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.

The Androidds

The Androidss – yes, with a double s, a set of twins and two brothers are back!

Don’t miss their one and only Auckland show on Saturday Oct 25th, at one of Auckland’s oldest standing Rock ‘n’ Roll venues, that’s right – The Kings Arms.

Christchurch punk band The Androidss formed in 1979 and last played Auckland in 1981 – 27 years ago! Some of you will remember them, others of you would not have been born yet, but the legacy of their hit song ‘Auckland Tonight’ and their punk attitude lives on in many of us.

It been 27 years since the The Androidss last played Auckland!

It is a show that me, myself Devil Doll is proudly promoting so pass the e-mail round.

Devil Doll

Presents…

This band has a great and large repertoire of songs that were most unfortunately lost to history. A contributing factor to their history and lack of recordings was due to a couple of members doing jail time. However, ‘Auckland Tonight’ and ‘Getting Jumpy’ were the only two songs to have been recorded/documented/saved, thanks to Ripper Records.

Ripper Records being one of NZ’s most important record labels. Hell, it was only the first punk record label to have started up in NZ! The mastermind behind the label was Bryan Staff, who up until recently hosted a country music show on Radio Live.

World famous in Christchurch, this band was very important on the local scene for it’s melodic post punk Rock/Pop sound.

Don’t consider this a mere reunion show for the revivalists, this is a show to evoke and awake the punk attitude that so many bands and businesses have adopted today…Hallelujah!

This show will stand the test of time, with old favourites and new songs from their up coming album, or rather long awaited album. Incarceration can somewhat stifle productivity – 27 years in the baking!

Quote from punk band peers,

The Enemy on 3 Jun 2008

‘Auckland Tonight is an under recognised New Zealand classic’

Quote from http://www.thebigcity.co.nz.

‘Undeniably the band produced some standalone great music, pure guitar pop.

I never saw the Androidss perform live and never actually met any of the band members directly, so the band is a bit of an enigma to me, just their reputation and their music left to impress me. One band I really wish I’d caught live.’

Don’t be the one writing the above in years to come.

The Androidss

Saturday October 25th at The Kings Arms with support from;

Labretta Suede and The Motel 6

And

The Bilge Rats

Door 8pm.

New motorcycle parking areas proposed in Wellington

Wellington City Council have just released a set of new Traffic Resolutions for consideration, which includes several new motorcycle parking areas. It adds up to a total of 54 metres.

WCC Traffic resolutions.

“Information:
Council has received numerous requests to increase the availability of motorcycle parking in the CBD. Currently demand for on street motorcycle parking space exceeds supply. Officers consider that, with rising fuel costs, increasing numbers of commuters are turning to scooters or motorcycles as a cheaper transport option. From a demand perspective, it is likely that an increase in use of scooters and motorbikes will reduce the numbers of cars commuting to work in the CBD, which will in turn reduce car congestion and demand for on street car park space.”

“Information:
The demand for motorcycle parking in the city is growing rapidly, mainly as a result of fuel price rises. An assessment of parking within the CBD is being undertaken and it has been found that small motorcycles stands can be shoehorned into existing parking arrangements without significantly compromising existing arrangements.”

Proposed new parking areas include:

Cable St (opposite Te Papa) – two new sections of parking.
Victoria St (opposite Central Library, at the Mercer St intersection)
Wakefield St (near the pedestrian crossing opposite the City Council, near the Lido Cafe)
Wakefield St (near the intersection with Tory St)
Jessie St
Tennyson St
Marion St