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3 Jun 2015

May Newsletter 2015

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TTAG May News Letter


Past presidents report


The AGM has come and gone not without a bit of excitement. Shane Sargent is your new pressie now and I am sure we will all stand by him.

Some things that were discussed were the possibility of more poker runs with other invited clubs and what ever other event we can come up with. The future looks bright, get in behind your club. See you at the staging post.


New Presidents Report

Well another AGM has come and gone. It’s good to see some new faces taking on the roles within the club. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Kerry for his time as President.

The AGM went well with some lively discussions, we have some very passionate members within the club which is fantastic.

We have a few TTAG club functions over the next couple of months with the Staging post first off the rank.

I’m really looking forward to leading the club with your support.

Ride safe.

Shayne S


Pres Tres Sec


3 Jun 2015

April Newsletter 2015

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Vice President’s Report

Hi All

Another March Hare has been and gone. All those that went had a good time even though it was a bit wet on Saturday night. We tried out the new blue club marquee which was commented on. Sounds like it was a good night at Phil’s 50

There was a small turn out on Sundays meeting at Cave the rain might have had something to do with it as there was only 5 or 6 bikes and rest in the 4 wheel club. If you can’t make the next club meeting make sure you get to the AGM on the 3rd of May. And be good out there if not be careful.

Shayne VP


It was march hare time again so I packed up my bike and got ready to go. Before I left Mike Sullivan rang me to tell me it was raining like hell and the club tents etc were not going to appear so I put on wets and got under way. Just got over Mt. Cargill and rain stopped and didn’t start again so I was quite overdressed as it became a very nice day for the job in hand. Got to the site and found that it was a nice relaxed time as I only had to worry about my own tent and not all the club tents. There were certainly varying opinions about that subject as the weather forecast wasn’t too good but never mind. We were a fairly select group of T.T.A.G members on the Friday but we had good night anyway and weather was not an issue. On the Saturday morning I took advantage of the courtesy van to go into town and get a folding chair to sit on as that was one thing I did miss. Also on Saturday a bit of ingenuity and slack time meant that we came up with a quite passable shelter and central meeting place, thanks for the tarp Bernie. Dale was obviously a bit lacking in the licence department so turned up on the farm four wheeler – he was just going to work on the farm of course. He must have a bloody big farm as it was 130 km each way. But it shows dedication to attend. For a variety of reasons the T.T.A.G. membership attendance was smaller than we normally have, but we still had a very good catch up and general chewing of the fat.


I think the general attendance of the whole rally was back on what they would normally expect and I don’t know why because it was still a good show they put on. Good bands and all the usual entertainment. The constabulary were in attendance on Sunday morning as usual so I took advantage of the breath testing service run by the local fire brigade before starting my bike up and heading back home. All in all it was in my opinion another lovely weekend away with good mates and lots of fun for all.

Ivan T

March hare

TTAG’s Ant P’s Racing Update

To all club Members

Last weekend I was at Ruapuna for the Last Round of King of Ruapuna, the day was looking not to bad as we woke up at 5.30 in the morning to a bright clear day but it was not going to last. I drove to the track looking forward to doing well and as per Normal I was the 1st one there, but got in to the pits parked up and started to unload the bike looked down on the ground and there was pools of oil on the ground which was Quite fresh, I was thinking there must of been car racing either the day before or 2 or 3 days ago, I will explain why it’s not a good thing when that happens with you all at some time. But anyway I moved away from the oil and got my pit set up then I took my Front wet rim off the bike and then put my Dry rim on cause it looked like it was going to be a good day, but no Murphy’s law came in to play, as you put your dry tyres on it decided to bloody piss down. So I decided to wait to see if the weather would break while I was waiting the call went out for my class to be ready to go out on the track in 5 minutes……. I still had dry tyres on, I would of got a half lap in and would of come off with tyres I had on, and by the way at the riders briefing we were told that the Drift cars were out there the day before, that’s where the oil come from wonder much oil was on the track? Anyway I waited to lunch time before I made the Decision whether to race or not it had stopped raining by then but there was standing water on the track, I had gut feeling not to race as there was to many things not working out and also about 9 to 10 bikes had gone down and 3 people had gone to Hospital with broken bones, so I made my Decision not to race that day I came home in 1 piece and my bike was in 1 piece.

I was really Disappointed that I didn’t race but real happy that my bike is already for the next race meeting. I keep you all informed of when that will be, I think it will be in July sometime but will let all of you know of dates.

I want to thank Morry and his Friend for coming along to the track and supporting me, sorry wasn’t racing mate but there will be other times to come.

Thank you to you all for your support and Encouragement for making a grown man’s Dream come true.

