At the TOMCC Wanganui AGM on Monday 28 September, a dead-heat resulted at the conclusion of voting for the Rick Weller Trophy – Anita Coleman (secretary) and Tim Fraser (coordinator) jointly awarded the trophy this year. The Rick Weller Trophy is awarded annually for the most outstanding contribution to the Wanganui chapter of TOMCC NZ during the preceding 12 months.
In the face of a dire weather forecast, 6 members braved the elements to attend the monthly ride. Theo, Alan R, Mike and Tim were on bikes while Murray and Tony turned up in cars. But not to worry, the emphasis was not on the ride so much as on checking out a wonderful collection of Triumphs, BSAs and Nortons (with the odd Yamaha thrown in). None of us had seen it before so it was an eye-opening experience. It’s not every day you encounter a pair of Meriden Triumphs and a Norton Rotary that have never been ridden! A lunch stop at the excellent Rosebowl cafe in Feilding was followed by all four bikes heading for the Kickstand bike accessory shop in Hunterville via Vinegar Hill and then home via Fordell. The weather gods were very kind to us and the worst weather was between Fordell and Wanganui on the way home. A great ride considering the threatened conditions.
A beautiful day in the central North Island on the last Sunday of the month saw 7 Wanganui riders (Tim, Neil, Andy, Robbie, Steve, Murray and Brendan) head for the Pongaroa Hotel on the far eastern side of our Manawatu-Wanganui province. If you haven’t been to the Pongaroa Hotel lately, and you happen to be in the vicinity (okay, you might have to make a special trip), it’s well worth stopping by. They’re in good hands and coping well with Covid-19. Tim