April Meeting minutes

Our first meeting at Manuel’s Tavern in many years was well attended, considering that a football field length of I-85 was missing inside the loop just north of the downtown connector.  Food and service was good, we will be back for our May and June meetings.

The Pres. reported that Carrie and Randy Huyett (our V.P.) are expecting their second child to arrive later this week.  Congrats to you both!  Randy expects to pick up the rally bike from JEU next week to do some carb work so that it is in good running condition for the BIBR.

Sybrand Siertesema volunteered to help yours truly rebuild the carburetors if needed.  I responded that my motorcycles tend to work better the less I work on them, and the offer is sincerely appreciated.

Other matters that were discussed were t-shirt designs and volunteer sign up.  Will Donalsson volunteered to help with the volunteer sign up, he will coordinate with JEU and the rally director.  Apparently, there is an app for that!

T-shirt design is open for suggestions.  Natasha Kotto (new bride of the Rally Director), is also pursuing some graphic design ideas, as is Will Donalsson.  Anyone with ideas or suggestions please email them to gabmaclub@gmail.com.

Tigerlily (JEU’s bride and the First Lady of GABMA) volunteered after the meeting to help with the rally flyer, the facebook page and some t-shit design ideas.  She was working on it last night!

Next meeting will be May 10 at Manuel’s.  Leave early if your coming from the Northeast as I was.  I am going to try highway 78 in the next time.

John Underwood,


American Flat Track Race at Dixie Speedway


Tigerlily and I went to the flat track races this past Saturday in Woodstock.  What a blast!  Indian pulled a hat trick in the twins final with Allstate teammates  Jared Mees, Brad Baker and Bryan Smith all on the podium, all riding Indian Scout FTR750s.

In the singles class, Shayna Texter won her heat race, but placed 3rd in the main event. Although Dalton Gaither won  the singles main event, the crowd loved the lady!  Tigerlily and I were glad to see her on the podium, as were all the race fans.

While we miss Triumphs, BSAs and Nortons in the mix, flat track racing is always exciting.  Kudos to the AMA, Harley-Davidsion and Indian for bringing back the excitement of the Grand National Championship!

It was good to see familiar GABMA faces  at the races.  096

For those interested in modern flat track racing, see http://www.americanflattrack.com.  If you want to see Brit Bikes flat tracking, go to http://www.ahrma.org/schedules-results/dirt-track.  I note that AHRMA is having a flat track race nearby on May 13 at Aonia Pass MX Park; Washington, GA (ST and TT).

Also see http://www.vft.org/ for info on vintage flat track stuff.

And yes, I am a big fan.  Here is a picture of my tribute street tracker bike:



Its still a work in progress,  it weighs a little over 300 lbs. and runs like a turpintined cat!  Much thanks to James Hiter, Randy Huyett and Jerry and Kay Cheney of Cheney Engineering in Bloomfield, Iowa (http://www.flattrackaccessories.com/). Also thanks to my son Robert for sharing the driving on our 1500+ mile round trip to Bloomfield and back in September of 2014.   There are many other contributors, MAP engineering (aluminum cylinder block and pistons), Johnson cams, Gary Mathews (plating) and too many others to list here.

John Underwood


Manuel’s Tavern is our new meeting place!

Manuel's Tavern photo

The club voted to change the meeting place to Manuel’s Tavern beginning with the April 12, 2017 meeting.  The address is  602 North Highland Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30307, phone (404) 525-3447, website is http://www.manuelstavern.com/.

This is deja vu all over again as Yogi Berra would say.  Manuel’s was the club’s first meeting place back in the day and it has undergone a massive and long overdue renovation without losing its original charm, so it is the same as it ever was.

Hopefully, we will be able to attract some new blood into the group.

See you there in April!

John Underwood


Quote for the day:

“The most important thing is to have a good relationship with the bike… you have to understand what she wants. I think of a motorcycle as a woman, and I know that sounds silly, but it’s true.”

Valentino Rossi

Manuel’s Tavern will welcome us back!

Fellow members:

As some of you may know, this club has a history with Manuel’s.  Our club’s first meeting place was Manuel’s Tavern back in 1985, when we were known as the Atlanta Chapter of TIOC/BIMA (Triumph International Owners’ Club/British International Motorcycle Association).  I joined the club in 1987, and we changed the name about 1990.

Manuel’s has been completely renovated while retaining its original character.  Check out their website at http://www.manuelstavern.com.

I took the liberty of contacting Margie Maloof at Manuel’s Tavern to see if they could accommodate our meeting:  Margie’s response:

“I’ve got you in the book for Wednesday, April 12 from 7:30-9.  It looks like the next couple of months will work out, and then I’ll have to check for July on.  I’ll be happy to check when I get home.  I’ve got you in the eagle’s nest for your meetings.  …. Incidentally, welcome back!!!!!”

Who could as for a better welcome?  As you may know, Manuel’s has ample parking, but no motorcycle specific parking area.  I’m going to try to work on that.

We will be taking a vote at our March 8 meeting to determine whether we will relocate our meeting back to Manuel’s.  I think its a good fit, its close to downtown, Little Five Points and Virginia Highlands.  I think this is where our new blood could come from.

Please try to attend the March 8 meeting at the Crossing in Norcross.


John Underwood


“The chess board is the world, the pieces are the phenomena of the universe, the rules of the game are what we call the laws of Nature. The player on the other side is hidden from us. We know that his play is always fair, just and patient. But we also know, to our cost, that he never overlooks a mistake, or makes the smallest allowance for ignorance.”

— Thomas Huxely

New Meeting Time, 2nd Wednesday of each month

Fellow members:

At our last monthly meeting, we voted to change the meeting date from the 3rd Wednesday of the month to the 2nd Wednesday of the month.  This change will allow us to avoid the conflict with Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, which are busy for us all.  As many of you know, the December meeting (our Christmas party) was always held on the 2nd Wednesday of December, and was the only meeting that was not on the 3rd Wednesday.

We are also looking at a new meeting place that will have more parking and be more centrally located than Norcross.  While we all like the Crossing Steakhouse, parking in Historic Downtown Norcross is a problem and will prove more inconvenient when it warms up and we all will want to ride our bikes to the meetings.

Suggestions are welcome.  The basic premise is, we need to have some privacy to conduct our business, we need a location inside the loop, preferably in the Northeast quadrant, and we would like to have ample parking, preferably, reserved motorcycle parking.  Email your suggestions to gabmaclub@gmail.com.


John Underwood