I recently holidayed up at Cooper Beach ( Doubtless Bay, Northland) with Mrs K and Jr and one of the highlights of our trip was visiting Mathews Vintage Collection on SH10 just outside Taipa. Whilst admiring his fine and varied collection, I was taken with this magnificent Raleigh Model 21.
Along with the display was a typed letter from Bruce Auger explaining some of the background and challenges he had in restoring this motorcycle to this prodigious condition. I have transcribed his letter below , including typos, for all to enjoy.
There’s not much more I can add, I would
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I am not really keen on such comments as “put it on your bucket list” (grrrr!!) and find that saying quite irritable. We do things because we want to and when we can afford it. But one thing that I did have on ‘a list’ for the last few years was to attend the Burt Munro Challenge in Invercargill, and finally the opportunity presented itself last month.
Held over the last weekend of November the Challenge is a series of different motorcycle events over 4 days. This year had an added attraction with the opening of Motorcycle Mecca, the newly
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Ashley , President of the New Zealand BSA Motorcycle Owners’ Club reached out to us to let you know about the 2017 National BSA Rally and after some some hard negotiation down to the princely sum of $0.00, we here at Barnstormers are more than happy to post this event for the New Zealand BSA Motorcycle Owners’ Club.
Set in rural Taranaki, Vertical Horizon is an event centre a few minutes from Inglewood. The centre is used for school camps, holiday programmes, corporate team building and leadership training. Several motorcycle clubs have used the venue in the past for
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Every two years the NZ Vintage Car Club holds its National Motorcycle Rally, alternating it between the North and South Islands. The next one, to be held on the 17th to 19th February 2017 is based at the Waitomo Village, and is being organised jointly between the Auckland and Waikato sections of the Vintage Car Club. The after rally tour that follows on from the rally weekend, starting on Monday 20th to Friday 24th, is in the style of hub tours to places of interest, returning each day back to Waitomo.
Want to know where Waitomo is? We can help.
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Its been over 20 years since I attended the swapmeet at McLeans Island and so after a chat with Baron McSnotty I decided to join him in his pilgrimage to the island that splits New Zealand from Stewart Island. Early starts have always been a hallmark of the Barnstormer lads adventures and this was no different. We arrived in Christchurch at stupid o’clock on Thursday morning so we could spend the day pootling about in the Hyanddry Bitz rental roller-skate, taking the sights in and around post earthquake Christchurch, Lyttelton and Akaroa. Even after 6 years , its a pretty
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