IT’S IN THE GENES!

IT’S IN THE GENES!

IT’S IN THE GENES!

My Old Club Badge

 Speaking to my cousin Tom the other day reference rejoining my old UK Motorcyle Club and
acquiring my ACU Licence for 2008 I realise that for some of us this ailment called “Trials Riding” is
in fact hereditary!

This is all new! The club Web-site

I looked at my club’s website, yes we have come a long way, and there is a history page with all
the founders way back in 1929 and mention of the main men including my father  (Frank Down)
and my uncle (Tom Arter). Well the website is all new to me so I avidly read on as the author takes
me to many places I had ridden in my youth.

1963 on “Jumping Downs” in the snow

Jumping Downs, our traditional practice area and the site of many trials, Lydden Hill Grass Track
before being stolen from us by that Invicta Club, but I still went there with Dad who was an ACU
Steward by then so at least I got to see all my Grass track heros, Alf Hagon and his immaculate
bikes,  Barry and Maury Briggs along with Lew Coffin and Don Godden.

Uncle Tom, the footing coat, trilby, and that Pipe!

With a tear in my eye, I turn to the “gallery page” and there is Uncle Tom on his big old banger
with flowing trench coat and trilby……. and his pipe in full blaze. Some remember Don Smith for
always smoking in the sections but Uncle Tom always had his pipe well stoked. I actually
remembered that pipe (one of many) with the repaired stem and strangely remembered the brand
of tobacco he used to smoke “Three Nuns”.

Then another picture with Uncle Tom and my old man with his pipe on full bore, along with more
great all rounders.

Uncle Tom, same old coat and hat, loading his pipe. My Father smoking his

My Father in action…not bad!

Further on I see a youth in full flight up a typically muddy Kent hillside (circa 1973) and recognize
the rider as non other than my cousin Tom on the Montesa.

My cousin Tom in full flight

It was always fun to come back home in those days and I’d always plan to be back for the Club’s
big trial of the year the “Mutton Lancers”. Sometimes I’d ride round with Tom but more often I
would ride while he was out as Clerk of the Course.

1970 Jumping Downs at the “Mutton Lancers”

Well sadly both my Father and also Uncle Tom are no longer with us, but I’m still riding, and cousin
Tom is still the Trials Secretary of the old club so I guess it stays with you forever…………..
…….or it’s in the Genes!

The Pipe might be in the “Genes” as well

Tony Down & Relatives also afflicted

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  • 7/6/2008 11:18 AM Fred Martinson wrote:
    What is the website address of your
    old club, looked at ACU website and it
    wasn’t listed there

    Fred
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  • 5/10/2009 2:18 PM Jose Bustamante wrote:
    Jolly good to see the old pix of the ancestors and your cousin Tom. My father, who was not a gentleman, rode a Triumph, but I never saw him on it, my mother having convinced him that the wind would bring on Arthritis of the knees. Now I have a 69 T100C. which is splendid, and would actually be allowed to ride in the Classics MX event at Steamboat.I don’t think I’ll have it ready for that event this year, as it is almost upon us, and right now I am working 8 days a week as the Fab Four used to say. Cheers, Jose.
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  • 3/5/2012 1:30 PM Nick wrote:
    Hi Tony – happened to find your site when googling Tom Arter for some more info on the club website! Glad the site brought back some memories!. It’s changed a bit since you wrote this article. The clubs growing again and looking towards it’s next trial in a couple of weeks. You may remember me you may not- I build the web site for the club and am Carols kid brother Nick! Used to ride a bit as well but now I concentrate on photos of the club trials and my road bike – has to be a Triumph. You’ll find me at the bottom of the links page!! Stay upright!! Nice blog
    Cheers Nick
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TO RIDE TO TELLURIDE

TO RIDE TO TELLURIDE

TO RIDE TO TELLURIDE

Ready to Roll

 Saturday morning and all is well in the World (as far as we know) and today we will take the
Beemer up over the mountains, through Telluride and down to Placerville to see if we can find the
site where Thomas Kinkade painted “Autumn Snow” which we have in Cozy Comfort.

All dogs walked, other contained in the “sin bin” we set off with rain gear in the trunks, as you
never know. The ride out of Dolores is slow as the local law has so little to do he will generally
spend some time harrassing motorists so better keep on his good side.

Today Dolores looks lovely, as though someone has been round to every homeowner and said
“For …….. sake get this place cleaned up!” Well it looks delightful with fresh mown lawns and
paddocks, flowers, hanging baskets and window boxes ablaze in color. The Dolores River is still
in full flow but a little muddy and I prefer to see it in winter with the snow covered edges and
white water coming through the ice.

The Dolores River

There is a winter feel as we ride along the flat portion with a blizzard of white which is the
Cottonwwod fluff which is everywhere. The ride is gorgeous and brisk but just a little attention is
needed to winter road damage and falling rocks and of course care in the bends as some of the
“tar snakes” can get pretty soft as the temperature rises.