Ants # 19

.ant 2

March Sunday Ride.

There was a bit of a dash Sunday morning to make it midday at the Empire, to be met by three bikes and a car, then another car, then another bike – not bad considering the drizzle was getting heavier. I jumped in the puddles, ah, the novelty was still there! Moki was most positive stating that others would already be at Cave. Ants set us off at a mild pace, for a start, then as we caught him up he cut off for extra corners, rather than following the straight path. Moki was right, there were two dozen of us at Cave Arms for lunch. Food done, Shane chaired the meeting, we all got to speak if we wanted, then off we set on dry roads for home. For me it was over the Gorge then Brassels Bridge. What a great afternoon! Malx.


Dates To Remember

April 19th TTAG monthly ride & meeting, Village Inn Geraldine, Depart EmpireHotel 12pm

May 3rd – Sunday TTAG AGM Empire Hotel Temuka 1pm Aftenoon Tea Supplied

May 2nd – Jokers wheels week run 11am leaving from Devon Tavern Victoria St

Ph Bill Hessell 03 684 9443 if you are interested

May 7th – TTAG Club Meeting Winchester Hotel 7.30pm

May 15th 16th – TTAG Staging Post

May 30th 31st – Brass Monkey 

June 20th – TTAG Mid Winter Xmas Party

2 Jun 2015

March Newsletter 2015

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Presidents report

Hi TTAG Members

It has been a great summer for riding and rallies, hope you’ve been getting your share and riding as well.           I hear Grant Palmer has had a nasty experience with a tin top doing a u turn in front of him. Hope your bruises are healing well and your anger has subsided Grant. We also hear that Dale has had a brush with the revenue collectors and is without his bike for 28 days and without a licence for even longer.

March Hare will have come and gone by the time you receive this new letter, hope those who attended had a good time.

Phil has invited all club members to his 50th birthday party on Saturday the 14th of March, 518 Methven Road, Ashburton. Plenty of tent or caravan spots. He doesn’t mind if you arrive Friday or Saturday, looks like an all weekender.

Thanks Phil.

The club will be having a monthly ride and meeting on the 22nd of March, leaving the Empire Hotel 12.00 am. Going all the way to Cave.

Our AGM will be held on the 3rd of May at the Empire Hotel at 1.00 pm. I hope you can all attend. Subs to be paid on the day.

The Staging Post run will be the weekend of the 16th and 17th March.

Our Xmas party will be on the 20th of June.

The Brass Monkey This year is the 30th of May -1st of June.



 Woodstock Rally 2015

Fabulous weather encouraged us to ride on the Friday over the Alps. Rowdy and I waited for Kerry O out at Geraldine, non stop to Springfield where we refuelled both the bikes and ourselves. Lots of bikes on the road and surprisingly Jackson’s pub was reopened at some point and well attended by fellow bikers. Quick stop at Arthurs Pass then welcomed the sea breeze as we hit the west coast. Grabbed a bag of ice and on out to the rally site where we were welcomed by friends from TTAG. Thanks guys for keeping us a good area to pitch our tents – Hilton, Keith, Gumboots, Footsie and Diane. When Bernie arrived the air bed appeared to need a bung to stay up! That’s what a good mate will do – give you his mattress! Warm weather, cool beer, good music and such delightful company _ what more could you want? Well…….. a fabulous couple asked us out to Ross for a champagne break-fast on Saturday morning and say no more. Such an amazing time was had by all. The food was superb and I think we drank Brian and Sandra out of champers and gallons of water. We stayed there for many hours. Lots of delightful babble along with the bubbly, and the men displayed bare bellies which were captured in the camera. Thank you Brian and Sandra, you are wonderful hosts. Back to camp and met up with Jim from Blenheim minus Colin who had a story of his own to tell! Another great day and night and with reluctance we rode home uneventfully on the Sunday.

Magic weekend with great memories

Cheers Lizzie


TTAG’s Ant P’s Racing Update

To all club Members.

First of all i would like to thank the club for backing and supporting me again in my Racing this year, I’m sorry for the long delay in keeping you all Informed of my Racing.                                                                                       This year I Entered the New Zealand National Super Bike Championships that were held at Levels in Janu-ary, as this was my Goal right through of last year, I put my entry in about the middle of December and new it was going to be a Huge event with the best Riders in the Country riding in all Classes, I had my Doubts about racing in this event but I was out there to learn and if you can’t Gauge yourself against the best how are you to learn? So I was looking forward to riding with the best, then just before Xmas I injured my knee helping a mate shift a freezer and putting on to trailer, I was not happy as I had paid $300 to enter the Nationals.

