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Golden Jubilee Year.

The Club That Represents All Jawa and CZ Owners and Riders.

Club Officers.

John Blackburn (Chairman)

Paul Mason (Secretary)

Peter Edwards (Spares officer)

Arthur Fleming (Club Librarian)

Tony Thain (Member Sec)

John Woods Torque Editor

Mario Mager (Int’l Liaison Officer)

Steve James Ian Bridge (Treasurer) (Anniversary Editor)

The views expressed in this Newsletter are the personal views of the contributors and not necessarily those of the JAWA-CZ OWNERS CLUB or its Committee and officials. No part of this magazine may be reproduced without written permission.

 2004 Jawa-CZ O.C. ___________________________________________________________________

The Jawa-CZ Owners Motorcycle Club is totally independent of the manufacturers and any dealers; and all Committee members and Area Representatives are unpaid volunteers.

******************************************* Contents: Page. 1. 2. 4. 7. 9. 11. 15. 20. 22. 26. 30. 33. 36. 41. 44. 48. 50. 53. 55. 58. Foreword ( by John Blackburn ). Editorial ( by Ian Bridge – Anniversary Mag Editor ). The Beginning – The First 10 Years. Rallies. Where can I get some information? ( by Paul Mason ). 1994 – 2004 ( by Peter Edwards ). A Sort of Profile (by Tony Thain). That was a week, That was ( by Colin Gregory ). A Life Changing Event ( by Ian Bridge ). In The Beginning ( by Mario Mager ). 27 years on a Jawa (or two) ( by Arthur Fleming ). Memories ( by David Haddock ). Historical facts about Jawa. Bob Rixen ( by Terry Wildego ). The Story of how I became Treasurer ( by Stephen James ). The ‘Avon’ Section ( by Martin Broomfield ). The Irish Connection ( by Pat Brennan ). What it takes to become a biker ( by Roman Tobisek ). Sweden and Britain lead the way ( by Cay Bernhardsson ). In Conclusion (by Ian Bridge ).

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2004 sees our Club 50 years old and still going strong! This is a remarkable achievement, and those few individuals who gathered together in London in 1954 to start the Club could not have realised that 50 years later their legacy would not only see the club still in existence but going from strength to strength. The Club was originally set up to provide mutual support, and today that philosophy still applies as we continue to provide services to members and opportunities for social contact with like-minded JAWA-CZ people. There were some prophets of doom who said the Club would decline after the political changes in Eastern Europe and also that the Club was doomed when no full time importer took over from Skoda GB. How wrong they were! The Club membership is increasing year on year; the number of people attending our annual rally is increasing and our events calendar is as full as ever. Our members are a diverse bunch - some ride their JAWA-CZs too and from work, others restore older machines for shows and displays, others still compete with their bikes in the disciplines of road racing and speedway. If there is one characteristic that is common to all, it’s their friendliness, as anyone who has been to a Club gathering will attest. I am proud to be the Club Chairman, in this our fiftieth year and hope you will all join me at all the celebration events during this special year. 2004 is also the 75th anniversary of the first JAWA motorcycle being produced and there is the possibility that the factory will produce a special edition Jawa motorcycle in commemoration. Let us hope that this marks an upturn in Jawa production so we can celebrate the 100th anniversary in 25 years time. 25 years is not so long a time, I joined our club in 1979! So 2004 also marks my 25 years of membership, and I have to say that the time has simply flown by, I have made many good friends and Club events have made riding my JAWA-CZs a more enjoyable experience. I hope you will all help make 2004 a very special year. John Blackburn ******************** ( Chairman)

that it has enabled me to make many true and special friends over the years. The bikes and the Club have proven to be an excellent catalyst. The last 10 years have seen the Club continue to function and hold many successful events. with a number of new Clubs being set up throughout world. and for a ‘One Make’ Motorcycle Club with machines of Eastern Europe origin that is certainly phenomenal and I believe unique. frequently under less than ideal conditions. here we are at our Golden Anniversary. Not only is the Club that much older. energy and frequently their own money to ensure that the Club continued to survive when there were turbulent periods. I’m sure at times we’ve all had reason to cuss and moan about the bikes. I know of no other Club dedicated to these machines that has been in continual existence as long as we have. (ii) The bikes themselves have a certain charisma and charm and with being a minority marque in the UK this has attracted ‘like-minded’ people. and I know from my own point of view. but so am I! The last 10 years have indeed seen many changes. if not always for the bikes certainly for the people who designed and manufactured them. who have give much time. Many new friends have been made. but as the masterpieces of engineering that they are. Club Librarian and many other UK members have helped to make this international Jawa/CZ Fellowship grow. new machines at the moment are no longer imported into the UK. and many of these developments were such that their technical aspects are still very much to the fore today. saw development of the Marque under very dangerous conditions. but this time it is to celebrate the 50th Anniversary. Without doubt the Internet has made such contacts so much easier and our International Liaison Officer. Jawa are now only a shadow of their former self. and today I can really appreciate the very relaxed way that riding my Jawa’s can give me just as much pleasure as more complicated and sophisticated machines. not revolution. All doom and Gloom it may seem. and to all intense and purpose. but really deep down there is a special respect. but from a Club perspective that is not the case. Now here I am again doing the same. well. Its membership numbers have slowly grown and more and more older machines are now being seen worthy of restoration.( 2 ) Editorial It really is hard to believe that it was 10 years ago that I sat down at home and on my wife’s typewriter spent many long hours producing the Owners Club Special 40th Anniversary Newsletter. and many will say the bikes . The story of the heroism of a small group of Jawa factory workers during the second world war. So why is it that our Club has proved so long lived? Well! It comes down to a number of factors: (i) It has been due to the dedication of a relatively small number of individuals. Ten years ago I said that for any Club or organisation to last for 40 years is an achievement. The marques have now also gained more respect than ever as people look at them not as some crude Eastern European machine. CZ no longer manufacture machines. (iii) I believe the Club has fostered the feeling that all members are part of a very select family. The International Jawa/CZ fellowship has grown at a phenomenal rate. Jawa and CZ development has been by evolution. I know that as I have got older the appeal of super fast expensive machines has dimmed.

Torque originally got its name from the characteristics of performance that the bikes displayed. and to celebrate both of these events the Owners Club here in the U. Well. and I thank each one of them for their effort and support. but as much as we now celebrate the past we mustn’t be blinkered by it. With a membership scattered across the whole of the U.( 3 ) are now an acronym to today’s riding public. In 50 years motorcycling has changed from purely a low cost means of transport to one that now seems to be primarily a leisure tool. all I can say is that I like the character that these machines have. and that it will further strengthen your ‘bond’ with the Owners Club and the bikes.K. after all it is a truly GREAT CLUB. which is Yiddish for beggar or scrounger!). Ian Bridge. and I know that many of you feel the same way too. The Owners Club is here to help and support its members and all is done voluntary by enthusiasts. but also the 75th anniversary of the manufacture of the first Jawa in 1929. but must also look forward to an equally successful future. where we hope that many of our overseas friends will come and join in with us.. 25. Ireland and even many overseas countries without doubt the main unifier keeping all members in touch with each other has been the clubs Newsletter (TORQUE). 2004 sees not only our Golden Jubilee year. I hope that as you read through this Commemorative Newsletter you will not only find it of great interest but that there will be new facts about the Club and the bikes for you to learn.K. but remember that ‘You get more out of the Club when you are prepared to put something in’. will be holding a ‘joint’ International celebration rally. [Anniversary Magazine Editor] ******************** . and made its first appeared on the July/August 1956 edition No. and as we look back over that period many of us will obviously have our own memories about events and people we have met. the Club would have been a lot poorer without them. The articles are varied and hopefully give an insight into why the Club has proven to be so successful over 5 decades. Its inception has been credited to Doug Briggs (alias – Schnorrer. This special commemorative edition is to celebrate the Club’s 50th birthday. Have pride in YOUR Club. but it’s nice to know that even today in less affluent countries Jawa and CZ motorcycles are still used as the ‘work tools’ they were designed to be. Many people have contributed items for this special edition. and I’m sure that all who have been members over the past 50 years owe a great deal of thanks to the many people who have spent a large part of their spare time (voluntary) to edit and produce it.

Knowing ones roots is important as the Clubs heritage defines why we are the way we are today. but unfortunately the history of the first decade is only known by a very few people. The following is information about this period compiled from information supplied by a few of these early members. he actually only stayed a member a short time and left it in 1955. It is believed that the originator of this name was club member Douglas John Briggs (alias Schnorrer) who came from Essex. decided to set up an Owners Club with the prime aims of mutual help. Various club runs were organised (usually on a Sunday) and as a mutual help tool. and so owning either a Jawa or a CZ was a rarity and meant you had no friends with similar machines with which to compare notes and ideas with. the exchange of information. He was renown for his great sense of humour. We here in the Jawa/CZ Owners Club know exactly when our history started – it was 1954. a Newsletter started to be produced. friendships and of course a social agenda. The Club during its . total sales within Britain were minuscule. which is why this year [2004] we celebrate our 50th (Golden) Anniversary. Doug (Schnorrer) Briggs on his CZ circa 1956. Although the bikes were in many ways more advanced for the period than many similar British product. A Peter Nurse at that time became the newsletter Editor. but Jawa motorcycles had only been produced for some 25 years and CZ’s for about 22 years when the fledgling Jawa CZ Owners Motorcycle Club in Britain was set up during 1954. Although it was Ted Williams who initiated the club.( 4 ) The Beginning – The First 10 Years. Initially it had no name. Following some advertisements placed in Motor Cycle magazines of the day a small group of owners eventually got together and started to meet in Len Willis’s house in Flanders Road. and who then owned a CZ 150cc and was employed as a river Thames boat pilot. ******************** It seems hard to imagine today. leaving Len Willis to take over as Secretary and his brother Sid as Treasurer. but by the July/August 1956 edition (No 25) it first used the name of “TORQUE”. East Ham every Thursday evening. A common desire of many people is to trace their family history back as far as possible. With literally thousands of owners being members during the past five decades. It was in this climate of trying to bring other Jawa and CZ owners together that a young man by the name of Ted Williams from Leyton in East London assisted by two brothers. Sid and Len Willis. and later became Torques editor for a number of years. a lot of history has certainly happened.

A young Terry Wildego & Brian Storey doing some Jawa off-roading. so we can be justifiably proud that our Club was one of its . a weekend in Cheddar and another weekend at Kelvedon Hatch. even though its membership was small. ’57 was also the year when the first really ambitious club run took place to Czechoslovakia. At the motorcycle shows that took place in London during those early years. South London. 1957 saw major changes to the committee with Len Willis retiring after nearly three years as secretary. and the throttle on his bike only had two positions . Bob only ever rode motorcycles (he never owned a car) and over many years undertook most of the Club committee posts at some time.O. although it was still small. but most of all had the interests of fellow Club members at heart. From this meeting was formed the “One Make Federation” and Bob was to be their first secretary. He was technically brilliant. Jock Wades who lived in Bayswater. promoting not only the bikes but also the Club. but this proved unsatisfactory. a weekend in Wales. One of the major milestones in the Club’s history certainly has to be during 1956. Club members frequently help helped out on the displays.M.R. that were organised.‘full open or shut’! Jock unfortunately died round about 1964. The B. He was always willing to help sort out problems. but it was helped a lot with support and assistance from MOTOKOV (the Czech vehicle export agency). With membership now totalling approximately 60. Jock was a character. the Club was gradually become more ambitious in the runs etc. 1960 saw Bob who had taken on the P. despatch rider trousers and boots. 1959 saw the meeting venue change first to a pub called the ‘Sun in the Sand’ at Blackheath. This organisation later went on to be the B. Terry Wildego taking over the post and Dave Hawkes becoming the treasurer and ‘Schnorrer’ the new editor.K. today is one of the two main motorcycle ‘pressure groups’ within the U. then in November to the home of another member.( 5 ) early years thrived. post attending on behalf of the Club a meeting of ‘One-Make’ motorcycle clubs. he was a short wiry Scot who always wore a leather flying jacket.M. By now the regular meetings were taking place in Dave Hawkes flat in East Ham. the Club instigated THE BOB RIXEN trophy which is awarded annually to a member the committee think has done most for the Club during the preceding year(s) – it is the Club’s highest honour. Bob was to stay an ardent supporter of the Club and the Marque’s for the rest of his life [he died in 1987]. 1957 also saw (another to be Club stalwart) Brian Storey joining the Club and Brian too was to eventually undertake a number of the Clubs committee posts. with long runs to Dorset. and without doubt he had an immense impact on the Club and the way it evolved.F.F [British Motorcyclist Federation]. 1958 saw a relatively busy events year. when a certain Bob Rixen joined the Club. Following Bob’s death.

There was also the Club taking part in the first rally of the “Federation of One-Make Motorcycle Clubs” at Beaulieu in Hampshire. Terry on his wife’s 98cc Manet and Don on a 175cc Czetta. 1962 saw Bob change his role to Club Treasurer. where people couldn’t understand why the Jawa’s and CZ’s excelled [they weren’t aware of the bikes semi-automatic clutch – and Club members never let on] – Oh Happy Days! ’62 also saw Brian become the P.O. Early in ’62 there was also a 24 hour endurance event called the “Esso Scoot”. South London which was to be the Club venue for many years to come – and to many it took on the mantel of being the ‘spiritual home’ of the Club. Brian Storey. So as we enter 1964 we come to the end of the first decade of the Club existence. It was in fact to be the first signs of the general decline of the motorcycle as a popular means of transport.R. which was a ride from London to Edinburgh. Highlight of this and several future rallies was the Gymkhana events. post. Harry Hilton becoming the Social Organiser with approximately 60 members and a yearly subscription of fifteen shillings (75p). ******************** . Outside Hotel at Spindleruv Mlyn. although it was to be another 10 years before he started to take a prominent active role within the Club. and there was another Club trip to Czechoslovakia. In July of 1963 clubs nights transferred to a church hall in Chillerton Road.R. The Earls Court Motor Cycle show of 1964 was a great disappointment with it only being about a third of the size of previous shows. Ivan Wallace the ‘Social Organiser’. It was at this show however that a young 17 year old. and reflected the general reduction in sales of new machines that was to take place. with Mick Grady taking over the P. Both completed the event with no problems and were awarded second class awards.O.( 6 ) founding members. Terry achievement on the Manet also got a mention in the national motorcycle press. Terry Wildego & Mick Grady. Terry and another member – Don Newing entered. Ian Bridge was to first make contact with the Club. Geoff Brown. and Terry the Secretary and Editor on the retirement of ‘Schnorrer’. admire Jawa while on trip to Czechoslovakia. So ends the first ten years.

The Cover from the programme of the Very First National Rally. The fact that a rally has been held every year since 1977 is a testimony to the hard work of literally dozens of volunteers who have given their time [and often their own money] to ensure that their fellow Jawa/CZ members have the most enjoyable time. This together with a full catering service is a far cry from the days when we huddled around campfires in the cold and the damp eating burnt sausages. but I think it’s true to say that the current preferred venue of using Rugby Club grounds has proven to be a winning formula. National Rallies. [where it takes the form of just a get together of members with their bikes. together with the snow blizzard wipeout of the 1981 Lilford Park rally stand out as perhaps the two most severe. The printing of this cover was done for the Club ‘Free-of-Charge’ by the motorcycle division of Skoda (GB) at Kings Lynn.( 7 ) Rallies. Some years have proven especially memorable. and the heavy rain and mud of the Stanford Hall rally in 1978. while their club house and bar is perfect for the evening functions or in which to sit if the weather turns bad. which take place at various venues throughout the country. and Branch camping weekend are perhaps amongst the most popular of Club organised events.] to the more fully organised National Rallies. but it has been held every year since and is now the premier ‘gettogether’ event for members throughout the country. These events over the years have both been of the ‘basic’ type. I suppose the growth in the European family has . fish & chips out of newspaper. or on one occasion. The Club however was 23 years old before the first National Rally was held in 1977 at Lydiard Park Swindon. The last ten years has of course seen the expansion of the ‘Jawa/CZ family’ throughout the world. but for us here in the UK and Ireland. and each year there are a number. but what is clear is that they are events primarily for people to enjoy the use of their bikes and of course to meet up with old friends and to make new ones. A full list of where these rallies have been held follows. The Rugby clubs have given us the use of their fields for camping and events. Everyone who has ever attended one of these events will of course have their own favourite with their own memorable moments.

