. The sun was shining although
it was cold, and up to a dozen members and friends turned up over the
weekend to check things out on the opening round of the season. There
are a number of racers that are still getting prepared and within the
next month we should be seeing more GSR racers at each round to add to
A full report is now on the website. (click
here) Gavin Wheeler GSR member turned racer, had this to say about
his first race meeting:
would like to thank everyone who came to Brands at the weekend to help
and support us despite the dodgy weather. Thanks to ian and his wife for
keeping me calm, Ivan for making me laugh, Sean for taking the piss,
Tony N for getting me into it in the first place, But especially Chris
for his help, advice and patience on both days (maybe you’ll make a
proper racer out of me yet!!!). I haven’t stopped smiling or babbling on
about it all day, driving anyone near me mad.
My phone hasn’t stopped ringing with new friends met
at the weekend wanting to talk about it. The only way I can describe the
feeling is, TOTALLY MAD, ABSOLUTELY OUTRAGEOUS, AND COMPLETELY
Thanks again especially Chris.
GAVIN-W ROOKIE 600 #66 (totally hooked)
P.S. Kieran (his son -ed) says
thanks to Sean for the wine gums!!!!!!!!!!!
This year we are planning to hold a wide range of
different events. We plan to hold at least two events a month, one is
the regular meeting at the Ace Cafe on the second Wednesday of every
month for a drink and a chat and the second, various events like:
- Annual run to Amsterdam
- Wheelie School
- Attending BSB/WSB race meetings
Sean Onipede among his many other jobs is also now
co-ordinating events so if you have any ideas or would like to organise
an event then post your idea on the forums or
29th March – Snetterton
Chris Martin’s ‘come back’ race, this will be his first meeting since
1992 when he returns riding his Honda CBR600.
5/6th April – Lydden
Ian Porter and Barry Lukehurst will be racing on both days along with
David Daws, who will be riding his SV650 in the new ‘Mini-twins’ race
series. Also Dale from DCE Tuning should be there on the Saturday, if
anyone should need any technical advice. Check web site/forums for any
last minute details.
9th April – Ace Cafe
Our regular monthly meeting at the Ace Cafe, a chance to meet other
members and catch up first hand on all the gossip.
20th April Easter Sunday
– Come and join the fun at Thruxton
What better way to spend Easter Sunday, than raising much needed funds
for Naomi House Children’s Hospice, and enjoying a day at the 3rd race
of the British Super Bikes season. A great day for friends and family.
Children under 16 admitted free. Full price list available on request.
Fancy Dress is optional, and collecting funds for the hospice is greatly
Naomi House Children's Hospice is situated in Sutton
Scotney (close to Thruxton). They have at present around 40 children in
the hospice, and are in need of new stimulating Video's, DVD's, books
etc. Our aim is to raise as much money as possible to help buy these
Forms can be obtained by downloading it from our website or by
Michelle Pye on:
Tel: 01235 553517
Mobile: 07901 551898
more details at
BSB Easter Fund Raiser 2003
So please get
now and badger your friends and family for donations so we can raise as
much money as we can for this cause.