Del Britton – Chief Observer
2014 – Local Observer Assessor
2014 – IAM radio qualified (Level 3)
2013 – National Observer
2013 – IAM Masters
2010 – IAM F1rst
Del first passed his DSA bike test in Nov 1991. He rode a Yamaha 125, mainly commuting to work. Staying loyal to Yamaha he progressed onto a Diversion but then defected to Suzuki with a 600 Bandit.
Del’s work and travel commitments prevented him becoming a regular rider, however salvation arrived in 2007 when his work and travel requirements subsided giving him the time to ride for fun! He returned to Yamaha with a FZ1 Fazer and enrolled on an advanced riding day with an ex-police instructor who spotted the talent and suggested Del should join an advanced club and take his riding skills on to the next level and train for the advanced test.
Del joined WHAM in October 2010 passing his IAM test in March 2011. Now riding a BMW R1200RT and having qualified as a group observer he continues to enjoy his riding and takes great pleasure in helping others to realise the benefits of advanced riding.
Del has been busy gaining Observer experience and IAM qualifications, passing the IAM ‘Masters’ test, the National Observer and Local Observer Assessor roles and is IAM Radio qualified to level 3. As an active member of the club’s Committee and Training Team Del is fully involved in WHAM’s continuing development.
Derek McMullan – National Observer (Training)
2015 – IAM National Training Team Assessor
2014 – Local Observer Assessor
2014 – IAM radio qualified (Level 3)
2013 – IAM Masters Distinction
2013 – IAM Regional Training Team member
2013 – National Observer
2009 – IAM Track Instructor (Bikes & Cars)
Derek started motorcycling with a 70cc Capri scooter at the age of 14! He graduated through lots of bikes but notably a Thruxton Velo, a Triumph Bonneville and Norton Dominator before the decline of the British bike industries. A Honda 400/4 led into a succession of boring BMW boxers and a brief flirtation with a Pan STX1300, then a clutch of KTM hooligan machines and a BMW 800GS – which stood the test of time rather well!
He is now riding a 2013 BMW1200GS however he could not resist the latest 1290 KTM Superduke which keeps the GS company in his garage.
Derek is a member of Council, the National controlling body of IAM, and remains passionately interested in developing riders’ skills and awareness.
Paul Whitcombe – National Observer
2014 – Local Observer Assessor
2013 – National Observer
2009 – Qualified Observer
2005 – IAM test pass
Paul thoroughly enjoys all aspects of biking. His first recollection of being on a bike is riding pillion on his father’s Honda C90 to primary school in a slightly too large white open-face helmet.
Paul’s most memorable biking experience is riding in India where he was cut up by camels, cows and vehicles of all shapes and sizes. In Jaipur his forward observation was useful for spotting half-finished roads and lorries travelling 3 a-piece towards him. Riding with parakeets flying alongside him was breath-taking (as was the dust).
Paul enjoys touring and visits the UK Moto GP and other race meetings. He has participated in many WHAM events, including the off-road weekend which not only improved his riding but was also a great social event.
Paul is a National Observer and a Local Observer Assessor. He finds observing very rewarding and is committed to developing riders’ skills. Having had numerous bikes Paul has recently settled on a BMW GS1200, which is perfect for observing, the WHAM Sunday rides and all-day routes.
Paul is WHAM’s current Chairman and enjoys the social side of the club as much as the training. As an active member of the club’s Committee and Training Team Paul is fully involved in WHAM’s continuing development.
Roger Brooks – National Observer
Roger recently moved to the UK from South Africa. Shocked by the amount of traffic and abundance of what seemed like unnecessary bends here in the UK, he signed up with WHAM to do the Skill for Life. Since then Roger has become an Observer with the group and helps out Severn Free Wheelers riding the Blood Bike.
Roger rides a KTM 990 duke and a Honda ‘Big One’ CB1000.
Ant Clerici – National Observer (Training)
One of Ant’s childhood memories is of riding pillion on his Dad’s Francis Barnet. They broke down on the way to Brighton so arrived late; then travelled home way past Ant’s bedtime so he was made to sing to prevent him falling asleep! Ant’s own biking career started with commuting to school in South London on a 175cc BSA Bantam. More adventurous trips to Holland and the South of France followed (yes on the Bantam); then there was the huge gap whilst dealing with life’s challenges (career, kids etc) before returning to biking on a Yamaha Diversion.
