Members, and those looking into our new web site, The history of the club starts off on a very sad note,and the history is compiled by also now deceased, our pass Hon Secretary Ron Day. 1984 News Sheet, It is with deep regret that I have to announce the death of our President Geoffrey De Lanoy Easton, who died suddenly on October 24th 1984, aged 72. Geoff., as he was know to all of us, was a founder member of this club when in 1928 he and a group of friends, many from Borden Grammer School, as he was, met on a pleasant summer evening at Key Street, and went off for a run on their motor cycles with Geoff riding a 350cc Zenith.Among those who saw them off was Ted Bishop who at the time was to young to ride and had to be content with being the proud owner of a pedal cycle.
For many years Geoff was an active competitve rider taking part in Trials , Scrambles and Grass Track racing. The club's first big grass track meeting was at Sunny Hill Borden where he rode a 350cc Ivory Calthorpe, and at one time rode a 500cc 1928 TT Triumph sidecar. In 1935 he entered the six days on a team bike straight from the Matchless factory. This was the event that someone ran into a Cow on an unfenched road and killed it. In those days the club used to run Hill Climbs at the Three Squuirrels Pub at Stockbury. The President at that time was Geoff's father who remained so untill his death some thirty years later. during the war the club was looked after by a holding committee of Geoff, Derek Moore and Ted Bishop and it was these three who were mainly responsible for getting the club active once more. Scrambles and Trials took place at Tower Hill, Upnor and our members entered in all the big events. Sittingbourne was then the second biggest club in the South East. Only Sidcup was larger. Geoff was also one of the Founders of the East Kent Combine. Before then he was a member of the Kent club. He was also an A.C.U. Steward. He was the Steward in charge when they had the first strike of riders at Brands Hatch.( was then grass ) The riders were asked to do a 24 lap final instead of 12 laps and only for the same prize money as in smaller events. The riders refused, loaded up their bikes and went home. Three riders stirred up most of the trouble and one of them, Jock Hitchcock, though not the main agitator, had the biggest mouth, and so took the blame and collected a six month suspension.Other machines that came into his possession were a Four cylinder F.N. and an S.F. Brough. For many years he rode a Triumph daily from his home at Herne Bay to his shop in Sittingbourne .
He was at one time a regular entrant on the Brighton run and our own Veteran and Vintage Rally.When our club first started grass track racing at Wrinsted Court he was one of the hardest workers preparing and clearing the track and was also grass track secretary for many years. Until the last couple of years he organised the Annual dinner and dance, and was responsible for attracting many of the guests both with and without motoring interests. There are many more stories of his activities like the days of Grass Track racing on Sittingbourne's football field,and also at Faversham now the Abbey school, his years as commentator at these events, his continued help and advice to those who followed him in various post's in the club and his interest in an active and thriving club that he founded fifty five years ago.With his passing goes a piece of the club's history that will never be repeated and for many of us he will be sadly missed.