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22 May 2017

April Newsletter 2017

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Monthly Club President’s Report: – 

Hi Everyone,

Hope you all had a good month. March was a busy :me with all the rally’s going on. Now that Daylight saving has finished its getting dark when coming home from work.

All those who went to Jocks new rally had a good time . The punters were entertained by a couple of members going around on the unicycle with skimpy clothing on.

Don’t forget our AMG is coming up soon. So if you want to go on the commttiee put your hand up. The ride of respect is coming up also on the 23rd of April. Hope the weather gets better for the next few months before it gets too much colder. So if you are out riding have fun.

–  Shayne



–  RIDE OF RESPECT . . . . .  is on the 23rd of April.  Start 10am from Timaru RSA,  Afters 2pm at Tash’s – BYO Salad,            Beers and Meat will be provided by TTAG.  Tash needs a hand to put up marque on Sat 22nd, please and pulled down the    next day ( 0273846776 )

 MAY – TTAG  Club AGM . . . . . will be 7th May @ 1.00 pm at the Empire Hotel, Temuka.

 The Staging Post . . . . . run will be 19th to 21st of May.  This is a TTAG club annual event we hold a little bit North of               Cheviot.

 Mid Winter Christmas Party . . . . . 17th of June


1st Coal Miner`s Rally: –

March Thursday morning lovely liquid sun. I Road into Timaru and waited for Col to arrive. Wets on and of we set. Had a stop at Palmerston, then through Dunedin. Col, gave some drivers a good laugh as he’s rubbing his arse when we were stopped at the lights. Another stop in Milton for Col`s precious arse. Finally at Kai.

Jock was busy working on roster’s lol… bloody computers and 1010 other things. The 3 of us went to Balclutha to get supplies, when we got back Tash and Dippy had arrived, followed by Mike and Freddie. So we were all of to put up marquee’s down at the Rally Site. A few laughs and frustrations trying to put these things up. Back to the Pub to cook some tea then over to Jock`s for refreshment. Mary and Jim arrived to join in. Some of the locals turned up too, Great laughs were had by all.

Friday up early. Tash and I went to the site to put up more tents. Got a text to say `brekkie ready`. On way out the gate my bike decided to have a lie down. I had to get some help to fix a couple of things. (she is in pieces at the moment, while waiting for parts.) Getting things sorted at the rally. The Cops are great by Saturday night, one was calling me `Pet. 1st gate sale was about 12pm. As at any Rally you have so much fun on the gate and the bar. We had some of the young rugby guys come and work with us later in the evening. It was fun winding them up.

Saturday, more fun, people coming and going. Tash, Col and Myself got dressed up to do the Unicycle for 2pm, but the joke was on us when we rocked up and told it was happening at 4pm. So we did the gate and that made quite a few people smile as they came in. We finally got to do the Unicycle. What a lot of fun that was. It was my first time. I nearly went into the river, I pulled the kill switch but I was still moving. Jock yelled..Pull the Clutch. Saved. Quick turn around and of again. After removal of cow poo, back to work, and more fun. We sent the Rugby Boys to watch the Tat and Wet Tee Shirt. Great bands both night.

Sunday we pulled the Rally Site down. We were meant to be staying Sunday night but as the weather was rather wet, we left in the afternoon. I had to stop and wait for Col To catch up, a few time also change sock and gloves it was so wet. It was good to get home to the dry.

Thank you our industrious leader Jock for a fantastic weekend Looking forward to next years Rally.

–  Liz B.


Kelly’s Adventures: – 

Hey all,

So the 2017 half of the motocross season has started up, and myself and dad are in full swing. So the most exci:ng news is that we bought myself a new bike…. A CRF250X, 2011 model, from a farmer down Oamaru way, which I have raced once so far and have been training on. January consisted of a bit of training on the new bike, and a few runs up to the Ashburton track to get used to it. Club days started up in February due to January being full of summer actvites and the high chance of the dust taking over.

February club day was held out the back of Waimate at Pankhurst property, I shat my pants…. Not literally but very figura:vely! I had not ridden the Kx 85 in just over a month, and when I got on it, it was :ny… Anyway the track was over a hill and very very steep. I didn’t make it up the hill in prac:se and knew it just wasn’t my day. The day ended up being called off early, due to the amount of dust, even though the club did their best to keep the dust down with the water tanker.

March consisted of South Island and Aoraki Secondary Schools Championship, held out in a new paddock at Colesys down at Otaio, on the 18 th .  I raced the 250 with the girls and came away with 6 th in the South Island in the ladies 12-19yrs class, I also received 2nd in the Aoraki region (beaten by my best mate).  March club day was held the next day (19 th ) on the same track, and unfortunately no riders stayed round due to the Christchurch TT series on the same day. I raced the 85 to get points, and regret not double classing and racing the 250 also, but I was buggered from SISS.  April the 2 ⁿdnd rolled round quick enough after that and it was time for beach racing.

For my second race in sand I was pretty chuffed with how I went, completing practise and 2 races on the 85 to be able to get points. Practise was raced like usual with the Juniors all together with lots of thrills and spills as everyone was reminded how tough and demanding sand racing was. I had completed a full prac:se lap without falling off and passed those who ate shit, but ended up ea:ng shit myself in my second lap falling off a good 4+ :mes. Race 1 I don’t even remember, but it was shit . . . . . No kidding, I was ready to pack up but soldiered on knowing that I only had to go out and look at the track so I could get my points in race 2, but managed to stay on the bike with only a couple of falls. Points race, race 2, I was getting in the swing of things . . . . . .  I may have been riding just faster than walking pace but I made a few passes due to not falling off and passing those who needed help restarting their bikes when they came off.  I had a lot of fun shouting out to the guys on the side-lines cheering me on even though it wasn’t like our usual club day.

