De­liv­er­ing the mail

Hawke’s Bay Clas­sic Mo­tor­cy­cle Club 25th Taupo to Napier Mail Run

Old Bike Australasia - - RALLY REPORTS HAWKE’S BAY CMC - Re­port & Pho­tos Jim Lord

15 March, 2014 – Napier, NZ

The an­nual 25th Mail Run went ahead as planned de­spite at­tempts by Sub Trop­i­cal Low ‘Lusi’ to get in on the act! We had over 50 en­tries make their way to the Taupo start point on Satur­day morn­ing af­ter an in­for­mal get to­gether and meal at the Taupo RSA the night be­fore. A sur­prise to many was the ar­rival of a 1912 James – a 500cc belt drive model with two speed hub, that was started and dis­played. Later on, while re­group­ing at Ran­gatiki Cafe, the James was seen leisurely “putt putting” along – a real priv­i­lege in­deed!

The rain, just prior to the lunch stop at the Tarawera Cafe, caused one 741 In­dian and one Ve­lo­cette to slip off the black stuff – but for­tu­nately didn’t re­sult in any in­juries to the rid­ers – only pride dented! With the rain mak­ing its pres­ence felt, bikes were started and with the re­solve of “The Mail must get through”, par­tic­i­pants made their way safely to Napier. Satur­day night’s din­ner and prize giv­ing at the Napier RSA saw the first is­su­ing of the “Tin Man” Bike of the Rally tro­phy do­nated by Betty Wake­field in mem­ory of her hus­band Alan go de­serv­ingly to Neville Olsen and his 1924 BSA. The award was pre­sented to Neville by Alan and Betty’s daugh­ter Val. It was an en­joy­able run for the old girder fork and ridgid bikes and we hope to see more next year. Thanks es­pe­cially to Mike Lit­tle who do­nates ev­ery year to the Rally and to all our other spon­sors who give so gen­er­ously. Thanks to ev­ery­one that lent a hand in mak­ing this Rally run as smoothly as it did – it was much ap­pre­ci­ated.

TOP A rare patch of blue sky for the dis­play. ABOVE 1912 James put in a few slow laps of the car park. BE­LOW De­spite the mist and rain, the mail must get through. BE­LOW IN­SET Match­less-en­gined Mor­gan draws ad­mir­ers.

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