In motorcycling, or any other club activity, whether competitive or passive, participants appreciate some recognition of their hard work and dedication in preparing their machine.
It is fitting then that recognition of their effort be rewarded in awarding a trophy or reward of some kind.
With interclub events such as annual rallies, the rivalry becomes more intense and judging of various categories sort out the best from the best.
Trophies are awarded according to most original, best in model and year, sometimes judged by rally members and at other times by independent experts.
Taree and District Vintage and Classic Motorcycle Club has a couple of awards judged annually, a perpetual trophy and the Bill Dennes Best Presented Machine, also awarded in perpetuity.
There is an incentive to strive for any trophy, not necessarily monetary and some token of evidence in this form can evoke a certain pride in the ownership of one’s machine.
Of course one must have suitable shelf space in one’s garage as these souvenirs are often frowned upon by the lady indoors.
I once had my first restoration mounted and placed in the middle of the lounge room which was thoroughly discouraged and much relief was gathered when it was finally relegated to the shed.
Personally I thought it looked rather smart and was an instant conversation piece – wrong again!
A good friend of mine has his shed full of trophies in cabinets, beside action pictures of him in his racing gear hanging on the walls, not to mention much more memorabilia, not offensive to his wife but just great for a motorcycle enthusiast. I just love it!
Taree and District Vintage and Classic Motorcycle Club
Calendar of club events
Sunday, April 23: Smithtown Hotel, bring your own lunch, leaving 9.30am at the tourist information centre Taree North.
Wednesday, April 26: Mid week riders’ choice, departing from three venues, Forster, Taree and Kew, 9.30am at the tourism information centre.
Sunday, April 30: Wootton, to member’s home for morning tea, leaving 9.30am at the tourist information centre Taree North.
Wednesday, May 3: Moorland, departing from three venues, Forster, Taree and Kew, 9.30am at the tourism information centre.
Sunday, May 7: Cattai Wetlands for picnic morning tea BYO, one kilometre of unsealed road, leaving 9.30am at the tourist information centre Taree North.
Wednesday, May 10: Mid week riders’ choice, departing from three venues, Forster, Taree and Kew, 9.30am at the tourism information centre.
Saturday, May 13: Mother’s Day special, club supplied morning tea at Beechwood, note start at 7.30am tourism information centre.
Monday, May 15: monthly meeting at Airport Tavern, Cundletown, 7.30pm.