NZ Mail Run

29th Mail Run

Old Bike Australasia - - NEWS - Re­port and pho­tos Jim and Mag­gie Lord

17-18 March, 2018 – Napier, New Zealand.

This year’s Mail Run Rally nearly didn’t hap­pen! Heavy rain, slips and flood­ing closed SH5 be­tween Taupo and Napier on the Thurs­day lead­ing up to the week­end event. For­tu­nately for us, the road re­opened and cleared, en­abling my­self and other par­tic­i­pants to get to Taupo on Fri­day for the start of the rally on Satur­day morn­ing. Satur­day dawned fresh and clear with a good gath­er­ing of bikes and rid­ers soon had a jovial at­mos­phere go­ing an­tic­i­pat­ing the start. Rid­ers’ brief­ing as­sured ev­ery­one that the road to Napier was safe and clear, with the old­est bikes, which in­cluded three In­dian Scouts and an AJS K8 all pre 1930 lead­ing off at 10am. A strong head wind and a sub­stan­tial climb out of Taupo, en­sured no speed records were bro­ken on the first leg! The re­group at the Ran­gi­tikei Tea­rooms en­abled the usual tin­ker­ing then away to the Tarawera Cafe lunch stop. The bikes, once again, as­sem­bled in ‘decade’ groups for vot­ing by rid­ers and Hawkes Bay Mo­tor­cy­cle Club mem­bers who joined us for lunch.

With the con­di­tions near per­fect, ev­ery­one set off for Napier. Once over the ranges, the ride down the Esk Val­ley was pic­turesque and en­joy­able. Ev­ery­one re­grouped out­side of the air­port be­fore trav­el­ling into Napier for a pub­lic dis­play out­side the Ma­sonic Ho­tel; this al­lowed a well earned drink for the rid­ers! The evening meal and prize giv­ing went well with first-time en­trant, Dennis Palmer from Lower Hutt tak­ing out the “Tin Man Tro­phy” – the rid­ers’ choice – on his stun­ning WL Har­ley. Next year will be the 30th run­ning of this event with hopes of a big­ger turnout of bikes and rid­ers.

Rally bikes soak up the breeze in Napier. ABOVE Gary Alve on his 1936 ES2 Nor­ton. ABOVE RIGHT Mike Har­ris and his 1928 AJS K8. RIGHT Dennis Palmer won Best 1930s for his WLA Har­ley. Trevor Alve with his 1937 Nor­ton ES2.

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