Berkhamsted Motorcycle & Car Club

Founded in 1908 The Berkhamsted Motorcycle & Car Club is one of the oldest still in existence. In those early years the pioneering membership was a keen group of local enthusiasts when motor sport was just becoming recognised as a serious sport. Club members have included many champions in all branches of motor sport on two, three or four wheels.

The list of membership down the years reads like a Who's Who of motorsport, including Sidney Allard who designed and built Allard Cars, a highly successful competitor in car sprints and hill climbs in the immediate post war period including winning his class in the Monte Carlo rally as a Berkhamsted member. At  Brooklands in its hey day a team of Berkhamsted Club motorcycle riders collected the top team honours three years running.

Some of the events the club organises are held in aid of a local charity or similar organisations. As long ago as 1934, the club ran a speed hill climb in aid of Chesham Old Peoples Outing Fund, with a similar event at Tring, which boosted the towns Nursing Association. West Herts Hospital benefited in 1939 from a speed trial held at Markyate by kind permission of Sir Giles and Lady Sebright.In post-war years the club has continued to help the local community. For instance, the club bought a replacement ambulance and other equipment for St. John Ambulance Brigade who are often seen providing first aid at many sports and other public events.In more recent years the club has been involved in organising many motorcycle events.

Every year the club runs a charity motorcycle trial at our home venue of Nash Mills, Kings Langley, Herts.Significant donations have been provided to the Auto-Cycle Union’s Benevolent Fund, Sportaid, the Dacorum branch of MIND, The Hospice of St Francis & Macmillan Nurses. This event is partly organised to encourage new members to join the club and as a social event with a barbecue and refreshments being served during a warm summers evening. It’s a relatively easy course set out to suit most levels of ability, especially beginners.

The Club is a founder member of the
Meteor Group of Trials Clubs, annually running nine, weekend trials, 3 evening trials and 2 Beginners events as well as a number of Social events. In motorcycle trials riders try to negotiate difficult sections of uneven land without stopping, dismounting or putting their feet down. A sport of skill, proving very popular with riders and spectators alike.

The Club runs some of our Trials at our own practice ground, which is open throughout the year for Club members who pay an additional fee. Our practice ground is situated on the side of the Grand Union Canal, near Kings Langley. We also use another piece of land at Great Brickhill, off the A5, just south of Milton Keynes. Our Trials here are set out in a wooded gully, usually continuing through the wood and onto a sand pit.

Please be aware that our home venue of Nash Mills is licensed
only for TRIALS type motorcycles which are properly maintained and run in accordance with current legislation.

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