Alan Saunders, one of the founding members of the Hawks club passed away recently. A stalwart of the trials and scramble scene in the Cotswolds he will be sorely missed by many in Gloucestershire.
|An Alan Saunders picture of me on his bike at |
Colgate Farm in 2007
Back in 2005 he was kind enough to let me buy his long stroke 350cc Matchless. This was my first ever Matchless and I instantly gelled with the machine. Indeed, it is the bike on which I won Class 2 of the ACU Sammy Miller Championship in 2010.
It was only after months of incessant pleading and badgering on my part coupled with Alan’s ill health that he finally agreed to sell it to me. As I proudly put it on the trailer he reminded me that the bike was to be ridden in trials and NOT kept in the garage.
I hope he was proud to see that his bike won the 2010 SM Championship and I hope he keeps an eye on me during this years campaign. All the best Alan; you will be sorely missed and thanks once again for selling me that Matchless!!