April 2021
Dates For Your Diary
Group Meeting
Potential for  Group Meeting 12 July - tbc by Primeminister.

First Aid course
Being planned for post COVID-19 lockdown  - not before  21 Jun.

Skillshare 1 May 2021 at Three Trees Farm Shop Chisledon

Monthly Ride-Outs

COVID Secure monthly Bike Ride-Outs  on the 3rd Saturday of every even numbered month and the 3rd Sunday of every odd numbered Month. Email will be sent out to Bikers and added to the Forum.

Do you have a topic you would like discussed, or know of an interesting speaker?  Please contact Les Brown at speakers@wiltshireroadar.co.uk 

Congratulations to the following members who have passed their Advanced Tests recently:  
Andy Peaple - Bike Retest - GOLD
Peter Genet - Diploma retest  - Pass

Please welcome the following to the Group:
Some on going enquiries but no new members this month

Don’t forget that we have a range of clothing available to purchase. We also offer a range of books, such as Roadcraft, Motorcycle Roadcraft and the Highway Code, and these are available at discounted prices.

For more information visit the Merchandise page of our web site at www.wiltshireroadar.co.uk.
We are always looking for more articles, ideas and news for the newsletter. Have you been somewhere interesting recently that would make a good story? If you attend any group events then take a camera and send us your pictures!

Please forward all contributions to newsletter@wiltshireroadar.co.uk
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Chair's Ramblings
I am pleased to see we are heading in the right direction with the COVID roadmap and am delighted we have resumed tutoring - please see the activity section below.  There is no pressure for anyone to partake in activity if they do not feel safe and both parties must be content to take part in a tutoring session; clearly there is a higher risk for the car tutors and whilst we can start training there is no pressure to do so.  The provision of free lateral flow tests for COVID 19 (LFT) means we can add another layer of protection and thus confidence in our safety protocols.  These have been adjusted accordingly and are reproduced below. 
I was taken by an article in the recent Care on the Road about tyre safety (page 7 if you still have a copy!).  It is worth watching this short YouTube video regarding a fatal accident (it is a sad story).  It reinforces the need for POWDERRSS checks - I know this is second nature for us but how often do you jump in the car or on your bike assuming it is ok?  Good for all the tutors to have up their sleeve to reinforce the need to check tyres – arguably the most important bit of your machine.  Main lesson from this is it is not obvious when runflat tyres’ pressure is low; a visual check is not enough.
It has been great to catch up with people face to face and the recent good weather has helped.  We are hoping to have our first monthly meeting in July so please try and come along for a catch up. In the meantime, please follow the guidance and keep safe.
Bob Fram
COVID Tutoring Protocols - Risk assessments have been reviewed and are held by the Chairman.
 COVID Secure Car Tutoring Protocol – As at 15 April 2021
This is a voluntary activity and both parties (Tutor and Associate) must be content to be in the same car as each other (normally the Associate’s car).  It is recognised each individual has their own circumstances and acceptance of level of risk.  There will be no judgement of individuals who do not wish to conduct car training.
Wiltshire RoADAR have a written risk assessment which is available on request.  The mitigation factors listed below are to minimise the risk of coronavirus infection for the Tutor and the Associate.  These are the absolute minimum required and if individuals wish to add their own factors the this is up to them.
Essential Mitigation Measures
No training if either party has displayed COVID 19 symptoms within 7 days or is self-isolating in line with Government guidance (including Test and Trace protocols).
Associate and tutor to have conducted a lateral flow test within 2 days of the training session.  A positive test should be treated as per Government guidelines and precludes training.
Face covering to be worn by both tutor and associate.  These must be in place prior to entering the vehicle.
Associate to ensure vehicle interior is cleaned with sanitiser prior to tutor entering the vehicle
Ensure hands are clean (washed for 20 seconds and/or alcohol gel as a minimum) prior to fitting face covering.
It is recommended disposable gloves are worn by the tutor when in the vehicle.
Tutor and associate must not touch their face when in the vehicle or prior to removing gloves and washing/sanitising hands.
Vehicle ventilation system to be on and drawing air from outside the vehicle (NOT on recirculation). Ventilation enhanced by opening rear windows to allow air flow over tutor and associate to go out of the vehicle.
Avoid face to face activity and conduct discussions outside the vehicle where safe and legal to do so.
Any equipment taken into the vehicle by the tutor to be sanitised post the session (alcohol wipes or a bleach solution)
Recommended Additional Mitigation Measures
Gloves to be worn by associate.
Tutor to wear an outer layer of clothing which can be removed and placed in a bag for washing post tutoring session.
Tutor may use a disposable seat covering if so desired.
 COVID Secure Bike Tutoring Protocol – As at 15 April 2021