Ant now has two bikes – a Ducati Multistrada (now on his second ‘Strada after clocking up over 25000 miles in two years on the first one) and a Vectrix electric scooter. Occasionally Ant manages to find time for a “duty” on Severn Freewheelers ‘Blood Bike’.
Eric Reynolds – National Observer (Training)
2014 – Local Observer Assessor
2014 – National Observer
2002 – Qualified Observer
2002 – IAM test pass
Eric started riding a little late in life at 56 years and the first 12 months of riding was punctuated by moments of elation and then doubt about being able to manage the next bend! He joined an IAM group and his riding got a whole lot better and he passed the IAM test in 2002.
Eric became an observer and then in 2002 qualified as a Senior Observer. He re-qualified in 2008 and then obtained his National Observer Qualification in 2014.
Eric was a founder member of WHAM in 2007 and, as Treasurer, has been looking after the money ever since. He rides safely and accurately and enjoys passing on his skills to other riders. Eric believes the opportunities that WHAM offers to enjoy riding in groups and in different countries is an important part of keeping skills at a high level.
Eric first passed his DSA bike test in Sept 1998. He started riding on a BMW R100 RT and then a progression of Suzukis and BMWs, a Triumph Explorer 1200 and now a Yamaha Tracer.
Alex Hoyle – National Observer
Alex only came to motorcycling in the spring of 2008 when he purchased a Piaggio Zip 50 scooter for commuting between Pencombe and Bromyard. Having passed the CBT and full motorcycle test he took a giant leap to a Triumph Sprint ST! 50cc to 1050cc in one leap – with the benefit of experience he doesn’t recommend this route! The Triumph impressed on Alex that without some proper training he could to easily add to the accident statistics; he enrolled in WHAM and in October 2010 passed the IAM Test. Now having a taste for his motorcycling Alex started Observer training in July 2011 and qualified as a WHAM Observer in December 2011. So after two years on a steep learning curve Alex enjoys his motorcycling so much more and now looks forward to helping others to enjoy their biking more whilst staying safe on the road.
Currently Alex rides a BMW K1300S, a brilliant sports tourer, and a BMW GS800, a fantastic all-rounder.
Dennis Osborne – Senior Observer
Den first became involved with motorcycle training some years ago when he realised he needed some training! Den really enjoys riding bikes and even now he’s getting a little older he still competes in trials with a Honda TLR and has also become a track day addict with a BMW HP2; he has however given up enduros four years ago when his body said “enough!”. Recently Den has ridden a BMW K1200S, a K1300GT, S1000RR and a GS1200 on the road all of which were great for general riding and the odd continental blast. Den holds a RoSPA Diploma and acted as a Senior Tutor for them; he passed his IAM test 2002 and joined WHAM when it was formed early in 2007 as an Observer. Den is very reticent about his ability and experience both of which are enormous. He is a highly capable rider and Observer who can pass on loads of experience to improve Associates’ ability to ride more safely and enjoyably. Den has just swapped his Honda VFR Crosstourer for a new 2013 BMW1200GS – comfortable odd continental blasts now.
John Nixon – Local Observer
John’s first spill was on his first ride ever on a Lambretta LD150 (twistgrip gearchange!) while at school. He hit the wall behind the squash courts when trying to stop. Schooldays saw a BSA Bantam 125cc complete with legshields on which to pass the bike test followed by a 500cc rigid Matchless single: John slid off the Matchless in Cheltenham. Many different bikes followed. In his three-year “holiday” at Liverpool University sand racing took precedence over studying. Initially on a Velocette KTS Special then on an embarrassingly slow T100 Tribsa which he put together himself. John finally crashed properly in a race at Redcar on a Hagon JAP grass tracker on dope (the bike not John, but OK – it was the 60s). Greeves, DOT (‘devoid of trouble’ and it wasn’t) Bultaco and Ossa trials bikes occupied weekends in the 1970s competing in the Stroud Valley Club. Three-wheel experience was gained on Ariel and Suzuki sidecar outfits. A Velo Venom, two Tritons, four BMWs, a Ducati (appalling!) a Gold Wing (brilliant) and a Moto Guzzi Le Mans all featured, the latter securing John his IAM bike test in 1982 and adding to the car test he passed in 1970 at the tender age of 22. John is WHAM’s longest established IAM Member. In 2006 John brushed up his riding and teaching skills with RoSPA Gold and then the Diploma course (quite scary).
