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The Otago Motorcycle Club
A club dedicated to motorcycle enthuses, motorcycle racing, training, and social events. Including the Brass Monkey Rally.
A club dedicated to motorcycle enthuses, motorcycle racing, training, and social events. Including the Brass Monkey Rally.


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February Newsletter 2016
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6:00 pm - Saturday, 13th February 2016

OMCC Clubroom - 3 Clark Street,  Dunedin.

See Lyndon Poskitt (Pyndon) and his 690 Rally bike live Saturday 13th February at the OMCC clubrooms. Arrival at 6 pm, presentation starts at 7 pm and finishes around 10 pm.  We need the numbers for it to be viable so buy a ticket and come and hear and see something special. Lyndon will even start the 690 up in the clubrooms; you can sit on it too. (Pretty good considering it's a $60,000 Rally bike.)The 690 has twin pipes and sounds gorgeous. Bring your partner/husband/wife/neighbor!

An evening with me, Lyndon Poskitt from Races to Places. Come and hear my story of how I travel around the world from country to country and race to race on my trusty steed, a KTM730 Factory Rally bike known as Basil. However, it's not all about motorcycles, and there is a vast mix of fun and interesting stories, and I promise you an informative, high action evening with lots of pictures and videos. Motorcycle enthusiast or not, from previous shows it has proven to appeal to all.

If you don't know me, here is a little bit about me. I raced the Dakar Rally in 2013 with a respectable finish and had since then I left my job of 17 years behind, sold everything I owned and converted one of my race bikes into a travel/adventure bike and set off around the world, racing international cross country races on the same bike.

I have a free to view documentary about my travels on YouTube called Races to Places, and you can find all the episodes and picture galleries here:

A donation of $30 towards the continuation of the free documentary secures a seat for the evening. 

Tickets here, please bring your receipt on the night.

Seats are limited and be sure to share this event with your friends or anyone you think might be interested in helping spread the word.

Thanks and I look forward to meeting you and having a fun evening together
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President's Report - December 2015

First up, I thank those members who made their way to the club room for our recently held AGM meeting in November, and for the vote of confidence that has put myself back into the seat as president of the club for 2016.

We have an outstanding team of committee members, and I am confident that we can bring you the same high standard of operation that you've come to expect in the prior coordination of the club's various activities. I would like to thank Marion Dodds for taking on the challenge of club secretary, she will do an excellent job, and I look forward to working with her. Thank you, Tim Knopp, for stepping up to the challenge of Treasurer. I am sure Tim will handle this role and take it in all too easy strides. We are also joined again by John Russell our Newsletter editor, Stu Evans as Hall Manager, Craig Ballantyne, Derek Partridge, Mark Burrows, and “newcomer” Trevor Farquharson.  I would like to say a huge thank you to the former Committee members also; Elizabeth Searls,  Noel Holmes, Irene Russell, Hayden Scorringe, and Larissa Searls.

For the month of December, things will be rather quiet. However, we will begin the New Year with a Social Friday night meeting on the 8th of January 2016. This meeting will be informal.  We intend on running this meeting monthly on the 2nd Friday of the month. Please update your calendars and join us for a chit chat from 7:00 pm. The bar will be open, and let us have general discussions, non-structured debates, fantastic ideas, and a brew or two.

The General Monthly meeting is back and on the 4th Monday of the month. The next formal meeting will be on the 25th of January 2016.  This meeting is the time for you to put forth your desired plans. During these meetings you will hear about the official activities of the club,  our committee will have an opportunity to report back to you on what is new, what is coming up, and any other events we hope to offer members.

We have our 70th-Anniversary celebrations coming up, 22nd & 23rd April 2016. The discount rate on tickets does close soon, so do remember to get your tickets ASAP at Also, for those interested in racing, the historical Bethune's Gully Hill Climb on the Saturday of the same weekend. In March, we have a favorite getaway weekend - staying once again at the lovely Benbrae Resort in Cardrona Valley. Keep monitoring our website for information concerning our next track day coming to you on 19th March at Levels Timaru.

A massive thank you to Phillip Scorringe for stepping up to the challenge of Brass Monkey Chairperson.  Phillip brings to the table a heap of experience, and will no doubt be an asset to the Rally this year. Speaking of, this is the 36th annual Brass Monkey. If you would like to help out in any way we are always looking for helping hands, not just on the day, but leading up to the event too. Send us your contact details at You may or not know it, but we have already had our first meeting for the Brass 2016.

One last thing but not least, I say thank you to my partner Joanna, and to the rest of our tribe; Cullan, Eva, and Arlin. I will try, and I hope they will not have to put up with too much short-tempered tiredness on my behalf. That is enough for me for now, have a Happy Christmas and safe New Year.

Nigel Tomkins,

President OMCC.
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Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd April 2016 will mark our club ’ s 70th ANNIVERSARY.

