BSA IOM World Record Attempt Confirmed.
Seems a long time ago now, but I am extremely pleased (grand understatement) to verify that the BSA Owners Club is now the proud owner of its very own World Record!
And if it seems a long time ago to you since we all rode through the rain to set this record, it seems even longer to me as I applied for it two years before the rally even took place, such is the lead time required for these things. However, therein lies the problem because during that time the requirements for confirming a record changed and of course they didn't think to notify anyone whose attempt was at the work in progress stage and so when I sent off all of the substantiating documents, they emailed me (after a suitable time lapse of a few months) to tell me that we needed more evidence, including a surveyors report on the parade route!
What a bunch of incorrigble rascals those Guinness World record bods are I said at the time (or something very similar!)
Anyway, they had given me two weeks to provide this, so I had a good laugh about that and immediately asked for more time (given, fortunately) and contacted my, er contacts!
Thankfully the Manx Police really are wonderful and so are the Manx Highways Department, Laxey Town Council and our very own Graham Jackson who all helped to provided the extra corroboration that we needed and because of them we now have the certificate that appears in this magazine.
As well as the forementioned, thanks also goes to everyone else who helped on the day, including the Ride-Guides, those directing the parking and of course everyone (218 I believe) who rode their BSA through the counting station, we really couldn't have done it without you.
Ride Safely, Steve Southgate (Rally Organiser)
P.S. If anyone has any film or piccies of this event could they upload them to the Club Website so we can put an entry together with the certificate, I have noticed some film of it on Youtube!