We must ensure the safety of both the Associate and the Tutor.  The following protocol is to be followed:
Both parties must be happy to partake in the tutoring session – there is no penalty for not wishing to partake provided communication is clear.
No tutoring if either the Associate or the Tutor have displayed symptoms within the last 7 days or are told to self- isolate by the Government Track and Trace protocol.
It is strongly recommended both the Associate and the Tutor conduct a lateral Flow test no sooner than 2 days prior to the session.  A positive test should be treated as per Government guidelines and precludes training.
All must follow Government guidelines on self-isolation and shielding.
Appropriate Social distancing must be rigorously applied. 
Follow Government guidelines for hand cleansing and personal safety – hand sanitiser useful at all times.
Avoid busy locations for meeting, follow the latest Government guidelines for the use of cafes and/or take own refreshments. 
Associates to be encouraged to bring their own copy of Roadcraft and the Highway code for ease of reference during briefing and de-briefing sessions.
Tutor explanations and diagrams to be suitable for understanding from 2 metres.
Members' Activities
Have you been up to anything to do with Riding or Driving lately? If so, then please let us know as we would love to include it here; photos would be great too!
Presumption is , like all of us, we are planning what we can do later this year once this pandemic is sorted. 
 Driven Ohm Racing
Easter Monday was the start of our racing in 2021.
We arranged to test the car at a shakedown session the Wednesday before, and all was going well initially. I managed 3 x 5 lap sessions, obliterating my previous PB by some 5 seconds... and then the exhaust broke. We had to stop before lunch, and before I really got into my stride. Tom arranged a repair for the car, which was done by the next day.
Roll round to Easter Monday- race day.
Due to covid restrictions several guest clubs were not able to participate, so we all had 2 races on the day.
I'm pleased with my results. We had 2 race long tussles with Dave Tyson in his red Clio, overhauling him in both races. I finished twice P4 in class, 19th and 16th overall, and set new personal best times into the bargain.

The car ran without a hitch once the exhaust was fixed. It's a good deal faster and means that I am right in the middle of the action, instead of following at a safe distance like last year!
Looking forward to May 3rd and the next round. Stil no spectators allowed, but hopefully for the last time. I have just one Hot Hatch race this time, but we are entering both cars in the Dave Allen Trophy on the same day. The race is a 45 minute enduro, with a pit stop- where a driver change is allowed.
Ex Mini Challenge racer Morgan Jones is teaming up with Steve Waight my team mate from last year in the Cooper, and I am running in my Cooper S on my own. It should be very exciting!
The live stream is available here.
Combe TV – Episode 49 – May Day Madness Race Meeting – LIVE STREAM
Watch full, LIVE coverage of all races from multiple camera angles and with professional commentary throughout.
The stream can be watched live (and recorded) from any of the following locations:
https://www.youtube.com/user/castlecombecircuituk (Castle Combe Circuit’s YouTube channel)
Gary Franks
We welcome some new partners and sponsors, such as Orranje Performance Ltd, Cotswold Motaquip, and Newton Europe, our continuing arrangement with Wiltshire RoADAR and our logistics and preparation partner TM Racing. We hope to be allowed to host guests at the track later in the year, it will be great to have some spectators trackside too!
Follow our progress on Facebook @Driven.Ohm.Racing.
Please check the series website for the lastest details:
Dates are as follows (all at Castle Combe):
Monday 5th April 2021 Howards Day
Monday 3rd May 2021 Mayday Madness Race Day
Monday 31st May 2021 Combe Challenge
Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th June 2021 June Race Weekend
Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th July 2021 Classic And Retro Race Weekend
Monday 30th August 2021 Combe Countdown
Saturday 18th September 2021 Grand Finals Day
The glorious 12th!
Of April that is! And what a day it turned into! From snow early on to bright warm sunshine at lunchtime.
Meeting at 9.30am, Winston and I headed for the coast at Portland and Weymouth. Following Winston’s sat-nav, set to windy and hilly route, which I think is pretty much shown on the map below. The roads were often challenging in so much of their conditions but nevertheless we found our way through some interesting villages and a mixture of a variety of some good, fast, and slow roads!
This was our first ride-out together, as associate and tutor. As it was the first day  we could ride, we decided to make a day of it. Departing from Coate Water park in Swindon, we headed towards Devizes, which was surprisingly busy for a Monday morning. Then onto Frome, Wincanton all the way to Portland for our lunch stop.
As you can see from the picture, you might agree it was a nice day! A day of contrasting weather that’s for sure. From snow at home, to a nice balmy 14 degrees on the coast.
After lunch, we headed along the coast a bit, and then followed the “usual” route back home; making a slight detour to go via Amesbury then Marlborough and back to Coate for the debrief.
A great day out, and a great first day’s tutoring this year, and a great day with a good friend too. Though there is a bit more work to do before he’s ready for his test! But, shhhh!, don’t tell him I told you all that 😊😊.
Peter Genet
Bob Fram goes off road
I finally managed to get my Tenere 660 off road on Salisbury Plain.  I am lucky to have a friend who is a very experienced off-road rider who supervised my activity.  I had prepared my bike with some crash bars and a radiator grill to protect against my inadequacy and stones respectively.
“We’ll just drop your tyre pressures to 16 psi” – this shocked me; I knew they had to be reduced but I had a puncture free day and good grip so it shows what I know!!
A beautiful sunny day began with some gentle riding on the Salisbury Plain perimeter road to get me used to standing up and the bike moving around underneath me.  We were blessed with lovely weather and very dry conditions (helpful as I did not have full off road tyres on).  Some more challenging byways were added to increase  my experience (and my heart rate)
A great day we covered over 60  miles (95% off road) starting from The Charlton Cat carpark (near Rushall) across for a coffee at Choppers Café near Burbage, all the way across to Edington (near Westbury) for Lunch and return.  A great day and it has left me wanting more  despite a painful fall a mile from the end.
What did I learn?
  • It’s great fun
  • It’s not about speed
  • My Tenere is too heavy for me
  • It hurts when you go over the handlebars and land on hard very dry ground (grateful I was wearing body armour).
  • Crash bars are a good investment
  • My Dakar dreams are over!
Please let us know of any plans you may have; any road trips, any places to drive/ride to; maybe you have plans to unicycle the length of the UK - if you are planning this, please let us know as this would be great to read about!
New Books!   Updates to Roadcraft are here!
Motorcycle Roadcraft is the police handbook for rider training. It’s used by all the emergency services and forms a key reference for riding instructors.

