Dates For Your Diary
Potential for Group Meeting 12 July - tbc by Prime minister.
First Aid course
Being planned for post COVID-19 lockdown - not before 21 Jun.
Skillshare 5 June 2021 at The Haven Cafe, Firsdown, Salisbury
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Congratulations to the following members who have passed their Advanced Tests recently:
Please welcome the following to the Group:
Miles Ashley BIKE
Mark Pullen BIKE
Howard Seward BIKE
Steven Thoroughgood BIKE
Angus McAfee BIKE
Phil Smith BIKE
John Phillips CAR
Graham Jeffrey CAR
Stuart Camp BIKE
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 email@example.com
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The Roadmap Step 3 Newsletter
Carol Gleed is holding a get together on 25 June at The Red House, Purton (Church Street, Purton SN5 3DT) 15:00 – 18:00 to remember Chris who sadly passed away earlier this year. Chris was a founder member of the Group and a passionate advanced driver; he was also an avid volunteer who strived for the benefit of others.
If you wish to attend please let Les Brown
know by 5 June so Carol can cater for the expected numbers.
Sadly I cannot make this as I am away but I am sure many of us will wish to pay your respects to Chris.
With a fair wind we will be able to get together for the first time since March 2020 and we are planning to have our first group meeting in Liddington on 12 July. I am hoping Martin Powell our regional coordinator will come but other than this or intention is just to have a catch up and a chat about driving and riding – or just how we managed to stay sane during lockdown (I will leave this to individual judgement).
We have, thankfully, resumed activity and have more in the pipeline. Bike tutoring is on in earnest and some car tutoring has started. New Bike tutors have started their training and there is a Car tutors’ get together on 12 June – with new car tutors in the pipeline as well. Social activities are being planned and tests have resumed. New members are joining in both disciplines and with a bit of luck the weather will improve!
In the meantime stay safe and I look forward to catching up with you as freedom allows.
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.
We would like to make your aware in advance that we will be upgrading the RoADAR website. We know that many people want to access the RoADAR website on mobile devices, so to make the user experience better we have moved the site into www.RoSPA.com
Not only will the site be more accessible it will also benefit from greater security and enhance your online experience, to achieve this we have also redesigned the pages to be more intuitive, making it easier for you to find what you need - anywhere and on any device while also attracting new members to the group network.
The new website will be going live as of Tuesday 1st June, the same web address will be used and a redirect will be in place. Please do share this information to all your group members.
As a valued member of RoADAR we hope that you like the new look and the improved usability.
Head of Training Operations
T: +44 (0)7880 785 056
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
The second round of the Castle Combe Hot Hatches ran on the first May Bank holiday Monday, under moody skies.
For the first time, I had both cars on track, as two friends had hired the Cooper to run alongside me in the Cooper S during the Dave Allen Trophy race at the end of the day.
After meeting up, and introducing them to the car and the team, I had to qualify for the Hot Hatches. I matched my PB time, which is always a good start, and qualified mid pack, 4th in class. The race was one of the first ones after lunch and it remained dry. I found some pace during this race, shaving a few tenths and setting a new PB time, which I am pleased with. I was just a couple of seconds off the 3rd place guy near the end, so it was an encouraging race, and lots of fun tussling with the other cars. Another 4th in class to add to the previous two from April.
Going back a bit to late morning we had to qualify for the DAT race. Both cars taking to the track. I ran the full 30 minute qualifying, scoring 11th on the road and first in class 4, which was exciting. Morgan took the Cooper out for the first 10 minutes, handing over to Steve at the half way point, so they could both log at least 3 laps each to qualify.
Sadly Steve experienced a wheel issue, which he spotted early on during his stint, and came back to the pits. One of the new 16 inch wheels had moved against the studs and was effectively loose. Back to used tyres on the old 15 inch wheels. They still managed to qualify well, two rows off the back.
In the run up to the DAT race it got a bit interesting. The heavens opened and the track started looking like a lake! I opted to fit my new, and as yet untried wet tyres on the S, but the boys in the Cooper were stuck with a used set of semi slicks. I'll need more wheels and tyres for that car, obviously.
