Goose Fair RallyThe Clifton and District Motorcycle Club used to meet upstairs at the Railway Club. Clifton and was close enough for Terry Riddle and me to visit regularly. We believed that our support helped as they rarely had more than half a dozen members there. Yet each year they put on the Goose Fair Rally.
A few years we helped run the rally. I particularly recall helping set up the beer tent and sampling the quality of the Trophy Bitter. Oh yes, it was good. I can also recall being totally unable to walk forward unless someone pushed me from behind. This was a rally with a good sing-song. Well remembered for Ive of the Nottingham 41 club who always supported the rally with his voice.
1976 Goose Fair with Suzanne (Carl's Girlfriend), Paul Mullis, Carl Hulme and Nigel Sisson
Will from Tennessee tells an hilarious episode at the 1972 Rally.
About a dozen German Motorcyclist came over to the Rally from the German 41 Club that year. We all know how serious Germans take everything, even at a good booze up on a Rally. The beer tent was packed that night and do them Jerrys pour it down. A big guy from Rheydt in Germany,who was there on an R50 BMW downed 14 pints. Anyway, the thing was, Ive was leading the sing song, the dirty ones of course, but hell, the Germans didn't understand a word of it so they started their own song. But alas, the Germans have no dirty songs so they sang their National Anthem and stood to attention. Ive knew the the English version of the Deutschland Uber Alles and he joined in. The Germans did not understand Ive's words but recognised the tune of their National Anthem.
- Will Gehlen
One year the camp was held in the grounds of Wollaton Hall. In the early hours of the morning a policeman shone a torch on the tents and said "We're looking for a 16 year old girl." Our reply was "Aren't we all!"
Read the contemporary Megaphone account of the 1976 Goose Fair Rally written by Terry Reynolds.
I have good memories of the Goose Fair Rally and Ivor from the Nottingham 41 Club. He was one of the rally scene stalwarts in the early '70s. I don't remember seeing him after about 1975/6. He used to get hold of a lot of ex-army gear for us. He is the man resposible, if my memory is correct, for getting Dave Honneyman his trade mark Frankenstien suit and he hasn't taken it off since.
- Les Hobbs
I'm surprised Les remembers me and my treasured "Frankie suit".
If the people who live in the houses built on the old rally site only knew what went on there in years gone by!
- Ted Trett
As a member of Clifton MC Club, we always did the Goose Fair rally. Hazy times, but a couple of things stick in the memory.....
- Steve Ellis
Hi Steve. See if you can put names to any of the Clifton & District guys on our skittles/a> photographs.
Whole web site's 'kin brilliant.