Updates for this new edition include a new overtaking chapter with separate sections on passing stationary vehicles, single stage overtakes, and multi-stage overtakes and new explanations of advanced concepts, such as limit points on left-hand bends. Guided by a working group of experienced instructors, Motorcycle Roadcraft is essential learning for police officers preparing for the demands of operational riding.
Roadcraft is the police handbook for driver training. It's used by all the emergency services and forms reference for driving instructors.

Updates for this new edition include a new overtaking chapter with separate sections on passing stationary vehicles, single stage overtakes, and multi-stage overtakes and new explanations of advanced concepts, such as limit points on left-hand bends.

Guided by a working group of experienced instructors, Roadcraft is essential learning for police officers preparing for the demands of operational driving.
See here for more info: https://www.roadcraft.co.uk/ 
We do have a few of the old Roadcraft books for both Cars and Bikes - if you would like one, please get in touch with the membership secretary. For these books we would appreciate a donation of £5 to the group which is less than half price. 
Group Meetings and look ahead - July?

We think we may be able to hold a monthly meeting on 12 July but we will have to stay flexible so watch this space!
New Speakers
Les is working hard to identify. speakers who will be able to attend meetings when they resume.  if you have any ideas please let him know at speakers@wiltshireroadar.co.uk
Promotional activities

25 April BikeSafe -Wiltshire Police HQ
Seven of the Bike Tutor cohort (and some from WABAM) assisted Wiltshire Police with their BikeSafe event reinforcing the dwindling numbers of Police motorcyclists in their campaign to improve road safety.  Nine motorcyclists had a morning of advice from PC Lee Prince (aka Budgie) followed by an afternoon of riding to put it into practice.  Our only error was 60% of the tutors were riding BMW bikes – thus reinforcing the old image of advanced riders!!

We had sufficient tutors for one-to-one sessions which was great as we had 2 ½ hours to explore Wiltshire’s finest roads in sunny weather (always a bonus).  Brilliant to have really enthused punters who want to show how good they are.  I think all of us managed to develop their riding and learn from them as well.  The banter was great and the riding improving so all in all a fantastic way to spend a sunny Sunday afternoon.  A great way to promote the Group
Big thanks to Peter Milner who turned up to film some of the activity so we can use it in promotional material for the Group.

