The club has had a
lot of activity since our last newsletter.
The track day was a success and some of the members are asking for more. So we
are organising 2 more track days and they will be on:
Add £10 if you are
a non member. As usual there will be experienced club members to help on the day
and snacks and drinks to keep you all happy. More information on this soon.
A few members ran off on the annual pilgrimage to Amsterdam. Since there were
only 4 going, a friend was able t put us all up. We should be making a return
journey in the last week of July 2003. All members are invited. A full report on
this years trip soon.
There are rumours
of a possible trip to Valencia around October this year. More information on
There is also talk
from the club manager about organising a ladies only piss-up. So if you are a
guy. You will have to shave your legs, slip on your tights and whip out your
lipstick to be there. There are more social events being considered.
At the moment we have two group emails, one for club announcements
email@example.com and the
Gostarfirstname.lastname@example.org email for banter, uploading pictures etc.
yahoo group email allows us to automatically subscribe all members to a mailing
list but the smart group email requires us to invite members first before that
member can registers to join on the smartgroups site. However we have found that
too many members couldnít be bothered to
register when invited for various reasons. This has led to little or no email
banter amongst members.
To this end we are going to set up a new
email@example.com email account for email banter which we will
automatically subscribe all members to. We appreciate that some members will not
like to have their mail accounts full of idle banter hence they will be able to
unsubscribe to it once it has been set up or register to view the email banter
online only. Registration to view email online is a bit complicated and I will
post instructions online as soon as I have worked it out.
We are trying to increase the sense of community and friendship
amongst all members. Hence the revamp of the group email.
Also we are looking to trying to organise more ride-outs, touring trips and
social evenings. However we need volunteers to lead ride-outs, touring trips and
propose social events as the club officers cannot be at all club events. If you
can assist us with any of these issues please contact the club (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The club will be publishing an online survey form that all club member (and non
members) can fill in, so that we can better understand our membership.
The club is putting
together a memberís pack which would contain your membership card, a few bike
stickers a welcome letter and a few of our business supporters flyers. They
would have been sent out by now but for equipment failure and other problems.
The largest problem is time. There is only so much one can do after working
hours and weekends. The club launched its new club T-shirt and stickers at the
last track day. The T-shirts are good quality with the club logo on the front
and back and are priced at £12. As soon as we have a moment we will publish
pictures of them on the website.
catalogue is also being put together as we speak, there will be mens, ladies and
childrens tops, fleeces etc available in various colours and sizes all at very
The club wants to
start a new arm of the racing team. It would be a data collection and analysis
team made up of club member (not racers). The aim of this team would be to time
as many racers (especially GSR racers) between the entry and exit points of
corners on a race track. This information can be used to inform our racers which
corner they are on the limits on and where they have work to do. The racers can
easily find out how quick they are in a straight line by having their bikes
Dyno'd but cornering usually involves a bit of trail and error and experience.
We would like to eliminate this by providing our racers with hard data.
More information on this soon.
On the racing front we have secured a number of product support sponsors for the
race team over the last month. These sponsors were ATOM HYDRAULICS providing
discounts on Morris oils and Lloyds Lifestyle providing discounted race clothing
helmets and gloves for ACU license holders. Details on how to obtain these
racers benefits are as always within the memberís only area of the site
Race day tickets
A few new procedures on managing spare racing tickets are now in place, that
should hopefully ease the race day phoning around required to collect spare
tickets on the day. Lets hope everyone remembers to implement these procedures
and use the
email@example.com mailing list to inform and notify everyone else of
the ticket plan.
Currently a number of Go Star racers are taking a mid season sabbatical for one
reason or another; buying and prepping a bigger better bike, tuning enhancements
and general repairs. With the number of Go Star riders this should not pose a
problem as there are always more riders to fly the flag at a number of national
and club events.
A number of new but
experienced racers are also in the process of joining us or have already joined
us. We know that we have a structure that can offer short and long term benefits
to rookie and experienced racers and we are delighted with the current new crop
of racers joining us and what their joining represents in terms of belief, trust
and all that good stuff that cannot be easily measured.
The Race Team is also getting to the stage were additional Race team management
people are needed to co-ordinate the logistics around who is racing where and
when, what communal pit lane garage to hire, when to get our team photographer
to an important meeting and so on. We are hence advertising for a Race Team
Co-ordinator from within Go Star or to recruit an external person. Step forward
and donít be shyÖ. contact
firstname.lastname@example.org or the club.
foundations are always being laid for an effective structured Race team and club
as we press on towards the ultimate objectives.