Through Stoner and now the gentle climb up to Rico with it’s quaint mainstreet and a whole load
of new buildings as more and more people try and jam into the steep sided little community. Out
of Rico and the twisters begin and the uphill bends to the top of the Lizard Pass. Time to stop
and admire the scenery and the magnitude of the mountains. Yes, Colorado is a magical place.

Top Of the LIZZARD

Top of the Morning!

Now the descent, taking care on the road, past the unfrozen trout Lake and on through the other
bends, with and without guard rails. Some do have the black and yellow arrows and when they
put these up in Colorado they mean BEND!

The Unfrozen Trout Lake

WE MEAN IT!!

Past the turn that I remember seeing a car having gone over the edge in a blizzard and on to
Mountain Village where we normally ski. The decision, the beauty of intercom, is a quick stop for
a couple of BM’s….. but as we enter the road up to the Gondola there is a sign saying “Event
Parking” which turns out to be a blue grass festival and there are more cars here than in the
height of the ski season. We wander around and try for a parking slot down in the village but
everything is cordonned off so nothing for it but to go back to the main parking lot. Fortunately for
us there is a perfect slot on the top floor which is just made for the Beemer. A gentle stroll over to
the Gondola and the short ride down to the ski lifts in the center of MV. The queue to get over the
mountain on the Gondola is unbelievable and looks like about a 30-45 minute wait so that project
gets kicked into touch and we settle for a couple of drinks in the warm sunshine.

A Little Refreshment in Mountain Village

A little later we push on back to the parking lot looking at the green slopes that that we normally
hammer down without a second thought during the blast on the lower reaches of “Misty Maiden”.

The Bottom of MISTY MAIDEN

Downhill to Placerville

Onward down the hill passing the hoards of Hardley Ablesons and their wannabee riders who as
a group seem to live in a different world from all other motorcyclists. The vast majority would
never be seen in any form of safety attire and must live in the eternal hope that “it” will never
happen to me!

LUV IT !

No sign of anything of the Kinkade kind so stop for lunch in Sawpit and ask the waitress who of
course has never heard of Thomas Kinkade or no doubt Placerville just 2 miles further on. Service
is slow in these parts and time is moving on so with a Pool deadline in the Hollywood it’s time for
a No-Stop 80 miler. Fun, fun, fun!

Over the Lizzard Coming Home

Another great stretch of road

We take the Hollywood by storm and the cues are doing their thing as we sink frame after frame
and a few Gt’s too boot.

That wrapped up our week and the return trip in the bus went completely without incident
although I’m now told the bedroom AC may need a service before Donner in 2 weeks time…….
yes, I’m going to ride some trials again…. YIPEEEE!!!

Tony  &  Brenda

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THINGS TO DO IN COLORADO

THINGS TO DO IN COLORADO

THINGS TO DO IN COLORADO

It’s our park and I’ll park it where I want!

 After 7 hours of driving we pull into our RV resort of Cozy Comfort. It’s 10 at night and rather
than unload into our getaway home the easy option is to have a beer and spend night one in the
RV.

Ah! there you are

Saturday morning and time to get organized and move what we need inside. The plan at this
stage is to use the Beemer as the runabout and get all the “ducks lined up” and then depart on
Thursday cross country to Panguitch Utah for the Beehive Beemers Rally.

Wayne, our manager, offers the use of his pickup and after some breakfast Brenda builds a
couple of new rocking chairs for the balcony and also puts up some anti-dog fencing along the
balcony to stop wayward pups from taking “a giant leap of faith” Friends decide we need to join
them for the afternoon so plans of hanging baskets are abandonned until Sunday, and the
Beemer is dragged out for a quick local ride.

The new Blue Rockers

Sunday and it’s off to the nursery for the hanging b’s. They seem more expensive than last year
and not quite as nice. Anyhooo 4 are purchased with a couple of flats of Petunias for the window
boxes. Some essentials in Cortez then back for a load of parcel wrapping to keep the new
business up and running.

My Floral Sombrerro

Monday and time to rebuild the pool which had cracked during the winter and the last batch of
surviving Goldfish had had to be rescued and are now living elsewhere. Some major gluing of the
liner and then fill it and start redecorating all the edges. Mid afternoon and all is well and now
time to go and get another pump as the old one has also decided to quit. The pool place only has
fish that are diddy and priced to further increase the national debt! All the more annoying in so
much that our one year old fish in Arizona have bred and we now have hundreds of the little ones
swimming happily despite all the pundits claiming it is not possible.

New pool liner in

Tuesday a little more work on the pool and posting junk, then more pool of a different kind with
Jim and Lucille in the Hollywood. I actually felt it coming back! and with Brenda just pointing at my
finger we won most of our games. The evening continued with time in the bus until insensible!

