Mail run gets through

New Zealand Mail Run

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

19 March, 2016 – Taupo NZ

For the 27th run­ning of the Mail Run, 51 bikes met the cri­te­ria of girder forks or a sprung seat with ei­ther rigid or plunger rear ends. This re­sulted in a fine dis­play of mo­tor­cy­cling his­tory for the pub­lic and rid­ers alike to in­spect at the start point of the Rally at the Ma­rina in Taupo. Taupo to Napier is 142km and sep­a­rated by a formidable range of hills, giv­ing a good test of man and ma­chine. All par­tic­i­pants made the jour­ney with­out any me­chan­i­cal glitches al­though two re­ceived punc­tures. Our ar­rival in Napier in warm and clear con­di­tions soon drew a crowd as the bikes rolled in and put on a dis­play op­po­site the Sound Shell. Re­fresh­ments were had, sto­ries were told be­fore rid­ers and their ma­chines left to pre­pare for the evening meal and prize giv­ing held once again at the RSA who put on a very sat­is­fy­ing meal en­joyed by all who at­tended. This year’s top bike was a very smart looking GTP Ve­lo­cette owned by Peter Har­groves who re­ceived the “Tin Man Tro­phy”. The qual­ity and stan­dard of the bikes is a credit to all par­tic­i­pants. We look for­ward to see­ing them and many more just like them, at next year’s 28th Mail Run.

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