Boston. Bristol. Our continental friends themselves now hold regular rallies and gettogethers. Donington Park. 1997. 1988. The White Heart. Lincs. 1995. 1990. and many of our Club members have attended their events. and not only foster friendships between the different European people. Whitchurch RFC. 1977. 1987. Kibworth RFC. 2000. Wirral. Market Harborough. Market 1991. Kings Lynn. Northampton Agricultural College. Park Hall. 1979. Bunkers Hill. 1999. Swindon. 2003.( 8 ) been the most marked. New Kibworth RFC. Kibworth RFC. Wootton Bassett. Lincs. Stanford Hall. Lincs. West Norfolk RFC. Market Harborough. 1981. 1996. 1980. . Shropshire. 1985. nr Rugby. Brendans RFC. Sheffield Tigers RFC Oswestry RFC. 2002. Lancs. St. ******************** The Club that Supports All Jawa/CZ owners and Riders. Wales. Market Harborough. Derbys. Yorkshire. Wilts. Merseyside. Market Harborough. Lancashire. Harborough. 2001. Northants. Kibworth RFC. 1986. Lydiard Park. 1989. Callow Top Farm. Shropshire. Braitwell. 1983. 1978. 1982. Top Farm. Calendar of National Rallies. Goulceby. 1984. Northants. 1994. Doncaster. 1992. Old Scouts RFC. Wrexham RFC. but also prove the strong international affection there is for our Czech machines. Kibworth FRC. These inter-country get together's have proven particularly successful. Derbyshire. 1998. And long may it continue. Preston Grasshoppers RFC. Lilford Park. 1993.

the various Jawa . In the early 90’s my Enduro was seen for the first time on the Club Stand at the Classic Bike Show. I should have known better. Ha. as we were not allowed to put the spiked wheels down on the sports hall floor – this operation caused a lot of cursing and swearing! I cannot recall the year. 1983. Over the years I guess that I must have talked to or corresponded with about 20 or 30 owners of these rather rare machines from all over the world (Australia being the furthest). with stands organised by Don Chadwick. but still I couldn’t get it to perform correctly. Ray Burgess – Lowe offered to send me copies of several sheets of factory modifications and wiring diagrams which arrived next day. with Mally Morgan’s help it sported a new coat of paint and complete rebuild. No way could we get it to run until they were unblocked. Over the next few years I attended several meetings and camps. I sent off my money and became a member of the Jawa . 3 weeks later. and we made our annual pilgrimage to the Classic Bike Show. which was now being held at Stafford. These. so. I thought. I decided that a simple 2 stroke single couldn’t be that difficult to fix! It was cheap (£50 I think) and I wanted to do a bit of trail riding anyway – so I bought it.Secretary] Summer 1982. The silencers were completely blocked and were probably why the bike was taken off the road in the first place. and held at Shelve in Shropshire. had the bike up and running properly. with the lightweight Squire chair. and throwing it into the River Mersey. He only wanted the chair to put on his Kawasaki and thought I was mad to buy what he considered to be a load of scrap. My next Jawa was a 634 Oilmaster bought in bits (will I never learn? – But it was at a friends “stag night” after many beers!) the guy who owned it had bought it as an outfit. My best recollection of these (apart from showing several Bikes) was carrying an “Ice Racer” across 2 Halls. and I think I have learnt as much as I have helped others over the years. “SUCCESS” I’ve now seen another one! The helpful people (sorry. so I thought maybe I had better join this outfit full of helpful people. The previous owner admitted to being “Totally Gobsmacked” when he saw his old wreck at a Rally 3 weeks later – I think he was rather sorry he had sold it to me! This bike served me well for several years until I got bored and sold it. organised by Jeremy Thomas.( 9 ) Were can I get some Information? [ Paul Mason . Big mistake. but it was around this time. Ha. Over the next months I struggled with the beast. No one I talked to knew much about the machine (except Pauline at Mick Berrills who could supply me with most of the spares I needed) so I gave up and left it in the corner of the garage. This era also started the Northern Classic Shows at Bolton. where I spotted the Jawa – CZ Stand. Among other fine machines on the stand I was surprised to find an Enduro. Great. As he had given up on it.CZ Owners Club National Rallies and camping weekends. together with the advice. Since then I have had a succession of Jawa’s and CZs (always at least one in the . At times I felt like taking it to the bottom of the road. I can’t remember who you were!) on the stand filled my head with many ideas why mine wouldn’t run properly. a friend was selling a CZ Enduro as a non runner. that I was appointed Technical Advisor for the Enduro models. A great pastime.CZ Owners Club. and of course. the one that really stands out for me was a trail riding weekend in 1984. Just maybe someone there could help me with the Enduro. but.

a slightly daunting task. Some people ask why I bother to restore Jawas and CZs when they fetch so little money when sold. But after 10 years I guess it must be getting towards time for someone else to take over the Secretary’s post. riding. and helping out on the stand. 559. In 2003 I found myself helping Sandy as she was the Rally Organiser last year. (Even for us poor people who ride antiquated Eastern Bloc 2 strokes) Again it is great to talk to. (Maybe we’ll even see the new Jawa 4 stroke being imported soon). and showing them. From its humble beginnings as a one-day show in just one hall. and 500R I totally restored. and it certainly upsets the owners of the much more expensive Japanese models – it costs an absolute fortune to restore an old Jap bike! I don’t think you can ever get your money back restoring bikes whatever the make or model. For a Club of only 390 members we seem to be able to produce a stand so much better than many of the larger one make clubs. several 471’s. Here I must also thank the membership for continuing to vote for me at the AGM’s. bringing their bikes. My present Czech stable consists of CZs. We have won several awards over the years. “The” 250cc Enduro and a 350cc model 472. A lot of hard work. Thank goodness we have put this all behind us and we now all get on with each other! Apart from the day-to-day administering of the Club’s affairs. it all helps to put the Club on the map and gain new members. one 471. and correspond with so many enthusiasts of both our Marques and motorcycling in general. Thanks to you all. the really low point was the problems between the Jawa Riders Club and ourselves in the mid 1990’s. 21 years of Czech bike ownership and still going strong. ******************** . It’s also really nice to support the underdog. but with help from John Blackburn and Pete Edwards I soon settled into the post (thanks chaps). 559 and a Mk1 500R. I have the fun of restoring. but in the end it all came together really well and I think most people enjoyed themselves. Finally. but the Internet is now catching up fast. mainly on the telephone. 638.another 634. My answer is why not. but the Trail. at first. I wish The Club “All the Best” and it’s members throughout the World safe riding in this. together with Sandy and Mally Morgan and Roy Fardoe organising the Club’s National Rally at Clatterbridge on the Wirral. 482 Trail. This job has had its ups and downs over the years. our 50th year. At the 1993 AGM I was elected as National Secretary. Some I just used as they were. it has now expanded to be as big as the April “Classic Motorcycle Show”. This is entirely due to the hard work (and many tubes of Solvol Autosol!) and many hours put in by so many Club members. much to the disgust of some of the big Japanese and European clubs. and I’m sure this years 50th Anniversary Rally will be a real bumper affair as well. 1999 saw myself. and long may the Jawa – CZ Club of Great Britain and Eire (to give it it’s full title) continue to prosper.( 10 ) garage) :. this post also puts me in contact with so many people. (any offers?) Since 1996 I have organised the Club stand at the “Classic Mechanics Show” in October at Stafford.

developed and updated by my son in law. Chris Baddiley who has no connection with the Club other than as a volunteer helper – thanks Chris. Now with cheap computers. As I write this the mailing list exceeds 380 with TORQUE being posted worldwide. In 1994 we were still using a duplicator with just an occasional photocopied article as they were staple and mail out TORQUE. So. then I think Colin Gregory did a stint. Steve James will comment on this. until that is sorted the pages will only be updated as Chris finds time. scanners. as I am sure Tony Thain will have or simply type JAWA CZ into a search engine and we appear near the top of most listings. The last article ended in February 1994 with the Club holding its collective breath following the breakaway by some keen but disillusioned members to form the JAWA CZ Riders Club. Likewise I have stocks of some early Rally Badges also £3 but only if you attended and have lost your memento! Just let me know which year you need. We have a page on the Web still hosted at no cost by Freeserve and started. No price hike for a limited edition note! Cheques etc payable to JAWA CZ OC with your order. I am working on Arthur Fleming to take over updating the web pages but he persists in using one of those funny Apple computers and using ‘FrontPage’ is a problem. back to Colin and all the time I keep on printing and helping out by finding extra copy to ensure the magazine has a full 9 sheets of paper every issue. We try and help with the technical questions but only supply spares to members. He is under some pressure as he made me a Granddad on 1st May 2002 and she is now walking.( 11 ) 1994 to 2004 (By Pete Edwards) In 1994 we printed an A5 size 95 page history of the Club and I managed to fill pages 32 to 47. The advent of the web is seen as a godsend to some and an evil to others. We wondered what effect it would have on us – could the split herald the end of the OC? Nobody knew so we carried on as usual and have continued from strength to strength but sadly without some stalwart past members. Some members complain that they have no access to the internet but that is no real excuse as anyone can easily check out our pages. so I urge people to join and it seems to be working as we now have over 21 overseas members. 400 copies 10 times a year and without the continued support from my better half. I also apologise for some of the reprinted stuff older members have seen before. I am under strict instructions from Ian Bridge not to repeat myself and I will comply only as I still have a few copies of the first 40 years history available for sale for £3 inc postage.freeserve. I guess I would have dropped that pleasure long ago. Pat. I am no longer Editor but get just as involved as I still print. Many libraries and IT training centres have free access points and staff who can show newcomers how it all works so there is no excuse for not having a look. digital cameras and a colour laser printer we can reproduce almost . From memory I stood down as Editor for Alan Hinchcliffe to take over. Now the commercials are over let me go back to 1993/4. I apologise if I have missed out an Editor during these 10 years. then John Blackburn. often at no cost and with little effort. Going back to 1994 when I was TORQUE Editor and Spares Officer I really do wonder what has changed other than I feel more aches when I get up in a morning. In case you have missed it the address is www. Soon time for a CZ in the garage? The web page has become the showroom of the Club and I must receive about 10 or 20 contacts each week as a result. What has really changed has been the printing technology. Most inquiries want technical advice or spares and many are from outside the UK. As a small club we have found it impossible to set up a system to allow people to order and pay for goods online so while spares can be ordered by email they still come to you with an invoice that is due for payment within 7 days! I expect Treasurer.jawa-cz-ownersclub. collate.

CZ continue in engineering making fine guns which is how they started. Many members buy direct from MZ Berlin at www. In 1996 I saw a local job advertised as the Regeneration Co-ordinator for a Round 2 SRB .000 turnover in 12 months and got my investment back. Friends thought I might start a motorcycle business! I did use my redundancy money to buy a company from the liquidator in June 95. We shall have to wait and see if they find a way into the UK. Details have appeared in TORQUE. Yet again we have survived unscathed but the reality is that fewer members now use their bike on a regular go to work basis as parts availability is problematic and there are no longer any official dealers carrying parts. Pete Edwards on his 450 at the National Rally near Swindon John Blackburn judging. In April 1995 I took voluntary redundancy from my job with the trade union UNISON hoping perhaps for a 3 or 4 day 12 ) anything and put in some colour or you can phone 01604 636760. Both live alone my Dad having died in July 2002 and a visit involves round trips of 80 and 180 miles. Brian Clarke is the owner of the firm and was once Club Membership Officer – such is the strength of a friendship formed in the Club. The other 2 labour savers are having a membership database used to produce the mailing labels and self seal envelopes – both a godsend and cheap. Again the Club took a deep breath wondering if this spelled the end. We still send them a copy of TORQUE but there is little or no contact and only the odd employee remembers JAWA CZ imports. Even typing up is easier as many members and Swindon Branch send in articles ready to print. Past dealers can still buy from the one great UK source. Pat and I are no longer able to get to so many events due to ageing parents. Each year recently we have said we will try and get to more events but even holidays have been rare.mickberrillmc. I suspect they will be a rarity as there is no real funding to break into established markets. CZ had stopped production in 1996 following the withdrawal of the Italian firm Cagiva who had bought the I still revert to writing the odd article and when time permits submit articles under one of the many pen names I have developed over the years but I am not saying which as that is a secret for Editors alone. On 2nd November 1998 Motokov (UK) Ltd stopped importing Czech JAWA motorcycles but continued to import Tractors and tyres. I have also been hard pressed at work. UK and European legislation appears to have ended the life of any new 2 stroke but I have seen reports of a new range of JAWA bikes with Rotax and other as they seem to have cornered the market in European spares and periodically attend UK events. I worked with Brian for 12 months and moved a bankrupt company to a £750. built a new production line and then fled the scene. Mick has a web site www. Mick Berrill Motorcycles in Northampton and Pauline Ingram is still the fount of all parts knowledge should you need parts. As I write my mum is 2 weeks out of hospital and Pat’s 3 weeks out.

we (Pat & I) easily did the bronze award of 250 miles 2 up. I have never owned a Czech scooter or moped (but I have a Babetta engine). We even had a 638 combo for a time. Along the way I acquired a CZ Enduro with Trial sidecar – from a member near Kings Lynn – road legal and . You can imagine how many funders including the lottery I am trying to pacify. Another project – the owner had decided it was too expensive to fix. Between being interviewed and starting the job the project was shelved and it was never possible to revive it. I did eventually get a 500R for £300 from Wigan (MCN advert) and soon sold it to a member offering me silly money. that wonderful email brought me an offer of another 500R in Luton. After 2 weeks I never saw it or the local owner ever again. 2000/01 saw an extra £264. That brought an immediate £1000 a year benefit to the Club as we were able to give up the industrial unit where we kept the spares – a constant source of friction for some few members. am looking to rent out 2 IT suites we cannot afford to operate and have the main site on the market for £300. One owner from new. Finally. closed 2 offices. In reality I ought to find another job or give up Spares and TORQUE but there seems to be a lack of volunteers for the latter option and I want to sort out the Charity before I try and move on. I hope that explains why I am often not at home when members phone. I guess we were the lowest value bike doing the new rally and as it was our first time a 634 from member Frank Bailey and a 360 (now reacquired as a bitza). As I was enjoying the job despite the regular 50 hours plus I carried on without a care in the world and we even had one Club AGM at my Enterprise Centre in Cotmanhay. Most of us have been in harness for too many years to remember and would welcome helping a new enthusiast take on a greater role. I also acquired for a friend a CZ 472 (350 twin) from former Editor Cyril Wardell and then ended up buying that back. reading this who fancy a chance at any of the Club jobs do speak up. It seemed a good idea at the time but I took over an empire built on sand. Went abroad once with it to see the Belgium Grand Prix at Spa – got there and found it had been cancelled months earlier. My first CZ was a 125 model 476 purchased new in 1976 for travel to work. The good news is that my CZ Enduro which has been modified to take a 1972 500cc Triumph Daytona engine is nearing completion. I could not resist the 500R bargain (aren’t all JAWA’s?) on offer from John Blackburn. used for the 1986 ACU National Rally when it was relaunched and sold soon after on condition I could buy it back. We had also moved in 2000 from Breaston to Langley Mill.( 13 ) Scheme to run from April 96 to March 2002 for 37 hours a week. In January 2002 I moved to a local charity – another so called 37 hour a week job with Erewash Council for Voluntary Service. from a guy in Wells in Somerset. Freed that off and replaced the shockers.000. another Enduro from a chap in London and a CZ Motocross machine from Derby. I have also recently bought a rough 632 sidecar outfit from Mick Berrill with a seized engine. Not long after.000 from the East Midlands Development Agency then in November 2001 I got the news – no more money after March 2002 so I was facing redundancy again but not of my choosing.if there are members out there. notably those who left to form the “other” club. So now I have 2 recently acquired Mk1 500Rs. a CZ Enduro. so I bought it. got a huge fright from a tank slapper first time out and found the swinging arm nearly solid.I considered buying a 500R in 1989 (£2300 approx. The attraction was not just to manage the scheme but to organise a motorcycle project for young people. Eric Smith in Derby sold me a CZ 450 (175 single 1969) which I still use. One of the applicants for my new job claimed disability discrimination so I had 2 Tribunal cases to sort to begin with – so much for 37 hours. Not quite as salubrious as Breaston village. A variety of bikes followed and included I will begin to wrap up this saga by talking about my bikes. I found my dream home – a former cycle shop with a yard and outbuildings. but a democratic decision had been taken to obtain the unit and it was within our budget! I became involved in the Club in 1977 at the grand old age of 26 and now at 52 ½ it is like an addiction but I am serious . In June 2003 I have reduced the staffing from 49 to 16. T&T August 2003 £150 ono.) but instead got my Suzuki 750 GSX ES (£2700) for continental touring.

