Dave Rolfe, who died in November after a long illness, was one of EKAM’s most active and well known members. He devised and led numerous Sunday rideouts, sometimes including roads more suitable for trail bikes than an EKAM ride! He led and marshalled many rides on the continent, including the Midsummer Madness and to various destinations in France. In 2014 he led a ride to Ypres to commemorate the centenary of the start of the Great War. EKAM attended the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate and Dave laid a wreath. A stalwart member of the committee, Dave did not always endear himself to EKAM chairmen with his dogged pursuit of often relevant but contentious issues, but his endeavours always had EKAM’s interests at heart. He held the position of Advertising Manager from 2010 to 2018 and his persuasive sales technique gained many adverts which have helped to offset the cost of the magazine. He also delivered magazines to bike dealers on a regular basis. Dave was always willing to promote EKAM by manning the stand at local shows. For many years, he enjoyed attending the annual Kent County Show at Detling. He would stay at the adjacent caravan site for the two or three days run up before the show, and for the whole long weekend of the Show. With Dave’s previous equine military background, he could be found helping in the horse area as well as the motorbike heritage area. As well as helping co-ordinate and staff the EKAM display at the show, Dave also helped on the early shift of incoming public traffic management for many years. Dave was elected onto the
KCAS advisory Council in 2016, becoming an equine steward at the same time. Dave was also an active member of the Kent Event Marshalls and founder member of TREK (Trail Riders of East Kent). Dave gained the EKAM Test Pass of the Year award in 2008 and an EA Distinction pass in 2010. He was voted joint Club Member of the Year in 2013 (with Mark Owen) and again in 2019 for his services to EKAM. In the autumn this year, Dave expressed a wish that his Chicken Chaser bike, which he had bought and maintained, should remain available for EKAM to use at the annual BBQ. Nigel Stevens has secured
the bike so Dave’s wishes can be fulfilled. Dave also wanted a trophy to be presented to the winner of the Chicken Chaser event. The committee purchased the trophy that Dave chose and it was engraved by EKAM member Greg Boarman. The Dave Rolfe Trophy was given to Dave before he went into hospital. EKAM members will have their own memories of Dave and he will be sadly missed by everyone who knew him.
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Photo captions Opposite page: Dave at Hill 62, Sanctuary Wood on the trip to Ypres. Dave laid the wreath on the memorial to the animals lost in the wars. The photo shows him standing on the table like a commander giving orders to the troops. He was actually giving us some background on the location, but it's so him with his home-made 'harlequin' hivis vest and armband. This page: (1) with Nigel Stevens and (2) both taken on a Sunday ride to Aylesford Priory, one of the more adventurous rides that ended up with diversions everywhere due to road closures. Below left: The Dave Rolfe Trophy. See Out in Front October 2020 for Dave’s own account of building and maintaining the Chicken Chaser bike. Read Dave’s life story starting on page 24 . Photos of Dave courtesy of Mark Owen.
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