John’s current steed is a Honda VFR Crosstourer.
Gary Barnes – Observer
Gary passed his bike test in 1982 on a Yamaha 125 two-stroke single. One year later he became an instructor for the Part 1 of what was then a two-part motorcycle test. Family commitments took Gary away from biking but in 2005 he purchased a Yamaha XJ600 and was back in the saddle, a year on he moved up to a V-Max and then a Fazer1000. Gary passed his advanced test in November 2008 and immediately moved on to become a Group Observer.
Gary’s current bike is a BMW GS1200 which he finds just perfect for enjoying the ride or for Observing. Passing on the skills he has learned gives Gary great satisfaction.
Phil George – Observer
2009 – Group Qualified Observer.
Phil started biking in 1979 on a CB250N. A couple of other Hondas followed and a T140 Bonneville. Then came the family break although the interest lay dormant and he returned to biking in 1996. He has had several modern Triumphs since but defected to the BMW camp and is now on his second R1200RT.
Phil has found the Advanced riding techniques greatly increase both his skill and his biking enjoyment. He finds being an Observer and seeing associates improve as they progress to the Advanced Test particularly rewarding.
Annie Morgan – Observer
Annie passed the DSA test in 1993 and bought herself a BMW R80 RT as a first bike which was used mainly for commuting. After a brief spell without a bike Annie started using a Honda 650 transalp which saw her through the advanced test in August 2011. Annie subsequently underwent training for the observer test and passed that in May 2012. Annie’s current bike is a Honda STX 1300 Pan European.
Andrew Culley – Observer
Andrew had a biking father and grandfather so it was almost inevitable that he was on (motorised) two wheels at the age of 17. The next year he passed his RAC/ACU test and got his full licence for bike and car a few weeks later. However, the girlfriend (and later first wife) didn’t like bikes and, whilst it took some time to buy a car, he couldn’t afford both so a long layoff ensued. His second wife Anne was far more understanding and an experienced pillion. A leather jacket followed him home from work one day, then a helmet … and Anne got the message. Our born again biker then acquired his first proper bike – a Yamaha XJ600 (no, not the Diversion) in 2003. After sporadic advanced training with a group that eventually folded, he came to WHAM at its start in 2007 and passed his advanced test the same year. His other bikes have been two Triumph Sprints (ST 955) and he now rides a BMW R1200GS (“mein Fräulein”).
Stuart Poole – Observer
Stuart started motorcycling at the age of ten on a Honda C50, up an down the garden path. Following taking his test at 18 another Honda followed in the form of a 450DX which provided faithful service during university years. Even with little or no maintenance, care or attention it never refused to start even when covered with snow.
A period working abroad didn’t interrupt the passion motorcycles with brief ownerships of a Yamaha Tenere and a Russian Minsk (this refused to go uphill as fuel would drain out of the carbeuretter. A run up was required along with a quick downhill U-turn to start the wretched machine when it stalled!)
More recently bikes have included a Suzuki Bandit, a Honda VFR and currently a KTM 990 Adventure.
Richard Hewitt – Observer
Richard caught the bike bug whilst riding sidecar in his Grandfathers Ariel outfit circa 1979. This progressed through blatting up and down the track behind his parents’ house on his Dads 100cc Yamaha commuter bike, culminating in a Honda CG125 for his 17th Birthday.
The CG was swapped quite quickly for a Honda CB350S and then on through a number of 600cc Yamaha sports bikes up until the mid-nineties when a BMW K75S came into the garage. In the coming years this ably took Richard and his wife around most of Southern Europe on multiple 2-week tours.
There has subsequently been up to three bikes in the garage at one time ranging from motocrossers, full-dress tourers, sports tourers and lately a Honda VFR800X Crossrunner (“the Crossdresser”).
