Tranz Alpine Scooter Safari

Fundraiser scooter ride from Christchurch to Hokitika.

Fundraiser and information page

EVENT: Tranz Alpine Scooter Safari
EVENT DATE: 13/6/2009

Dear Visitor &/or Supporter,

Thanks for visiting our Scooter Safari Fundraising page – that’s awesome!

Our names are Mike Rattray, Wayne Cook, Ben Walker and Damion Haines. We are 4 aircraft engineers working at Air New Zealand’s #1 Hangar.

Sadly one of our team mates was recently diagnosed with Bowel Cancer and is about to begin a long process of surgeries and chemo treatment. We wanted to help, so we’ll be riding scooters coast to coast, Christchurch to Hokitika, to raise funds for the Cancer Society.

We thought that if hes going to endure a sore butt from his surgery, then we should get sore butts too!

So, on a June winters day we’ll be departing Christchurch on our scooters, all step-thrus, old, and quite questionable. Just take a look at the pics. You might also notice that we are not small riders.

It’ll be challenging, fun, exciting & certainly an experience. Well not only be pushing ourselves physically to ride scooters for 9 or so hours, trans-alpine through the Otira Gorge in the winter, but as Engineers well be pushed to use all our nouse to keep the bikes running and come out the other side in one piece.

We set off on Saturday 13 June 2009, and will be riding a total distance of approx 250km through the Southern Alps, hopefully arriving at the pub in Hokitika that day (all going well).

Along the way well be taking photos and recording our accounts of adversity and the fun we had along the way. The article will be published in a future issue of Kiwi Rider magazine.

However, most important of all, our goal is to raise $10,000 or more for the Cancer Society. It’s about making a difference!

Please could you sponsor us?

Select the “Make a donation” button below. It’s simple, fast and totally secure and every single cent you donate goes directly to the trust account of the charity we are supporting.

If you live in New Zealand your donation is tax deductible and a receipt will be issued.

Alternatively, deposits can be made at any National Bank branch to the Cancer Society, Account: 060-801-0325606-03 (make a reference to the Scooter Safari)

Please come out and show your support on the day the scheduled stops are below.
And if youve got your own scooter feel free to join in the ride – the more the merrier!
(Please note: You must provide your own support crew, petrol, accommodation, return transport etc. This is at your own risk. Please register your interest to the event coordinator – details below).

Here’s our Flight Plan:

Depart Christchurch 7am on 13 June 2009

First Stop: SHEFFIELD PIE SHOP
Second Stop: SPRINGFIELD SERVICE STATION (FUEL STOP)
Third Stop: CASTLE HILL VILLAGE (TOILET STOP)
Fourth Stop: FLOCK HILL LODGE (MORNING TEA)
Fifth Stop: LAKE PEARSON (FUEL STOP)
Sixth Stop: BEALEY HOTEL, ARTHURS PASS (REFRESHMENTS)
Seventh Stop: ARTHURS PASS TOWNSHIP (LUNCH)
Eighth Stop: JACKSONS HOTEL, JACKSONS (AFTERNOON TEA)
Ninth Stop: KUMARA JUNCTION (CUPPA TEA)
Tenth Stop: BEACHFRONT HOTEL, HOKITIKA (FINISH & DEBRIEF)

We look forward to having you on-board.
Many thanks for your support!

You can also check out our Facebook support group page. Search under groups for the ‘Tranz Alpine Scooter Safari’

Best regards,

Mike, Wayne, Ben and Damion

EVENT COORDINATOR: Contact Jayne Rattray, email j.rattray@xtra.co.nz

P.S:
In 2010 well be doing it again, bigger and better and you’ll be invited again to join us. With more organisation well be aiming to have sponsors on board, organised support crews, accommodation and return transport for participants.

Classic Fighters show, Easter 2009, Omaka, Blenheim

Hi

Italian / Retro / classic style scooters for Classic Fighters show at
Omaka Airfield, Blenheim, Easter (10th – 12th April)

We have 6 now confirmed from the North Island, 4 from the South Island. No more performers will be accepted, however any locals wishing to come along and park up with us onsite can purchase a daypass for $45 and do so.

We are getting the 3am ferry to Picton on Good Friday, and plan to be
at Omaka in Blenheim by lunchtime Friday. I expect to be the slowest,
I’m taking my smallframe. We are getting the 8am sailing
Easter Monday back to Wellington.

More info on the show: http://www.classicfighters.co.nz

Jess
04 389 9421
027 449 3502

Track Day 4th April 2009

We have another track day underway April 4 – again riding in the slow / novice class. Anybody interested to improve their time in an environment considerably safer than engaging the streets of Auckland City on a work day, should consider this great opportunity to improve skills and test your scoot in a legal manner.

Next session will be with kiwi trackdays – see their website for detail and to check what protection you must wear. Kiwi Track Days. Contact Michael Davies at Retroscooter or Kevin Golding at Scooterworld for more info. We hope to participate at Hampton Downs as soon as the facility is running.

THAT PRE 1979 CLASSIC SCOOTER SHOW – BRING OUT YA DEAD!

Fellow Classic Scooter Fans,
It brings me great honour to announce an upcoming event that a number of the aged steel and (sometimes gears, lets not forget the Rabbits and the aged Jap Scooters) community has been working on.

On the 22nd of March, the same contributors that worked on the Waihi Rally and gave generously to the Child Cancer foundation and gave away a classic PX150 scooter, bring to you

THAT PRE 1979 CLASSIC SCOOTER SHOW – BRING OUT YA DEAD!

The concept is for something along the lines of the Hotrod Blowout that is hosted each year by the Scavengers. It is a classic only event that has a cut off date of 1979. The idea of this is not to be exclusive but to guarantee a flavour for the event. The show ground will be divided up into marques, years and quality as best we can. Of course there will be music and entertainment will abound.

So as not to exclude people who have that gem in their shed that they cant quite finish, we want to encourage people to bring their projects! This could include a Maico Mobile, a Heinkel Tourist, an Nzetta – who really knows? The promotion of the event has already begun on the scooter underground.

Judging of the show will be by peoples choice and of course there will be prizes on the day. Other things that we anticipate to include are a pinstriping booth, maybe some scooter inspired art or concept drawings. We would like to go as far as a scooter laid out in bits on a sheet, a sort of exploded diagram of a scooter.

So people, rally around, get inspired and join us at the Scooterworld carpark on Sunday the 22nd of March at Midday. Parking at the event will be strictly pre 1979, there is plenty of parking locally for the cars and trailers required to bring some of the trailer queens. Being a Sunday, we anticipate a great turnout, heaps of parking and great weather.

Come one, come all. Entry to the event will be by gold coin, and proceeds will help cover our costs and pay for the grand prize.