30 up for the Mail Run

Mail Run Rally

Old Bike Australasia - - RALLY RE­PORTS - Re­port and Pho­tos Jim and Mag­gie Lord

The 30th an­niver­sary Mail Run Rally was at­tended by over 50 bikes in­clud­ing three 100 year old bikes – a 1914 Hum­ber 3.5hp, 1913 P & M 3.5hp belt driven, and a 1918 In­dian Power Plus. All made it to the Ran­gi­taiki tea rooms where the now fa­mil­iar tin­ker­ing and check­ing of bikes takes place. With all well, it was then onto the lunch stop at Tarawera where they put on ex­tra staff to help cope with the in­flux of rid­ers, along with mem­bers of the Hawkes Bay Clas­sic Mo­tor­cy­cle Club, who rode up to join us. After a sand­wich and a nice hot drink, we set off for the shores of Napier, 80km away. The climb over the Kaweka Ranges, which forms part of the moun­tain­ous spine of the North Is­land, was a good test for all the old bikes, not just the pre-1920 bikes. It was a priv­i­lege and a plea­sure to see these old bikes go­ing about their work in a va­ri­ety of ways, but all achiev­ing the re­sult of get­ting their rid­ers to Napier. We po­si­tioned our­selves out front of the his­toric Ma­sonic Ho­tel which was de­stroyed in the 1931 earth­quake and re­built in 1932 – where the bikes were put on static dis­play. The evening meal fol­lowed by prize giv­ing was at­tended by over 80 peo­ple. The RSA put on a sub­stan­tial two course buf­fet which was en­joyed by all. The 100 year old bikes deserved a prize each for bring­ing these up from Welling­ton and driv­ing them all the way from Taupo-Napier. If you have a girder fork mo­tor­cy­cle and wish to join us next year for the 31st an­niver­sary, please con­tact Jim Lord for de­tails at lord.fam­[email protected]

Jim Thorne 1941 Nor­ton 16H. Best 1940s Bike. ABOVE Mark Dun­can’s 1954 Ve­lo­cette MAC. BE­LOW Ladies’ prize win­ner Mar­i­anne Trebes 1936 Royal En­field G.

Dave Gwynn 1913 P & M 3.5hp – Over­all Win­ner with Best Pre-1920s Bike.

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