But anyway got up to the lakes had great time and trying not to think too much about the big event, but then a real bomb hit when we found out that Huia had passed away, my world had crashed down on me and wondered if I could race anymore and asked myself as I was still dealing with losing Swordie

With racing you can’t have any Distractions and full of focus because when things go bad they go bad quick. Viv and I had a real good talk and also talked to a few mates and decided to still race in Nationals and do it for T.T.A.G and do it for Sword and Huia.

So on the Thursday of the big weekend went out and set up camp at levels as wanted to soak up the whole weekend I got 2 bits of tape and put them on each side of the bike and put Swords name on 1 side and Huia’s name on the other side and that’s where they will stay so I can take them racing with me when ever I go racing.

So anyway I got up Friday morning ready for Practise as racing didn’t start until Saturday, we had our 1st Practise but found out that these guys are quick real quick and half my size, the day was real hot 35 degrees and I’m in my leathers melting but real happy with my Practise session and looking forward to my 1st race in the National Champs.

Saturday Morning got up early cause I didn’t Bloody sleep thinking about the race, got the bike ready and didn’t take time before it my time to head out, my lap times were between 10 to 14 seconds slower than the rest and new it was going to be a fast race, it was like playing rugby then the next weekend sitting in the changing sheds with the All Blacks waiting to go out to the field to play with them.So went out for my 1st race and by the 3rd corner the rest were gone it was a 8 lap race and I was starting to get lapped in the 6th lap but then a rider cut under me and sent me off the track but was still able to stay on the bike which was good.


I then knew that I was way in to deep to be racing with these guys and that was my weekend over as we had our riders briefing on the Sunday and was told i wasn’t allowed to race as it was a Safety issue, to cut it short, I was to slow. So went back to my pit to pack up and felt real bad as Nevin had come out to see me race so thanks anyway Nevin for coming out mate.

We packed up and the amount of people that came over and gave me a pat on the back for just being out there was amazing, but in the back of my mind whether i was going to carry on with this dream being shot down in a ball of flames.But i said to myself it’s my F……G Dream and no one is going to take it away from me, so I Entered the 4th round of King of Ruapuna in CHCH at the beginning of February and what a great day the bike went well, everything just clicked, I dropped 3 seconds off my last time in practise then dropped another 2 seconds off that time then 1 second off that time and ended up shaving a total of 7 seconds off the last time I was out at Ruapuna which was about 12 months ago so i was real happy. Had some real good battles and learnt so much by doing the Nationals, so I’m looking forward to the racing this year and learning a heap more. I will be more Determined than ever to race harder and go faster. Thank you to all for the support and encouragement, Thank you to the club for your backing and your on going support. I will let you all Know when I’m racing again and pass on the info, I will be racing at Ruapuna on the 29th of this month hope to see some of you there.

Ants # 19

Pounawea Poker Run c/o Liz Watson


Our neighbours enjoyed hearing the bikes roaring down Guinness Street lunchtime Friday. We were accompanied by a very welcome support vehicle with club members Jim, Mary and Max. Bill had left earlier in the day as he wanted plenty of breaks in the travel south and Judy followed in the car. Weather reports somewhat conflicting, however that didn’t deter anyone nor dampen any enthusi-asm. Footsie was filling in time waiting on Rowdy to finish work and with Footsie having a coffee, I decided to clean my bike. I found a hole in the exhaust system caused through friction! Footsie took the offending pipe off, however, time didn’t allow to replace or sort out. Michael offered to take my panniers, thanks mate.

Keith, Michael, Footsie, Dippie, Colin, Bernie, Malx, Rowdy and I took off and first stop was to stop oil leaking onto the rear tyre of Colin’s bike. A very quick soloution to the problem was sorted and we weaved in and out of the traffic to meet up with Jock who was hoping it wasn’t Bernie’s bike that had gone past earlier, as Jock waited about an hour on us at the Maheno Tavern. Janet would have en-joyed the company there as the purple and red hat ladies were celebrating with lovely fruitcake cov-ered in rich, decadent purple icing! Platters of food, a drink and on the road again, heading south to dark clouds. Met up in Balclutha with Bill and Judy and we weaved our way around the corners to the Convention Centre at Pounawea. ….yahoo! Didn’t take us long to sort out our rooms and have a drink with Ivan and Freddie. 3kms to Owaka pub, too far to walk, thanks Judy for the ride. Warmly welcomed by staff who turned on the outside heater for us. Some had a go on the ponies, some on pokies, some ate, some drank. Back to camp, cards on the table, much merriment.