May is fast approaching and so is the TTAG AGM.  I was hoping to jump on the back of the BMW with dad for the ride and come and say a few words . . . . . but a flat track race day in Ashburton has just cropped up . . . . . and I think for that reason the BMW can wait just a little bit longer to be ridden.  So while you guys will be sitting through a slightly important meeting, me and dad will be racing around a TT track having a ton of fun and hopefully some good results.   Cheers,

– Kelly – 111 (04/04/2017)


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” Kelly in Action “



The sun shone from a clear blue sky. Sunday mornings best deal in town was at Robbie’s car park.  Riders from all over on bikes, side chair, trike and Can Am all chatted in the relaxed atmosphere.  TTAG was well represented (and thanked) with Barry on a bike I hadn’t seen at March and Bernie on his fresh rebuild.  Jacob called us to Riders Brief and Prayer.

We then had a relaxed ride to Pleasant Point, ton plus ten to Cave then carved corners to Fairlie. Lunch at the Bakehouse was excellent as usual, with us doing takeaways – stuffed down the front of the jacket. Quick trip over the Gorge had us pick up a Buell with red bands on the foot pegs till Cannington , then a black sports something obeying the speed limit. Great ride, good company.

Thanks BRONZ.

–  Malx.


” Gathering for the BRONZ Toy Run “



Most of our transport and toys rely on a battery to start them and keep them going. Paul and Neil at Timaru Battery Service have taken care of the Clubs and my battery needs – forever.

They provide new batteries for our motors and spares for our Rally as well as free advice. They both ride bikes. Now to the business end of the deal – keeping our volts available anytime!

For a bike or car used intermittently: one weekend charging per month is the formula. The chargers are pretty much foolproof and safe, no chance of a cellphone style meltdown in the garage on the top up weekend. Battery’s live lots longer if kept fully charged, oh, and your motor will be good to go.

–  Malx.


Newsletter Photo’s: – 

magpie 2016             rock n Hop

                   ” Magpie Madness 2016 ”                                                                                         ” Rock n Hop 2017 “

at Work

 ” Girl @ Work – Maintaining Ducati “


   You can download the full April newsletter as a PDF by clicking on the link below: –

TTAG Newsletter April 2017

22 May 2017

May Newsletter 2017

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This Months President’s Report: – 


Another AGM has gone by.  It was good to see so many turn up for it.  I would like to thank everyone for another year as your President.  I hope you all enjoyed Rick’s talk about what we have to do and the councils side of applying for the alcohol license. Don’t forget the staging post coming up and our mid-winter party.

–  Shayne


Sadly I wrote out a jolly fine news letter then shagged up when I attempted to save it, whilst waiting for Shayne’s Presidential report. Mean while I had burned all my notes so some of this news letter maybe hit and miss. Lucky for me most of you were at the AGM and will know more than I do.

Well as you can see from Shayne’s report he has been returned as president for another year.

–   Vice President; Tash Port.

–   Treasurer; Liz Buckingham.

–   Secretary; Malx Penty.

–   Sherif; Hilton Rathbone,

–   Deputies; Billy Michelle

–   News Letter editor; Kerry O’Rourke.

–   Road Captains; Ants Paisley, Charlie & ABBO

–   Road Runner; Bernie Guile.

We have a very strong committee with a goodly flush of new young blood. The Staging Post 19th to 21st May, a very popular annual event. !9 klms North of Cheviot cabins and Dormatories available. Bernie will be taking the support vehicle with club booze. Several members will be riding up on the Friday and know doubt some will be going up on Saturday, Liz Buckingham for one.

Bernie the road runner will be able to tell you what time the group are leaving.

The Brass Monkey 2nd to 4th June, no doubt a group of our members will be braving the cold. If you are let the road runner know so he can put a group together. Much better to ride with your buddies.

Club ride to Albury Tavern 25th of June, leaving from Empire Hotel 12.00 am.

You may remember a band called “Libranz”who performed at one of our rallies. Well they have contacted us through facebook and wish to play again for us. They now perform under the name of “ Devils Handbrake” They will be performing at the Pleasant Point Hotel July the 1st and have invited us to come along and check them out. Some of you may wish to make a night of it then crash at my place.

Mean time rego on hold and bikes on the trickle charger,

–  Kerry


This Months Joke: – 

A man returns home a day early from a business trip. It’s after midnight. While en-route home, he asks the cabby if he would be a witness, because the man suspects his wife is having an affair, and he wants to catch her in the act. For $100, the cabby agrees. Quietly arriving home, the husband and cabby tip toe into the bedroom. The husband switches on the lights, yanks the blanket back and there is his wife, naked as a jay bird, with a man, totally nude also. The husband puts a gun to the naked man’s head.

The wife shouts, “WAIT…Don’t do it! I lied when I told you I inherited all that money.

–   HE paid for that Porsche I gave you.

–   HE paid for your new 25 ft. Ranger Fishing Boat.

–   HE paid for your Football season tickets.

–   HE paid for our house at the lake.

–   HE paid for your Golf Trip to St Andrews and your new 4 x 4.

–   HE paid for our country club membership and he even pays the monthly dues.

And because of HIM, I can put an extra $2,000 in our checking account each month!”

Shaking his head from side-to-side, the husband lowers the gun. He looks over at the cabby and says, ‘What would YOU do’?

The cabby thought for a moment and replied, ‘I’d cover him with that blanket, before he catches a cold.’


This Months Photo: – 

Blast from the past

A Blast from the Past: – ” The Staging Post several years ago”


      You can download the full May newsletter as a PDF by clicking on the link below: –

TTAG Newsletter May 2017