POOL of a different kind

Wednesday and Brenda announces that why don’t we stay in Dolores and forgo Utah as the
weather and riding are delightful here. Sounds like a plan to me so, now it’s time to see what
Durango has in the world of fish. 12 Kamis are purchased and endure the 80 mph ride home through
the sweepers from Mancos to home…. what a great road! Fish are dumped after temp adjustments
are made and the cottonwood fluff is extracted from the new pump filter.

Go get the fish….. the road to Durango

The ORE HOUSE, a once great restaurant until they banned smoking!

LIVE FISH in transit  …….80?

Thursday and today will be another “Pool” day with the cue in hand but first some running around
in Cortez to see a new shed which may become my workshop as any lockup or rental in Dolores
doesn’t seem practical. Find exactly what I want and while inside we get invited to a “Customer
Appreciation” bar-b-q, so a free lunch to boot!

A NEW  Workshop ?

20 X 16 should work

The Pool goes well and then Jim and Lucille bring a crock pot over to the coach and yet more
drinking rounds off another pleasant day.

Friday take the Beemer into Cortez but can’t find anything we want and eventually give up with
a miserable little water plant…… we will take some of ours and some fish next time. A quick stop
at the Hollywood and back to the non stop activities of the sled team of NINE dogs!

Saturday is Beemer Day and that will have it’s own story and then fond farewells until next time
when we may be back for good.

At rest

Tony & Brenda and the 9 Team.

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DOLORES REVISTED

 

DOLORES REVISTED

DOLORES REVISITED

COZY COMFORT our Colorado getaway

 After a long cold winter in Dolores with a ton of snow it’s time for our annual pilgramage up North
to inspect the property and do the planting of window boxes and the pool area. It also has the
added bonus of a 2 Day Rocky Mountain Trial over at Bull Hollow, a mere 50 miles away. Brenda
will be staying at Cozy Comfort to look after her kennel while I’m out riding.

Other events seem to be taking over in our lives and things are no longer going to plan in any
direction. The frustrations of trying to run, what was, a successsful company are now getting to a
point when the doors will slam firmly shut. Other avenues must be persued in rapid time frame. All
my plans of riding this weekend are looking borderline but could still happen if the ducks line up.

Common sense says wait a week but of course that means missing a 2 day event which I very
much enjoy. The alternative is a very late departure on Friday and then stay over Monday through
Wednesday next week which would work.

Other plans slipping onto a back burner are the Beehive Beemers Red Rock Rendez-Vous at
Panguitch in Utah which we missed last year due to no trailer and this year we are swamped with
puppies!

Well yet more complications with Richard from Telluride coming down on Saturday morning to pick
up 7, yes 7 bikes from the collection. He has made me an offer I just can’t turn down in these times
of financial nightmares so 7 bikes must go!

The RTL, TLM, TYZ, and the 320 Majesty on row 1

I can hardly bear to watch

Richard arrived early morning and I’m still checking carbs and refueling just in case he wants to
test them. He is well prepared with a large flat bed truck, several wooden beams, 2 electric drills
and a bag of bolts, screws, eyelets and a selection of tie downs.

The Ossa, TY175 and Cagiva complete the 7

The bikes are duly loaded and the “museum” is looking a little bare as one after another they roll
out and join their brothers and sisters on the truck and begin their run up to Placerville where
Richard has them all stored as a future investment.

They were fun to build, but you can’t ride them all so at least they will stay in their pristine
condition in Richard’s capable hands.

Another week slips by and still we are not ready to head north. The house must be prepped for
sale so much to do in that area, and of course gardens and workshop need to look A1. Finally we
leave on Friday at 1400 and now its with the bus and Beemer with the plan to stay through until
Thursday, travel across to Utah and take in the Red Rock Rendez-vous as our bit of relaxation
after all the hard work and trying times.

Will it make the asking Price ????

A Nice Kitchen

Room for a “few” Trophies

The People Pool

The Fish Pools

We arrive in Dolores 2 weeks later than planned, we missed the 2 day at Bull Hollow and of
course AHRMA has run another 3 events which I still haven’t seen the results from. By all accounts
from, my good friend Ed Peacock, all 5 events had a poor turnout which is a shame especially as Ed
and Evelyn put so much effort into ensuring this years events are first class and wanting for
nothing. One can only imagine that in these hard times people are thinking twice with the cost of
fuel and the long distances involved.

On a more cheery note Fred Martinson has used a picture of some “old sage” on this years
Casper T shirt, this must be a first for yours truly so try and make the Casper 3 Day event.

At least you get 3 trials for your fuel money and the trials there are always fantastic with a great
variety of terrain and section types.

Famous at last !

Brenda is working on www.trialsphoto.com and says she will have all this years photos up soon.

Tony & Brenda in Dolores with a sled team of 9 dogs……

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