All I need now is the opportunity to ride the blessed things. ( and what a ‘cracker’ she looks). Every year the Xmas card list gets longer as new members become new friends. That will allow me to get the spares out of my lounge/dining room “to be” when Pat gets vacant possession. in freezing conditions when she was so cold she failed to notice her fingers turn white from vibration. It remains for both Pat and I to thank members and club officials for their support and friendship over the years.( 14 ) first tested on a Sunday run in the snow. with Pat sat on the chair. That is the real benefit of riding a Czech bike. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ . I hope I shall be invited to write a few lines when we celebrate our 60th Anniversary as I am sure we will. What other club gives you all this? Pete & Pat Edwards ********************* The JAWA 500R which the Club Raffled in 19?? and which was won by our former Treasurer John O’Ryan. in 1999 that we have a rescue dog. I guess that should evil befall me Pat’s garage sale will be the best ever in the Club. A visit to the RSPCA 2 days later – another bargain. I believe that I should now have something suitable for all the events the Club is planning in 2004. especially Dave Blackmore and Jack Wainwright who helped me re-roof my outbuildings. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Footnote: Even Ben the scruffy dog is here thanks to JAWA CZ members notably Jan and John Woods insisting at a National Rally.

if they were lucky. Although the public transport system was far superior than we are used to today. Once again it was a learning curve... I was going to have to learn about the mechanics of motorcycles. making myself a multi millionaire like Jeffrey Archer [I haven't been in the nick either!]. Not for me a thumping 500. progressing later to the luxury of a car. in fact it didn’t go! With help it was soon running when the next problem arose. I still am! Got the tick. and all teenagers started off with a motorcycle [usually ex military] to learn the craft of riding and driving. on the South coast. so the machine waiting for me was a well used 98 cc James Comet. so it was part exchanged for a brand new BSA Bantam. and I had completed my basic training and was posted onto the Comet squadron at Lyneham but had to complete the specialist Aircrew training at Thorney Island. I was quite sad when I had to leave the James at home on joining the RAF at the tender age of seventeen and a half. I find it very difficult to write about myself. Nine months later. by nefarious means. so I needed transport.. became Membership Secretary in 1986. Sorry wrong script! Back in the mists of time. airfields tend to be at the back of beyond. Ian Bridge asked me to write something for the club’s 50th anniversary magazine. I asked him what he wanted me to write about and he explained that he needed “A sort of profile of the Membership Secretary”. spanners etc. so I learnt the alternative way. and after a recent visit by him I have disentangled his arm from around my neck and have conceded defeat. My riding coat also doubled as a tool kit.C. Dad wasn’t too pleased as said screwdriver became airborne and whistled by his ear. the joys of a whiskered plug in the middle of the night high up on the South Downs in driving snow is one experience that the modern rider doesn’t have to face. was a rat 500cc BSA single [this was before even the 250 cc limit for learners]. with the huge 175 cc engine. 1961 to be exact. well it seemed huge after 98 cc! I now had the freedom to visit home when I wanted and rode thousands of miles on this bike. and I was soon well versed in the art of roadside engine rebuilds using string. wearing the Tee shirt and built the Empire! Will this do? No of course not. (By Tony Thain – Membership Secretary) Some time ago. only the well off or sales reps had cars. So here goes!! I joined the Jawa/CZ O. in 2004. At first I was a bit disappointed but soon began to appreciate the thinking behind the choice. Now. . It was safer because it didn’t go so fast as my mates BSA’s.( 15 ) A Sort of Profile. far away.. I became quite fond of the little bike as it transported me around West London. so I will start at the beginning so that I can bore you all with my life story! Long. a pimply faced teenager awoke on his sixteenth birthday to find that his prayers had been answered [almost] and that he was now a proud owner of a MOTORBIKE! In those days. The James was too unreliable for the job.. having selected a non insulated screwdriver for the job. usually in hissing rain. In fact there were two lessons here as I also found out about HT electricity. with several fresh plugs. bodge tape and a big hammer. But Ian is not noted for accepting excuses. how to stop the engine! The bowden cable to the valve lifter had rusted into a few flakes and as my pocket money only stretched to a few pints of fuel I couldn’t afford a new one. Generally... long ago in a galaxy far. which is why I haven't had a best selling autobiography. in 1981. the machine acquired. so that on these freezing nights I could change a plug before the cylinder cooled down and be on my way as soon as possible. There were few journeys that I completed without the joys of a breakdown. short out the HT lead onto the cylinder head.

that I was all right but that the bike was knackered due to a now non existent tyre. Once stopped I took my helmet off. married to Tonia and still flying with the RAF operating the C130 Hercules out of Lyneham. who had also stopped. The final straw for the Bantam was when I had a front tyre blow out at Stafford on the M6 as I was overtaking an articulated lorry. At home the discussion took place. I was now faced with a two hundred mile expedition along the M5 and M6. The Air Force had started to get serious about war games and everyone had to be capable of reporting into work within 45 minutes of call out. and to avoid Birmingham the route took me via Bridgenorth. The success of the latter was purely due to the experience and road craft gained on two wheels. no car licence! This was soon solved as at the end of my two week leave. The year is now 1981. Tonia & Tony during Obstacle Course at National Rally. and I am now living in Swindon. not only had I acquired a car. The usual way to overtake lorries was to slipstream them and to pop out at the last minute hoping that the speed differential was enough to get you past. one piece in each hand and assured the lorry driver.( 16 ) It was a bit of a shock when my parents moved away from West London to Chorley in Lancashire and instead of a seventy mile ride. No excuses were accepted!! This gave me the ideal argument to get myself a motorbike “as standby” transportation in case my car failed to start during a call out. when there was an almighty bang! My memories are somewhat hazy over what really happened. I must admit that I was quite shaken by the incident with the lorry and didn’t put up much of a fight when it was forcibly suggested that I continue my travelling exploits on four wheels instead of two. which heralded the wilderness years and the end of my current motorcycling activities. On this occasion the lorry driver was a comedian and decided to match my speed! You can visualise the situation. I know that my parents were becoming worried about me riding the motorways in all weathers as often they had to lift me off the bike and thaw me out before I could get out of my riding gear. flat on the tank. me with the throttle welded to the stop. . had intensive driving lessons but had passed my test. The penitent driver offered to give me a lift to Keele services and we soon had the lame Bantam loaded onto his trailer and transported to the service area where I could contact the outside world and be recovered. still on the bike. The financial inducements helped and finally my hormones suggested that I had a better chance of “pulling” with a car than a motorbike. but I can remember watching the central girder underneath the trailer getting closer until it hit my helmet and then I was out the other side onto the hard shoulder. One minor problem. This was in the days before these two motorways had been joined at spaghetti junction.

I had been told that the bike was of Czech make and that there was a club in Swindon run by some guy called Bridge and it was best to join as spares could be difficult to get hold of! After several weeks of research. Tonia’s first remark was. but I liked it. which gave me the opportunity to attend Club Committee meetings. By this time Tonia was a proficient rider on her MZ 125 and through her we made contact with the MZ Riders Club and regularly invited the MZ Bristol Section to attend our events. This was my first encounter with the feared “Swindon Mafia”! My parents had always told me never to judge a book by its cover. but could get one the next day.( 17 ) With the principal agreed. I wanted something with a bit of grunt that would act as a workhorse but not so powerful that I could wrap it around my neck. I was rather suspicious. I wanted it! But I also wanted to hear it running. Joining the Owners Club proved to be a very good move. Yes. bearing in mind that I had not ridden a bike for nearly 20 years. It was quite an experience riding it home and watching the smoke screen being laid behind me as the unused engine cleared out months of oil from the exhausts. Ian helped to educate me in the weird and wonderful ways of the Jawa and the near mystical incantations that all owners must learn by heart. or Sir] I was inducted into the Jawa/CZ Owners Club and the Swindon Branch. long hair. constantly hosting evening runs. looked in a very sorry state. “Oh. It was at the Branch rally at Lydiard Park that I was involved in a discussion about the membership administration which appeared to be working rather inefficiently with club funds being wasted on sending duplicate copies of Torque to some members and others not getting any copies at all. Soon I spotted an advert for a Jawa 350 twin at the right price. exhibitions and an annual rally. you've guessed it! I ended up as Chairman and Branch Representative. at this stage I had never heard of Jawa and mistakenly thought that it was some obscure jap manufacturer. The whole problem seemed to date back to a change in Membership Secretary and the computerisation of the records. Unfortunately the owner did not have a battery. camping weekends. as Carl Humphries and Jack Wainwright made me very welcome. I . Two had sidecars attached and one in particular. I was starting to feel a bit nervous about meeting this lot! Peering around the bar. Never the less Tonia and I went to have a look at the thing. as the next week the bike failed to start and I ended up pushing it across Swindon back to home. By 1986 the Swindon Mafia had become one of the largest and active Branch’s in the Jawa Club. OK the machine was in a bit of a state but closer inspection revealed that most of the dirt was superficial. I noticed a pair of rather unsavoury looking characters in the corner. and this time they were very right. and on arrival noticed a number of bikes in the car park. also it was a two stroke. I started perusing the local paper for a 350cc bike. “It’s massive!” She was quite right as I hadn’t expected such a tall bike. even longer beards and greasy cut downs festooned with badges. most of which would make a Sergeant-Major blush! After about a year Ian had established that I was a bit of an organiser and would be useful on the branch committee to try and counteract the waves of apathy that seemed to be eating away at the branch and its activities. at a house in Wootton Bassett. like my two previous bikes. and when Mr Bridge arrived [I was allowed to call him Ian. I finally managed to track the mysterious Mr Bridge and his buddies down to a pub called “The Steam Train”. During the conversation it suddenly dawned on me that I had been co-opted into doing the job! I did ask Pete Edwards how much work was involved in the job and was told. Yes. The next visit saw me parting with a wedge of money and I was the proud owner of this mysterious bike. only a couple of hours a week”. with “ape hanger” handle bars. He also wanted someone who could put together articles for the Swindon Magazine [now called Smoke Signals] thus relieving the burden on himself. but agreed to come back when he had got it running.

We soon made that three as Tonia took over the role of Branch Representative. . Bearing in mind that 1986 was before the PC managed to get into everyone’s home. No. I didn’t believe the Doctors about riding bikes. so I continued even though it hurt like hell on a long journey. I had to reconvert the administration back to a manual system. At the club AGM. I was grounded from flying and told categorically by the doctors to stop riding motorbikes or I would end up in a wheelchair!! It is at pivotal times like this that everyone has to take a step back and reassess their lifestyle. but it took a year to iron out all the problems with the membership administration. In 1988 I suffered an injury whilst getting out of a Tristar.( 18 ) believed him! Ian seemed quite pleased as the Mafia now had two of its members on the committee in major jobs. the following September. in a hurry. Cyprus. I would have to give up flying as a career. the Gulf and the States. Tony in Scotland with his and Tonia’s bikes. I was confirmed as the new Membership Secretary. For the next couple of years my trusty typewriter travelled all over the world and the monthly membership was completed in such places as the Falkland Islands. At the end of 1986 I was posted to Brize Norton and the club membership transportation was upgraded to a Tristar so now I could work in comfort and further afield. I wasn't to know it at the time but the back injury sustained would change my life. and I didn’t really want to stay in the Air Force in a ground job. Wherever I was transported by the C130 the membership went with me! A bit like heads of state and the ubiquitous briefcase full of codes. using the escape slide. Tony & Jack Wainwright – Combo Obstacle course. Yes.

both about 150 miles away by road. I was living at Brize Norton and commuting 600 miles to Tonia and still running the Club membership. The next question was when are they coming to put it together and train me in the use of it? The result was that I had to put it together.F. Let’s face it. I am the only member of the committee that has communication with every club member at least once a year! Yes there have been frustrations and irritations. for the first time.A. The records are all now computerised. Everything can change when I can help someone in trouble. today we can all put a computer together blindfold and we all have some knowledge of how the software works. in two years time. although I am miles away from the “hub” of events I still feel part of the Jawa/CZ “family”. and moved to Achnaha with the time to enjoy. like the phone call I received from a rider stuck half way to Gibraltar in the middle of Spain. manuals. but in 1989 this was cutting edge! I soon began to realise that there was a use for computers in the membership administration although it would be two years before I could implement this knowledge.F. But things don’t always work out how they are planned! First of all the only motorcycle MOT station in Fort William closed. It didn’t cost me or the club anything to help in the best way that I could and when I received his postcard from Gibraltar letting me know that he had arrived safely.( 19 ) It was at this time that Tonia and I decided to buy a house in the Scottish highlands so that we would be established when I left the R. something that I resisted for some time due to the cock up that I faced on taking up the job. In late 1990 I left the R. no problem! I found another on Mull. advice and spares all for not joining the club. In 1989 another significant event occurred when I found that I could not get into my office due to the room being filled with boxes. There is a lot more to the job than just pestering members for their subscriptions and I think that it is the best position in the Jawa Club. not the ideal situation when I was trying to process an accurate monthly mailing list for the club Editor. it made everything worthwhile. As the nearest garage is now either Inverness or Oban.C. eighteen years on and still doing “the couple of hours a week” as membership Secretary. and that their find is not worth a mint and that I have two like it in my collection! It is then that I wonder if I have had enough. It was even better when he joined the club! So don’t forget a thank you or some other nice words can work wonders for all our volunteer officers and may well negate some plonkers rude attitude. So the situation appeared to be worse than it really was. This garage has now discontinued motorcycle MOT’s. but very few friends.A. So here I am. Most of those friends are from my association with the Jawa/CZ O. Over the years I have made thousands of acquaintances. ******************** . I wonder if I will be writing a similar article for the clubs 75th anniversary!!!!! I hope so. my motorcycling. They can get quite abusive when they are told that the club facilities are for paid up members only. none of my bikes are road legal and I haven't ridden for a couple of years now. When I queried their presence I was told that the Air Force was being computerised and that was my computer. So I spent the next year learning about spreadsheets and databases ready for when I could transfer all the manual membership onto my own computer. At times this was a nightmare as all the letters were sent to Tonia at Achnaha and I either collected them in bulk during one of my frequent visits or Tonia sent them to me at Brize Norton. like the time wasters who have found “this rare old bike at the back of a barn” and expect a valuation. and. and then teach myself how to use it! OK. and my job as the Membership Secretary.

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That Was a Week, That Was!!
[ Colin Gregory ] Back in the 90’s, many of you will remember that the ‘Social Calendar’ of the Club was always full, and as we opened the decade we were able to enjoy the Brandeston camp in March of that year. The event was somewhat earlier than usual in 1990, but we did have the added bonus of seeing our good friend Phil Culley, (who was known to many as “Omar”) dressed up to the nines for the Saturday evening pub session, looking every inch like Omar Sherif. This however was not the reason he acquired his nickname but more for his regular uttereance of the phrase “Omar Gawd”. We also enjoyed a successful day visit to Newark, attended by over 20 members. May saw us enjoying the sunshine at the Bristol camp and the breezes of Shobden airfield, courtesy of the camp organised by Ken Wilbey. June saw us at Northampton for the Club’s National Rally, and I’m sure that no one will forget the fantastic display of Jawa/CZ’s put on by Mick Berrill in his Showroom. What other dealer would clear his showroom of his current stock to put a display of his classic machines on show for our benefit. In July we had several independent and at least one full Club team entered in the BMF/ACU 500 mile National Navigational Rally. If my memory serves me correctly, it was a bit of a disappointment for one of the Jawa-CZ teams as they only gained a Silver award, and missed out on the Gold! There were, however, a number of members who wanted more than the regular weekend jaunts and to this end Tony Seward, Ted Bullen, and myself, at this time known generally as the “The Notters” but sometimes as the Nutters, thought that it may be an idea to stage a week long camp! We knew that a goodly number of club members had children, and if we were going to get sufficient number there, the camp would have to be staged during the first week in August to coincide with the school holidays. The idea was to keep it informal and to this end we organised activities on the Mon/Wed/Friday, leaving Tuesday and Thursday for people to do their own thing. The idea in practice worked out very well and we increased our support by inviting fellow members from the Federation of Sidecar Clubs to join in with us. We even managed to get support from three Dutch outfit owners. The uptake was good, with over 18 members starting the week with us, rising steadily throughout the week until on the Thursday we had some 25 tents on the site with approximately 45 members. The Callow Top campsite at Ashbourne which we used turned out to be the perfect spot for such an event as it is set in the beautiful Derbyshire Peak District National Park. The site had all the onsite facilities we needed including excellent catering. It was perfect !!! Monday saw us on a trip out to Chesterfield, a town which still retains a number of its medieval half timbered buildings in the town centre, and hosts a large open air market on Monday’s. The weather was good to us. The return journey took us along the A.632 leaving our trails of “blue haze” through the hamlets of Spitewinter and Upper Hackney before dropping down into the motorcycling Mecca of Matlock. It was then onto Cromford, where we picked up the A.5012 the Via Gella, again leaving our blue calling card as we climbed up to Grangemill before turning for our last leg back to Ashbourne. A great day out riding some great Derbyshire roads, and leaving us all ready for a good meal in the “Callow Inn” followed by a pint or three. Tuesday was a ‘please yourself day’, and many did. Some even did a bit of ‘tinkering’ on their bikes, and we had a few more arrivals. For those who stayed close to the site there was always the site pub close to hand for a snack and a drink, and some of the more intrepid took

( 21 ) the short cut over the fields into the pretty town of Ashbourne. Wednesday’s run out saw around 20 of us heading over the White Peak Trail for ‘Stanton-inthe-Peak’ then Rowsley, and Pilsley before arriving at the village of EYAM. During the scourge of the Black Death plague years, the inhabitants of Eyam showed great selflessness when the plague found its way into their village. Instead of keeping it secret, the villagers cut themselves off from the surrounding communities until the plague had run its course, allowing no one out of the village or anyone to enter.

Martin Broomfield & Ted Bullen In the Eyam Stocks.

From Eyam through Bradwell, Brough and Bamford took us up to that famous stretch of water headed by the Lady Bower Dam. This was the dam used by the RAF 617 Squadran ‘The Dambusters’ to practice their dropping of the bouncing bombs during WW2. After this we once again heard the call of the campsite and headed back after another great day out.

Tony Seward, the “Blackburn Gang” and Martin Broomfield at the Lady Blower Dam.

Thursday saw even more members arriving, with others taking more trips out to ‘discover’ Derbyshire by themselves, and coming back with even more yarns to relate in the pub that evening. Friday saw us once again heading over the White Peak for Castleton and the Blue John Mines, a wonderful network of caves cut into the High Peak stone by wild water. The weekend was to be a proper camping weekend affair, and we had booked the barn-cumbar for higher numbers, and the Saturday went off well. As it turned out the Cossack Owners Club had also booked Callow Top for their National Rally that weekend, but they only had 18 turn up, so it only seemed right that we should ask them to join in with our festivities. As far as I know that is the only week long camp that we have organised. Perhaps it’s time for another??? ********************

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A Life Changing Event.

By Ian Bridge. Swindon Branch Secretary.

