When you go to get milk for the wife , you could end up anywhere.

Events & Trips

  This is one of those pages that supports all sorts of motorcycle activities. From improving your riding skills, to being able to help someone else or yourself in an emergency, or while out and about on your bike. You will also find as you delve into this page information about some of those trips we have done over the  past few years as well. As we get our heads around the rides we intend doing in the next little bit we will post them here for you to check out as well.

 Trips across Australia Sydney to Perth,

 A quick lap of Australia,

 A quick blat down a section of the coast in three days,

 Doing a First Aid Course to save your life,

 And a hole heap of great locations that you could stay at as you ride this country  of hours.

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Glenda and I gotten involved with MARI at St Vincent's Hospital. MARI is all about "Riders Caring for Riders" Beyond Medicine. Motorcycle Accident Rehabilitation Initiative No matter if they are laid up in Hospital or at home we will try and help them out.  For more info on MARI and the work that they do at St Vincent's for Motorcyclists go to www.drwings.org.au all Motorcycle Club Welfare officers should be involved now.   

from left to right, Ken Lovegrove, Paul Evans, Glenda Lovegrove the only female, Brian Sabidussi,

Mike Sabidussi, Brian Brown (Pogo to his Mates), the late (Ian Horsburgh) who has now ridden on in 2014 and Warren Buffett

 outside St Vincent's Darlinghurst Sydney.  

All Riders and caring for other riders.

If you would like to know more about M.A,R,I and how you can help or get involved just call Ken on 0449 186 761

or to know more about the work that MARI does for all Motorcycle Riders and Passenger or to maybe make a donation to the charity that gives a dam about you go to www.drwings.org.au

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Ride Safe and Enjoy what life has to offer! Australia is indeed the lucky country.

Make the right choice and Don't suffer the consequences from Speed ,

or being ill equipped the choice is yours.

So when you're out riding, acknowledge others and take

time to smell the roses-life is too short so enjoy all you can.

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Honda 400 Four

1978 CB

Honda 400 Single

GB 400 TT

Vincent 1946

Black Shadow

Honda 400 Single

GB 400 TT

Photos above taken at the show and shine for MARI 30th September 2012

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Since my altercation with the pothole at Singleton we have been passionate about helping to save lives and to try and make some sort of difference to the quality of the roads we use and the road toll.

Above is a photo of all the committee members for Safer Motorcycle Routes in the Hunter,

We are proud to be associated with them all.


                 Due to the combined effort of these members we are making a difference. Cutting road accidents in the Hunter by making the roads and conditions a lot safer for the Motor Cycle Public and other users to ride or drive upon. Improving viability, signage, road surface and designs to give you just an idea. A few proud Australians making a difference. The team has been awarded by the federal Government for there work 2012  to 2013 above all other imitative and over all other Australian Local Government Councils.


One of the Highway Patrol Officers involved riding over a repaired section of road.

The above bike is a 125cc BSA Bantam , just like my brother Graham taught me to ride on

back in the sixties.This bike is on display at the Australian Motorcycle Museum

at Nabiac, worth a look for those that can appreciate our heritage.

The above photo is of a friend Ray's Ural and his little mate watching over it. They have traveled all over Australia through all the states and done 50,000 km during his trips. One of his most recent was the black dog ride to Port Stevens north of Newcastle in 2013. So if you see Ray out and about, say hello.

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Above World Champion Michael (Mick) Doohan in full flight back in the day.

One of Australia's Greatest ever. A real Gentlemen.

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Casey Stoner Repsol Honda

Casey Stoner during a practice session in Japan.

Casey Stoner during a practice session in Japan.

Australia's reigning Moto GP champion Casey Stoner says he's only back to 50 per cent fitness ahead of his rushed return at this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix.

After injuring his right knee in a crash in qualifying at the Indianapolis Grand Prix in August, the Honda rider is ready to take ''life-changing'' risks in his comeback to crown his final year in MotoGP racing.

Stoner has missed the last three events and intended to make his return to racing at the Australian GP at Phillip Island on October 28, but instead opted for an early comeback at Honda's home track in Motegi.

Stoner's absence means it is now impossible for him to retain his crown, with the championship currently led by Yamaha ace Jorge Lorenzo on 290 points with Honda's Dani Pedrosa in second place on 257.

Casey will be a hard act to follow now that he has retired from GP Racing.

Valentino Rossi to ride for the Yamaha MotoGP Team for 2013 and 2015

Not long now till Rossi is back on Yamaha. 2nd in Moto GP 2014 its not over for Valentino yet.

