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Nor­ton Own­ers Club of NZ Mail Run Rally

Old Bike Australasia - - RALLY REPORTS - Re­port and pho­tos Jim Lord

21 March, 2015 – Taupo-Napier, NZ

The an­nual Mail Run from Taupo to Napier went ahead this year in glo­ri­ous weather, so with ev­ery­one in good spir­its it was a good turnout of girder forked and rigid framed bikes that as­sem­bled at the Ma­rina start point – some 54 bikes of all makes and mod­els. The first leg was con­cluded with only one bike re­quir­ing a lift due to a faulty clutch. Some mi­nor fet­tling was seen to be done amongst the other bikes but it was then my turn to ride Richard Caud­well’s 29 350cc In­dian Prince. Hav­ing fol­lowed Richard two weeks pre­vi­ously at the In­dian Rally held in Welling­ton, I was keen to feel how this bike went. I’m pleased to say I was not dis­ap­pointed. It got away steadily through the gears and once in top hap­pily cruised at around 40mph, pulling up the gen­tle in­clines on the way and only hav­ing to use 2nd gear to ne­go­ti­ate a hair­pin cor­ner on a steeper in­cline just be­fore the lunch stop at Tarawera. At the lunch stop, the run was meet by about 30 Hawkes Bay Clas­sic Club mem­bers who each year come to give all the old bikes en­cour­age­ment to con­tinue to Napier.

This year, bridge re­pairs only caused mi­nor de­lays but tended to split the rid­ers in groups so the re­group at Napier Air­port was the scene of some good hearted ban­ter as the bikes duly ar­rived and pre­pared for the run into town. At the des­ti­na­tion the bikes were parked in their decades for a public dis­play while the rid­ers re­counted the day’s hap­pen­ings over re­fresh­ments. A great day and great bikes and rid­ers! The prize giv­ing saw Den­nis Bris­tow “s 1927 BSA to be rider’s choice for the Rally and so was the win­ner of the “Tin Man Tro­phy” awarded for the sec­ond year. See you all when we do it again next year!

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