The Crossdresser has been deployed in the last two of WHAMs three Regional IAM “Ashes” wins and in 2013 Richard ranked joint 1st placed overall individual competitor alongside another WHAM member.
Richard has an IAM F1rst pass and is currently a Group Qualified Observer.
Chris Brown – Local Observer
2014 – Qualified as Local Observer
2012 – IAM Group Qualified Observer
Chris first passed his bike test in May 1965. He rode a Suzuki K70, passing his RAC/ACU Training scheme by autumn that year. Chris continued as a volunteer instructor for the next 5 years. Having a succession of bikes including an Aerial Arrow Sport, Velocette 350cc Viper, Suzuki 250cc Super Six, finally owning a new Velocette Venom 500cc Thruxton a bike he still wished he owned today as they are worth a mint.
Chris’s work and home commitments prevented him continuing on two wheels but his career in the Ambulance Service brought him into direct contact with those riders that got it badly wrong. Retiring from work early Chris decided to re-kindle his interest with bikes owning a Honda Deauville, Triumph Bonneville T100 and Honda CBF1000GA. Wishing to advance his by now rusty skills he attended a Bike Safe course with Warwickshire Police who steered him to joining Coventry and Warwick Advanced Motorcyclists and a Skill for Life course.
After 6 months training he passed his advanced test gaining a F1rst pass. Keen to get back to training he was asked to progress to observer qualifying in May 2012. Chris was awarded the Terence White trophy in 2013 by CWAM for being the observer who carried out the most check rides (57) that year.
Moving to Powys in late 2013 he transferred to WHAM in March 2014 re-qualifying as a Local Observer. Enjoying the picturesque scenery and empty roads of Wales, Chris enjoys the challenge of trying to keep his Honda Deauville NT700V clean and passing his knowledge and skills onto others, in the hope of keeping them safe on two wheels. His last Associate also gained a F1rst pass in December 2014 and has gone on to observer training with WHAM.
Callum Rees – Local Observer
2015 – Qualified as Local Observer
Callum’s experience of powered two wheels started with Italian Scooters in the 1980’s, as a cheap and fashionable way to commute to work and college. Race tuning 125cc scooter engines soon overpowered the tyres, brakes and frame integrity. Combined with Callum’s addiction to bodybuilding (it was the ‘80’s!), it was time to move to bigger bikes.
Passing the DSA motorcycle test in the early 90’s, a friend’s crash damaged Yamaha RD350 YPVS was purchased, and three months were spent rebuilding it. On the anniversary of his friend’s crash, Callum took a short flight over a car, which swerved across his path to sneak down a one way, the wrong way! “Sorry Mate, I Didn’t See You”. Now in two pieces, the jinxed bike was quickly scrapped, unlike his passion for motorcycles.
Moving on a decade (and a bit!), Callum joined WHAM in 2013, seeking advanced motorcycle training to become a Severn Freewheeler Blood Bike Rider.
Established in his voluntary riding duties, Callum wanted to complete the circle by becoming a WHAM Observer and assist motorcyclists with their advanced training.
Callum has always stayed loyal to Japanese brands, but since he’s been riding RT1200’s, his eyes have started to gaze in desire at European Models!
Jon Baker – Local Observer
2015 – Local Observer
2014 – IAM Masters Distinction
2013 – Group Qualified Observer
Jon started riding in 1977 and has been riding on and off since then (money, work, wife, children etc etc). His favourite bikes owned were the Yamaha RD 500, plus the iconic, game changing 92 Fireblade, he currently rides a Ducati Multistrada, not as loud as the Panigale it replaced but more comfortable.
Jon first got involved in training in 1984 after passing his BMF Blue ribbon advanced test. He taught CBT and on to DSA test standard, along with the Blue ribbon course. The IAM test came in 1992, followed a few years later by his first dabble in bike observing, unfortunately, having qualified as a Senior the group folded. He met John Hodges at a car observer meeting a few years ago and got talking. So when the planets aligned in 2013 he joined WHAM.
Jon is now looking forward to continued involvement in rider training with WHAM and helping other riders meet there training goals within the club.