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Stop the Press!! Thanks to modern technology, namely Facebook, this bike was found.

Warning to all Please Keep your eyes out, this BSA was stolen recently on the Putty Road.

Thanks for your help it is back with its owner .

RECOVERED - THANKS To All For Your Help.

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JET FUN Jetski Parts go to www.jetfun.com.au

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Contact Tracy Hughes | Principal Instructor on 0408 956 435

This is NOT a regular first aid course. The content is practical and totally modified for riders.

Training is delivered by highly qualified experienced first aid instructors who ride.

By the end of this practical, hands on training session you'll have learnt when and how to perform emergency helmet removal, give effective CPR, move a casualty in danger, treat a rider with serious road trauma injuries and safely manage the accident scene.

Endorsed by:
• MCCNSW - Motorcycle Council of NSW
• M.A.R.I. - Australia
& the DR Wings Bike Force
• Stay Upright - Rider Training
• Skill Master - Rider Training 
• Ulysses Australia
• H.A.R.T. - Rider Training
• Royal Rehab Centre - Spinal and Brain Injury Units

The course is run every month at the Royal Rehab Centre in Sydney so if you can't attend the next session, check our web site for other dates. Read what others are saying about this training. A percentage of the course fee goes towards the great work the Royal Rehab Spinal and Brain Injury Units provide for injured riders.

We look forward to seeing you there.

safe riding,

 

Contact Tracy Hughes | Principal Instructor on 0408 956 435

This course will save you money and maybe even your life or that of a friend.

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WORKING ON THIS PAGE AT THE MOMENT

5 States in just 60 days.

Fact finding mission for (Motorcycle Accident Rehabilitation Initiative) M.A.R.I

We have Great Roads Throughout Australia, Truly the lucky country. Even though we experience droughts and floods with extreme temperatures along the way. Get out and experience the countryside while you are able to as so many wait until its to late in their life to do so.

.....This page is to show you what our mates get up to in their spare time while out having a ride....

                   Below Charley Boorman with George and Charis Schwarz at the 2006 Sydney

                      international Motor Cycle & Scooter Show,They are the founders of MARI

                                 The Motor Cycle Accident Rehabilitation Initiative.

 

                              Ken with Charley Boorman on the stand for the Sydney International

                          Motor Cycle and Scooter Show 17th November 2013 Renewing his support.

                               

                        We have a pile of great photos listed below and if you would like to know more about our trip

                           throughout Australia to Aid All Motorcyclists check out www.drwings.org.au                                                                             

Perry Sandhills, Mungo National Park by Don Fuchs; Destination NSW Broken Hill three King Air
Albert & the Rabbit Trap Hotel NSW
Nyngan Desert NSW
RFDS Base Broken Hill NSW
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Great Western Hotel Cobar NSW
Silverton Hotel NSW
Port Augusta SA
BIG4 Coober Pedy Oasis Tourist Park, Coober Pedy, South Australia
The Oasis Tourist Park Coober Pedy SA
Underground at Coober Pedy SA
Incredible Sunsets in Outback SA
Stay over at Curtin Springs Wayside Inn and Cattle Station
Alice Springs
Uluru (Ayers Rock)                                   &                                  Alice Springs NT
Kurt Johannsen with Bertha just after she was restored in 2005Inside view of the Buntine Pavilion
BERTHA as well as a Huge Number of trucks on display at the Australian Transport Hall of Fame. Alice Springs NT
Aerial view of the pub Waterfall, Katherine Gorge, Nitmiluk National Park, Katherine, Northern Territory, Australia
Three Ways Road House NT
Daily Waters NT
Edith Falls Katherine
Viewing platform above Tolmer Falls
Litchfield National Park is an aesthetically stunning landscape
Hidden Valley Raceway NT
Howard Springs Big 4 Holiday Park
Boy they make you feel welcome in NT
Australian Aviation Heritage Centre
Ubirr lookout | Ben Grundy

WW2 Museum Darwin NT

Darwin World War Two Gun Emplacement.

Darwin Aviation Museum NT

Huge range of planes on display.

Kakadu Northern Territory National Par

and the Crocodile Hotel

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                             Barkley Road House NT 260 K's to QLD                                                       Mt Isa township at sundown QLD
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Longreach Tourist Park
Sunset at Chinaman Ck Dam Cloncurry Qld
English: DH.61 Giant Moth (G-AUJB), in original Qantas hangar at Longreach, Queensland, Australia.