Pounawea 1 Pounawea 2Fabulous sunrise and a two second walk to the beach, tide out, miles out and very few people around. Great photography of the beach happened. Jock flounded around for some cockals & Pippies as a pre dinner appetizer. We eventually made the move to rattle our dags and headed out on the reason why we came, the Poker run. Wow, fantastic ride and scenery to Kaka Point, Balclutha, Clydevale, where we lunched, Clinton and last card was drawn at Rosebank Hotel back in Balclutha.                                                                                    Winner Keith, 2nd Rowdy & 3rd Judy. Congratulations guys!! Team decision to buy food and cook out at the camp. Jock with the bucket holder Footsie, went around the bay and proceeded to be the gatherers for the club. Meanwhile Mary, Max and Judy headed back to the supermarket for a great choice of foods for all. Jock had some seafood for us but alas, no paua this time! Another night of tall tales, laughter and drinks, time to sleep, awaking to damp bikes and pack-ing up. Good memories of a great weekend.

Thanks to all for yet another awesome Poker Run

Cheers Lizzie

Poker Run Pounawea c/o Malc P

Jock had this idea – everyone else thought it was good too. A two night poker run is a new idea and most of us couldn’t even pronounce the place name

Adventure time eight bikes with support left early afternoon, we knew we had the kilometres to cover, but after waving to Dunlop at Oamaru , lunch at Maheno , some motorcycle servicing and getting lost all by myself, it was seven before I got to a lightheaded welcome meeting Ivan and Freddie on site.

The event planning was quite open, so we made it up as we went. Judy ran us to the Owaka pub for tea and meet the locals – both quite palatable: then back to camp to fortify ourselves for the next day.

The next day started with a fine breakfast and Ivan new enough from previous employment to design and lead us around a rural block with stops and cards. First stop was Tunnel Hill where a railway logging track went thru nearly a kilometre of bricked tunnel. Walking done it was back on bikes and over the twisty Clutha roads till we each had five cards, Keith with three aces, Rowdy with three Jacks and Judy with three fours.

Mary and Jim got us to agreement on the dinner menu a supermarket smorgasbord back at camp, so we didn’t have to go anywhere, except for Jock and Footsie to get into the sea for some marine life. Eating was excellent as was the relaxed company, though Saturday night wasn’t a late one. Sunday saw us packed up earlish and well fed again. We all left camp at the same time but seemed to fall into small groups till we ended up at Palmerston for lunch.

Awesome riding, idiot free roads and good company all made this into top quality time away.


Dates To Remember

22nd March Club ride to Cave Leaving Empire Temuka Midday 

29th March Ant Racing at Ruapuna 

April 2nd TTAG Committee meeting Winchester Hotel 7.30 

3rd May Sunday TTAG AGM Empire Hotel Temuka 1pm Afternoon Tea Supplied 

2nd May Jokers Wheels Week Run 11am Leaving from Devon Tavern Victoria St Ashburton Ph Bill Hessell 03 684 9443 if you are interested 

15th 16th May TTAG Staging Post 

30th 31st May Brass Monkey 

20th June TTAG Mid Winter Xmas Party

4 Feb 2015

January Newsletter 2015

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TTAG Newsletter January Final

Presidents Report


As some of you will know Maxine is still recovering slowly from her accident and unable to do our newsletter, bugger! So I am knocking one up.

It’s a little early but there is such a lot happening I want the snail mail folks to know of upcoming events.

Firstly we have the Hororata and Vincent County rallies both coming up this coming weekend. No doubt we will have delegations going in both directions and I know Rowdy is not going to either of them so I am happy to coordinate whose going and when. So if you are let me know and I will pass it on and you can ride with your mates.

The big one coming up is our Poker Run

Some details below of the TTAG Poker Run from Jock who is organizing this one

Accommodation is Keswick Camp in Pounawea, 10 minutes from Owaka.
Poker run will be sorted before we get there will discuss details with you at a later date.
Keswick Accommodation Details.
Accommodation Twin Rooms $20 per person per night
20 Rooms Total Booked from Friday 13th February check out 15th. (can book more if need be)
Communal facilities – We have the use of both the smaller kitchen and also the large commercial kitchen & BBQ
Communal Bathroom – We have private use of these shared bathrooms, females & males.
We will be leaving Liz & Rowdy’s place 1.00 pm Friday the 13th February,
Estimated Travel Based on no stops
Timaru – Mosgiel 2 Hours 20 Minutes
Mosgiel – Balclutha 50 Minutes
Balclutha – Owaka 20 Minutes
Owaka – Pouawea 10 Minutes
Total – 3 Hours 40 Minutes non stop

So if you can’t go on the Friday rip down Saturday morning

There will be some prizes also.
If you need more information contact Jock 027 652 4664

Jock needs to know numbers please let him know if you are going.

4 Feb 2015

December Newsletter 2014

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TTAG Newsletter December 14

Presidents Report;

Hi TTAG club members.

