Well, wasn’t that good fun! The afternoon kicked off with the Gymkhana, two at a time weaving in and out of the witches hats without putting your foot down - great fun, with no disasters. Then there was the go-slow race, run in different heats, Barry Robson and Ray Macneall were doing well with this.
Chucking the helmet was next, Ronnie manages to throw the helmet the
highest, I think, with it just missing the trusty Commodore before it
was moved. Would have been a bit funny explaining the broken window to
the insurance company.
The paper race is always entertaining. You’ve have to pick up papers
in one bucket and drop them in another some distance away, quite
difficult when you have a clutch - not so bad on a postie bike. Ross
got the knack of this pretty well.
Musical Chairs was
hilarious with bodies
being hurled with abandon at the treasured chairs. And with Ronnie
being sneaky at one stage pinching a chair from under the bum of a
Rolling the Wheel, not as easy as you think unless you know the
technique, Ross was an old hand at doing this and once the others
watched his technique they were all into it, “Roll it from your back!!!”
And there was of course the popular riding the plank, made a bit
more difficult by putting in a see-saw and narrower plank. The younger
ones were having a great time taking to the challenge.
Finishing off the afternoon was the wildly entertaining game of
Motorcycle Soccer. This was a huge hit with the players and the
audience. The final score was a bit lop-sided but the fun wasn’t. This
was so popular that there is now talk of regular games - better get
By 5.30pm most had retired to the bar. The hall was decked out with
the old ’24 AJS on one side and Colin's 74 Z Kawasaki on the other,
both lit up with lights - looked great Gary.
The BBQ’s were lit and later everyone tucked into their dinner
before the skits started. Phil and Des in the meantime had a surprise
up their sleeve presenting Bob and Neil with Life Membership for
services to this Club and previous Club work. This was greatly
appreciated by Neil and myself - thanks to Phil and Des and Club
A further complete surprise was an Appreciation Award to Chris Rees,
the Award read: “In recognition of your overall behind-the-scenes
assistance given to Bob in his role as President and Editor. Together
with your position of Club Membership Secretary, your efforts in
encouraging womens interests in motorcycling with weekend rides and
fund-raising, and your patience and assistance given freely to club
members.” I thought it very well deserved and worth relaying in full
Then followed the skits, kicked off by Phil reciting some funny
poetry, which he’s very accomplished at.
Then the Colorectal Surgeon (Marilyn Smith)
and nurse (Chris Rees)
operated on the patient (Ronnie Jellesma), this was hilarious. They
were accompanied by Alex and myself singing an appropriate song
accompanied by the guitar. Nevertheless it would have to be said that
the operation was a success and Ronnie definitely needed to be operated
Phil then did another poem/song to much applause. Gary and Cherie
Carlsen then did a series of solo and double skits which were
absolutely brilliant from Gary as a vicar to Cherie a prostitute, they
were very well done. But the skit that got me was Gary dressed up in
yellow Wiggles T-shirt, his jocks, back tights and a crown on his head
doing a series of impersonations of a king, I had tears rolling down my
cheeks ha ha.
The finale was Jim Sharpe and Liz Barber doing a very funny skit
about a banana - you had to be there.
It was then back to the bar and chatting before the caretaker announced he was about to set off his cannon (miniature replica of a Yankee civil war cannon), it will shoot 800m!
This he did to great delight of the crowd, dressed as a Yankee
soldier and assisted by one of the younger party-goers. He seemed to
take great delight in running around in the gunpowder smoke afterwards.
Then more drinks etc before the evening ended. Everyone who went
enjoyed themselves - a great day.
The Rifle Club venue is excellent for what we wanted, thanks to Gary Carlsen for organising it - much appreciated.