Chapter Co-ordinator
Tim Fraser
Ph: 021 963 280

TOMCC Wanganui October ride to Southward’s

The October end-of-month ride ventured south to Len Southward’s car and bike museum. Great turnout of 18 riders if you include one on a Can Am Spider (definitely) and two in a Mazda Roadster (er … yes?). Next time we’ll stop for lunch on the way there!

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Gathering at the Wanganui clubrooms. Note gaggle of riders cunningly arranged to prevent people catching a glimpse of the … er … four-wheeled bike.
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Stopped in Levin to make sure we haven’t lost anyone.
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Some of our bikes (okay, one had 4 wheels) parked at Southward’s.
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One of many beautiful two-wheeled exhibits at Southward’s.

TOMCC NZ Poker Run

The Wanganui chapter of TOMCC NZ organised a ride to coincide with the first annual national TOMCC Poker Run on Sat 17 October. The ride was planned to cover basically the same distances, with stops at the same times and for the same periods as the Auckland event. Five riders – Tim, Mike, Murray, Alastair and Westy attended the event, with Andy participating from his sick bed. We also managed to link up with two other local riders (Robbie and Steph) for the last leg. Forecast bad weather almost completely failed to materialise, and a good hand of poker DID completely fail to materialise. But the ride was great and the venues at each stop worked out very well. We’ll do it again next year. Thanks to Glenn Mills in Auckland for organising it!

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Attempted “arty” shot of bikes outside first stop – Sugar Plum Cafe in Marton.
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Arranging bikes outside The Woolshed Cafe, SH1 about 1km south of Sanson. A great place to have lunch. Highly recommended.
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The third stop – The Cheltenham Hotel. Great watering hole and a handy place to meet up with fellow bikers!
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End of the Poker Run. Coffee etc at Hunter’s Cafe in Hunterville.

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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