Organisation and plans are well underway. Otago Motorcycle Club News will naturally keep you posted. 
As part of the celebrations we are hosting an anniversary dinner and hope to have as many members and past members attend as possible. 

Registration stars in the Clubrooms on Friday the 22nd with a few beers and supper to get things moving. 

Saturday during the day we will be running a tar seal HILL CLIMB ( location to be advised ) and then dinner and dancing at the Otago Golf Club. 

This is going to be a weekend to remember so mark it on next years calendar now!
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includes BREAKFAST & Unique BOB Badge.
Single - Shared: $90
Double - Twin Share: $180
Single - Solo Room: $180
Dinner - Carvery Buffet: $40
Badge & Breakfast - Included

John Russell

Noel Holmes
(022) 042 8606

Limited to 50. 

The road route is ~400km
(Route home is full day ride if weather permits.)
The adventure route ~350 km, easy skill level.
(2 Day advanced skill option also available.)

You only need to bring your toiletries.
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Track Day At Levels Raceway Timaru.

Saturday 31st October 2015

Contact Derek Partridge on 
or for any enquirers
ENTRY online below,
 or download the form at bottom of this page.
Discount entry closes Thursday 26th October 2015
MNZ Permit No. : #TBA

Detailed Map - Levels


Group 1: (first timers) Coaching will be provided in this group and passing is only allowed on the straights (on the right side)

Group 2: This group is intended as a step up from group 1, or for those who may have attended other track days. Coaching provided, passing allowed anywhere, no heroes!

Group 3: This is a race class and we will be having flag starts. A full MNZ licence will be required. One event licences are available by application only and must be approved prior to the event. Sump plug to be wired.

Group 4: Small capacity bikes such as Street Stock, 250cc, buckets etc. We will provide a class for these bikes assuming we get sufficient numbers (more than 8).

This is to ensure we do not have bikes with a large differential of speed on the track together.

The organisers can and will move people from one group to another group as skills and speed evolve throughout the day.

To get more information on requirements for safety gear or bike preparation please contact


Where: Levels Raceway Timaru
Sign in and gear check: From 8.00 until 8.45 at the circuit
Riders Briefing: 9.15 - separate briefing for first timers following normal briefing.
On Track: 9.30 - 4.45 with a short lunch break.
Riding gear requirements:

Full face well fitting helmet less than 10 years old meeting NZS1884 as a minimum.
Eye protection (goggles or a visor)
Leather gloves
Boots offering ankle protection and of sturdy construction preferably purpose made motorcycle boots
Back protector, (we have some available for use)
Leathers, one or two piece are preferred but we will also accept the following:
Kevlar riding jacket and trousers
Cordura riding jacket and pants in groups 1 and 2
Motorcycle requirements:

It is your responsibility to ensure your motorcycle is in a safe working condition. 

Items to be checked as follows:

Tyres in good order.
Sum plug to be wired, group 3 race class.
Brakes functioning correctly and in good order (brake pads included in check).
Wheel bearings.
Steering head bearings and adjustment.
Swing arm bushes.
Spokes, adjusted and complete.
Sprocket’s and chain adjustment and condition.
No open ended handle bars are allowed, must have ends or be plugged.
Levers must have the “knobs” on the ends.
Mirrors removed.
Glass/lights if not removed will require to be taped over with a durable material such as a cloth tape.
No dangerous fittings that could cause injury (pack frames etc).
General check for loose nuts, bolts etc.

Disclaimer of Liability

I have read any supplementary regulations for this event and agree to be bound by them and the general rules of MNZ
I am aware that the sport of motorcycling might,
cause an injury serious or otherwise,
damage to my property.
I wish to take part in the track day despite the above risks.
Neither I or anyone associated or connected with me will make any claim against you or your officers, employees or agents in respect of:
any injury suffered by me; 
any damage to any of my property regardless of how the injury or damage occurred.
I will indemnify you against all claims, damages or losses (including costs) which you incur as the direct or indirect result of any injury to me or damage to my property.
I am physically fit and there is no health or other reasons why I should not participate in the track day.
I am aware that this disclaimer will not affect any legal obligation you have to me which you cannot contract out if under NZ law
I agree that in this disclaimer "my property" includes any property owned by me or in my possession or under my control
I agree that this disclaimer will be binding on my family, my heirs, my legal assigns and my administrators and executors
I consent to the details contained in this form being held by the Otago Motorcycle Club for the purpose of the promotion and the benefit of the track day and motorcycling in general. I acknowledge my right to access and correction of this information.
The consent is given in accordance with the privacy act 1993.
MNZ supports the FIM/I.oc charter on drugs in sport. MNZ uses the services of the NZ Drug Sports Agency (NZSDA) to Professionally carry out the testing.
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