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Lowestoft Invaders Motorcycle Club







Club History



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televised scrambles were run and subsequently many motocross meetings,enduros and trials until 1999 when permission was withdrawn.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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