Our Xmas party has come and gone with a bang, more fireworks, plenty of happy children. The band rocked our fire drum glowed, and quite a lot of dancing took place.

Sorry if you missed the party.

Michael had some good news for us at our committee meeting, our Rally ran at a profit of several thousand dollars. This was a surprise to all as we had expected to run our 20th at a loss.

Well done to everybody for putting in the effort. 1,200 paying customers through the gate.

At the meeting we passed a few of our annual donations, including, Rescue helicopter, Saint Johns, Timaru, Temuka and Geraldine food banks. We also supported the Bronz toy run appeal

On Sunday with a donation.

This newsletter will not be up to the usual standard as Maxine has tipped out of the saddle and bravely stuck her ankle under her iron horse to stop it getting scratched on the tar seal.

The result being a crushed ankle. Yes the whole club now knows even though you wished to keep it a secret. We all wish you a speedy and full recovery Max.

Merry Xmas and a happy safe New Year to you and your families.



Upcoming rallies.

January 10th – 12th Waiau wonder rally, Waiau.

January 25th – 27th Woodstock rally, Hokitika.

February 6th – 8th Vincent County, Alexandra.

February 6th – 8th patriots rally, Hororata.

TTAG Poker Run February 13th 14th 15th 2015

Keep this coming up event in your mind

Pounawea Keswick Camp, $20 per person per night twin share

Roughly $25 per person will include 2 dinners 2 breakfasts

If you are wanting more rally and ride information take a look at this web page, www.motorcyclerally.co.nz

28 Jan 2015

November Newsletter 2014

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TTAG Newsletter November 2014

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Well November is here, our Rally is rushing down upon us, hope you are all ready to do your part in making our 20th a success. Like a well oiled machine I hope. Ask not what your club can do for you but what you can do for your club.

On that inspireing note my apologies for not being at our pre rally meeting this past weekend, I had already paid mine and my Grandson’s fees to shoot in the South Island rifle shooting championships.

I thank those who turned up and moved the firewood across the grounds, well done.

There was a small contingent of TTAG took part in the festivities of The Mates Rally, Wiaumu, Gore weekend before last. A hot and sunny weekend it was, spoilt to a degree by strong winds, those who pitched their tents out in the open had their tents flattened and no doubt some of those tents never went home by the look of them.

Jock Winter has donated a voucher entitling the winner to the following

Two nights accommodation in a one bedroom apartment.

Welcome dinner and drink for two at The Chamois Bar and Grill both nights.

Breakfast for two both days.

Trip for two on the world renowned Tasman Glacier Explorer Boat trip.

35 minute Scenic Helicopter Flight with Heliworks Mt Cook.

Not sure how we are going to select the winner yet, but anyway we can’t thank you enough for this Jock, Good on ya mate! We might have to get the band to play your favourite tune, The Gambler wasn’t it.

See you all at Rally team.

1 Oct 2014

October Newsletter 2014

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Presidents Report;

Hi Team,
Well, as you may have read on face book a few TTAGies entered The BRONZ Globe Trotter ride last weekend. Rowdy, Michael, Kerry and Maxine. well didn’t we do well we won the teams event and first and second individual trophies. This ride is a lot of fun and I am surprized more of you don’t have a crack at it. You get a set of instructions which require you to follow a set course and find clues along the way. Your kms are recorded and must be accurate, in other words you must not lose your way. the afternoon event requires that you follow another set course and average a set speed in this case 85 kms per hour. TTAG for quite a few years now have been taking out the major prizes.

Nikki has resigned from the position of secretary and Michael has taken over the position temporarily until the AGM we hope.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Nikki for all her time and effort as secretary over the past few years.

Our next club ride will be the day after Haka practice at the Paeora huts.
Sunday 12th October meet at the Creek South end of Timaru 12 am. We will be riding to Duntroon Ho-tel, yes it is open and we are booked in for lunch between 1 and 1.30 pm.
Rally business is in hand thanks to Mokai, Midge Marsden will be playing on the Saturday night.
Jock is attempting to arranging a substantial lucky draw prize for us to give away, more on this later.


Any one who is interested in the MT Cook Rally and have enquired with Jock and haven’t heard back. Please give Jock a txt and he will ring you Jock 027 652 4664


Sword did a HARD ARSE run each year from Timaru to Hurunui (sunset Retreat Rally)on Fri
Next morning he went to the (OFF THE RAILS RALLY) at Middlemarch
Sun morn it was home to Timaru
I would like to do this run next year . Anybody want to do it as well?
I was thinking of getting a cloth badge made .


Hi to all club Members.

Just a update of my Racing which was on September 13th.

