The history of Manchester 17 MCC

Archive Trials Results Reports & News

75th Reunion (2010)with lots of history

70th Anniversary (2005) Dinner memento and link to pictures

First Dave Rowland Trophy Trial 22nd July 1979 results

Newsletters from the past 1947 - 1999


The Manx GP Helicopter Fund

Forming the '17'

In 1935 a group of friends with a common interest in motorcycles got together and decided to form a club after responding to an advert placed by Eric Cave in the window of a cafe in Chorlton, there first meeting was in the April of that year. The question of what to call the new club apparently took some time to settle, until someone suggested that they count the number present and use that as the name.

How do you fancy paying just 'two bob' for the club Christmas dinner ?

Sounds good doesn't it ?

The problem is you're a few years too late....

The Dinner commenced at 6:30pm leaving at 8:30pm, and finally getting all the bikes going at 9:15pm they started leaving for home expecting some trouble as it had been snowing hard and blowing a blizzard.  The roads were not too bad though, none of the snow drifts were more than 2 ft deep!

The first Christmas dinner cost ten pence per person and was held in a cafe in Rainow on January 19th 1936 with a sledging session before hand. Starting from the Princess Hotel on Mouldeth Road at 2pm most of the twelve members were on bikes with the toboggans being taken along in a van

The first Club Run in the log book was on January 5th 1936 to the Inter-University trial around Cheeks Hill in Buxton, afterwards the six members present went via the Cat & Fiddle to Mrs Tinley's Poached Egg Shop at Rainow, which seems to have been a regular haunt in those days.

Articles taken from "The Club History - Of Poached Eggs & Diamonds" written by Rick Stewart

Film of Manchester 17 events in the 1960's (one with sound) & the 1970 SSDT

No sound - which we guess was normal then - 8mm and super 8 film?

Film 1970 SSDT click here

Film from the 1960's (this a link to our Fotki photo and video sharing site) we suggest you right click and select open in new tab so you can return here while its running if needed.

The club would dearly love more information on this - anything, who, where, when, background anything. Anything we get will be put here to act as a commentary and may be eventually lead to adding it as a soundtrack.

Many thanks to Paul Tootal for remembering such a films existed and to Gordon Snowball who kindly dug out and loaned us the films to have digitally copied.

If anyone has any films they would like to share please get in touch with Mr P (click here)


First, a snowy trial: Manchester 17 Boxing Day Trial 1968

1st trials section in the snow; very short clip - one competitor rides away from the camera

2nd trials section in the snow; first view is begins with rider approaching camera and camera pans showing ends and observer on the way which Mr P recons is Chris Worsley (of Worsley's wash fame)

3rd trials section in the snow; Mr P recons that is Booth Farm house in the background and and the 6th rider, after the one in a white jumper and wearing a beret (who cleans) is Dave Rowland on a Bultaco.

then back to 2nd trials section but with sidecars.

Who is the observer with fag on? We believe its Paul Tootal

There are several more snowy sections shown.

Next is the 1969 Lomax Trial - date, where and which club (South Liverpool?)

In trees and the second section shows a youthful Henry Rosenthal (no37?) tackle a steep decent

Club Trial at Kettleshulme

A car park scene

A small boy on a bicycle

An in and out the  stream section with car park in background

Over the log in a stream section

Downhill camber / deep bog section Mr P recons that the 2nd rider and wearing a beret (who has a single dab) is Dave Rowland on a Bultaco, followed by a rider who cleans brilliantly.

Steep slippery grassy bank section,

Stream full of rubbish section

Scramble at Golden Hill Farm Pott Shrigley - is this a M17 event or ??

Arriving at the scramble track

3 Bike preparation scenes

Getting ready for the start - right in front of someone's house!

The start and off downhill. toward someone's house.

Front wheel less Husqvarna? no 13

Number 79's chain get some oil.

Getting ready for another start.

The start lights

Lap scorers

Another race start toward the camera

The pack approaches and passes a crest

The camera pans on individual riders as they pass and ride a crest

Long shot of pack approaching and zoom?

Muddy turn

Muddy turn rider falls

And rider remounts and get going again

Up hill dicing

Over the crest and muddy left turn go the pack

More shots of muddy left turn and up hill track

Fast section of track on left right camber

Crest shot against the sky

Shots with car park in distance and open views of surrounding countryside.

Right hand hairpin shots with washboard as they ride away from camera.

Nice close up as the chequered flag is shown - again just in from of someone's house.

Spring Trial at Chapel-en-le-Frith (1969 we guess based on the other dates we have been given?) - in warm conditions from what is being worn. Is this a Manchester 17 trial or ??

Up hill open shallow gully section and nice clean

Long shot with riders below coming thorough gate in wall and buildings

More with different angle on shallow gully later with muddy exit

More shots in same area with last rider recording a very nice clean ride

Almost dry stream section stating at broken wall

Small step with riders approaching

Typically narrow rocky stream sections

Section amongst mature trees

Is the last rider seen in the film perhaps Dave (Chippy) Murray?



Keith Rhodes interviewing Geoff Duke at a Manchester 17 reunion (picture Paul Tootal)