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6 Oct 2015

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Only nine at committee meeting this week. Flu is keeping a few at home. Friendly banter was going on while we were sorting out the jobs for Sword`s Memorial Run on Saturday. The meeting was closed sharp at 9pm

Wishing Max & Turtle a speedy recovery

Welcome home Shayne and Vickie

Thank you to everyone who Helped out on Sword`s Memorial Run and the people that attended, also to those who Contributed to the News Letter especially Terence WMC.

Sword 2 Sword

Sword`s Memorial Poker Run

Wow, what an event. It was great from beginning to end! I believe there must have been plenty of input into the ideas for the event as everything was in place. Our females towed the caravans out to the holiday park, whilst our male counterparts took to erecting the gazebo, putting up the trestles and sorting the BBQ at the Empire Hotel, Temuka.  Food was prepared by many prior to Sat and by 11.30 we were very busy taking money and writing names in the poker run book. Nearly 100 motorbikes assembled and shortly after 1 pm we rumbled along the main street of Temuka, led by Rowdy, and cruised along to Alister at the Winch where we drew the 2nd card and refreshed with the odd ale or two. Keeping formation we pulled into Geraldine and took our time chatting and drew the 3rd card. No winners at this stage. Smarter pace winding our way to Pleasant Point where we relaxed, enjoyed a chat, and some of us were lucky enough to win spot prizes, yahoo! Back down the road to Temuka where we were welcomed with fabulous hot soup and choices of meat dishes. The wind chill factor was rising but it didn’t matter as we had been riding in fabulous weather with the sun on our backs! Finally the 5th card was drawn and lo and behold our very own Ants was first, an outsider 2nd and the lovely Jenny was 3rd. The rugby drew in a few more clients and the Southern boys, Highlanders made the day, winning a fantastic game. The band were amazing, Top Shelf form Waimate, each of them was a great musician and the pub rocked. Great singing and we danced the night away! The publican, Ian, was in fine form and also enjoyed our crowd. Thank you to each of you who came, all in all, a jolly awesome night. What a way to remember Sword and other TTAG members who had passed prior to Sword.

Cheers, Lizzie

Mid-Winter Do

Well the 20th of June was looming again which means that it was party for me again, which is always fun. I was both lucky and unlucky that weekend, lucky because I was able to attend the mid-winter party and unlucky because I was meant to be on a fishing trip which was cancelled so it was always going to be a win.

This year Phil and Michelle had offered their place as a venue which we were pleased to accept. The conditions were certainly appropriate for the occasion with snow on the ground which sort of mucked up the idea of a hangi which was the original idea. Phil however had an above ground hangi and hired a roaster which certainly solved that problem. With that and the large garage with heaters in it we were certainly comfortable. The conditions made it hard to tell that we were at a motorbike club event, with everybody except Keith turning up in a tin top, some with a caravan attached. It’s just as well one of us is a hardy soul. We had between 20 and 30 of us there which kind of filled up the available parking as no one was too keen to get far from the shingle.

The start one was always going to be fairly flexible, but more so than usual as I understand it actually started on Friday someone with some folk taking their caravans up and Mary having a birthday what more excuse do you need? I got there early afternoon and was probably about the middle of the arrivals so we got straight down to the job at hand, i.e. shifting the refreshments from where they were into ourselves in an appropriate fashion. The food got prepared by some willing individuals fairly early on in the piece so it was all ready to cook when needed. As usual the food was up to its usual high standard and far too much of it so if anybody went hungry it was their own fault.

Malc Penty brought up his cannons with him and so since, we were in the country, we had to make a hell of a noise to let the neighbours know we were there which we did very successfully and I am sure they knew something was going on although we had no complaints and didn’t put Phil’s animals over the fence so that was all good. I went over to the house with Jock to watch the Highlanders have another win which felt quite good for us Otago boys sitting in Canterbury as there seems to be a sometimes prominent team out of the competition. I enjoyed the rugby banter between Jock and Phil’s daughters which I think if points were awarded the girls would have clearly won. It was then back to the party till bed time.

Come morning we had a leisurely start followed by a good brekky which certainly saved time at lunch time. That was followed by a meeting where Mokai told us of some happenings within the club and we cleaned up the mess and went home. It was once again a very good weekend     with very good company which is of course why we do it. Thank you again Phil and Michelle it was a great place to party and you made us most welcome.


Mid Winter

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Report from The Back Room

There was a good turnout for the committee meet. A range of topics were discussed. From Swords Memorial Run to the Rally, getting quite lively at times. Michael let us know that Max was in Christchurch Hospital we wish her well with her recovery.

Next Club Ride/ Get Together is the Mid-Winter Do 20th June at Phil and Michele`s Methvan.

A Big Thanks to Barry for sourcing the wood.

Also Thanks to everyone that turned up with Vehicles, Chainsaws.  You’re Time and effort has been appreciated


“Sometimes it takes a whole Fuel Tank Before your Think Straight”

Presidents Post

Hi everyone

Hope all that went to the staging post and had a good one and the wood chop went well. Vickie and I will sadly miss the mid-winter at Phil`s and Swords memorial run, as will be in the USA on holiday at the time. So will be leaving Bill Hessall in charge while I am away. Don’t be too hard on him. Look forward to seeing everyone when we get back. I will try and send pics of our trip as we travel around. But I’m not too good at this so will see what happens. So everybody have a good time.

That’s all for now

Shayne S

4 Jun 2015

David (Sword) Niles

A Run For A Legend


3 Jun 2015

May Newsletter 2015

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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
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