While 1954 was a special year in the history of the Owners Club here in the UK, its importance on the future influence it would have on so many peoples lives could certainly not have been envisaged at that time. After all it was just a small group of young owners of some obscure Czech made motorcycles who were looking for like-minded friends for social get togethers. None I’m sure could possibly have foreseen that 50 years on, their legacy would still be going strong. The adage “From small acorns grow mighty oaks” is certainly very true. While it was true that Jawa & CZ machines were technically advanced for that period; at least within Britain they were being sold into a market that was totally dominated by the then mighty UK motorcycle industry. Trading conditions were very difficult, and certainly in the early years there was no noticeable price advantage available to them that could be used to boost what were modest sales. These difficulties while inhibiting the growth of the Marques popularity did in many ways help to strengthen the fledgling Owners Club, as members became more reliant on each other for technical help and support. By the time the Club was celebrating its 10th Anniversary, I was a young 2nd year Engineering Apprentice looking to upgrade from a 1958 BSA D7 Bantam, to something larger. However there was a snag. As an Apprentice my take home pay was then only £3 per week so to change bikes meant that my choice was severely limited. At that time even the most modest of new larger capacity motorcycles were priced from £170, so there was absolutely no way I could afford to buy a new machine. For 1 shilling (5 pence – today) I used to buy the ‘Motor Cycle’ weekly magazine, and spent hours reading it from cover-to-cover, drooling over the various models that it road-tested and looking to see what cheap second-hand models there may be. One regular thing that did catch my eye were advertisements placed by a company called Pride & Clarke in London, who were selling some foreign made bikes at greatly reduced prices. There was a 250cc Pannonia from Hungary for £115 19s 6d, a Moto-Guzzi Zigolo (110cc) for £89 19s 6d and of course the Jawa 250cc Favourite at £119 19s 6d or the 350cc Senior at £129 19s 6d. The style of the Jawa’s really caught my eye, but even at these relatively low prices they were out of my financial reach. One of my friends who was also on the look out for a bigger bike told me he had heard that there was a garage in the Wiltshire village of Pewsey which was selling off its stock of bikes at ‘cheap’ prices prior to closing down. We both decided to visit that weekend to take a look around and see just what was on offer. The day we visited as we entered the garage we were greeted with a grand display of lots of British bikes of all sizes. To us youngsters it was like an Aladdin’s cave as we wandered around in awe, but reality brought us down to earth with a bump when we were told what these ‘cheap’ prices were! They were indeed cheap but for young apprentices they were still too expensive. The owner could obviously see the disappointment in the eyes of us two impoverished youths and said “If you’re looking for two great bikes, at a price I know you can afford then those two bikes in the corner are the ones

CZ. Later while at home I was able to read it in more detail and decided to join. Circa 1966. As I looked around I was approached by a young man who introduced himself as a representative of the Owners Club. and within a short time I decided to visit them one Club night and meet up with other owners. During the period 1964 till 1969 the Jawa and I went all over the country to many places and events and I must say during that time it attracted a lot of attention. so I sent off my subscription and became an Owners Club Member! Little did I realise that sending off that letter with my money was going to be the start of such ‘A LIFE CHANGING EVENT!’ The Owners Club at that time was based only in London. . so we left. but just as today was done totally voluntary. after all. While I liked the Ariel. but distance and finances prohibited regular visits. We were interested. his garage was in the process of closing. they certainly made this country boy very welcome. It was to be the first of many engine rebuilds I was to undertake for both myself and others over the next 40 years. With me then averaging about 15. Bob Rixen.( 23 ) for you”. my heart beat faster when I saw the Jawa and it only had a few thousand miles on the clock. Colin Dennison and Gordon Dickson together with some of their wives. but the price he was asking was still too much. With the Club so small. Me on my very first Jawa parked up with some of my friends while returning home from a Castle Coombe motorcycle race meeting. We looked. It was then that he made us an offer which was better than even we expected. Manet and Tatran machines on display. During the week we contacted him again to see if he would reconsider what he wanted. and he gave me information about the Club. Still I made the trip and met up with people who were going to become very good long time friends: Terry Wildego. Brian Storey. A church hall in Chillerton Road in Tooting was the meeting point. with a membership of possibly only about 60. and with the meeting in the evening it meant that I was not going to get back to Swindon that early. After getting the bike up together and taxed. and it was then with the help of my father that I first became very conversant with just how well the Jawa engine was put together. and it was here that I came across the INDUSTRIA (London) stand with a variety of Jawa.000 miles a year (it was my only means of transport) an engine rebuild became necessary during that period. so I had to rely on the Club magazine ‘Torque’ to keep me informed. With no motorway link at that time a trip to London took some time on the A4. one of my first long runs on it was to the 1964 Motorcycle Show that was taking place at Earls Court in London. £40 for the pair! So I became the proud owner of a 1960 Jawa model 354. and information scant. I attended what Club events I could. publication was quite erratic. one was a 350cc Ariel Red Hunter the other a 350cc Jawa.

two friends and myself travelled up to the ACE one-day to become part of the ‘in-scene’ and I must say the café lived up to all my expectations. 1976 was in fact to be a pivotal year for the Club. which became a mecca for the ‘Ton-Up’ boys. later in 1977 I decided to form a Swindon & District Branch of the Club and this got off the ground with seven other owners joining me to form the Branch. By early 1969. but again wanting a bit more power. There have been hard times mostly due to lack of funds but there has always been a small hardcore of members who have supported and backed me up. Jack Wainwright and Carl Humphries .( 24 ) It was during the 1960’s that the film ‘The Leather Boys’ starring Rita Tushingham was released and it was to become a cult film for the ‘Rockers’ of the era. The main venue was the ACE café on the London North Circular. Those at the event showed enthusiasm so Alan and myself agreed to investigate the possibility of holding such an event in the Swindon area the following year. The CZ was fine. but new people were joining. again on 350cc Jawa – brilliant. Alan and myself went on to organised the next two National Rallies. and Alan subsequently organised at least one other. and also producing posters which were displayed in the dealer network windows. The event made a small profit and so the National Rally entered the Clubs programme of regular events and has been held every year since. so towards the end of 1976 both Alan and myself travelled to a Club committee meeting which was being held at Bob Rixen’s house in Balham – London to put forward our proposals. as it was at a camping weekend in the Cotswolds organised by Alan Madeley from Liverpool that the idea of a National Rally was first mentioned. By 1972 however I was back on two-wheels firstly with a 50cc Yamaha step-through quickly followed by a 250cc CZ (model 471) in brown and cream (I think the cost then was £270) and it was with this machine that I was to once again become active within the Club. and this success was due to a lot of hard preparative work. However we were not Club committee members. getting sponsorship from about 25 companies and Skoda GB printed programme covers for us. However following further discussion I believe the committee could see that here were two young members who were prepared to put in all the effort and hard work to make it a success. Buoyed up by the success of the Lydiard event and also with the number of local owners who attended. It was also while we were in the northwest part of the country near the large town of Karlovy Vary that I made friends with a young Czech man who had a 350cc Jawa like mine and we became life long friends. Being young. and big changes were about to take place. There was initially some reluctance on the part of the committee to sanction the event as there was concern that the meagre funds the Club had would be swallowed up. They did however say that the event had to be totally self financing! The first National Rally was held at Lydiard Park in April of 1977 with about 120 owners attending [Alan unfortunately missed it as he was in hospital following an accident]. with a girl friend [now my wife] to support I sold the Jawa (for £20) and for three years transferred my attention totally to her. strengthening further our ties to the Country and its people. While in Prague I visited the Motokov building and came away with some very prized ‘freebies’. From then up until quite recently myself and my family were to visit and stay with him in Czechoslovakia on a number of occasions. in 1976 I traded in the CZ for a model 634 Jawa and started to attend even more events. 1968 saw me complete my Engineering apprenticeship (hurray) and also visit Czechoslovakia for the first time with a group of students (on a cultural engineering visit!). The Club was still relatively small and still based around London. In fact it was quite exciting for some rural hicks! Little did I realise then that some 37 years later I would revisit the reopened ACE café with some friends. and an Austin A35 car. The Branch since 1977 has continued to meet regularly but membership has fluctuated up and down.

I’ve been involved with the bikes and the Club for 40 years. There have of course been others and I’ve been grateful for all their support as well. The Owners Club to me is now not just any Club. my transport and my entertainment. and if for nothing else the Club and the bikes are to be thanked for that. and the Club prospered likewise. and held the post for quite a few years. like any parent become concerned with how the family grows. and I’m please to say that I have managed to produced it regularly six times per year ever since then [at the time of writing this. followed later by Karen Minto. but about people from different cultural back grounds who ride them. but in many ways has become like a big family. and I have learnt a lot not only about the bikes. There have been times when I have become dejected over things that have happened. joining the Owners Club and taking a relatively active part in its affairs over the intervening 40 years. but 2004 is the 50th anniversary within Britain of those few stalwart in the far more difficult and austere times of the early 1950’s who actually persevered and got the Club going. however with us now into the new Millennium [new bike sales non existent] and the changes that have occurred within the old Czechoslovakia. and are saddened when problems occur. And my thanks to the Owners Club for being such an influence on my life. nearly 160 editions]. April 1978 saw me producing the first edition of the Swindon Branch Newsletter [later renamed ‘Swindon Smoke Signals’]. I joined the National committee in the early 1980’s as the Clubs Public Relations Officer. Gordon and Roland Webb. ‘Smoke Signals’ has been a labour of love. I’d be lying to say that it’s been easy – it’s not been. but through it the Branch has prospered and I have made numerous very good friends. I can truly say that it was a Life Changing Event. John Kennedy and Bob Bizley. but like any family it needs to be cared for and looked after. My thanks to the Czechs for producing the bikes. I have visited places I would never otherwise have gone to. the bikes have been a catalyst to my meeting many people both nationally and internationally. Those of us [and there are many] who have been privileged to be part of that family for some time. both here and overseas. Tony and Tonia Thain. as not only have I enjoyed the many hours I have spent producing it. immense fun. met people from dozens of different nationalities. the Club has managed to survive and is now entering a new era where it has become part of a larger global Jawa/CZ family. Throughout my years with the Owners Club. My thanks to them.( 25 ) were my original lieutenants. the Francis brothers. making many really good and special friends. ******************** . During this time Jawa/CZ sales within the UK increased quite dramatically. but numerous members have helped by contributing articles which hopefully have helped to keep the magazine ‘fresh’ and interesting. So by me taking the simple step of buying a £20 Jawa in 1964. but the good thing is that the Club is bigger and better than any single individual and has survived these events. Jawa/CZs over the past 40 years have given me much enjoyment. and have been my hobby.

and I couldn't believe that my Dad wanted me to attempt to ride the bike! He gave me some very basic instructions. . as I approached the cottage I slowed down. just toot the horn. Now I was using TWO gears and I suppose I was in schoolboy heaven. Little did I know that this would be the first of many rides on a Jawa and a long association with the Marque. where I did a very wide turn. let this lever out slowly and when you feel the bike move forward. I’m not sure the cows were too happy mind you. like. riding a motorbike in two large fields. grabbed hold of the handlebars as I passed and pulled in the clutch and brake levers simultaneously! So what was the bike that I had my very first solo ride on? it was a JAWA! All these years later due to an old photograph that my brother John recently unearthed. When I eventually got fed up. One day my Dad had his motorcycle running outside of our cottage when he shouted "Hey Mario! Come over here!" Little did I realise that I was about to have my first lesson on riding a motorcycle! Once astride the saddle I found I was much too short to reach the ground. and I will come out and catch you!" So off I went up into the top field. "Don't worry son" my Dad said "you just slow down as much as possible and when you are near the house. I was only in bottom gear but of course I didn’t know that at the time but as I passed Dad on my third lap. Mario on the back of the Jawa with his brother and father. how am I going to stop? I can’t reach the ground! I’ll fall off!". before headed back towards the cottage and down into the bottom field. I did another wide turn there before heading back to the top field again. sounded the horn and wondered just how on earth I was going to get off! My Dad however simply came out.( 26 ) In The Beginning. By Mario Mager MY FIRST RIDE At the ripe old age of 11 I was living in the small rural village of Stroat deep in the Gloucestershire countryside. twist that grip there." But Dad!" I protested "If I get going. he shouted instructions telling me how to change gear. it turned out that the bike was a 1962 Jawa 250cc model 353.

so I had to consider a cheaper alternative. One day my mother-in-law said "There’s an advert in the paper for someone selling a cheap motorbike because it’s got something wrong with it. I had various machines such as a Vespa 125. especially the brake lever! What I desperately needed was to find someone else with a similar bike. I soon became enthusiastically involved in the Club’s activities having been inspired following attending of my very first National Rally at Bristol in 1992. but before we moved my Dad traded the Jawa in for a Mk1 Zephyr Six. non runner. Being young I was stubborn and was hell bent on trying to make my Bantam go faster with using George Todd performance parts. ( I had never seen anything like it before). Royal Enfield Clipper 250. only £60’. Years went by and when I was old enough I became a motorcyclist in my own right. I got married. it became my regular mode of transport to and from work. But since when did teenagers listen to the sound advice of their parents? I for one was not the first to ignore advice and would certainly not be the last. albeit a bit taller.( 27 ) GROWING UP IN GLOUCESTER In 1966 my family moved from Stroat to Gloucester. I had spent over a £100 on that Bantam when for a few pound more I could have had a NEW CZ 125. LOOK OUT CLUB. I particularly was interested in finding out if there were JAWA-CZ enthusiasts in other countries. due to family health problems we bought and moved into my in-law's old house in Mold. Times were certainly difficult and I couldn't afford to keep running the car to and from work every day. and people were begin to panic about obtaining essential spares. I duly sent off my joining fee and from then on have never looked back from joining the most friendly and experienced motorcycle club in existence.) The funny thing is whenever any of my bikes were off the road I used to borrow the CZ 125 model 476 that my Dad then had. had four kids and in one period we moved house five times in ten years! Eventually. Some of the parts were in a box and due to my inexperience I couldn’t work out how some of the parts fitted together." The advert read ‘JAWA-CZ 125cc. Looking back I was a fool. HERE I COME! It was only a matter of time before I acquired a FREE non running 634. moving to North Wales. Czechoslovakia! (as it was called then.0 am! The only time it ever let me down is when the rear tyre found a nail on the road and you can’t blame the bike for that. (which was a 13 mile trip) all year round in all weathers. I went around to see it (CZ-488) and was pleased to see that it was quite similar to the bike I used to borrow off my Dad. (What I should have done is to buy a bigger bike in the first place! MY dream bike at that time was a BSA 650 Spitfire) I could never get the Bantam to run correctly. which really would have been a much more sensible option. I can tell you that there were times when I would have rather stayed in bed than get on a frozen motorbike at 6. Barton St. How many motorcycle clubs do you know of that date back to 1954? Most British Bike Clubs were not founded until production ceased. and to my delight a little while later I discovered in the list of motorcycle clubs in 'Classic Bike Magazine' the existence of the JAWA-CZ Owners Club. longer and modern looking. I bought it and after fixing it up and putting it back on the road. in particular the homeland of the bikes. so in the end it was banished to the back of our shed. then a BSA Bantam. FULLY GROWN IN NORTH WALES & CHESHIRE Time rolled on in what now seems like a blink of an eyelid. I had a lot of trouble with all these bikes and my Dad tried his best to persuade me to buy a NEW CZ 125 (in those days it was a mere £120! from Malcombe Davies Motorcycles.) .

it was suggested and proposed by Don Chadwick at the Club’s AGM that I be appointed the Club's International Liaison Officer. TWO of these Jawa riders turned up on Jawa 500-OHC machines! An additional bonus was that my new found Danish friend Peder Jensen also attended this event! So at last. Canada (Roger Boothroyd and the Czech Republic (Pavel Konvalinka) itself.Benesh). At one point. New Zealand (Allan Cleaver). but soon reliable contacts were made in the USA (Reese Dengler).Benesh just happened to know someone! I was provided with the details of this person and it turned out to be none other than Roman Tobisek! Roman and I exchanged many letters and photographs. and then coming along with me to our 1995 National Rally. I feel sure that these people would never have heard about and attended our National Rally if I were still only relying on pen and paper. and if that were not enough. I had so many Jawa Pen-pals. Then my chance one day he was talking to a fellow Czech in Gloucester (Mr. My good friend Reese Dengler pioneered the very first web-site dedicated to JAWA-CZ machines. Austria (Peder Augustin). and the climax of our pen and ink friendship was when Roman came over to stay with us. all my hard work seemed to be paying off and as far as I am aware since the Club's birth. This was to be the first of three National Rallies in the UK that Roman has attended so far.( 28 ) ROMAN The ace that I had up my sleeve (which I was unaware of at the time!) was that my father is Czech. the Internet has became an incredibly useful tool in seeking out further contacts and clubs around the world. when my Dad mentioned that I was eager to find an English speaking Jawa enthusiasts in Czecho. so through his web-site many others interested in Jawa & CZ’s were directed my way. As well as our old friend Roman. My quest for other international contacts seemed at first to grow quite slowly but surely. I didn't think that he would be able to help me find a contact in 'Czecho'. TECHNOLOGY TAKES OFF As time and technology has moved on. Contacts have now also been made in Norway (Geir Henninen). Canada (Attila Kopanyi). that I had to actually farm a few contacts out to other Jawa/CZ enthusiasts. although being primarily dedicated to offroad machines. Technology now seemed to be taking off like a rocket. and didn’t have so many good overseas contacts. I had articles published in American and South African publications which helped a great deal. as there just weren't any other JAWA web-sites that people could direct their enquiries to. travelling all the way from the Czech Republic on his Jawa (634) 350. There may now be a vast amount of . we have never had so many overseas people attend a National Rally. Some time later due to the large number of overseas contacts I was in frequent contact with. Mr. This motion was unanimously approved and so ever since then I have had an official reason to seek out further overseas contacts to make the presence of our Club known to the rest of the world. Pavel Konvalinka came all the way from Prague on his old Jawa model 11. Denmark (Peder Jensen). South Africa (Garth Green) and Finland (Timo Mononen and Viekko Koski). Many road bike enthusiasts contacted Reese. with countless numbers of people getting connected to the Internet each day. As a result of this e-publicity and with the additional help of old pal Roman Tobisek and his younger brother Martin we even had four Jawa riders from Czecho attend our 1998 National Rally at Wootton Bassett. but as he has no known living relatives anywhere in Europe.