Longreach Tourist Park, a great place to stay

great friendly service.QLD

Qantas Museum Stockmans Hall of Fame Outback Kangaroos
Across the road from the Qantas Museum QLD

Stockman's Hall of Fame 

is nearby in Longreach QLD

Friendly Australians to greet you at the gate
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The Royal Flying Doctors Service Charleville QLD
Nindigully Pub 44k's From ST George
Moree Hot Springs. The ideal way to relax after this huge trip. NSW
Gwydir Cara Park and Thermal Pools - Moree: Moree Kids Playground at Amaro Tavern

Ex Papua New Guinea Defence Force

The plane is now situated at the

Moree Kids Playground at Amaro Tavern above.

The Powerhouse Motorcycle Museum Tamworth NSW
and back to the Central Coast and The Entrance NSW

Glenda sitting on top of the dead centre of NSW at Tottenham.

Glenda upon the stone marker.

Called The Far Cairn.

The crew posing in front of the marker sign.
The plaque upon the Stone marker.
Photos of the team at Tottenham 21st September 2013. Helping to raise funds for the MARI cause.
Left to Right, Noel Cook, Glenda Lovegrove, Mike Sabidussi, Paul Cracknell, Chris Johnson and John Smith. And myself behind the camera.

Far Cairn Rally 2013 was held on Sat 21st to Sun 22nd Sept

2013 FCR logo

The photo below was taken at Tottenham NSW. The home of the FAR CAIRN RALLY. To help raise funds for MARI.

BMW Touring Club of New South Wales

George and Charis at the Far Cairn in 2009

The program, referred to as MARI (Motorcycle Accident Rehabilitation Initiative), has been enabled by a $30,000 donation from George and Charis Schwarz (ABOVE) following the successful sale of their photographic journal Highlights of the Road.

George and Charis' motivation in raising funds for riders was to support the longer-term physical injuries and social and emotional problems experienced by riders following an accident. Their feeling was that these problems were not properly identified and supported by current health protocols.

A big congratulations to the BMW Touring Club of NSW for another great Rally.2013

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Below is our most recent achievement.

I am pleased to announce that the Safer Motorcycle Routes project has won the National Award for Local Government which was presented by Prime Minister Julia Gillard in Parliament House on Sunday 16th June, 2013.

 

The National Awards for Local Government recognise shires and councils across Australia that have demonstrated excellence and innovative work to improve their business practices. Our winning submission was chosen from among 192 entries.

 

Particular acknowledgment goes to Ken & Glenda from the Sydney Motorcycle Club & Members of the Central Coast Riders Group of the Ulysses Club

& National M.A.R.I committee members ( Motorcycle Accident Rehabilitation Initiative), Senior Constable Shane Dawes, Senior Constable Matt Street and the Highway Patrol Sectors of Port Stephens and Central Hunter LAC’s and the Roads and Maritime Services for their support and guidance in the delivery of this project and helping us to achieve a reduction in the incidence and severity of motorcycle crashes across the Hunter Region.

Above are the awards that we were presented to each of the committee members for our contribution to saving lives. As motor cyclists and fellow road users Glenda and I feel a sense of responsibility to contribute and give something back to the community. By riding the bad sections of roads that are involved with fatalities, that are causing accident clusters to form. Working with council road engineers and members of the highway patrol together we are making a huge difference. From having multiple accidents on sections of roads to none since the changes were made. That is the difference we are making as a group. We would like to thank the other members and the clubs Glenda and I are members of and the Motor Cycle Council of NSW for all the hard work they do every day as volunteers.

 

Photo of the Safer Motorcycle Routes Team.

Rear left to right:

Chris Gibbs - Roads and Maritime Services, Glenda Lovegrove, Alison
Marshall - Road Safety Officer Maitland City Council, Ken Lovegrove

Front left to right:

Allen Shrimpton - Road Safety Officer Dungog Shire Council, Mark
Morrison - Roads and Maritime Services, Lisa Lovegrove - Road Safety
Officer Port Stephens Council, Senior Constable Shane Dawes - Port
Stephens Highway Patrol

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National and Local Govermentb Awards Winners 2013

Category Winners and National Awards for Excellence as well as Local Government Awards on Display.

Presented to Dungog Shire Council, Maitland Shire Council and Port Stephens Shire Councils.

Category Winners & Excellence Awards.

