Family’s shared love for bikes
The Thompson family are petrol fume living and breathing examples of just how family friendly the Matamata Motorcycle Club is.
Darcy Thompson, 9, and his cousin Jaedyn Hine, 4, both tried out the Matamata Motorcycle Club’s track for the first time at the twilight event on February 12, while it was Shakarna Thompson’s second season with the club. The eight-year-old had originally started riding with her dad and now wants to beat her brother at the club events, even though the twilight series is not about points.
The children grew up around their dad’s cars and motorbikes but he now focuses on helping his kids with their motorbike hobby – he has to catch Shakarna after each race as she can’t touch the ground with her feet on her new bike.
The club’s treasurer, Anna Baynes, said the Thompson family epitomised what the club was about, a family getting involved in a shared passion. She said Hine stole the show and her heart.
‘‘ He was knee high to a grasshopper but he got out there and did all three of his races,’’ she said.
Baynes was ‘‘stoked’’ with the twilight meeting attendance.
She estimated that 59 people rode at the event, including several newbies. She said the attendance reflected the message that the club was about low-key fun, while letting those who wanted to go hard do their thing, had been heard.
FAMILY FUN: From left, Jaedyn Hine, 4, and his cousin Darcy Thompson, 9, both tried out the Matamata Motorcycle Club’s track for the first time at the twilight event, while it is Shakarna Thompson’s, 8, second season with the club. For more photos of the action on the track, check out the Chronicle’s facebook page.