BikeSafe Dates for 2021
Wiltshire Police have proposed dates or BikeSafe:
July 4th
August 29th
September 12th
October 3rd
We will be supporting Wiltshire Police with BikeSafe both with tutors to make up the instructor numbers and to help promote the Group.  We do this in conjunction with WABAM so it is a great way to reinforce advanced riding and to gather new members.

Video team – good faces for radio!
A sub-committee was recently set-up to look at creating some short video content showcasing what we do as a group for both the cars and bikes sections. This all came about after viewing a YouTube video explaining the limit point principle, funnily enough by another RoADAR group. We agreed the principle was explained really well but was let down by “poor” riding; for example, crossing solid white lines, and showing the limit point principle on an open road with good visibility around the bend!
So, can we do better? That’s the challenge we have set ourselves.
We have a plan, starting with a “Who we are” video, to  inform prospective members what we do and how we do it, and at the same time, put faces to names. And another benefit is that we only have to explain it once! The overall objective is to reach a wider audience showcasing the benefits of advanced driving and riding.
With the camera and filming skills and experience of Peter Milner, we have made a start. Whilst at the recent Bikesafe event in Devizes, Peter asked two of us to do a piece to camera describing Bikesafe. Having presented on local radio, I thought this would be easy. Turns out I was wrong. Only five takes later did I manage to splutter out something reasonable!
Then Bob had a go. Very well he did too.

Our first video going live on the Interweb  in May will be of the Bikesafe event. We are about to do some more filming for the into and outro segments which will appear on all future videos. Please be gentle in your comments as it is our first try at this. We do have plans to get together again over the course of the year and do some more of these videos, including the introduction mentioned earlier. These films will be about all aspects of being a member of the group, and not just training. Such as rideouts, racing, camping trips and other events.
If when out and about you see one of us with a camera on RoADAR activities, then please let us know if you do not want to be included in the film. After all, its not compulsory and not why you joined the group. We will of course respect your wishes.
Peter Genet
Proposed Promotional activities 2021

Outline events for next year are below, all of which will need member support so please do help us promote our Group:
  • Promote the Group at Castle Combe race circuit - Bikes and Cars.  Make best use of Gary's RoADAR Wiltshire Racing antics to spread the word. 
  • Dates for the Castle Combe Road Racing National Weekend is 5/6 June - Pease note change of date volunteers to hlep promote the Group at our stand wil be required - please let the Chair know if you can help
  • We will continue to seek support from Wiltshire Council Road Safety Committee.
  • Attend the Emergency Services Show should it go ahead.
If you have any ideas for events, then please get in touch with the committee using the committee email address :
Look forward to hearing and discussing your ideas.
Presentation material

A generic set of slides has been created for use if you are asked about Wiltshire RoADAR and have the opportunity to present. This could be at a local club, workplace etc. Please send a mail to committee@wiltshireroadar.co.uk   and the slides will be sent over to you.
We also have flyers and business cards so ask for these via the same means
First Aid Training - COVID-19 dependant - sometime after 21 June 2021
It is intended to provide a first aid training day (subsidised by the Group).  This is highly recommended for all tutors as part of our responsibilities for the safety of our associates but also an excellent skill for all of us; you never know when you will need it.  It is compulsory training for me at work and one of my colleagues saved her husband’s life as she had first aid training.
This will probably be on a Saturday as soon as we can after the lockdown; we have 15 already interesteds. Watch this space for more (we will communicate with those who have registered an interest directly). It is not too late to register interest (this does not commit you) so email the Chairman if you wish to be included.  
Media coordinator - Help us to broaden our reach
To help promote the group we have a variety of online media platforms, FaceBook, YouTube, Instagram and Twitter. To help make the most out of the opportunities that these outlets provide, we could use some help from someone who has experience of using such tools. Drop me a line at secretary@wiltshireroadar.co.uk  if you would be interested in helping promote our group.
Committee minutes   
These are available from the Group Secretary if any member wishes to see them. If you are interested in reading the minutes, then please send a mail to the Group Secretary whom will promptly forward them onto you.

Please could all Members use the Forum on the Website which can be used for any purpose but particularly coordinating events, hints, tips and general conversation.  It is easy to register on the website so please do log on and chat away.
Test results 
Reminder to let the Membership Secretary and your tutor know when you have taken your Advanced Driving/Riding Test and result. This is so our database is kept up to date; there is no need or pressure at all to have the result published on the website or in this newsletter if you wish to keep your result confidential.  
Membership Secretary: Mr Gary Franks
Hon Secretary: Mr Mark Sealey
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