Saturday the 28th of February, 2015, brought us brilliant weather, great roads and saw a total of 27 cars and 98 motorcycles come to Bathurst to take part in and celebrate Al’s Ride.
98 motorcycles were registered, however being a part of this group leaving the Tourist Information Centre then watching video footage made it look like many more.
We just need to pay the last of our accounts then calculate all our income including amounts donated directly to our charities to calculate the amount we have raised this year.
Of special note, my brother, Chris celebrated his 60th birthday on the Saturday after Al’s Ride with several hundred guests attending a great fancy dress party. Chris’s request was, not to bring gifts, but donate to our Al’s Ride charities. This will bolster fundraising which we will publish in coming weeks.
Back to Al’s Ride. Our charities were very capably showcased with their origins and visions explained by Marcella Zemanek representing Cure Brain Cancer and Sonja Malcolm representing Cure Our Kids.
Special thanks to all who got their machines out and rode or drove. Many thanks to the NSW Motorcycle Alliance who allow this event to be possible, with Dave Cooke and all the staff truly great to work with. My nephew Mathew Ryan puts in a huge amount of time and effort working on our technical and computer systems. Mat’s wife Amy and my wife Christine put up with our attention and efforts being utilised elsewhere for months leading up to this. Daughter Emma and son-in-law Marc Hair put a great deal of effort into the Show & Shine event. Greg Burke, Bob Cooke, Matthew Drakefield and Dwayne Halpin ably assisted by leading rides and cruises. Steve Carnaby did a great job as Master Of Ceremonies. I could add pages naming everybody who helped and still miss one or two, suffice to say, to all those who gave up their time, donated their money and products to make this a great event, many thanks.
Our biggest distance travellers this year were Dave Krueger, Brett Morgan, Damien Hopkins, Peter Lee and Ben Morgan from Toowoomba and district in Queensland.
Please remember and support our sponsors PoliceBank, Harvey Norman Moore Park Supacentre, Continental Tyres, Motorcycle Accessory Supermarket, IGA Supermarkets, Panorama Hotel/Motel at Bathurst and GC AutoPro at Bathurst.
At The Event
Drawn by Wendy from PoliceBank
1st Prize of $500 Harvey Norman voucher – Garry Baker of Milton, NSW.
2nd Prize of a Pair of Continental Motorcycle Tyres – Peter Hamer of Ultimo, NSW.
3rd Prize of $300 IGA Supermarket voucher – Brett Morgan of Rangeville, Qld.
(In order auctioned)
More great work by Don Malcolm & Matthew Drakefield
|Scented Candle Pack||Matthew Drakefield||$200|
|Elf Oil Bundle||Keith Ryan||$125|
|Mosaic Table & Chairs||Sheryl Boyd||$750|
|Signed Tom Sykes 2013 World Superbike Champion helmet||Gary Chorley||$800|
|Breakfast with Marcella Zemanek||Mat & Amy Ryan||$300|
Best Holden/GM – Chris Reece – 1972 Holden SS
Best Ford – Alan Hair – 1968 Mustang
Best Other American – Don & Sonja Malcolm – 1970 Dodge Challenger
Best Asian – Ian Grainger – 1992 Holden Rodeo (Extremely neatly built and powered by an LS1 Chev)
Best European – Mat Ryan – 2008 Volkswagen .:R32
Don’t Forget that there is a huge number of photos from all parts of the day, so head over to our website and check them out.
For all of the latest details on AL’s RIDE please keep an eye out on our website and our Facebook page. You can find links to both at the bottom of this email.