NZ Velo Rally 2018 – Cromwell February 16-18
Expressions of interest required by August 31 2017!
Well the plans have been made. David Tofield from Dunedin, has offered to run next year’s rally but he would love some help please so any South Islanders willing to lend a hand please let me know. I will be doing the entries etc (unless someone down there put their hands up).
The Burt Munro Week (based in Invercargill) has now been moved (away from its annual windy and wet November date) to February 8-11, 2018 so it was thought why not tie our rally onto the end of the Burt Munro Festival and that way people who have to travel long distances will have the opportunity to indulge in lots of motorcycles and history. If you go to Invercargill I can recommend that you visit Neville Hayes’ Hammer Hardware shop (free), the Richardson Truck and Bike (ex Nelson) Museums, the main Invercargill Museum (also free – if only to see the tuatara’s up close) and walk around the attached park and gardens; even if you are not technically minded (me), or particularly bike minded you will enjoy yourself. That said accommodation in Invercargill around this time will be at a premium so if you are considering being there it would pay to think seriously about booking your accommodation very soon.
With the NZCMRR Pukekohe Classic Festival on February 2-4 February 2018 will be a busy month in NZ.
The Velo rally will be based at the Cromwell Top 10 Holiday Park, within walking distance of the pictured Historic Precinct and the Victoria Arms Hotel, venue for our Saturday Prizegiving dinner. The intention is to have a welcome BBQ on the Friday night, and on the Saturday hold the rally itself which will use back roads where available and head south to Arrowtown for morning tea, then up the Crown range north around Wanaka to the Aerodrome where we will have lunch and then back to Cromwell.
Future information regarding the rally will only be sent out to those who lodge and expression of interest.
So think about it now, we need to know numbers by the end of August for costs.
Contact Cheryl on 07 8493568 or firstname.lastname@example.org
2017 New Zealand Velocette Rally.
The 2017 New Zealand Velocette Rally was organised by Warwick Darrow, Paul Muir and Keith Ballagh, it was held over the weekend from Friday 25 th. February at The Miranda Hot Springs Holiday Camp on the Firth of Thames. The Rally was well attended with some 60 plus riders, once again we had the Australian President, Keith Canning plus a number of members and their partners, which, over the years has become a regular trip for many of them. The weather was kind to us and Saturday saw us have a casual ride to the Thames township and a look around this early gold mining area. Optional rides were offered to the more adventurous riders.Sunday saw the formal rally, with us riding from the camp site, (on the East Coast), to Karioitahi Beach, on the West Coast, with some spectacular scenery on the way, however, just prior to arriving at Clevedon there was a Police check and a number of our members (and some independent riders) were pulled over for what we thought was a W O F / Licence check, however we were pleasantly surprised to be given some safety gear and a fluoro vest to promote road safety.
We stopped for a more than adequate lunch at Brookby1 where we looked over Chris North’s collection of bikes, including many, (mainly unrestored) Velocettes and Brough Superiors. Back on the bikes we followed the country roads to arrive at Waiuku a small town (with the oldest operating public house in New Zealand), where, unfortunately Tim and Lyn O’ Brien, part of the group of Australian visitors, were knocked of their bike whilst travelling down the main street into the township. Lyn having scratches and bruising whilst Tim was taken to hospital requiring an operation on his shoulder prior to returning home to Hamilton in Victoria a few days later. I should point out that the car driver was completely at fault and appeared to be impatient to join the main road into town when he pulled out hitting the side of their bike sending both riders to the ground. This is the third incident I know of where riders being hit by cars coming from a side road without due care over the last few weeks. ‘We are so venerable to impatient car drivers’. Carrying on, we rode to the top of a hill to see the panoramic view of the Tasman Sea with surf pounding the black sandy beach, it was an awesome sight, and made the ride really special. Returning to Miranda we visited a monument overlooking the Waikato river built to remember soldiers killed during the Maori wars
The return ride was to see a the backup crews doing a sterling job.
That night (after a dip in the hot pools) we attended an excellent meal at the Kaiawa Pub for the presentation with Warwick Darrow as the M/C.
The Velocette cup was awarded to Roy Harvey who brought his beautifully restored 1912 and 1920 Velo’s to the Rally.
In all, (apart from Tim and Lynn’s accident) it was an excellent rally.
Awards were received by the following riders.
Velocette Cup.( John Jones Memorial Trophy). Donated by the Velocette Factory. 1932.
Recipient. ROY HARVEY. For the of the final restoration of the ex Pete Butterworth 1920 D.2 and 1913 Veloce.
Oldest Rider. JACK MICKLESON. MK 11 KSS.
Hard Luck Prize. JOHN GRINTER. 1955. MSS.
Best non Velo. Alice Leney. 1952 Vincent Rapide.
Mechanical Excellence. TED RIPPEY. Velocette Viceroy.
Small Two Strokes. JOHN MEHARRY. VELOCETTE VICEROY.
TED RIPPEY. VELOCETTE VICEROY.
Show and Shine. ROY HARVEY. 1913 VELOCE and 1920 D.2. VELOCETTE.
Futherest to the Rally. GERALD PHILBRICK Devon. U.K.
Longest Ride to the Rally. JACK HORTON. Venom. Nick Mansell. 1947 Mac. Pete Johnson. Velo Thruxton.
I wish you all safe riding.
Velocette Rally 2017 – 23,24& 25 February at Miranda (Thames)
Our organising team thought it would be a good idea to run our rally right behind the VCC National MC Rally, at Waitomo, as we know that some of our members travel long distances and this way they could get to take part in two rallies if they wished. Note also to North Islanders our local VCC rally
This years rally will be based at Miranda Holiday Park which is situated on the Auckland-Coromandel Highway. The rally will consist of an easy run on the Friday (24 February) to Ngatea Water Gardens and on to Thames to the Pumping Station and Lunch followed by a BBQ, and then a longer run on Saturday (25 February) from coast to coast, followed by dinner at the Kaiaua Pub. We are planning some interesting stops along the way and will update you as we confirm these. There are also many attractions in the area, from the Miranda Thermal hot pools, to extensive bird life along the coast, native bush reserves and great riding along rural roads.
We recommend staying at Miranda Holiday Park (http://www.mirandaholidaypark.co.nz/ to view accommodation options), you will then need to call the holiday park on 0800 833 1444 (NZ) or 0064 7 867 3205 (overseas)and state that you are with the ‘Velocette’ Rally to make your booking as the holiday park has blocked on-line bookings until the end of November to ensure that our group has first option.
For further information or to lodge your expression of interest please contact Cheryl Mickleson on email@example.com or 0(064)7 8493 568. Entry forms, once costs are finalised, will only be forwarded to those who lodge an expression of interest.