 

    

MEDIA RELEASE

Monday, 17 June 2013

 

PRIME MINISTER GILLARD PRESENTS NATIONAL AWARD FOR JOINT INITIATIVE

Last night, Prime Minister Julia Gillard presented Port Stephens Council's Road Safety Officer, Lisa Lovegrove, with the National Award for Excellence in Local Government for the 'Safer Motorcycle Routes' project, a joint initiative of Port Stephens, Maitland and Dungog Councils.

 

Port Stephens Mayor Bruce Mackenzie said it was a very proud moment to see the work of our staff recognised at that level.

 

"I knew this was a great project from the moment it started, but to see it receive national acclaim makes me very proud. Lisa and the officers from the other Councils have done a brilliant job making our key roads safer for motorcyclists, and this award is just the recognition they deserve," he said.

 

Maitland Mayor, Peter Blackmore added to Mayor Mackenzie's comments in excitement of the award announcement.

 

“This project is a prime example of the fantastic results that can be achieved when neighbouring councils work together for the benefit of all residents and, in this case, road users,” he said.

 

“I would like to congratulate Maitland’s Road Safety Officer Allison Marshall and her colleagues from Port Stephens and Dungog on a job very well done.”

 

The 'Safer Motorcycle Routes' project was announced as the category winner for Excellence in Road Safety earlier this year, and last night was announced as the overall winner for Local Government Excellence.

 

Project Manager, Lisa Lovegrove explained that it was designed as a  joint initiative with Maitland and Dungog Council's and was a holistic response to the increasing occurrence of motorcycle crashes on recreational routes in the Hunter.

 

"For the five years to 2010, the Hunter Region experienced 1770 motorcycle crashes which resulted in 1928 casualties. This equates to more than one motorcycle rider casualty per day every year," she said.

 

"Specifically, across Port Stephens, Maitland and Dungog, 13.7% of all casualty crashes involved motorcyclists."

 

The team undertook an audit of high-risk roads across the three local government areas, with motorcycle-specific warning and advisory signs placed at identified crash cluster locations, as well as along recreational routes. Signs include gateway signs on Seaham Road, Nelsons Plains, detailing the length of the hazard area, and hazard signs on a bend on Clarence Town Road.

 

Four fixed roadside message boards and three sealed police enforcement bays were also installed as part of the project.

 

"The Safer Motorcycle Routes project raises awareness to the range of potential hazards riders may encounter on recreational routes," Ms Lovegrove said.

"It is a project with a long-term vision and its objectives to reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries on the treated roads will be measured in the coming years."

 

   
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Advance Warning signage Maitland Vale Road          Delineation Clarence Town Road

(left to right: Rob Moodie a local motor cycleist, Senior Constable Shane Dawes – Port Stephens Highway Patrol,

                Lisa Lovegrove – Road Safety Officer Port Stephens Council)

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Working on the Photo section below. Will have more up shortly. Posted 19th/ 06/ 2013

Photo Gallery from past trips.

Photos above taken from above Dead Horse Gap in the Snowy Mountains towards Thredbo 2011
Riding up the Alpine Way
From Car park at Thredbo
Thredbo Ski Slopes ready for snow
Bottom left corner shows Kangaroos in foreground and Snow on the Mountain Tops at GEEHI Reserve
Map above showing location of huts in the Snowy Mountains .Pointing at Geehi

Reserve

Lots of information around on the area to read.

The info above is about Geehi Hut and how it came to be.

John Smith with his Gold Wing Trike on his way to the Kosciuszko Rally
I Wonder where he was when this photo was taken

A silly old fart fixing his bike at the rally. I wonder if he has done this before.

( in house joke)

The crowd thickens with anticipation.

Back water of the Snowy River

camp site Snowy Rally

Ice on the ground at Yarrangobilly near Tumut Snowy Rally

The Old Homestead in the background

Yarrangobilly Snowy Rally

Fred's Yamaha Out-fit Complete with Axe, Chainsaw and all his camping gear.
Memories or hard times litter the landscape.

The boys sitting around the fire it was about

three degrees in temperature.

Snow has fallen on the mountain tops. Frost on the ground puddles of water are frozen over.
Rugging up for a cold ride home. Not much protection on the Harley Davidson.
Mike Van in the background, always ready to lend a hand. The girls are trying to warm up.
Fred and Nelly rugged up and about to leave Geehi for the ride home 2011
Harsh mountain roads near Khancoban Snowy Mountains National Park NSW
The Snowy Mountains Rescue Chopper.
A country road near Albert / Tottenham NSW
Morning Tea stop Binnaway NSW
Collie Hotel Collie NSW
Members of Sydney Motor Cycle Club yes outside THE RABBIT TRAP HOTEL  Albert
Gee Trevor the pants are bright, you must have got them for free, Yeah I did. Wellington NSW
Jerry's Cafe Kulnurra NSW a good place for a coffee.
At Kulnurra waiting for all the crew to arrive on the Central Coast NSW

Members of SMCC gathering before going on a ride south at the cross roads Liverpool .