net/jawaman/index. It is good however to see that the forming of new JAWACZ clubs is on the increase. Czech Click on 'Czechmates'). Argentina. I of course just had to attend that event. The list just seems to go on and on! (Have a look for yourself by going to www. but just how many of these clubs will one day survive to celebrating their Golden Jubilee just as we do in 2004. I’m also sure there must be some within the old Soviet Union but I have no details. The Internet has certainly made the world a much smaller place. Denmark` Finland. so after three weeks of getting stuck between a large book and a computer screen. Internationally. Bulgaria. Moldovia. but in the beginning. We just have to rely on the integrity. All the hard work that Graham Wilson and myself did to create and get the JAWACHAT user group up and running has certainly been was well worth all the effort! So how many other Jawa/CZ clubs are there now I hear you ask? As far as I am aware the list looks like this:. See http://hem. so many in fact that he found it hard to cope with all the work. and many world-wide JAWA-CZ enthusiasts are now finding our user group JAWACHAT (now hosted by Yahoo!) http://groups.Live long and prosper! Mario Mager: www. and Spain. but he also organised JAWAKLUBBEN'S very first National Rally. Cuba. we shall never know. there was only one. that whilst there were many JAWA-CZ machines in Sweden no club existed! Cay however was toying with the idea of starting a JAWA club in Sweden himself and was curious about how our Club was run and how we were organised and managed. France. enthusiasm and dedication of our younger club members to carry on all the good work that was started by our founder members way back in 1954. Australia. One of the most interesting that has came my was (via Reese?) from Cay Bernasson in Sweden. Portugal. as since then even more contacts have been made! I started to get emails from places like Bolivia. convinced ************************************* . and with an awful lot of support and guidance from Jon.jawaczech. Malta. Cay eventually decided to come over and see for himself and subsequently attended our 2000 National Rally on his military Jawa 579! The end result was that Cay took the plunge and formally formed JAWAKLUBBEN. an invaluable source of help and information. that it would be a good idea if I considered building my own web-site. CZECHPOINT! http://home1.htm My good friend Jonathan May http://www. all I can say to the JAWA-CZ Owners Club and all of it's world-wide contacts is:. Turkey. I at last managed to post my own web-site in Cyberspace! This arduous task has also paid off. India. Poland. I had been trying for some time to contact a Jawa club in Sweden with no success. that there must surely be a club! I learnt from Cay. Incredibly he did however and took all the responsibility onto his own shoulders! Not only did he handle membership applications. Which even though it had a slow start soon saw a huge influx of members. Brazil. So to Israel. editorship of their club's newsletter ‘Bladet’.America. as I had by now amassed a huge wealth of information and as I felt that as Sweden had been one of Jawa's biggest customers for military machines.gte.jawaczech.( 29 ) Jawa/CZ information available. Guam and many more. with so many people now having Internet access the world-wide Jawa/CZ family continues to grow. Norway.

and being the only Jawa mounted instructor in the south east. the Silver Jubilee one which took place at Donington Park in 1979.B. The bike had its picture taken on Route 66 (homage to The Rolling Stones.000 miles. Through his efforts the Club now has possibly the best and most definitive Jawa/CZ library of any single make Club. Apart from seeing riders pass their driving tests.( 30 ) 27 years on a Jawa (or two) Arthur Fleming.) where we also had the wettest drive I’ve ever experienced in my life when on the A9 going to Inverness. I can definitely say the air was ‘blue’ when I ran a training session. had all the questions answered and was even allowed to try the bike for size. This was followed by the Charnock Richard rally in 1980 and the 5th ‘Winter’ Lilford Park event in 1981. We also attended the excellent Market Harborough rallies. Club Librarian. The bike was used to take me on Monday night run from Gravesend to Chillerton Road. including our longest ride ever up the eastern side of England. This 634 was the bike that took my wife and I to our first Owners Club rally. I was contemplating buying a RD400 but was put off after a visit to the old Earls Court Bike show when I was told that I couldn’t sit on the bike by a ‘jobsworth’. and when I took my brother-in-law Brian along to the shop with me. especially when decoking the silencers without the baffles in! Just to complete the family set. and Arthur has become it’s sole custodian. It felt just right so it was off to Myers M/c’s in Gillingham where I bought my first Jawa model 634 and was given a membership application form in the information pack which came with it. (where it nearly got assaulted by an amorous highland cow on Mull.really the A66) on the way south down the west coast side. around Scotland. where the London Branch then met. My wife eventually also acquired a 1977 CZ 125 model 476 a few years later. I used to enjoy asking trainee instructors to ‘talk’ their way around the bike controls and then wait while they tried to find the kickstarter. Star Rider and what else is there to do at the weekend with a Jawa. Brian and I used to take great delight in leaving two blue smoke trails around London’s South Circular ! My first 634 survived for 70. Arthur is to be thanked for all his hard work. Around 1979 I became involved with motorcycle training. However at the Jawa stand I was made very welcome. No one laughed at my bike or they would have to ride behind me! Star Rider was fun and some of us are still in contact today as good friends. The neighbour’s used to love our bike servicing sessions. my favourite ‘Jawa’ moment .] The Early Years – ‘When we were young’. and a variety of local dealers. he also ended up with a bright yellow CZ175 Trail bike and later a secondhand red 634. and it has become a reference source for not only our members but also many from overseas. The Club over the years has been able to amass a huge quantity of Jawa/CZ related material. where I would discuss Jawa matters over a cup of tea with long standing members such as Gordon Dickson and Bob Rixen. Arthur has also secured the Clubs approval from the DVLA as an official machine dating authority. I eventually successfully rebuilt this bike with the help of John Croote from Jawa-CZ at Kings Lynn. another brother-in-law was also racing a CZ MX250 at the time. I immediately sent off my application form. During the 1980’s my CZ 175cc 450 joined the collection and I also acquired my black Jawa 250cc 559 as a rolling chassis and a packing case of bits. [I. In the process of restoring these machines I started collecting literature which later evolved into the Club’s Library. When I finally passed my bike test at the second attempt in 1977 I decided that a 75cc Yamaha was a bit small and that I needed a proper bike.

The number of direct contacts. Super Commuter rides a Jawa or two.My two stroke fumes in this underpass after demonstrating the correct riding technique. and that we are looking forward to a successful second event during 2004. with my CZ 450.000 miles.e. but for over 90% of the time it was absolute pleasure to ride being so well suited to the job it was designed to do best. It is also a valuable opportunity to promote the Club and its services in the south east of the UK. not forgetting stopping while on the M25/A21 junction in the middle of a snowstorm with a flat tyre. via email from our Club website has . I would like to think that we now have nearly every post war model sold in the UK covered. especially from Overseas. together with a steady continuous procession of trainee motorcycles through their road block was enough to make them give up after less than 20 minutes ! Many of you will know about my involvement with a Club ‘display’ from 1987 at the VMCC’s Festival of 1000 bikes. This not only ensures that our registration applications are approved but also informs us regularly of any impending changes to legislation affecting motorcycles. or donations.( 31 ) must be while leading a novice group to learn how to approach and ride round roundabouts. gave parking space and drying rooms for the wet days! I actually enjoyed commuting by bike although I’ve now given it up after over 20 years. I’ve worked in London since 1976. And all I wanted to do was hand him a membership form! Although my Jawa’s did occasionally have problems. and also to assist them to return these machines to the road. especially the North American Register. having the asbestos exhaust baffle rings catch alight while on the A2 and causing a severe fog hazard and probable pollution warning. My main club activity is to run our library service. Jawa 559. The 632 now lives quietly in retirement after 80. The primary aim of the library service remains to provide Club members with information to help run or restore their machines. having been through two 634’s and one 632. 2003 will also have seen the first International Jawa-CZ day and I hope that by the time you read this I will have co-ordinated all the UK reports. and also some prewar and overseas models as well. such as breaking down in the Limehouse Link Tunnel with a broken regulator. the Club however still attend every year and often joins up with our Jawa-CZ colleagues from Europe to ensure the marque is still well represented with a variety of machines on display. a solid get you to work machine. which has been described as ‘the best outside the Czech Republic’. I remember many days on the 634 being frustrated by a CZ 250 single (485) owner who used to race me to the Blackwell Tunnel most days and always win. Resting Peaceful in Pembury with the library books. all still being done at minimal cost to the Club. and my wife’s CZ 476. Due to changes in licensing approval at the DVLA. which was held annually at the Brands Hatch Racing Circuit. The police in their wisdom decided to mounted a licence check roadblock in the underpass between two of these roundabouts. going out for occasional summer runs. . The event is now called the West Kent Run and it’s held at an alternate venue. exchanges with other clubs. we have joined the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs along with all the other major bike clubs. either through purchases. i. The collection of material still continues to grow. luckily either with bosses who are also bikers or for organisations that were bike friendly.

This service is free only to club members. We are members of the FBHVC . 1929 saw Jawa’s first motorcycle off the production line. Here’s to the Club celebrating its 75th birthday and the machines ‘ton’ (100) in 2029. 2004 Jawa CZ machines are still running all over the world 75 years on. model information etc. perhaps through a members only log in. Road Tests & Sales Brochures Owners Manuals Spare Parts Lists Workshop Manuals Original books may be available for some models but will incur a higher cost depending on condition. which helps fund the library and other Club services. 5 Romford Road. the library service is waiting to help. Please send a SAE to: Arthur Fleming. such as used on other club sites. All payments should be made payable to Jawa-CZ Owners Club. There are a lot of issues to consider here and we must also remember those who do not have access to the Internet and a ‘paper’ service needs to be maintained as well.( 32 ) grown considerably over the last few years. We can also assist with DVLA authentication letters. JAWA CZ OWNERS CLUB LIBRARY Service details. The next stage in our Library service must be to consider development of some form of on line service for members via our website. If you need information. Pembury Kent TN2 4HU Please note a charge is made for copying of material. 1954 the UK Club was founded. restoration project.

K. I don’t think Roland has ever tried to ride a sidecar outfit again. just standing and admiring the shear variety of Jawa and CZ motorcycles. but as the front wheel returned to the ground and touched the wet grass. opened her up and came from the rear of the line and swept past us all. when at one point there was this nice ¾ miles length of road which first dipped down and then went up the other side of a valley. were just some of the things to do. pushing the outfit backwards etc. We were all in fits of laughter and our stomachs ached. . there was an obstacle course race for Combo’s. Grange Mill. on the Saturday afternoon. Someone had loaned his Jawa 634 with a Tradesman box fitted (the one with the small wheel) that was extremely light and very responsive! Roland Webb who had never ridden a Combo before had a go. but unfortunately as he was passing the leading rider he was on the wrong side of the ‘Double-White-Line’ but only by about 15 feet. he was pulled over. were returning from a run to Buxton. it got me thinking and reminiscing about the twenty plus years that I have been in the Owners Club. In fact I’m sure it was further than he actually rode the bike! Another incident which happened round about 1980 was when a group of members who were camping at the Holly Bush Inn. It was here that Pete Edwards on a Jawa 634 with sidecar attached and with Pat his wife as pillion and Alan their son in the chair (I believe the bike was geared down). Certain events however do stand out in my mind and so in no particular order I’d like to recall a number of them.( 33 ) Memories By David Haddock. and the pleasure it has given me over those years in meeting so many super. but as he rolled off the bike wearing PVC waterproofs. and we were even more doubled up as he continued to try and turn left but just got further and further away. which was mainly sunny but with frequent heavy showers. guess what? he fell off in a very spectacular style. Figures of eight. like minded people. No problem there. over the next few editions of TORQUE he certainly had his leg pulled. he appeared to slide along the ground an immense distance. I can well remember Frank Bailey having a brief (very brief) ride on Pete Edward’s CZ Enduro. I think we were on the A6 and there was a small crocodile line of solo’s and sidecars. in and out of bollards. He must have been doing close to 70 mph. This type of bike was new to Frank and so as he opened up the throttle the front wheel lifted off the ground and he achieved a very creditable wheelie. nothing unsafe or crazy!!! Further up the hill in a lay-by waiting was a Police car and yes you’ve guessed it. The Police pointed out the errors of his ways and he also had to visit the Police station during the following week to produce his documents. With the Club producing this special Magazine to commemorate its 50th Anniversary. As you can imagine. At the East European Rally that took place at Callow Top Farm. Fortunately Frank was O. Ashbourne. On one of our many visits to a Swindon Branch rally at Lydiard Park. but when he tried to turn left the sidecar wheel shot up in the air and he ended up slowly disappearing down the field in the wrong direction. riding these special bikes and also while attending the various events held.

As this was the weekend following the disaster at Chernobyl it was a little spooky. I tried to catch them up and even though I drove at 80 –90 mph couldn’t catch them. Suffolk. followed by looking at the spinning gravel. His yarns always drew an audience. At the other end of the Jawa/CZ spectrum are the Classics. What I have also found interesting at Club events is seeing the different models that Jawa/CZ . I also recall that it was at the 1986 Wakefield event that during the afternoon there was a bad hailstorm with pieces of ice the size of small pickled onions. and a ceremonial throwing of the official stone into the water. this time at the 1989 Ashbourne rally. and could he tell a good storey! He was at one time a Chauffeur to the Royal Family and a part time photographer. It was then back to the site for the ‘downing’ of some of Colin Gregory’s brandy. Choppers. on their Jawa model 559 with PAV trailer. There was a tradition of walking down a certain country lane to a pond. on site with us were two Dutch families on holiday. Dave said “That’s nothing. fitted with small wheels and leading link suspension. It’s funny how little things like this stick in your mind even after so many years. Cruisers. leaving the 1998 Wootton Bassett National Rally. and he just said. I can make it even slower”. and of course not forgetting the odd Trike. and on one of the days they came with us on an outing to the Speedwell caverns. ranging from those which have had a general refurbishment right up to those having has a complete restoration. There are some beauties out there! Dave with his wife Rose. I went across and asked them just how fast they had been travelling. and his aural dexterities were legendary. As we pulled back onto the campsite.( 34 ) It was following another obstacle course event. It was also at this event that I met Bill Hurst for the very first time. One thing that does always amaze me is the one-off Jawa/CZ specials that various members have made. During a weeklong Notters Branch camp at Ashbourne. “It’s a secret!” When Gerry and Shirley Williams were in the Owners Club they used to organise a camp at the ‘Queens Head’ at Brandestone. They were camping in some amazing inflatable frame tents. Racers and pseudo Trailies. My family and myself this time went in our car but on our return journey the Dutch family set off just 2 – 3 minutes before us. there was the Dutch family sitting in their deck chairs and the kettle was boiling. One had a Honda Goldwing outfit. He promptly made a few adjustments and the eventual tick-over settled to one firing stoke per second (an incredible 60 rpm). Bill as well as being a Club member was also a longstanding member of the Skoda Owners Club. that someone commented on how slow Dave Widdowsons Model 11 Jawa (on Swedish Plates) ticked over.

Over the years I have met many characters and some worth a mention are. So summing up. and there are now an increasing number of over-sea’s contacts who have become regular faces at our rallies. Tom Smith. These people bring even more model variations for us to photograph and drool over. *********************************** . 50 years is a long time for any organisation. and others which have now been imported from the continent. and to keep warm he had a paraffin greenhouse heater on all night. I know there are many more. The last ten years has also seen a number of our continental friends starting up their own Jawa/CZ Clubs. Czetta and Manet scooters. flat on his back with his arms crossed on his chest and his hands on his shoulders – spooky! Apparently he didn’t move or make a sound all night.( 35 ) have made. and has become much richer as a result of it. obviously due to an excess of Batemans Bitter. Over the years we have also held some camping weekends during the winter months of January to March. once you have owned a Jawa or CZ and then perhaps strayed to other makes. Roy Giles. Just as a final note. or told me that they wished they had never got rid of theirs in the first place. He was laid out in his sleeping bag and it looked just like a corpse in a coffin. and I just hope that even though current times have been difficult. Tom Swinney. some of which were only sold in small numbers within the UK. A number of us who slept there were shocked when we saw John Blackburn fast asleep. How he never suffocated I really don’t know. or the 1987 Scorton camp where the field was under 2 foot [600mm] of water on the Saturday Morning? Memorable moments. I’ve also seen him in a similar position. I know it certainly made one feel good when it was over! I recall at one camp it was so cold that Phil Culley slept overnight in his sidecar/shed on wheels. but this time spread eagled on his stomach after falling off his bike while Trail Riding. it is surprising just how many people have returned to the fold. Jawa 90cc Roadsters and Trails. and I know the same is true for many others as well. I suspect that instead of the bikes being cosseted in the garage there was the desire to get out a ride them. and why did we attend them? well I have to say that I can’t give a definitive answer. but what is for certain is that our Club has brought together many interesting people. Steve Lucker. The bikes and the Owners Club certainly have had an impact on my life. Who can remember the 1982 Lilford Park Rally which was flattened by a blizzard. and occasionally even a factory special. On another occasion at a camp in deepest Lincolnshire it was so frosty and snowy with a bitterly cold North wind that the pub landlord took pity on us and suggested we sleep in his function room. that the Owners Club will continue for many more years to come and also expand. and also the idea of a winter get-together seemed a good idea at the time. John Orford and John Wiltshire.

Janecek) who was at the time in the process of diversify the manufacturing programme of his factory. profits from armament sales were still double that of motorcycle sales. and if a sidecar was required as well. These first JAWA’s differed from the earlier German model in a number of details. and so Janecek’s factory became the exclusive manufacturer of the model. but back in 1929 this was very high. the most obvious being its large drop-shaped tank. By now if you’re reading this magazine you will appreciate that 2004 is a very special year for our Club and an important milestone in the general history of Jawa and CZ motorcycles. and I’m sure that there are many owners and riders of these machines who know very little about the history of the Jawa Marquee.890 Crowns (approx’ £390 in today’s prices) which may not seem much now. production of the Wanderer in German had been completely discontinued. which was very reasonable for the time. Three series of this bike were produced although production of all versions only actually came to 1. The bike came in a finish that has now become known as “JAWA” red. By 1929 however. with the now famous JAWA oval logo appearing two years later. called the ‘Wanderer 500 OHV’. but rather than give up motorcycle production. even though at that time there were already about 21 other manufacturers in Czechoslovakia. Due to its robust appearance it was to earn the nickname of the “Rumbler”. The bike came fitted with improved Bosch electrical equipment. The first motorcycles actually produced by Janecek’s factory were built in 1927 and were licensed copies of a well known German make at the time. created by Czech arms manufacturer Frantisek Janecek (Zbrojovka Ing.B. Janecek chose to go ahead with the manufacture of a motorcycle. more .016. the complete package came in at 17. The Trademark name was patented in August 1929. In 1931. [ I.] Early History: The first motorcycle bearing the JAWA name made its appearance in 1929.( 36 ) Historical Facts about Jawa. The information below has been published before. It was then that bikes manufactured at the factory started to bear the trademark JAWA. With a 4-stroke. This being derived from the first two letters of JAnecek and WAnderer. F. Also while 2004 is a year of celebration for us it is also the 75th Birthday of the manufacture of the very first Jawa motorcycle (in 1929). The price new was set at 14. but I believe it’s worth reproducing it again. the company decided to create a simpler. half-litre engine the bike also had a maximum speed of 95 km/h (60 mph). with cream lines and tank sides. cheaper.000 Crowns.

