For all you guys who don’t know what an AGM (annual general meeting) is then this might help: Think back to when you were at school, fill the classroom with lots of people that pretend to like each other and then add (bare with me while I work out some average ages of the guys and gals… about 15 to 40) years of watching Neighbours, Corrie, EastEnders and a bit of Big Brother, mix it all up with “I’m going to win” and what a concoction.
It doesn’t take too long to see some awkward relationships which are normally hidden starting to pop up between riders especially when the voting starts. And then the penny drops - that’s why all those peculiar rule changes take place. Anyway, getting back to what I should have been talking about, the AGM allows all members to take a vote on matters that should benefit the BSSO and all the people that are currently participating or may participate in the future. Thankfully this year it seems that the committee has seen the light and some sense and made changes that will benefit all riders, both classic and autos which is great news for everyone. New riders coming in (both young and old) will help keep the sport alive. At last we can drop the additional weight and get fully up to speed.
All the changes for the 2011 BSSO Series that have taken place or taking place can be found on the BSSO forum.
Here's Pedstop racer Josh Brown receiving his trophies at the 2010 BSSO awards ceremony:
BSSO SCOOTER ROAD RACE CHAMPIONSHIP 2010 AWARDS:
* AUTO 80 - FIRST: JOSH BROWN *
* OVERALL SOLO - SECOND: JOSH BROWN *
* BEST PLACED PIAGGIO RIDER: JOSH BROWN *
* TERRY FRANKLAND MEMORIAL AWARD *
* TERRY FRANKLAND MEMORIAL AWARD *
PROJECT ZIP: 2010 RACING SEASON SUMMARY
What started out as a shop project with no real intentions of entering the BSSO series it seems crazy that in 2010 we were able to take the championship or should I say Josh Brown did on the Pedstop Polini-engined Zip that has seen more evolution than Darwin himself.
The wheels were set in motion after a chance enquiry by Ian Brown, Josh’s dad and the obvious talent that was on show from Josh himself. Not forgetting the technical and race experience that Darryl Taylor from 50cc Tuning was going bring to the team. Could it work? After some cups of tea and the odd digestive biscuit and with lots of things in common it made perfect sense for all involved to get stuck in. And there you have it, the Pedstop council house crew was born. With a difficult season ahead running a Polini Big Evo 70 engined Zip against the too talked about Malossi 77MHR Team engined scooters in an 80cc class, it was going to be close from the beginning and it was, right up to the final meeting at Three Sisters.
It seems natural now to be talking and thinking about racing or race parts in some way and this is definitely due to watching and participating at the trackside in the BSSO 2010 series. Although it was our first year in racing we were obviously blessed with the knowledge gained from our team’s 2009 season which saw Josh take the championship under the watchful eye of his dad Ian Brown and of course the legend himself Darryl Taylor who took care of the engines and technical work.
It’s not easy getting everything to work well when it should and it took a lot of time and effort to keep the momentum going, not only from Josh and Pedstop riders Zack Tingle and Sam Edwards but from everyone else including the wives and girlfriends. So to keep us guys in check and make sure everyone feels fluffy and appreciated for all those cold days and early mornings away, we would like to say a genuinely big thank you to all involved - my wife and kids, Ian and Claire Brown (for making Josh), Darryl Taylor (for technical assistance, engine building and dyno work) and Paul Robinson (for photography and video work).
2011 is set be a good year for the Pedstop Race Team with three riders of varying skill levels. This year you’ll have the opportunity to follow a 100% novice rider with no previous experience and two riders with good race pace which will be epic in itself.
Coming soon... News and pictures of our 94cc Polini Big Evolution Zip project along with a step-by-step guide that will cover setting squish, timing and crankcase work needed.