Owner, CBT, DAS, Enhanced rider Instructor, ADI car and trailer instructor and general dogsbody!
I have been a motorcycle instructor for over 15 years and have been riding for dare I admit nearly 30 years.
A brief history about myself and 1066 motorcycling
Studied Horology (clock Making) worked for over 10 years in and around the UK, worked in the palace of Westminster up keeping/restoring their or should I say our lovely clocks including Big Ben, and most of the prestigious clocks around London, since most of the work involved travelling in London and the rest of the country, the birth of my second son Kristian getting up at 5am working all day then sitting on the M25 until 8pm getting home tired then sleep and the alarm going off again! (ground hog day) a long earned family trip to Australia for a month, this was a pivotal point of my life, and decided that I was going to quit the rat race and decided to give motorcycle training a go full time! (I was teaching people to ride on a part time basis)
So with the quitting of a well paid job, money was tight and I had to use my Ke125cc and took over the payments of a friend’s 600cc bike and 1066 was born!
We now have over 40 bikes of various styles and sizes.
Things were different in the beginning, starting from riding bikes to and from home and to various car parks, there had to be another way!
While riding around I found Sidley goods yard disused and neglected I approached Rother District Council and with a lot of persuasion and various planning applications, We got it!
1066 was starting to run as a professional training school, my philosophy was simple, a Good training venue, Safe and secure, Instructors who want to be instructors and to incorporate fun in the training.
Over the years training there have been huge changes in the motorcycle training and testing and I like to say we have been at the forefront of training ideas and implemented them in a safe and common sense way.
I would like to say a big thank you to my family and friends who have helped and put up with me through the times of setting up and running of 1066, without them it would never have happened!
Senior full time instructor, CBT, DAS and Enhanced Rider Instructor
Kevin has been working for 1066 for many years now, Kevin has the ability of being able to answer any technical question on most things! Road safety to mathematical puzzles! Try him out! He comes from a telecommunications background and like the rest of us decided to give up the ratrace and stop running around the country to become a motorcycle instructor!
Kevin has an large interest in Triumph Stags and on his days off he is often seen out and about in his bright red stag.
CBT part time instructor (Weekends)
Martin has worked for us for about 5 years, I taught him to ride about 10 years ago, and he came back and wanted to instruct to ‘give something back’. You will always find Martin cracking jokes and making everybody laugh! Martin comes from an engineering background and works in the 'Quote' Un sexy side of Engineering ‘Nuts and bolts’ and like he famously said at a conference ‘YOU try and hold together all your sexy machines without nuts, bolts and fasteners!
Terry Browning (Terence)
CBT part time instructor (Weekends)
Terry is the 'New Boy' at the yard and has only just started as a CBT Instructor. He passed his test with 1066 three years ago. Terry holds the record for oldest and most rotund instructor at 1066. During the week he works as a Senior Underwriter at Bureau Insurance.
When not working he rides a Bandit 1250. (Has been known to drop bikes......whilst pushing)
In the office!
Our young Hollie, always smiling you'll see her in the office Monday - Saturday mornings, sorting out the money and general bookkeeping! She makes sure all the bikes are taxed and mot'ed and that all tests are named and booked. She also helps to coordinate customer care and marketing.
Hollie learnt to ride with us and passed in 2013, she rides a Suzuki SV650S.
The 1066 logo was drawn as a gift for me by Michael Martin who was a very early pupil and he draws Fred Bassett for the Daily Mail.