“Better machine for less money” was the advertising slogan. Also in 1937. JAWA came out with one more bike: the JAWA 250 Duplex- . by 1937. the exact opposite was the case). the JAWA MINOR 1. With this model the great era of 250’s was born and. and with a maximum speed of 100 km/h. the two 350 models and the JAWA700 (car). 14. 12. brought the company world renown. In 1935. a third less than the price of the same class of motorcycle produced by other manufacturers. With Patchetts help and that of a talented young Czech designer named Josef Jozif.( 37 ) reliable machine. single cylinder 175cc machine (maximum speed 70-80 km/h (50 mph) with an incredibly low-price of 4. The cheapest model sold for 6. the car was priced at 16.535 JAWA 175’s were produced.000 were produced up until 1946.000 Crowns (the cheapest model) and sold well. Car production halted however due to WW2. In all. 27. Until 1946. by the end of the 1930’s JAWA was preparing a new car. Successful at racing events. A moped-like bike designed for the younger rider.650 Crowns. after the war. 1934 saw the introduction of JAWA’s first 350cc. In the mid 1930’s JAWA also went into car production (also under license). Jawa also dabbled in aeroplane motor production. but this was a less than successful venture. In total. 94% of motorcycles bought in Czechoslovakia were imports – 6% domestic. These motorcycles. The motorcycle was a big hit and stayed in production until 1946 (barring the war years when all production ceased). with the wartime interval. winning several gold medals. JAWA produced the JAWA 100cc Robot.000 units were produced.950 Crowns [approx £180]. the 2-stroke JAWA 250 was introduced. JAWA can also take credit for the heavy decline in import demand (in 1930. Before the outbreak of WW2. The ‘Robot’. while marketing the 175. In 1937. It was a reliable machine with very good handling. Jawa came out with a 2-stroke. slightly modified also competed in the 1934 International Six Days Trials in Germany. the second JAWA car was introduced. A sporty little roadster capable of 95 km/h. and this time it took out a licence arrangement with English designer George William Patchett.

such as steel bars. who was one of the people working on the new motorcycle design. Unbelievably. which in fact would have meant the destruction of some 8. that under no circumstances would they be occupied with anything having to do with peacetime production. they were just told that another office had already seized the materials long before. then 34.( 38 ) Blok. In the following hours all the new designs were hidden and then there was a period of nerve-racking waiting. was the central figure in the group and was remembered for his white hair. major changes began in April of that year. as nobody really believed that the two-thousand year Reich would last longer than a few years. raw castings. although there were many tense and difficult moments. The motorcycle design team were moved to the motorcycle service department. bomb carriers and small stationary engines for generators. and all involved were risking their lives. so that when one office was to confiscated something from JAWA. but it seemed only natural to those in charge of the material stores to hide and dispose of as much as possible so that it didn’t fall into the Nazi hands.500 motorcycles and 700 cars which were close to the assembly stage. balls and sheet metal were stored at the factory now located at Tynec nad Sazavou (South East of Prague) which is where the current factory is now located. a modified version of the original 250. Under orders all unfinished parts were to be surrendered and melted down. making finding them impossible. The truth is that his hair had turned white within one week. In addition to the serial production motorcycles. life changed overnight in the country. work was started on two projects. For JAWA. It did not take long however. JAWA throughout the 1930’s manufactured special machines for Trials and Road Racing. Josef Jozif. Each institution received its bureaucrats. By 1940. Their efforts were in fact helped by the famous German excessiveness for organisation and thoroughness. It turned out that Osvald had not only been involved with the . plans and files. one for motorcycles and one for a new car. Scores of people at JAWA worked feverishly to save all sorts of things. In this department they found relative peace and quiet as well as a capable and skilled staff. The workshop was set up in a storehouse behind a wooden wall. Soon all the materials had been ‘spirited’ away and there was nothing left to be checked. and they carried out random checks at every workplace. though officially it was only for the servicing of Germany military bikes. after the Gestapo had burst into the service department one day and taken away a man named Rudolf Osvald. It was a time when people were executed for much lesser offences than those mentioned. with its well-known reputation for top technology and capable personnel. bearings. The War Years: With the invasion of Czechoslovakia by Nazi Germany on March 15th 1939. All of this material was supposed to be surrendered to the Nazi war effort. Part and materials that the Nazi’s should have had were simply hidden in rented barns and inns and under scrap-heaps. Motorcycle production was still eking out a living until it was stopped completely in 1940. which was the only part of JAWA still dealing with motorcycles. just to name a few places. the secret was kept throughout the war. These were mostly 250cc and 350cc 4-stroke single cylinder types. rollers. The Germans transferred to the factory production of parts for the aircraft industry. which everyone assumed he’d been born with. which became known as “The Brains”. The Nazi’s in fact forced all designers to sign an agreement. One word from Osvald would have been enough to send all the team to the executioner. before the people at JAWA took their subversive activities a step further. In this way the working list of materials and unfinished parts simply got lost in the administrative system. Considerable supplies of materials for the production of motorcycles and cars. They made up their minds to produce a new motorcycle for a new life after the war.

another 50cc moped type bike. Shortly after the introduction of the 500. Using SS-registration plates.( 39 ) secret works at JAWA. Work in the ‘Brains’ department was directed mostly at 2-stroke engines of several capacities. The result was to be the 250cc Perek (Springer). Jozif’s snow-white hair was the result of this event. a London company which had been importing meat cutters from Czechoslovakia decided to take a risk and imported some bikes even though the owner’s weren’t familiar with motorcycles. it won a gold medal – the first of what was to become a series of international conquests. because of the seat shape. but due to lack of trade agreements between Czechoslovakia and Great Britain the bikes couldn’t be imported. The styling was attractive and functional and five years ahead of its competition. Although all levels of JAWA management were in the know.000 and within the first month all the bikes had been sold. preparations for peacetime production were begun. He had been seriously ill since the beginning of the war and didn’t have long to live. JAWA produced a 350 Perak. at first under the JAWA-OGAR name. based on the 250 frame type. It should also be mentioned that the Peraks were the basis for the three-wheeled “rickshaw” models. At night. . and later paid for it with his life. at the 1948 motorcycle show (despite the poor positioning of the JAWA stand). JAWA developed the Minor 11 car. the company also put out the JAWA PIONEER 50. and was eventually to move to Nova Paka in Eastern Bohemia. The end of the war was very intense for JAWA – it is said that the very first barricade in Prague had been put up in front of the factory. Dealer interest was enormous. At the Paris Motor and Motorcycle Show in September 1946. At the same time and under the same conditions. also called the “Stump”. in the first days of 1945. In the end the 250 was chosen. In a similar way JAWA broke into the markets of some 112 countries around the world. components and materials hidden in 1939 were brought out and the first assembled cars and motorcycles (pre-war models) were on the market by July 1945. Post-War Boom. The importer borrowed £20. was the Velorex. Despite the import problems. which were very popular throughout Asia. The maximum speed of this machine was 147 km/h. Also in 1948. In England. and again from 1958 – 1962 produced the JAWAETTA. in both delivery and passenger models. he did not speak about the JAWA secret works. Right from the liberation. the bikes were able to make secret test runs on the open road. Luckily for JAWA he was arrested for being a resistance member. but was also a member of the resistance movement. the bike had to be strapped down with steel straps to prevent enthusiasts from trying out the bike.000 of these bikes were manufactured up until 1956 when these models were discontinued. the situation in the service department was so bad that design work was continued at peoples homes. It was there that the first prototypes (20 in all) were constructed and tested. the bike was an overwhelming success. By then. By 1946. In the early 1950’s JAWA returned to 4-stroke bikes. After his death the firm became a family company as provided for in his will. and from 1952 through to 1958 produced the JAWA 500 OHC. 1941 of lung cancer. All parts. About 180. the first 250cc Peraks which had been developed in secrecy during the war came out. it is almost certain that Janecek himself knew nothing about it. He died on June 4th. One three wheeled version produced in Czechoslovakia.

There is however hope. The Communist era left the company ill equipped to compete and JAWA production has slumped from over 130. As 2004 is also the 75th birthday of the very first JAWA.( 40 ) The Communists Take Over. For instance. during which time it underwent many cosmetic changes. so JAWA are currently surviving on sales to third world countries only. I’m sure we wish all at the factory our very best wishes. Since the ‘velvet revolution’ of 1989 and the fall of Communism. they are in the process of trying to bring to the market a new range of machines. and hope that once again JAWA can revisit its glory days. The next generation of JAWA’s after the Perak was the Kyvacka.000 bikes per year to less than 10. or “Swinger”. The Kyvacka remained in production until 1974. the company could not reinvest its profits and so was forced to continue its production of the same models with only slight modifications for 40 years. Jawa have had to trade on the world markets. unprotected. When the Communists came to power in 1948 this dealt a major blow to JAWA as a company. which appeared in 1953. **************************** . and even though their development budgets are small. Freedom. The company was nationalised and its progressive management style was constrained. It came in 250 and 350 capacities.000. The various exhaust emission laws in many countries have now also effectively ‘banned’ twostroke machines.

Ian as the editor of this special newsletter has asked me to write a few words about Bob... ....( 41 ) Go to the Clubs National Rally..B.... Len said that his local off-licence keeper had mentioned that his brother-in-law had a Jawa.. By Terry Wildego. Bob instantly fitted in and was well liked by everyone. and I have to say I have been fortunate in winning the award myself in the past. but I suspect that the majority of today’s Club members will only be familiar with the name by his reputation or because of the Club’s premier trophy. and it was this enthusiasm which was to be such an asset in keeping the Club active during it’s infancy. and the premier annual award given out is ‘The Bob Rixen’ trophy. this brother-in-law was interested and so it was that Bob entered the Jawa Club story. Some of you will have been lucky enough to have known Bob. Bob duly appeared on the scene. The award is special as it is given to the person who the Club’s Committee considers has done the most to help and support the Owners Club during the previous year.. the ‘Bob Rixen Trophy’ being named after him. I.. who was to become his wife... so that all members will be aware of who Bob was and to tell a little about his years of dedicated service to the Club and the Jawa marque. Bob as a young man in thoughtful mood.. Well luckily for the Club. and he soon began to take a great interest in the actual running of the Club.. but I do vividly remember the beginnings of his association with the Owners Club way back in 1956. Not only was he an extremely nice and friendly person. .. Bob Rixen. I cannot be absolutely sure when I first met Bob... Terry Wildego who joined the Owners Club just after it was formed has written the article below.. with a wealth of knowledge you could not hope to have met... But who was Bob Rixen? Well if you had joined the Club prior to 1986 the chances are that you would have had the privilege of Meeting Bob. and a more dedicated member. quite often accompanied by Pat.. and might be interested in joining. when at a club night held at Len Willis’s house.. but he was totally dedicated to the Club and Jawa and CZ motorcycles.

which today is one of the two major motorcycle ‘pressure-groups’. I can in fact remember one such occasion when I actually went with him as he tried to find a particular recording of a hooting owl. and was also responsible for providing the various sound effects that were needed for their horror films. Bob was a film librarian with the Hammer Studios. starting a family did not dampen Bob’s enthusiasm for motorcycling. This organisation later became the British Motorcyclists federation (BMF). It was in fact at one of these lunches that in 1957 we organised the very first Club run to Prague. this being the place where most of the film companies then had their offices. and I believe only ever had one car driving lesson in his life. He also used his bike when visiting Jawa/CZ agents and I wonder how many motorcycle company reps actually ride motorcycles. which operate within the UK. he rarely had a bad word to say about anyone in turn. and nothing seemed to be too much trouble for him. South London. using him as a free breakdown service. The film industry in the UK began to shrink and eventually Bob was made redundant. of representatives of ‘One-Make’ motorcycle clubs. Our philosophy was the same. but Bob remained true to riding to and from Kings Lynn from his home in Balham. Unlike the rest of us. however no matter how inconvenient it may have seemed it made no difference to him and he was always there when needed. quite often meeting for lunch at a café in Wardour Street. therefore it was difficult for him to Bob & Terry walk far. . but he soon found gainful employment as a Jawa rep with the motorcycle division of Skoda GB. now both married made another trip to Prague. (see ‘In the Beginning’). who when they visited relatives etc. as willing as ever was elected their Secretary. and in 1960. In 1960. To be perfectly fair however. let alone use them in connection with their work. and as is often the case. Bob and myself attended a meeting in Clapham. while Bob rode his bike. South London. not Birmingham). and while some of us used the excuse of a baby to tempt us over to four wheels. By now Bob and I had become firm friends. One thing Bob and I did certainly have in common was a complete contempt for polish. but there was little enthusiasm from other club members.(42) I honestly believe that I have never heard anyone say a bad word about him. our machines were just a way of transport. Our machines whilst being mechanically sound and well maintained showed all the signs of utter neglect. Bob had contracted Polio when he was young and this had left him with one leg shorter than the other. If anyone needed help he’d be the first to offer. had to go with their daughter Anne on public transport. Bob and myself. Soho (that’s Soho London. Here was founded the ‘Federation of One-Make Motorcycle Clubs’ and Bob. Bob resisted. It was difficult to argue with Bob as he was such a tolerant person and was always willing to see the other person’s point of view. It was obvious that some people took advantage of his good nature. No time was spent with polish and degreaser. sometimes even very late at night. They offered him driving lessons and a car. We always thought that this was a bit hard on Pat.

I first met him and his wife Pat in 1965 on one of my infrequent visits to a Club night at Chillerton Road in London.B. and Bob told me that he never regretted doing this. He was a true gentleman and certainly a fount of knowledge when it came to Jawa’s and CZ’s. ******************* I would certainly like to echo Terry’s comments about Bob. and through the Club your memory lives on.( 43 ) When Bob’s daughter Anne had left London to work and live in Peterborough. They also bought a house in Peterborough. The Owners Club and many of its individual members owe him a lot. as Diana and I had done many years before. and this continued right up until his untimely death in 1986 from a heart attack at the young age of only 58. and I’m pleased that the Club’s premier award is named after him and that this special magazine edition to celebrate 50 years of the Owners Club can give Bob the credit to which he is certainly due. He was certainly a very special and unique person who put a lot of time and effort into the Club. He gave me much advice and help over the years. . Thanks Bob for all you did for the Club and for its members. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> An Unusual Jawa based Trike. Bob and Pat decided that they too would leave London. Even at a distance Bob still remained active within the Owners Club. I. and the maroon Jawa many of you see me on at Club events I bought from him in 1978. and at some time possibly undertook most of the various committee roles. He was a great friend to many and certainly a superb ambassador for not only the Club but also to the Marque’s themselves.

and on stripping I found that the exhaust ports had almost completely closed over with only a ¼” hole in one port. never letting me down once. as we pitched two tents together with a toilet tent between containing only a fridge with the beer! That went down really well with the assembled crowd from Nottingham including Colin Gregory. I also drove my first combo at that rally and was hooked. on how to go very slowly and still manage to scare yourself silly.000 miles. This had dropped out and shorted to the headstock). The following year saw me piloting a 1987 Jawa 638 combo. We pitched the tents with many curious on lookers. There was also a problem with the piston of the front disc brake which required removal every few weeks to keep the front wheel turning. My wife did eventually slow down and from there on we continued at a more sedate pace. The machine however would still cruise comfortably at fifty mph with the cylinder heads rattling like an old saucepan lid. To be more precise it was in fact a hybrid with a twin cylinder engine in a single cylinder frame. I joined the Owners Club shortly after and became an avid Torque reading member. After this. On reaching 40mph and with three islands to negotiate my bottle left me. There were 2 combos piloted by Paul Hadley & Phil Withers (with his wife Stephanie). and I was to find out that my twin was in fact a single. (By Stephen James) I purchased my first CZ in 1984. I didn’t mind however as it sipped petrol on the way to the rally at an astonishing 99 miles to the gallon. As I have got older and hopefully wiser. The CZ was a workhorse carrying me to work in all weathers. I joined the Birmingham Branch on their run down to the Bristol Branch National rally at St.R. and as we set off I said. go steady as the brakes on the combo was not up to par (not that they ever get to par with a combo). Tony Seaward & Ted Bullen. my son Phillip on pillion. and there I was waving like a demented soul for her to stop. always waiting for the next issue with baited breath so as to read of the daring exploits of all the various Club characters. not the black one that the neutral light had been wired incorrectly too. This earned the family James the nick name the Fitt family.T. When exhaust gases started to exhaust from the cylinder head it became obvious that it was time for me to do a top-end decoke. Reluctantly she did. I have with time had the great fortune to meet many of these characters.00 O. (Moral of this story. with my first outing being while I was on a night shift at work. many of whom have been instrumental in shaping the Club of today. . and phoned my wife to come out and tow me home. By then the machine had done about 20. it was to Callow Top and the Nottingham Branch Camp. wife and daughter in car with the camping gear and push bikes. This outing was not entirely uneventful as the main fuse blow just as I had left the lit section of road for the dark open countryside. the white wire is the earth. a brand new sparkling 250 twin (model 471) from Coburn & Hughes in Luton for the princely sum of £299. but also my nerves. although the chrome plating had started to depart the scene together with the paint. John O’Ryan onboard the special Jawa 500cc Rotax he had won in the Clubs raffle competition. It was a replacement for a Honda CB250 T Dream whose cost of keeping on the road hit not only my wallet. many of whom now seemed to have disappeared. Brendan’s Old Boys RUFC in 1991.( 44 ) The story of how I became Treasurer. a trip of some 40 miles a day. What the crowd in the local chip shop thought as they watched a combo just four foot from the bumper of a car flash past is best left to the imagination. accompanied by my family. due to a swinging arm which become independently sprung at inopportune times. Plunged into darkness and with no power I pushed the machine back to where the street lights were.

