The Lancashire Road Club was founded on 19th September 1923, and it is felt to be desirable that a permanent record is available to show how and why the Club was formed, what some of its members have achieved, the general background to its success and its present standing.
During the 80-odd years of its existence there has been a constant coming and going. As the years and seasons pass and memories fade, it is good to be reminded of some of the history of the club. Each year has seen the arrival of enthusiastic new members and has witnessed the departure, for a variety of reasons, of once familiar faces. It is thus apparent that many hundreds have been associated with the club since its formation. Many of them will remember only the riders of their own period, past members will not recognise the riders of today, and likewise today’s members will know little of the exploits of the members of yesteryear. Many past members who are no longer actively involved still follow, with interest, the fortunes of the club and its members and, indeed, still retain membership in order to keep informed of club activities.
The intention of this book is not to give a complete or detailed history of the Lancashire Road Club over the 80 Years of its life, but to try to give an overall view, a flavour, of what the club is about. Being primarily a racing club, it is inevitable that details of the performances of its members and the times they achieved must be included, but it is not the intention to set it out as a "Who’s Who", but more as a collection of anecdotes, reminiscences and events. It tells of the good times and the bad, of the successes and the failures, and of the members who have come through these times and have kept the club together and made it what it is today.
We hope in reading it, we can bring back happy memories of old times and old friends; we hope it gives some indication of the standing that the club has achieved during the past 80 years, and we hope you derive pleasure from reading it.
John Ainslie, 2006