It was a bit of a Disappointing day it was forecasted to rain but was not concerned as I had a set of wets, I was really excited about getting out to race because I was sitting around the middle of the points table.

But anyway I got out to the track and had to change my wheels over in the pouring rain but was real sheltered from a great Gazebo, cheers Jim and Mary. So anyway got them changed and headed out on the track and somehow my Brakes created so much heat they jammed on and that was the story for the whole day, I cooked my brakes and put overheat spots all over my disks but found out later that 1 Disk was not Flash anyway.

So I thought I fixed the Problem but it done the same thing in the 2nd race and it was then i decided to pull the pin and pack up as it was safer than putting myself and others in danger with my brakes playing up.

I want to thank Jim and Mary, Nevin and Barry for coming out and supporting me, it means a lot guys. Also for Barry bringing out KFC and not even sharing it with me hahaha.

TTAG Motorcycles

So I will have the bike sorted for Greymouth and hoping it will be dry, that will be my next time out racing, so if you want to see some up close racing come over to Greymouth and see the Magpie screaming around the streets of Greymouth.

Thank you to all for the support and encouragement, and Dam proud to be TTAG member.

Yours Faithfully Ants # 19

Globe Trotter Rally 2014

Be there at 10.30 they said. I had to fuel up at the BP station, cos the beemer goes better on 98, and was pleased to see the Triumph club there. That means we will be in for some fun.. Yeah it will be a good one. Special shout out to ex member Grahame Corbett. Nice to see you as usual. I see you were first to register for our rally.

Down to the loop road, check in and check out who’s all here. One minute intervals and off we go. Bunched up a bit on first half, but all good. We worked as a team. Bit of a comparison and check at St Andrews before we sped on to lunch at Makikihihi Hotel.

Hmmmmm. Publican not used to a crowd. I only had chips, but $14 for a burger eh boss. Woo Hoo. On the road again. Smudge is soon up my arse. Saw a couple of members taking a detour. May have been Rowdy cos I’m sure I saw Max right behind.(more about this later).

On we went, beautiful ride, sometimes hard to keep to the C A S of 85km. I did do 160 km once to pass a couple of green ninja’s but anyway when we finally pulled into the destination Rowdy and Max were right in front. And Pressy right behind.

Some wussies brought out their caravans, and once mine was sorted, thanks for the door Rowdy, it was inside the hall, out of the cold for drinks. and then an excellent meal.

Thank you Maurice for the minutes silence for Sword. I found it very moving and it was most appreciated. Of course, had he been present there would have been no meatloaf left over for sure. But you made him present and thank you again for that.

Of course there was a prize giving and whilst trying to remain humble, I have to report that TTAG scooped the pool.

1st team:  TTAG
First overall: Kerry O”Rourke
2nd overall: Maxine Strachan

Interestingly enough Max was not in the team, she followed Rowdy.(see above) Team results: Smudge first, Mi-chael 4th, Rowdy 7th. Kms were the difference .Anyway, who cares…. we won.

Once again the BRONZ Club have excelled themselves with a great rally. In some was the way rally’s should be: Good riding. Good food, good company. But most of all….. good fun

Love you Sword,  Michael


  • 11th October Haka Practice Pareora Huts Malx and Alisons Hut 31 Pareora Reserve 1538 Pareora River Road Waimate
  • 12th October Club Ride Meeting at the creek midday destination Duntroon Hotel
  • 18th October Aoraki MT Cook Motorcycle Rally
  • 19th October TGHS Wheels Day 10am to 2pm Cain street Timaru
  • 26th October Greymouth Street Races
  • 31st October Mates Mayhem Rally
  • 6th November Committee meeting Wolsley Hotel Winchester 7.30pm
  • 21st 22nd 23rd November TTAG RALLY
  • 27th to 30th November Burt Munro Rally
  • 6th December Xmas Party
Spice of Life
1 Sep 2014

September Newsletter 2014

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Presidents Report

Hi TTAG members, Spring has sprung time to dust off your machine and crank her up.
We will be having our monthly ride a week early this month, on Sunday the 14th September, so that it doesn’t clash with the Bronz globe trotter run the following weekend. Meet as usual at the Empire Hotel Temuka 12 am, we will be heading to the Mayfield tavern.

We have received badges for the last Poker Run and The Staging Post, they will be available at the meeting.
I will be ordering badges for those who missed out on getting one from last years Magpie Madness Rally early next week. If you haven’t put your name on the list you will have to be bloody quick and let me know, after all you’ve had a month.

