Big bikes and loud pipes at autumn gala
The bikes and pipes will be ‘calling’ at St Peter’s Church in the Palmerston North suburb of Terrace End on Saturday.
Along with the usual stalls, crafts and activities, the St Peter’s Autumn Food & Fun Fair has attracted bikers from the Manawatu branch of the Ulysses Motorcycle Club, along with a band of pipers, and a pipe organ player to keep the crowds entertained.
While there won’t be any joyrides, the big Ulysses touring bikes will provide talking points and selfie opportunities outside in the car park from 9am to about 10.30am.
The club’s Murray Cross will be bringing his 1990 1300cc V-4 Yamaha Venture Royale, with its matching touring trailer capable of comfortably stowing and towing 50-kilograms of luggage.
Cross said while the club was open to over-40s bikers, and there was no restriction on make or size of bike, the two-wheeled car park display would be of the larger cubic capacity vehicles.
‘‘We’re hoping for eight bikes. The Ulysses Club is not brand specific so there could be several different makes. One of the riders is also a member of the Goldwing club, so a couple of Goldwings could also turn up.’’
He said the 70-strong local Ulysses club even boasted members who were in their 80s and 90s.
Secretary Trish Bruce said Ulysses membership emphasised safe and responsible riding, and it was one of the first clubs to promote the wearing of hi-vis vests and clothing.
The local branch of the inter- nationally affiliated club meets every second Tuesday of the month at the Bunnythorpe Tavern.
With the big bikes providing an external focus, inside the church, well-known local organist Robert Cleaver will be pulling out the stops on the pipe organ.
Known for his eclectic repertoire and his ability to make the instrument sound like a Wurlitzer, Cleaver would be providing an entertaining programme for fair-goers and organ enthusiasts.
Convenor Alyson Chandler said the Manawatu & Districts Pipe Band will be playing outside, and when Cleaver takes a break, the pipers and drummers could invade the church nave for a set.
A further feature of Saturday’s fair will be the chance to sample Indian and East Asian cuisine and freshly sizzled gourmet sausages.
Murray Cross of the Ulysses Motor Cycle Club aboard his 1300cc Yamaha.