The race was started slightly ahead of time, we had a big field of over 20 cars, me in the mid pack at the head of class 4 and Morgan in the Cooper a few rows back, also in class 4. Up front there were Touring Car spec Honda Civics, a TCR Cupra and a 6.3 litre Ginetta, as well as the odd M3 and other sexy things!
After two sighting laps we took the rolling start (to save those expensive clutches) and we were off. After a first tentative lap holding place I realised we had left the rest of class 4 behind, and having worked the tyres I realised I had loads of grip in the torrential rain. On lap 2 I started to push, passing one car on that lap, two more on lap 3 and so on.
By my pit stop at around half way I was up into 5th on the road and had started lapping cars from class 4 and class 3! In the pits, 90 seconds stationary had me back down to 11th on the road, but I had stopped slightly earlier than most of the others. Two laps later Morgan yielded the Cooper to Steve, having battled up to 10th on the road, an epic achievement.
I kept pushing for the remainder of the race, passing more cars finishing the race on the leader's bootlid, albeit 1 lap down on his Touring Car spec Civic.
I had stormed (pun intended) through to third place, just half a lap behind the TCR Cupra, and one lap off the leader. I was about to lap the Ginetta when he retired! It was an intense 45 minutes, and incredible fun. The car handled like it was on rails in the wet. I think my slightly soft set up, which was holding me back a bit in the dry, was perfect for the wet.
I beat all of class 4, all of class 3, and only one car from classes 1 and 2 were in front of me at the finish.
I now have a third place trophy and class win trophy proudly sat on my desk.
Morgan and Steve scored a tidy 13th overall, and 6th in class.
What a day it was! Next time we can have spectators at the circuit, so roll on Bank Holiday Monday on May 31st.
Gary Franks 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):
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
Outlon Park Bennets British Superbike testing 18 May
Bob Fram was Marshalling at Oulton Park for the BSB testing session. I took the opportunity to get some miles on the Bike and also given the relaxation of rules I was able to stay with my sister who lives 30 minutes drive from the circuit. A wet and windy ride up and back but thankfully great weather for the test – the first time spectators have been allowed at a circuit since the end of the 2019 season.
I was flagging all day on my own ins a box just before the iconic Lodge corner. For safety reasons the flag points are “caged” in steel hawsers to protect the marshals. I must admit to thinking the riders will not see the flags which had to be waved in the “box”; to their credit they did and reacted accordingly.
|Lodge Corner Approach
I have to admit my idea of slowing down and being cautious because of a waved yellow flag is different to a professional motorcycle racer. I was in awe of the skill of the riders in all classes and on many occasions thought “they will never make this corner with the bike sideways and the back wheel in the air”; they did (most of them).
My idea of a test ride is to check everything is back together properly and functioning well; racers just want to go as fast as possible and It was great to see sports bikes being used to their full potential.
The ride home was interesting in wet and very windy weather. An opportunity to revise how to ride in poor conditions; good to keep learning which, I think, is the most important aspect of advanced driving and riding. Thankfully due to my riding gear I was (almost) dry despite four hours in these conditions.
To the Haven!
Mark Sealey lead a half day ride down to the Haven cafe (near Salisbury) dodging the rain!
Typical day out on a group ride goes something like this:
09:45 - Rendezvous at Salley Pussey's Inn, Swindon Rd, Royal Wootton Bassett, Swindon SN4 8ET
10:00 - Depart (FTEB) - Ride
11:00 - Arrive The Haven Cafe, A30, London Road, Firsdown, Salisbury SP5 1ST
12:00 - Depart - Ride
13:00 - Arrive Back at Salley Pussey's Inn
Group ride outs are scheduled for the third Saturday / Sunday of the month; please keep an eye out for emails and the forum too: Ride out info
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.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Wiltshire Police have proposed dates or BikeSafe:
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! Work in progress still!
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
So, can we do better? That’s the challenge we have set ourselves.
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.
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
Then Bob had a go. Very well he did too.
first video going live on the Interweb in June with a bit of luck, 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.
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.
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:
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 - cancelled due to lack of volunteers
- 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.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you would be interested in helping promote our group.
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.
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.