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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Volume 35 No 5. March 29, 1972

Bike Club

Bike Club

Photograph of a man racing a Suzuki motorcycle

This year the Bike Club got off to a tremendous start with a very successful display and film evening of which was attended by over 100 bikies and others - much to the surprise of the committee.

The A.G.M. was recently held in which the majority of the committee was returned to power (along with a token number of newcomers) amid cries of "fix! fix!"'

For the record those elected were: John Scollay (President) Gerard Dobson (Club Captain), Judi Burnley (Secretary), Don Mcllroy (Treasurer), Ross Manley, Dave Munro, Graham Ridding, Tony Kellaway, and Phillip Burgess (committee members).

Membership has now risen to an alltime high of 96 (already better than last year's total).

On Sunday March 19, Gracefield happened!!! This was the first taste of racing for four of our club members. They performed with outstanding success with only 50% of our riders dropping off (not bad huh?) Tony (hang 10) Haines.- (250 Suzuki-Bultaco) was the first to part company with his bike. He came out of a corner too wide and came off second best in a tangle with a lamp post-one down. The next to go was Mr Mortimer - Graham Ridding who did a quick spot of grasstracking after discovering an oil patch that wasn't supposed to be there - two down.

Lawrence Bailey remained unscathed and performed as consistently as ever finishing both races in the middle of his class, after having an almighty scrap with a bonneville in the first.

Peter Craven put up the best performance of the group, coming first in his class (250cc production) in all his races except the first, in which he shot up an escape route due to lack of brakes.

After Gracefield we had a successful run and barbeque just off the Paekakariki Hill road. About 30 bikes and 2 cars went and the cooking fire was easily started by rubbing two kawasakis together. - Everybody had a lot of fun. The club has many more activities like this planned so if you want to be part of it ring Don (767-102) or watch the club noticeboard and come along.