Bognor Regis & DMCC was formed in 1949. After a short period of meeting in Bognor, the Club moved to the Walnut Tree Pub in Runcton, Nr Chichester. Membership increased during the 50’s/60’s when the Club had thriving social, road, trials and scrambling sections.
On the social side, the Club organised a monthly competition comprising various different events, anywhere from a Treasure Hunt to a Beetle Drive. Points were scored, totalled up and at the end of the year the Recrem Trophy (donated by Ron Mercer) awarded.
During August, The Campbell Club Night Trial was organised. This started at 11pm on a Saturday from the Walnut Tree. The route would take competitors all through the back roads of West Sussex, finishing at around 6am where a breakfast was served for those with a strong constitution! Imagine trying to organise this today with permits/Health & Safety.
The Trials Section was, in the early days, similar to today and organised Closed to Club events. The main difference is that the Farmer was paid with a bottle of Scotch rather than the £300 plus required per event today!
The Club also organised the Woodland Trial Event open to members of the South Coast Group Trials Combine. This is still run today.
On the sidecar trials front Ginger Budd and Janet Price were British Champions on more than one occasion.
Back in the 60’s the Club also organised the Polecat Scramble at Heyshott, Nr Midhurst, attracting top riders of the day.
Other events were various road race meetings, Scrambles, Camping Weekends, Club run to the IOM TT, Motorcycle Gymkhana (during Carnival Week in Bognor) including fire jumps, riding through sheet glass, pram racing and sledge racing. Invariably someone used to end up in hospital, so a stop was put on this particular activity!
The number of trials organised by the Club has increased quite considerably over the years. The ever popular 2 day Bluebeards and Greybeards for the over 40’s, two Novice Trials and four Group Trials. The Closed to Club events are organised into Summer and Winter series with points for the Award of Trophies at the annual Dinner/Dance in November.
Today the Club still thrives with over 150 members.