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The club was  formed in 1955 and celebrated its Golden Jubilee in June 2005.It  became affiliated to the ACU in 1957 and organised  grasstracks,sporting trials and road trials.                                                                                                                                       The first scramble was  organised in 1962 at Herringfleet Hills and Dave Bickers assisted in  the design of the course.Two televised scrambles were run and  subsequently many motocross meetings,enduros and trials until 1999  when permission was withdrawn.                                                                                                           It was inevitable that members at the  time took up off-road sport and probably the most successful   was Brian ("Curly") Gladwell who in the early 60's was the Eastern  Centre 250cc Grasstrack Champion,later the 350 and 500 Champion in  the same year and then was the 500 Champion four years in a row.He  was also quite successful in motocross and trials.                                                                                    Later,in 1983,Steve Tyrell with passenger  Mike Smith were the Eastern Centre 1000 Sidecar Grasstrack  Champions.In the 70's Graham Jones,now a trial rider took up  speedway and became captain of the Berwick team and represented  England in an International meeting.                                                                                                             Aside from the off-road interest  the club had always had a strong road-riding section and supplied  marshals for Snetterton as the club was a member of the organising  Snetterton Combine.Some members took up racing-in the early days  Brian Green (sidecars) who competed in several TT's and,later,Andy  Bond who at some time was the outright lap record holder on a Yamaha  at Snetterton.                       At present road-riding members visit most of the  mainland circuits and some go abroad to follow the major  championships.Some are also interested in touring. From small  beginnings the membership grew to a peak of 150 in the late  70's/early 80's and currently stands at 127.This includes 36 trial  riders,35 enduro riders,3 road racers,2 grasstrack racers,2 sprinters and a quad  racer. 

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