The years tick away and the year 2003, when we celebrated our 24th anniversary, was a bit ‘downsized’ due to the fact that the year before there were complains about the music. Some people in the ‘far’ neighbourhood thought it was to loud. Most people, who lived more close-by, didn’t have any complains what so ever. It was always the same person over the years who had complains. But any complain, unlawful or not, is in the eyes of the law still a complain. Because we wanted a big party in 2004 to commemorate our 25th anniversary we decided to give a downsized party in 2003 to avoid any complains. So, 2003 we didn’t have any live music and DJ Tino had his music installation inside our clubhouse to damp the noise.
The UNI-Cycle teams grow in numbers and in 2003 we had about eight teams or so to compete to one another. The weather was just perfect and dirt and dust was flying everywhere. Especially directly behind the uni-cycle bikes. Guests for whom these races were new to them often were surprised by the shower of dirt produced by the rear-wheels of the two UNI-Cycle bikes during a lap.
Lurch was that year a prospect and, if I’m correct, Ap a hangaround. We also had a strip-act, the Twin-sisters according to the invitation poster. Well, Dustin, who had my old camcorder and I, who had a newer model, had almost a front-row position. But how no matter hard we looked, we only counted one of the two Twin-Sisters. Unless the were referring to her boobs that is. The act was also inside the clubhouse, so many guests even missed it, if they missed it at all.
It was also the last year to buy a party patch. In the years before we had a entrance fee and the party patch was included. But because we skipped the entrance fee the party-patch was no longer for free. The interest for these patches decreased dramatically and therefor we decided that this was the last time to order them.
The year 2002 was having some ‘major’ up and downs. That year we decided to re-style our club-colors. On April 6th we all arrived at the clubhouse to renew our colors. There was this girl with a huge sewing-machine at the clubhouse who changed all our colors for the new re-designed version. Just a bit bigger and new letters / type-font. Everybody was proud to wear the new colors. Exactly one week later Schweik died. That year we also had four new members. Wicky became full-member in March, Pult in May and Limp and Timo in June.
Two months later we celebrated our 23th anniversary. We organised a UNI-Cycle demo-race with the Vagabonds MC and Black Sheep MC, a strip-act, a fire-spit act, silly games and a few bands. Well, you all know the drill by now. Our invitation poster also changed a bit, also due to our re-designed colors. And also a party patch for those who wated it. It was also the time that digital photography became more popular. Not that those pictures had a lot of pixels, but still. If you wanted better you needed serious money to afford such a camera. Cam-corders used DV-Tapes those days. I too had to had to get used with these digital equipment and ‘grow’ with my time. It was also the time when you had to comply with more and more regulations. So be it, what is needed is needed and that’s just the end of it.
It was also the year that a great deal of European countries introduced the ‘new’ Euro as their new coin, including Holland. Therefor we also needed new liquer coupons, of course with the redesigned club color printed on it as well.
The announcement of our 23th anniversary, also stating that the party had to end at 03.00 hour Sunday morning ect.
Today I shall write about our 22th anniversary in 2001. The new millennium was well on it’s way and we had new members and prospects. We had four prospects. Wicky, our president, was one of them. The others were Limp, Pult and Timo. Of course there are also members who left our club over the years and some others, sadly, passed away. I’m not in the habit to put ‘R.I.P.’ behind each member ore friend who’s no longer among us, just because I find it a bit disturbing or in other words to much confrontational to see it that many in these articles about the past 40 years.
I’ll hope you’ll all agree with me on this subject.
Those years were also the beginning of uni-cycle races in Holland. It’s a nice and competitive way among clubs to invite one another. These bikes have made some progress over the years as well. Prospect Bowie from Almere is doing rather well and won the last race. Last year he won the Dutch Championship.
Two days ago I wrote in History part 13 about our prospectclub MC Nice. In 2001 that was already history, so, on our invitation poster we decided to change the layout again and placed our club-color on both sides of the poster. In this way we let all our friends know that a France Rogues chapter in Nice was finished. That poster was send to the Cossacks MC in Dixon and send back from the States stating the forwarded order was expired. That’s also the reason why we have this poster still in our possession. I had it in my private collection, so this one survived the fire from March 2015.
We also made a new full colour club t-shirt stating our 22th anniversary. When we celebrated our 20th anniversary in 1999 we already had used that design. But we all loved that print, so we used it a second time. Also a strip-act, live bands and silly games on Sunday.