don’t put a 12 amp fuse in the system and expect the fuse to last long with all the lights on. but I did replace the headlight with a smaller wattage unit. With the repair carried out the journey continued uneventfully. it was the ignition kill switch. (Those who say motorcycle clubs are not children friendly have never been out with the Jawa CZ Owners Club). The following years National Rally was at Bunkers Hill in Lincolnshire. If you have a technical problem there’s many years of experience on tap to usually get your problem sorted. and yes you guessed it. and after we had driven into Much Wenlock and stopped at the nearest Pub. By this time it was well after midnight and he asked if he could contact any one about why I was so late. With the switch back to its center position. The National Rally the following year at Market Harborough saw me win the Combo obstacle race title for 1993. when a fuse blew and I had to push the dead machine across three lanes of traffic to the road edge. I went in and asked if my son could also come in? The reply was he had to go in the children’s room at the back. The rain eventually did stop and as we ran into Grantham my combo was to expire yet again. (Moral of this story is. This temporary repair actually lasted for a number of years without any further trouble. but with no luck! He then pushed me and the machine about half a mile to the start of the hard shoulder of the M6 where I then contacted the police control room via the phone on the motorway. Tech tip for anyone using a halogen headlight with a combination. I know of one person who seemed to have his bike serviced at every rally he attended. The ride out for me actually took place in a very steamed up car. "my wife". Over the years I attended other National and Branch rallies with my son. I was quickly back on the phone to tell the police I didn’t need the rescue service after all and I was about to leave the motorway.( 45 ) The following week saw me attend the Birmingham Branch meeting and while on my way home in the fast lane of the A38M I was to find out that the sidecar brake cable can fill with water then seizes. Also while passing Villa Park. Over the next couple of hour the rain seeped into every part of our persons and the cigarette breaks for our one smoker turned into a team effort as we all tried to help get the tobacco and the paper together in a dry enough state to light. I set off from home with my son on a very wet Friday to meet up with the other combo drivers of the Birmingham Branch. then reconnected the fuse wire with two small pieces of chocolate block foil (sorry for the non electricians’ technical terminology). the traffic was at a stand still due to a Cup match turning out late. but this turned out to be the mistake that you wished you had never made. with just one kick the machine burbled back into life. Some one suggested that I purchase another fuse carrier. the maximum design current for the alternator is 15A while the actual load current is nearer 18A). hence no brakes. even if it rains). this time due to the fuse carrier becoming elastic and the spring pushing the fuse out. With the seat off and the fuse changed all the lights came back on. and the certificate now takes pride of place within my works personal development file. He tried to help me push start the beast. I said. "But what's this buy business?” I broke open the now solid fuse carrier smashed the glass fuse. The Police then pulled up behind me as I was still kicking for all I was worth. (So attend the rallies they really are good fun. At every rally every one always makes you very welcome. when the Police turned up in their Range Rover and shouted "What's up pal?" “Blown fuse” I replied “should go now”. "Will it go with a bump?" the policeman said. so everyone on the run also adjourned to the children’s room. always someone to share the silly games with. and it’s always nice to see old friends and meet new ones from across Europe. but of course the bike decided to be stubborn and refused to start. . On returning to the machine I sat there at Spaghetti Junction looking at the machine when there was the dim realisation of ‘what is the switch for on the right hand handle bar?’ The CZ did not have one. and one such event was a very wet weekend at Middleton Scriven.

My Jawa model 638 eventually came down with the dreaded centre main rumble. However fate and a patch of diesel on an island took a hand. before fitting I decided to split the crankcase and clean out any debris that might be there. off I came with rush hour traffic going round me whilst pinned under the machine. I will not mention the other award for the consumption of the amber liquid. I knew I was close to a lay by but in total darkness I missed the entrance by about twelve foot. my production engineer took me on one side to tell me that if I was working on my bike in work I needed to let my supervisor know. I straightened the bike. and the bike the bike expired completely on the way to the 1999 National Rally. which caused me to have the machine towed back to work. the work on the crank this time being carried out by the engineers at SEP at Kegworth. Six months later this bike also was to expire with a piston skirt failure on the way home from work. rode it to work and put the chair on that very same day. On removing the crankshaft oil seals the main bearing balls fell out onto the floor! Obviously not right.( 46 ) The food at these events is always of a very high standard. After obtaining a new piston. I cadged lifts from a colleague at work during the time it was off the road. and the club usually gets the award for eating the pantry bare of anything vaguely edible. Twelve months of perfect running followed except for one winter night when on my way home from work the machine lost power and lights. It is now in a semi retirement . Complete rebuild with new big ends cost about £80. you have some part of a motorcycle in your hands. So in the end I had to purchase a new crank for the new bike anyway. I removed the fuse and twisted the wires together. but luckily a colleague from work who had witnessed my acrobatic stop came to the rescue.know where your machine came from. When I arrived home I found my wife searching through the garage for the 20 tonne sling we had used to such good effect years earlier. “When ever I see you. and with a small torch I traced the wiring into the depths of the side panel only to find the original Jawa fuse that I had thought had been removed by the previous owner was still there. (Moral . I walked back along the road to a lay by on the other side of the road where I thought there was a telephone box. The engine was rebuilt and the bike was back on the road. I did not have the heart to tell him that if ever I did a job at work then I always told my supervisor. Muttering under her breath about what she would like to do to me and the bike. and as I rode it home I decided I was going to run it solo until the weather closed in for the winter. when he got home (You would have thought I would have learned after the first telephone message). and if not a club member then drop your offer price and never run your Jawa on a ratio of oil less than 30:1).00. The machine however up to the piston problem had been running perfectly well. I had to be recovered and attended the rally later in my sons car. Getting back to the bike. all the usual checks were carried out to no avail. I asked him to phone my wife to once again come and tow me in. I began looking for a replacement as I thought the crank would be beyond economic repair. In the spring of 1999 as the weather started to warm up and on long journeys the machine started to nip up. I did find a solo 1990 632 in Staffordshire. and are you still keeping the other bike in the companies workshop?” (no comment). I am glad to say the machine is still running although for the first time leaking oil due to using the new type of Hylomar. Someone did eventually stop and help lift the bike off me. Yet another strip down and a rebuild to the crank using bearings supplied by myself. A trip to Mick Berrill’s and with his expert eye a new crank was indicated. and once again off we went. The manager did say to me sometime after. I did not find the box and later found out that it had been removed several years before And to think I had been past the same place many times on my way to work. I ended up riding over the kerb and across the verge before coming to rest. and as the machine was striped and rebuilt at work. Changing the fuse this time did not work. and began vibrating worse than usual.

with the testers last remark as I drove away. “I will not pass it next time! With his preoccupation with the brakes he had failed to notice the strands of canvas showing through the tread of one of the tyres. I am now in the process of cleaning and restoring it.martinstanley. So now I am looking for another test centre without a rolling road. to put it back where it should be. When John O’Ryan was appointed to the post of Treasurer in my absence from the one AGM I couldn’t attend. then at the 2000 AGM I was appointed as Treasurer.( 47 ) as I now run a car at nearly the same cost as the Jawa and you do not get wet. In summing up my time with the Club I have to say that it has been very rewarding both as a member and as an officer.v-2-1. on a work colleagues website www. so I attend the Clubs AGM’s on a regular basis. As I live in the Midlands the AGM is usually easy for me to get to. get out there and join in with the various Club activities! You will enjoy riding your bike more. I had the drums machined at work only to have the MOT reluctantly granted. as you can never tell what you may be volunteered for in your absence). you will meet great people and by showing the world our Jawa’s and CZ’s. (Has any other combo owners had the same problem?). on the highways and byways of the UK. Jawa 634 from John O’Ryan with only 5100 miles on the clock and I am only the fourth owner. ***************************** . (If you want to get a glimpse of it you can. The tester took great delight in telling me that the brake drums were oval and that he had in fact failed many bikes. (I’m not that daft) and tucked the longer strands in. The last time I had the bike MOT’d. I would like to say to all you Anniversary magazine reading members. with the same malaise. and treasurers are known for being naturally In my defence I had coloured the offending items with a black magic marker. mainly classics. the Club will continue to survive into our next half century. The Club needs an active membership. I have now bought a 1975. the testing station had invested in a new rolling road and guess what? the bike failed. I was appointed Auditor for the Club (moral attend the AGM if you can. as I was waiting for a new tyre to arrive. This post I did for two years until John retired. it needs YOU. (Before you say just who is this guy who rides his bike with faulty tyres?) I am the Club Treasurer.

... and I have to admit that my impression was of a bike ridden by old men of about 50. I believe the first meeting at the Swan was on the 15th April 1980.. I took it for a test ride and being suitably impressed.... who don’t know. is primarily based around the city of Bristol. and wanting more power I soon bought a Jawa 350cc. We held a few Christmas evening get together’s and invited the Swindon Branch to Bristol. I can well remember that a group of Club members from Swindon. which was the nearest city to where I lived. we did not and I soon became a regular along with about a dozen others. and after all there was nothing to lose by going just once. but it had failed.. and their representative is Martin Broomfield. In November of 1979 I decided that my second bike needed replacing and looking through adverts I noticed a CZ 175cc Trail bike [model 482]. The first meeting was held at the Black Swan pub.. For readers outside of the UK.. Whilst in HUBS.( 48 ) The ‘Avon’ Section.. which takes its name. Our group occasionally went to the Swindon Branch evening meetings. so I went to have a look at it.. the Avon is one of the West Countries main rivers.. I showed little interest at that time. and the Club branch.. and a further dealer in Radstock (Near Bath) also for a while sold Jawa 90’s. Over the years they have run a number of very successful events. and it was decided that we would meet in Bristol every Tuesday evening..... I can well remember my first sight of a pair of new Jawa 350’s in one of the shops lined up along side Triumphs and Yamaha’s. there were three dealers who sold Jawa’s and CZ’s. ... and we also attended the Swindon weekend camps that were held in the Savernake forest and at Lydiard Park. We changed our meeting place several times. and so the thought of owning a motorcycle made in Czechoslovakia had never entered my head. but for .. Ian told us about the National Club. By: Martin Broomfield. The article below gives a good ‘potted’ history of the Branch. At that time in Bath. Jack however was very persuasive. By this time there was still one dealer in Bath selling spares. led by Ian Bridge came along to encourage us. It was cheaper than 50cc machines that were also being advertised. as I was already a member of the Norton Owners Club and the local Bath MCC. Someone had previously tried to start a group in the Bristol area.... My first introduction to a Jawa motorcycle was in about 1973 or 74... I bought it... Jack Townsend one of the partners in the shop told me that they were about to start a club for Jawa/CZ owners in the Bristol area. and there was HUB MOTORCYCLES in Bristol... on Stapleton Road in Bristol and there was a good turn out of I think about forty people... Up until that point no one amongst my circle of friends had ever mentioned the name Jawa or CZ. I soon had several CZ 125 and 175 motorcycles together with lots of spare parts.

.. it has certainly helped me to enjoy my Jawa/CZ riding even more. I’m proud to say that we have managed to run a camp every years since then....... with me as the Area Rep. so Jawa and CZ motorcycles are now seen less often. Numbers attending the meetings after a few years started to fall.. Our Branch today has very few members although we rarely cancel a Tuesday night meeting. So with the sanction of the National Club we officially became the ‘Avon Branch’. We lost our last local dealer in the area many years ago. Dave Widdowson who had been in our group from the very beginning started to come back as a regular.. and I know that it was at one of our camps that the Clubs International Liaison Rep Mario Mager was baptised into the Jawa family... It’s a club where I have made many friends and because of it....... Bristol.. and sometimes only Roy Giles and myself met up. Blackberry Hill. ... and have to say that I have thoroughly enjoyed being a member. and it was him who suggested that our group should become an official branch of the Owners Club.( 49 ) possibly the longest time was at ‘The Old Tavern’....... I have been fortunate enough to have attended many of the events run by the Owners Club over the years.. and that was if you were lucky. and ‘The Jawa & CZ owners Club’ is certainly a special Club. as the only food the pub could offer was a Ploughman’s lunch. We offered drinks and Hot Dogs.. ******************** Looks like the Avon Branch are off to yet another rally ! .. For any club to reach 50 years old is an achievement.... We held out first area camp in 1987 which was a simple camp in a field with a pub about a ¼ of a mile away [easy staggering distance].

In 1975 I had bought a ČZ 175 model 477.) I mention the 634 models specifically. As there weren’t. The Irish Section of the Club came into existence in 1977 and lasted in one shape or another until the early 1990s.( 50 ) The Irish Connection. I found out very quickly that the Irish importer’s spares supply was abysmal. Only in the mid-70s did the importers make half-hearted efforts to sell Jawa’s and the much lesser known ČZs elsewhere in the Republic. It’s probably a reflection on the inflexibility of Communist economics that they couldn’t build anything more contemporary than the 634 models. In time Pete Edwards would succeed to the headache of supplying the Irish. When I bought a maroon petroil 634/4 in early 1976 I met a few other local characters who owned similar machines. This change raised the price of Jawa/ČZs while lowering that of the equivalent-capacity Japanese competitors. thanks to Frank Clapson. John Orford sorted me out with a few mail-order spares. and would have been easier to disregard if there had been Jawa’s and ČZs bigger than 350cc. the factory engine tools . we never had more than a handful of officially paid-up Owners Club members. (We had a minor flare-up of interest here with the “MCN” write-ups of the 500cc flat-twin. I that made me the technical bod. While we’d had to pay a percentage of the unit cost as duty up to then. They sold mainly around Cork in small numbers for many years. a job he has fulfilled admirably. Not even Bowden cables were easy to get. I was the chap with the workshop manual – and soon after. I think it was in 1981 that they imported the last Jawa. Yet our origins lay much less in sheer enthusiasm for the marque than in the need to organise our technical capabilities and source very hard-to-get spare parts. Their sudden lack of interest coincided with a change in Irish customs charges. Most of our Jawa/ČZ owners here bought the machines because they were cheap. Somehow I heard of the Owners’ Club in Britain. Result – instant annihilation . Jawa’s were on sale in Cork. buying a Czech motorcycle as much because I was a fan of Czechoslovakia as for any other reason. because long before the 638 came out the Irish importers had given up on the Czech bikes. So we set up what we loosely called a “club”. They rode them while putting money together for bigger and faster wheels. By Pat Brennan. There wasn’t much competition for the job! Right from the beginning. the first of many such orders. many of the riders here lost interest in the marques. from 1948 onward. down South in Ireland. That was understandable enough. a machine that sadly came to nothing. We held a meeting in a hotel one Sunday morning. One day we advertised in a newspaper advert our hopes to set up an interest group in Dublin. and loads of Jawa riders turned up. and our members often had something to say in “Torque”. the changes meant we now had to pay so much per engine capacity. While we existed we were a reasonably enthusiastic branch.

and no new machines on the way. whose two restored 354 models are the sort of things we’d all aim at achieving. that we didn’t host a few more bashes over the years. Ger Duhig. With the commitment of going to the first of the MZRC Northern Ireland rallies beginning in Garrison in May 1988. Gerry Power. There are still a few of us around – and paid-up. We were awfully busy. Mr Colin Gregory! – with one of Edgar Uher’s marvellous generators. then a week later to have it checked – unnecessarily . we throve for a while. Gerry Quigley. Brian Moore. having become fed up of falling off in icy weather. this time! One man who really must get a mention is the youthful Mr Pat Daly. Someday I shall sort out the Elderly Courtesan – thank you. Even after 1981. At that stage it suffered complete electrical failure. Still. Stephen Alexander. But our numbers here were dwindling. Stephen and Martina went to the pub without me. I bought one myself in 1988. One chap. Until about 1996 it was my primary transport. Pat Ó Fainín. Pat’s great phrase is. We’d all done our rebuilds. We had one or two Velorex sidecars too. who sorted out loads of them for us. It’s a pity. Kieran Watters. long since lost to my sight. fitting Piranha electronic ignition systems to our machines. I’m looking forward to seeing his latest restoration. These tailed off by about the mid-80s. Co Dublin. he. Pat Fanning bought one en route to the “National” in 1983. It was such a good experience that we returned to “Nationals” again and again for years. We probably had more Mikuni carburettors fitted than any other Branch – thanks to the late Bob Rixen. Many of our UK friends came over – most spectacularly. at Easter 1984. there were plenty of others who quit and went for the bigger Japanese machinery. Some of us had gone to our first “overseas” National Rally at Stanford Hall in 1978. Throughout much of the 1980s we continued to hold weekly meetings in a pub in Blackrock. as his cosmetic standards in the past were the highest we had. After the first two sessions. Stephen and Martina have been married since 1986. He doesn’t have a Jawa any longer. turned up more than once to have his ignition system fitted. has got in contact again recently. This fitting became a regular stunt for me. “The lads in the College made this up for me” – about one or other barely credible technical creation he’d designed for his machines. partly because we were friends anyway and could talk to one another at any time – and partly because there never seemed to be anything new to report anyway. Even though the Hard Men like Mick Doran and Brian Moore would happily load up their 634/6s with all sorts of camping gear and head off for Switzerland on holiday. in hindsight. That’s not to say that we didn’t achieve anything in that time. and off we’ll go again. I must mention the members who made it what it was then: Christy Thornton. The one-time Irish Branch went out of existence many years ago.then again the following weekend to have some entirely imaginary complaint sorted. We only staged one rally ourselves in all that time: that was in Blackwater. we cut down drastically on attending the Jawa/ČZ rallies in mainland UK. Phil Fanning and the late Colman Shanley. Dave Widdowson and Howard the Welshman. seeing that I had a dial gauge and could set the systems up accurately. After the third session. . Roy and Margaret Giles. and it hasn’t turned a wheel since. I got the hint. One rally was affordable in May/June. I and my sister Martina wandered down to the pub for a quick drink. there were no surprises. Mick Doran. though. Co Wexford. two were not. Some of us made friends at these Rallies who are still friends twenty years later. Kevin Lynch.( 51 ) of the Jawa/ČZ market.