We have a new member as of Thursday nights committee meeting, welcome Charley Solomon-Reke.
The committee has accepted a quote to have our website upgraded and made user friendly. To this end we have voted Jock Winter onto the committee to manage the website. Others will also learn to manage it in Jocks absence. Those of you who are on facebook may have noticed that the TTAG page is seeing a lot more action now that Jock is managing it and placing photo’s of all our events on there.

Jock has also linked us to a couple of other biker websites event calendars, letting more people know about our rally.

See you soon


Ants Racing at Levels

Ants is racing at levels this Saturday 13th September at Levels Raceway.
Everyone is welcome to go out and watch and support him

HAKA Practice

Saturday 20th September 3pm at Bill and Judy Hessell’s place 32 Cook Street Oceanview off Jellicoe Road


  • 13th September Ants Racing at Levels
  • 20th September TTAG Haka Practice Bill & Judy Hessell’s Place 3pm – 32 Cook Street Oceanview Timaru
  • 27th/28th September Bronze Globe Trotter Challenge
  • 2nd October TTAG Committee Meeting Wolsley Hotel 7pm
  • 18th October Aoraki MT Cook Motorcycle Rally
  • 19th October TGHS Wheels Day 10am to 2pm Cain street Timaru
  • 26th October Greymouth Street Races
  • 31st October Mates Mayhem Rally
  • 21st 22nd 23rd November TTAG RALLY
  • 27th to 30th November Burt Munro Rally
  • 6th December Xmas Party

Club Ride – August

I’d missed the chosen destination but met up at the Empire midday sunday. Half a dozen bikes were there already with the same number arriving, same number as the last ride – but we were all lucky! The handle got empty quick and before another we zipped up and got rolling over the Manse Bridge, right at Pleasant Point , then got a couple of revs on. Thoughts were that TTAG Newsletter September 2014.pdf - Adobe Acrobat Prospeedos hadn’t changed cos what I thought was a bit of a clip along was 20 to 30kph faster at the tail. No lack of interest there! First stop was our destination of the Albury Tavern and the place already full of locals. This is pretty cool cos some are friends and oth-ers offer menu advise. Service took a while but that was OK , with the meals arriving pretty shortly after. Wow, great food. Everyone was impressed. All eaten up we moved to the Beer garden for a short for a short meeting. Before I knew it most of the bikes were gone and I was left chasing Ants over the Pareora Gorge. He was a couple of corners ahead and they just wouldn’t close up, though I suspect that he was just cruising. The sun was shining. Malx.

My Adventure,
On the 10th August 2014 I didn’t believe the events that were going to happen, I decided to go for a ride on this awesome Sunday morning with the Mrs, by the way my Steed is 08 Triumph Sprint St 1050, So got the bike and checked it over and we were all good to go so i went to the end of my drive which is on the edge of State Highway 1 I looked south then I looked north and decided to go west ha-ha.

We headed away towards highway 72 which is the back way up past Mayfield and the Rakia Gorge. Awesome bit of road but we were on our way to Methven for beer and some late lunch.

But anyway we headed off from Timaru the roads were a bit cold and it was a bit fresh but enjoying be-ing on my bike, so i was having a ball trying to keep to the speed limit but it wasn.t working enjoying the ride but i had a gut feeling i better slow up a bit cause my Demerits were getting slim. So at that mo-ment i came around this corner and this guy in a BMW was all over the road cutting the corners so i was looking for a place to pass him, i got up close to him and started pointing at him and at that point a cop went past and i thought, crap the cop is going to think im pointing and waving my fist at him. So went carried on didn’t see the cop for a while then 15 minutes later i saw a cop in my mirrors a common sight i must say, so on go the xmas lights and im a bit pissed off he is pulling me over and not this guy that was all over the road but to my surprise he saw me pointing at this fella and said he was let the cops up the road know to keep an eye on him, cheers copper.

So we headed to Methven had a great meal and a pint and decided to head home and still enjoying the ride, I happend to look down at the Ks on my clock and it read 99,999 the moment it clicked over to 100,000 i Stopped and put the bike on the side stand got off the bike and i don’t mind saying i tear in my eye i looked at my bike and thought to myself, what so good times i have had on this bike the Ad-ventures, the laughs, the People i have meet that have become bloody good mates, the Journeys, riding in rain hail and snow and must not forget the speeding tickets. But the real funny thing is i wonder what the people that were driving past in there Steel encased cage on 4 wheels thinking when they saw a Motorcycle parked on the side of the road and Bald guy dressed up in black leathers kissing his bike…… I Don’t really care.

The day i rode my brand new Triumph out of Street and Sport on the 4 of December 2008 i would not of Believed the Adventures that i have had and the good People i have meet, the only down fall is that when they go its so hard to let them go when they pass away. Miss ya Sword.

