Chapter Co-ordinator
Tim Fraser
phone 021 963 280

Winners of the Rick Weller Trophy

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.

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Wanganui Treasurer Abbo (on right) presents the Rick Weller Trophy to Tim and Anita.
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Some of the other AGM attendees proving that a) you’re not safe from the cameraman just because you stay in the background and b) AGMs aren’t all serious business, long faces and boredom. This wasn’t a staged photo – someone had just cracked a joke, though I can’t for the life of me remember what it was.

TOMCC Wanganui September ride

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.

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TOMCC Wanganui monthly ride

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

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Classic back-country pub entrance!
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Love that indoor-outdoor flow. Dammit … I’ve been watching too many real-estate programs!
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My fault … we failed to park all our bikes in a row. Sorry guys.
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Brief stop on the top of the Saddle Road. Note our Can-Am Spyder in the foreground!
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Yep … more windmills.
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Murray makes sure he gets in the photos. And his bike.
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Petrol in Dannevirke. Note classic Kevin Schwantz Lucky Strike jacket!