And also Edgar Uher over in MZ-B in Berlin. John Orford... Ian Bridge...and a load of 1948-on restoration projects could just sort something out.. Steve Adams......... Likewise Mick Doran of this parish. very much a friend though nowadays not a Jawa rider. and Paul Mason. . Dave Lacy and Tony Thain.... Not to mention all those unnamed British heroes at the various rallies we attended. Dave Widdowson. Colin Gregory.who can tell? A combination of rip-roaring Rotax-engined 650s – even without sidecars.. Pete Edwards. And of course our contemporary friends Sandy and Mally Morgan...... In particular I would mention Frank Clapson. .. who made the days and nights go with a bang..... if you see what I mean . without whom we’d have very little light to cast on any older Jawa/ČZ/MZ subject! We might wind up with a section here again at some future time ..( 52 ) All of us here owe a load of thanks to various Club members who’ve been our friends over the years... We live in hope! ******************** A young Pete Edwards presents an even younger Dave Haddock with a prize at a National Rally [early 1980’s].. and with much too much booze.

so he decided to learn as much as possible about engines and vehicles. Nevertheless with practice he started to learn how to control the machine. His first impression was really scary. Once. expenses were lower than going by bus. he had had no experiences with such vehicles. while skiing. Later he further extended his collection of little scooters with a Sachs from 1933. distances became much closer. At that time whenever he rode any bike further than 30 miles away. and so he started to ride it around the garden. His Jawa-CZ 150 quite often ended . starting with easy ones. THAT WAS IT! He realized then that riding even this little bike fulfilled his desperate need of being independent. For a long time he could not imagine what could actually meet his needs. An increase in power and speed of a vehicle was required and the way he earned money for his bike collection is really worth mentioning. but somehow he still had the strange feeling that it was not the thing that would make him completely happy. He tried to force the models to fly hoping this would satisfy his desire for independence – he felt as though he was nailed to the ground and he just wanted to be able to fly away like the birds do. he broke his knee. extremely light. then proceeded to more and more complicated ones. The little Jawa was not to be the only bike he owned. I have to say he was really good. He was always thinking of traveling. So our young guy started to build a career as a vehicle mechanic. This course of action was later to prove invaluable and the collected experiences were to come in very useful. The only problem was that the little Jawa was not reliable enough to rely on. and it was always only up to him to decide the time of departure. He even took it out onto the road occasionally even though he didn’t at that time have a driving license. He deduced that knowing a lot about cars would give him the valuable experience he needed to be able to undertake any kind of repair by the side of the road. and with it being small it was pretty easy to operate. He was now able to ride wherever he wanted. By Roman Tobisek Once upon a time there was this young guy who dreamed of being someone special by doing something extraordinary. when ‘out of the blue’ he was given a small Jawa 50 Pioneer as a Christmas present from his father. He was so excited at being in control of his own transportation that he wanted to enhance the experience. He spent the entire winter and spring like this but in the summer he passed his driving test and went for the ride on the road for a first time legally. but enough to buy a 1954 Jawa-CZ 150 and a 1949 CZ 125B. but more and more he came to realized that his bike collection with an average age of 40 years wasn't suitable for this type of travel. After he had made his first ride on that little Jawa he quickly explored the marvelous opportunities that traveling on two wheels could offer. some technical problem would occur.( 53 ) What it takes to become a biker. He used to make little model planes out of paper. It was not much. and the insurance covered the accident to the tune of £100. both of which were in terrible condition and in need of complete restoration. and did not even hold a driving license. about seeing different countries as a way of fulfilling his deepest needs. a CZ 150 from 1951 and another Jawa 50 scooter with just one saddle. and finally he started to make models from plastics.

A very nice friendship was then established and in a few months our guy attended the Jawa-CZ O. 1 being carried. which actually lasts to this day. and from time to time he would return to his home country. he could only afford an older model. in fact he was one of the first overseas visitor to have attended the UK rally. whose son is a member of the 50 years old Jawa-CZ Owners Club. and he liked that very much. This look made people stop and stare at him in silent fascination when dressed this crazy way. just to feel the touch of the Czech legend Jawa or CZ being back on the road after some 50 years. who was also riding a bike as well and they spent very nice morning (ferry crossed the channel at 3 a. He made a few trips across the country and even for the first time crossed the border (to Poland) just by himself. so it was a 634 model from 1982 which later he found out was probably the best Jawa since the after war model Jawa 250 "Perak". towards the rally. Another time it was a loose cylinder head.a Jawa 350. National Rally on his recently bought Jawa 350 model 640. he decided to buy himself a bigger bike .As you may already guess. The reason was the weather again.( 54 ) up missing some parts. On one occasion it was a bolt from the magneto. and a few times a year he even got dressed up the way riders used to in early 50's. white open helmet from his father and glasses taken from a WW II. establishing a very nice friendship. This was his first ever experience with traveling so far from home. but you can hardly imagine riding it any further than a distance of some 30 miles. no waterproof. 2 cars and 1 trailer. You can bet that the letter to England was written in few minutes (no Internet in 1994) and sent to that mans son . riding 700 miles in 18 hours. The feeling he had was one of real excitement. and provided him with the contact information. the rain was so hard at times that it made him stop and spend the night in a small church close to the beach. His most reliable bike at that time was a Jawa 50 scooter. I don’t think he actually ever made a trip without losing something. so he got wet through to the bones. Well. I believe that he won the "Furthest traveled" award was obvious after traveling over 900 miles in 3 days on the Jawa. this was exactly what he had dreamt of. Of course he experienced heavy rain on his way through France. and he always picked one of his bikes at random (there were 12 to choose from!) and would ride it around the town and near surroundings.). it was almost 900 miles and he wasn't really equipped at all to handle any possible poor weather. not in a bus or the plane. He than started to ride the bike everywhere and just couldn't enjoy enough the freedom it gave him. consisting of 2 bikes being ridden. finally made him look for something a bit more reliable. every time taking the furthest traveled trophy back home. Well. I don't mean the entire distance. Looking back today we might say he was really silly. the guy I was talking about is me ************************* . which fell off and started to make a sound like a bunch of old spoons clanking about. While performing this crazy stuff he met a good friend of his grandparents. After having a very pleasant conversation he said that back in England he had a friend. Next day he spent in the saddle and luckily made a safe journey home. The combination of these little incidents appearing on every single trip. So this was his first experience of traveling to England.C. Except for one bad spark plug he didn't suffer any problems and he later made the trip back home to Czechoslovakia in just one day. but only the continental part. fighter pilot.Mario Mager. Nevertheless he has still kept his old fashionable biked collection just for fun.m. Nowadays he is proud owner and rider of the great English bike “Triumph” and his brother keeps the Jawa tradition alive. rumbling along at a low speed all day. while even slow trucks are passing you is not much fun. leather boots used while riding horses. making such a terrible racket that he thought the engine was about to disintegrate. Unless you're a maniac. He'd got only a leather jacket and blue jeans. and he found it so exciting that he attended every single national rally for next three years. On the ferryboat he met his first Englishman. no special covers for luggage. white scarf. with long leather coat. after leaving them behind on the road when they had vibrated off. Finally he made it to North Wales to see Mario and together with his friends and relatives they rode in a convoy. who had lived in England since emigrating there in 68.

Swedish Jawa-CZ Owners Club. This great interest manifests itself not only in a variety of motorsport competitions but Sweden and Britain also have the greatest percentage of its population who read motor magazines in general. Motocross. By Cay Bernhardsson. there are also many differences as well. Harley Davidson have nearly one sixth of the Swedish market for new machines. with the first Perak actually arriving in February 1947 imported by a German gentleman.000 spectators (Saxtorp). Trial and even Road-Racing. and in 1952 alone nearly 3. Anderstorp and so on. Although the hay-day was probably from 1960 to 1980. Jawa’s were sold in great numbers in Sweden. With a boom in sales it soon saw a general agent for the country being appointed. Subsequently Sweden has bred many World Champions in a variety of disciplines such as Enduro.( 55 ) Sweden and Britain lead the way. Other similarities between Sweden and Britain are that both countries developed big motorcycle industries. motorcycle events in Sweden frequently attracted more than 100. For instance. This is in contrast to our nearest neighbours of Denmark. and to prove this point. with the sale of new machines currently almost nil. which for a population of only 7. and bikes with less than 600cc are almost impossible to sell. During the 1920’s and 30’s. Sweden and Britain stick out in comparison to most of the rest of the world. In the early 1950’s. as well as those specifically covering veteran (or vintage) machines. This puts bikes like the Jawa in a very awkward position. The motorcar took over as the most common means of transport earlier in Sweden than in Britain and much earlier than in most other European countries as well. in Sweden there is a saying that “Cubic Capacity is King”. but by 2002 the number of registered motorcycles in the country had once . Jawa’s in Sweden.5 million was not bad (population even today is only 9 million). followed up with a renaissance during the 1950’s (Hedemora TT) and later Mantorp. The early fifties was the last period when motorcycles in Sweden were the common means of transportation. There is also a widespread interest in owning and restoring vintage motorcycles as a hobby. Speedway. which now (with one or two exceptions) have become obsolete. When it comes to general interest in motor sports. Although there are many similarities between our two countries. Sweden still holds quite a few titles even today. Norway and Finland where there are still some noteworthy sales.000 Perak’s were sold.

we have a very popular newsletter or Club Magazine with four issues a year. 640 are less numerous. practice of organising yearly National Rallies and even some local ones.200 or 1.000 which is in fact the highest figure since those heady days. Our development has been very Right from the start we adopted the Mario with his wife Sadie in Sweden. CZ from the mid-sixties to the late seventies are not uncommon.passagen. by newly found friends in the British Jawa & CZ Owners Club. but give us a few years and I think we will find means of overcoming this deterrent. Furthermore one can estimate at least a few hundred (or more) that still exist although they are no longer on the central vehicle register. Today we have a board of directors that are at least beginning to function as intended. The Swinger/Panelka type of Jawa is much less common here in Sweden than the Perak. Now of course the motorcycle is mainly used as a leisure and recreational vehicle as opposed to back then when it was effectively “The common mans car”. . Bikes of the models 634. This development is reflected by the number of Jawa’s of different year models that can still be found today. A great proportion of the new members that are now joining the Club are people who in one way or another have found an old Jawa that they now want to restore or at least repair to be able to use it. and thousands of new and almost new bikes were just turned into scrap metal. The British was one of our inspirations and we received much practical help from your International Liaison Officer – Mario Mager. Help from our friends. Old bikes are popular here and old Jawa’s have an irresistible charm that turns heads around. Through the years Jawa have renewed their efforts to sell bikes in Sweden and as a result of such campaigns we find a certain number of Californian models here. 638.( 56 ) again risen and exceeded 200. in the formation of our Swedish Jawa Club. Surprisingly many Peraks keep turning up thanks to a tradition of renovation that started during the 1960’s when sales of new bikes dropped. not all of them in shape for the road though. even though they are not very common outside of the USA. and of course to keep the Jawa’s running. but a few new bikes have found their owners almost every year. One of the main purposes of our Club is of course to help and abet this trend and to find new owners for bikes that are no longer in use because of ill health or old age of their owners. who we have now made an honorary member of our Swedish Club. The number of registered Jawa and CZ’s in Sweden is something like 1. The geographical outline of Sweden may have had a deterring effect on our coming together. Great help was given to us. and since December 2002 we have also had our own Web Page (hem. The early 1960’s saw a dramatic drop in motorcycle sales. the opposite apparently being the case in Britain.300.

and that goes for the motorcycle world as well. Cay on one of his Jawa’s joins a motorcycle event. and our membership continues to rise. ******************** 1954 2004 Britain & Ireland. There are many clubs and organisations from the smallest to a few big ones that organise all sorts of motorcycle events. The most common motorcycle clubs in Sweden are not ‘One-Make’ ones. Jawa/CZ Owners Club of Jawa’s in Winter Wonderland. We here in Sweden would like to wish you in the Jawa/CZ Owners Club of Britain another 50 years of successful activity and hope that the future will bring us even closer together. Much of our work has been inspired by the fact that there are other Jawa/CZ clubs around. Since a few years ago the Swedish Jawa/CZ Owners Club has now joined this esteemed group. for instance in the other Nordic countries and of course the daddy of them all in Britain. .( 57 ) The tradition of organisation is strong in Sweden in all layers of society. Currently we have slightly over 330 paid up members which is really excellent for such a young club. The setting up of the Jawachat web link has also been a decisive factor and again we have to thank our British friends and colleagues for that. although the Ducati/Triumph Owners/ Honda Shadow clubs are just a few of those that do.

letter writing and the cajoling of people to provide articles. Back at the Clubs 2002 Annual General Meeting little did I then realise just what the impact would be on me of my offer to edit a special anniversary magazine for our 2004 Golden Jubilee year. has I hope ended up giving you a magazine worthy of this special Club year. and I’m pleased to say that the UK & Eire club has been at the heart of this increased worldwide interest. Back in 1994 I was able to gather together many facts and figures about the Clubs early years which could have with time been lost if not documented. Of course its not all been plain sailing. as without you it just would not have happened. and this edition although it does delve back to earlier times as well does bring things upto date and into the 21st century. and it has been a real ‘labourof-love’! Seeing this end result may not the impression of that amount of work. As I now come to the end of putting together this anniversary ‘mini-book’. With the virtual collapse of Jawa production during the past ten years. and is slowly increasing. collating and posting. It goes without question that I must give a special thankyou to everyone who have provided articles and photographs. The Owners Club has been a catalyst and inspiration to others and this has seen an upsurge in Jawa/CZ clubs in a number of other countries. As I had already edited the Clubs special 40th magazine in 1994 I suppose I should have known. Ian Bridge ( This Special Edition – Editor) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> . 1954 – 2004 is a period to be proud of. I do have to say that I am a little relieved. the ceasing of CZ production and the stopping of imports into the UK. I hope this continues. then I’m sure the Owners Club will rise to the challenges that are placed upon it. but providing there are enthusiasts who own. we do have to look also to the future. These problems have with effort all been overcome and as a result the Club I believe has become stronger because of it. I suppose that’s inevitable. as there are very few other motorcycle clubs who can claim to have for half a century served its members in such a positive way. From a Club perspective no one knows what the future holds. but it was ten years ago and with the passing years the memory does tends to only remember the pleasure it gave and not the ‘pain’ it had put me through. ride and salvage/restore these bikes and wish to be part of a world-wide Jawa/CZ fellowship. There is a growing interest worldwide in these Czech machines (and their derivatives) and I’m sure that this must give heart to the Jawa factory as it tries to rebuild its product base. This together with the actual editing. the need for the Club has become even more important. With all these new problems stacked up against us I’m pleased to say that our membership is now virtually the same as it was ten years ago. To celebrate the Club being 50 years old is certainly something the Clubs Committee takes seriously. but with a club which has had thousands of members during its life span. with at times financial difficulties together with personal differences between various members. printing. as for a good six month period it has totally dominated a fair portion of my spare time – I estimate on average at least 10 hours a week. and of interesting and enjoyable to all who read it. and while our roots and history should not be forgotten.( 58 ) In Conclusion. but it is in fact only the culmination of many hours of research. The Club has been fortunate in having members who have cared enough to give their time and energies to run and promote the Club.

LL20 7AG Peter Edwards. Derbyshire. Southend-on-Sea. PH36 4LW Secretary: Treasurer: Membership Secretary: Torque Editor: John Woods. Denbyshire. East Sussex. Wallasey. SE16 2XH Don Chadwick. Waterlooville. Argyll. Flintshire. Tamworth. Polegate. Langley Mill. Nr Bath. Birmigham: Essex: Sid Cockbill.above).co. North Wales. Denbigh Road. Tockholes Darwen. Wadsley Bridge. Essex. 29/31 Cromford Road. PO7 6NZ Hampshire: London: Gordon Dickson. The Old Dairy. Peter Amys. Foxes Bard. 31 Wyndham Ave. Haydon Wick. 12 Tolman Drive. Swn-y-Coed. Llwyn-y-Glyn. 34 Central Park Ave. 5 Romford Road. NG16 4EF Spares Officer: Librarian: Arthur Fleming. NG8 6GY North West: Nottingham: Sheffield: Surrey: Sussex: John Blackburn (see Chairman – above). Scotland. “Grandads”. Pembury. Mold. BA2 0HB Steve James (see Treasurer . Achnaha. Sheffield. Denmead. 34 Southlands Drive. Acharacle. by Kilchoan. TN2 4HU Mario Mager. KT11 1AS Alan Thonpson. Merseyside. Goldcreast House. 6 Deben Crescent. Cobham. London. Wilts. Rotherhithe. Llangollen. Swindon: North Wales: Web Site: www.freeserve. Surrey. Hants. Staffs. CH44 0AQ Steve James. 114 Anmore Road. CH7 1BP International Liaison Officer: Area Representatives Avon: Martin Broomfield. Lower Road. BB3 0LW Tony Seward. Swindon. Kent. Nottingham. Glascote. 39 Bignor Road. Tunbridge Wells.Jawa-CZ Owners Club Contacts Chairman: John Blackburn.ok . S6 1JD Paul Mason. 70 Hailsham Road. 25 Beckley Road. B77 2AJ Tony Thain. 14 Courthorpe House. Broxtowe Estate. SN25 3QB Mario Mager (see International Liaison Officer – above). Timsbury. Pontfadog. Lancs.jawa-cz-owners-club. BN26 6NP Ian Bridge. Barker Fold. 50 Canterbury Avenue. SS2 4QR Ray Pratt.

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