So if you want to be part of and star in a Action movie, jump on ya bike and enjoy the Adventure and looking forward to the up coming Adventures.
If any needs a hand or a bed for the night flick me a txt, there is always a beer in the fridge or coffee, my cell 0274394660.

TTAG Newsletter September 2014_ants paisleyThat’s my Adventure that happened on that day when I get on my bike its exciting cause of the unknown adventure that’s going happen, I can’t think of doing anything else but riding or racing on the track with my race bike, it is my life and I hold no Regrets

Also I want to thank Phil Garret and the Team that were at Street and Sport at the time for selling me a Awesome bike 5 and half years ago and watering that seed.

Motorcycle Junky,
Ants Paisley

King of Levels Round 3

Hi to all club Members, thought i would give you all a up date on my racing on the 3 round of King of Levels that was held at levels. Got up about 5 on the Saturday morning ready to go racing and I was sure it was about –2 not sure but it was bloody cold and i knew the track was never going to heat up, but I headed out and of course I was the 1st at the gate waiting for the gates to open.

So anyway got to the track and unpacked all the gear and got set up then there was a white coating starting to form on the bike which was frost and it just got colder and colder, but i suppose thats why they call the winter series.

We all went to the riders briefing and was told that the track was cold, its amazing how many people go out on the track and ride like its a warm sunny day and wonder why they come off.
So we were told that we were 1st up on the track, 3 people came off in front of me I think it was be-cause————– you guessed it, the track was cold. I had a good qualifying time of 1.24 which was 4 seconds off my last qualifying time so i was real happy.

My 1st race was not bad, i had a good battle with another person which made good but my best race was the 2nd race when everything just clicked into place, i was able to get my knee down on the track and scuff up my knee sliders and beat the guy that i battled with in race 1.

My 3rd race was not bad but my head was not there because i had a mate try and help me put the bike on the paddock stand but didn’t have it on properly, and i dropped the bike and snapped the brake lever off, but i got it fixed to go and race again.

TTAG Newsletter September 2014 Magpie flyingSo the days racing was and felt different, my riding felt better and faster and a lot smoother also i knew that Sword was there with me because i wanted to dedicate that day to him. I got a new time of 1.21 which was 3 seconds off my last best time so thanks Sword.

The day was real awesome and i had a lot of fun, i want to thank the club for there support and helping me making my dream come true, Also want to thank Jim and Mary, Nevin and Mark and Pam for coming out to the track to support me, cheers guys.

Also i want to say sorry for not turning up to the last wood chop as it was my Grandsons 2nd birthday in ch ch that day. My next race will be at levels on the 13th of September, would be cool to see some more members out at the track watching the Magpie flying.


The Plan At This Stage Is
Day 1 To Catch The Bluebridge Ferry At 8am Get To Wellington About 11,20 And Head To Somewhere About Say Turangi /Taupo (Remembering That It Takes An Hour To Get To Levin.)
Day 2 To Orewa (Which Is About 50km North Of Dorkland City) Distance 320kms Approx
Day 3 To Kaitaia Or Further North Say Whatawhiwhi (Topten Holiday Park)
Day 4 Xxxxx The Cape Xxxxxxx And Back
Day 5 Decide What To Do Next???????????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I Will Be Going To My Sons Place At Warkworth For A Night, Then Depending On What The Weather Is Doing Will Decide For Me Which Way To Come Back
Ferry Cost Is $104 Bike And Rider
Accomadation Is Tricky As There Are So Many Choices And Charges But For 5 People In A Two Bedroom Unit Cost Averages $50/$60 Per Person
Holiday Park//tourist Flats $25/$35 Per Person And $5 For Linen Per Person
Fuel Its 978 Kms From Wgtn To Kaitaia So If You Can Get 17 Kms Per Liter It Will Cost You 51 Litres X 2.20=$112 Each Way If You Use 95 It Will Cost You More About $4
Food . This Cost Will Depend On Wether We Cook In The Unit Or Go Out
I Will Be Allowing For Breakfast $10 Lunch $15 Dinner $30 =$55 Per Day
There Are Always Additional Costs .Im Allowing $40 Per Day
I Expect To Be Away From Home 11/12 Days
I Would Expect My Costs To Average $150 Per Day So Im Saving $ 50 Per Week Giving Me $2100 Plus Ferry Cost
So Far There Are 6 Starters.
All Welcome .
Easter Is Good Friday 3rd April So Sugest That We Go After That.say Wed 11th April
School Holidays Are On From 2nd To 20th April

Wood Chop At Winchester Showgrounds

A good turn out was had for the day and the wood was quickly cut up and a few other jobs were done, As well as things worked out for the rally.

Our chef cooked a great barbecue…

Southern Classic Festival