Manchester 17 was founded in 1935 and has held weekly meetings on a
Tuesday evening ever since.
We generally have over 200 members who are mainly involved in Trials, Enduros and Green Laning.
Membership fees are a whole £5 per annum. As a club, we regularly organise and compete in :
1. From Dead Easy Trials too full blown Nationals such as the Northern Experts including the big prize money 'Edgar Trophy' series based on our 4 BIG road trials
Indecently it was the '17' who introduced this way of describing events designed to be easy for beginners, youth and anyone who wants to be sure they are entering an easy event
2. Enduro events - the fast and furious 'Brinks' and the technical forests of 'Long Mynd'.
3. Weekend Trail Riding on legal rights of way
5. Special Evening Events e.g. BBQs, Charity Trials
7. Weekend Ride outs to Rallies
8. Social Events
9. An Annual Dinner for the friends of motorcycling and Manchester 17 in particular
We also have our own annual club championships, which changes ever year so keep an eye on the relevant part of this web site for details
|How we run the club|
Management of the club is run by the main committee. It looks after the
clubs legal responsibilities and the overall conduct of the clubs
activities. There are presently 2 sporting committees which produce
events and run trials and enduro events directly. The main committee also
directly looks after the clubs none sporting interests which include rights
of way, membership, money and assets, social and club relationships. The
main committee meets about 8 times each year and is re constituted annually
at the AGM in November.
The 2 ad hock sporting committees are open to all members and none members:
The Trials committee which runs 16 events each year from a series of Dead Easy events for beginners and those wanting a lesser challenge to several big road based events of national standing as well as helping other clubs run their events when requested. They meet at the Wildboar on the A54 near Wincle on an irregular basis depending on the needs of event organisation. Dead Easy events has spun off its own small organising group.
The Enduro committee meets as a part of the regular Tuesday evening club nights at the 5 Ways in Hazel Grove and runs the popular Brinks open moor land and Long Mynd forestry enduros.
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.
You can also see this and mor, much more on the Manchester 17 history page and the Our Heritage page