We held our 13th Wakefield MAG Biker Quiz Nite on Wednesday 16th November, in our HQ, the Grey Horse on Kirkgate, Wakefield. Numbers were a bit down on last year but we still had 3 Wakefield MAG, 2 Leeds MAG, 1 Sheffield & Rotherham MAG and 2 West Yorkshire VJMC teams all poised and ready to do battle.
We followed our tried and tested format, with 60 questions in total being asked, 30 pure bike / biking knowledge questions and 30 general knowledge. After collecting the entry fees and issuing the answer sheets and pens, we started around quarter past 8 with the first set, all about Motorcycle Sport, then 5 general knowledge, then 5 bike questions, 5 general knowledge and so on.
Some of the bike knowledge questions really tested the grey matter, but if it's too easy, it's not worth winning is it ? Others were more obvious, but not sufficiently so, thus causing lots of self doubt and team debate. We continued until all 60 had been asked, and then had a 20 minute break, when we ran another raffle, this time to win prizes (chocolates, sweets and wine).
Time then to swap the papers with your neighbouring team ready for marking. But before we went through the quiz answers, we drew the raffles and had nine lucky winners already, regardless of their quiz scores.
We then went through the answers (amazingly, with no disputed answers this year). The papers were then swapped back and we had a run down to find out who had won.
Nobody had 50-60 right, or even 40-50, but 1st place, with 35.5 points, was Leeds MAG.
Leeds MAG have a bit of a history with this quiz, having won it outright eight times previously (2004-2007 & 2012-2015) & coming second twice (2008 & 2009). They also got to retain the champions trophy, which, as they had forgotten to bring it this year, was just as well !!!
Continuing our count down, 2nd place went to Sheffield & Rotherham MAG on 30 points.
Just behind on 29.5 points, and 3rd place, was West Yorkshire VJMC Team No.1
Finally, it was time to determine that equally highly contested prize (and the only one worth winning in the Quiz Masters opinion) - the Booby Prize for coming last. We started the count backwards from zero to 10, then 10 to 20, and a first in the history of the quiz, we had two teams on an identical 20.5 points (a dead heat with both teams sat next to each other .... any peekin going off one wonders ;-). We have had to break out the tie breaker questions before ... but never for last place.
The tie break question was: To the nearest mile, what is the longest distance riding a motorcycle in 24 hours (and was set by American L. Russell 'Rusty' Vaughn at the Continental Tire Test Track, Uvalde, Texas, USA, on 10th August 2011) ?
Leeds MAG Team B did a quick calculation and 2042 miles was entered onto the answer sheet. Then the doubts crept in, and in a quick reassessment, doubled the answer to just over 4000 miles. The tension built up as the quiz master announced the correct answer was 2,019.4 miles, and that Mr Whittakers Wakefield MAG team had guessed closest and therefore lost and won the trophy. Leeds MAG Team B were miles out and had managed to win so lost the trophy by loosing. Now if that isn't confusing enough there was some disagreement with the Quiz Masters final decision (which as we know is final), and some heated debate ensued about how the winners are the looser of the trophy and loosers the winners which meant Leeds MAG Team B as loosers, were the winners. Eventually in the interest of peace and tranquility between our fellow MAG members and the safety of our Quiz master, Leeds MAG Team B accepted the coveted 'Fat Bird on a Scooter' trophy, that they had won, by loosing. In view of all the confusion created by the winners accepting they had won but not being able to accept they had, in the quiz masters final decision, won the trophy. In addition to the Trophy, the winners (losers) also got a two four packs of Morrison's own brand lager & bitter (and there is a greater alcohol content in tap water than this bargain brew ;-).
A huge thanks to everyone who attended the Wakefield MAG Quiz. I think it's fair to say we all had a scream. Congratulations to all teams, it was a brilliant night and a good time was had by all. Educational and fun (why couldn't school have been like this ?!?!!?).
and the icing on the cake ....
The quiz and raffles raised £97 - £75 profit after the cost of the prizes has been deducted, which all goes towards the MAG Fighting fund. It wasn't so long ago that the quiz always used to make a loss, nowerdays, it turns a tidy profit. Awesome ... no other word for it.
A huge thanks again to everyone who turned up and contributed to a most memorable quiz. Hope to see you at our 14th quiz in a years time !!!