Well, unless you have been living under a pretty large and rather dark rock for the last few weeks you’ll all know that the first annual Grease Monkey’s Show went down Sunday the 6th of March. I’m a wee bit slow getting this together and out but here’s a quick recap for those of you who couldn’t make it out on the day.
After much (dis)organization, the day went off without a hitch – the turnout was fantastic, the weather on the day couldn’t have been better and the BBQ was firing on all cylinders! With about 40 or so bikes of all different shapes, sizes, styles and horsepowers the judges were definitely going to have their work cut out for them!
With bikes rolling in thick and fast from 10am, it wasn’t long before we had a good lineup of bobbers, choppers, café racers, classics and even a Brat or 2. All of which attracted some good positive attention from the general public who took their time meandering through the field and admiring. As well as the many cases of whiplash I’m sure Waitakere Hospital had to treat later in the day that almost every single person riding past on a motorcycle looked to have had!
But the best part of the day though, was definitely getting a big group of the club together to meet new people, catch up with familiar faces and just generally have a great time hanging out and talking shit!
Moving on to the business end of the day though, the judges did indeed have their work cut out for them, after much pointing, chin rubbing, scribbling notes and quiet muttering to one another, they solved the Herald Sudoku for the day and it was onto the judging! Given that there were no set categories as they wanted to see how many and what types of bikes turned up on the day, the following bikes were chosen as winners for the categories:
Best Café Racer: Rene Latham, Kawasaki W650
Best Chopper or Bobber: Andrew Wezenbeek , Yamaha XS650
Best Classic: Chris Jenkins, Norton Commando
Best Post-Classic: Tim Cooper, Suzuki GSX400
Best “Grease Monkeys” Bike: Mike Dodd, Suzuki AX100
People’s Choice: Jason MacDonald, BMW K75
A big thanks has to go out to Horace Hartnett for saving a fair number of bare scalps and receding hairlines from a crispy fate by supplying a very welcome marquee which provided shelter for the more fair skinned (and hair deficient) members among us. Also a huge thanks obviously has to go to Jon and Sara for hosting everyone for the day and manning the BBQ until everything edible had been cooked.
And of course we couldn’t have done it without everyone who made the effort to get out there and turn up, thanks everyone and we hope to see even more of you all out for next year’s event!!
For a great photographical recap of the day check out Tristan Melling’s album of photos on our Facebook Page – thanks again for sharing them Tristan!