Motor Cyclists gather from all over for the raffle Draw Yarrangobilly ( Snowy Rally ) NSW
How is this for a unique Trailer behind a bike.
Everyone rugged up it was bloody cold.
A water fall in Kangaroo Valley just in from Bowral NSW
The battlement entry onto a sandstone bridge Kangaroo Valley NSW
The boys chilling out at Big 4 Caravan Park Forbes NSW
SMCC members stopped for lunch Budgewoi Hotel on the Central Coast NSW

The Three Amigos, in a rest stop shelter on the Oxley Highway heading into Walcha September 2009

Left to Right, Robert Newbury, Ken Lovegrove, Tom Pennell, and Glenda Lovegrove behind the Camera.

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Below are some great location to ride to or through when looking for some adventure on your bike.

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Silverton Pub and the

Famous Mad Max Car.

Thunderbolts Way

From Gloucester.

Motor Cycle Racing at

Phillip Island.

Long Flat NSW.

Above are some of the towns that we visit

Broken Hill NSW a great ride and so much to see and do.

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   Most people ride motorcycles for one reason or another, Here is three reasons why people start. Cheaper Transport for those new to Driving, Alternative transport to having the second car and saving Money, And finally for those Returning to Motorcycles after a long break.

These three reasons are all good, But if you would Like to reap the benefits that you and your bike are capable of, check out your local Motor Cycle Clubs. They all have a different spin on what motorcycling is all about ,weather it be Racing, Touring, or just going for a run out to Wollombi. So check them out and make some new friends, If the first lot you meet   are not to your liking do some more research there are a lot of nice people out there for you to meet

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  CHECK OUT OUR CLUB SUPPORTERS REGISTER BELOW

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    WE RECOMEND THESE MOTOR CYCLE GROUPS AND CLUBS . DON'T FORGET YOU

GET OUT OF LIFE WHAT YOU PUT INTO IT  SO HAVE A GO AND ENJOY.

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Sydney Motorcycle Club

We are all about Touring with like minded people and it does not matter what level of experience you have or the brand of bike you ride.

This Site contains information about the Sydney Motorcycle Club for the use of its Members and people interested in Motorcycling.

At www.meetup.com/Sydney-Motorcycle-Club/

or e-mail us at  Enquiries@SydneyMotorcycleClub.org.au

If you own a sports bike or a sports tourer and you live in Sydney or on the Central Coast you would like to do local rides as well as some country trips SYDNEY MOTOR CYCLE CLUB is the one for you. Based in Sydney and has members all over NSW very nice group of people check out the web site www.sydneymotorcycleclub.org.au follow the prompts or give me a call

  phone me Ken on 0449 186 761 and come along and check us out.

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BMW Touring Club of New South Wales

All things BMW Motorcycles & Motorcycling

BMW Touring Club of New South Wales

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Above is the top of the front page of the Ulysses Club Web Site. The address has plenty of information for all over Australia as well as international contact details. If you are looking at joining a branch or just the movement call the number on the web-site being 1300 134 123.

The girls on the line are very helpful and will be able to answer all your questions.

   If you are over 40 and looking for some mates or people to ride with and have a laugh and see some country and a bit of safety go to www.ulyssesclub.org.au and have a look at Branched category. You will find that they are all over Australia and more than welcome to have you join and come along on rides with them.

     

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Below is the story of how MARI started and what the CHARITY is all about.

M (Motorcycle) A (Accident) R (Rehabilitation) I (Initiative)

Patient Photos and The ST Vincents Hospital Below.

ST Vincent's Hospital Darlinghurst Sydney NSW.

Below a physiotherapist working on a patient with a leg injury.

                      

MARI

"RIDERS FOR RIDERS"

MARI began in May 2007 with a $30,000.00 donation from a couple of Veteran Riders who had never had an accident in

40 years and wanted to payback. Funds raised among fellow - riders by the sale of there retrospective saga "Highlights

of The Road",were accepted by there local hospital. A special purpose trust fund was set up for providing rehabilitation

services to those injured in motor cycle accidents presenting at ST Vincent's Hospital Emergency Department and to fund

efforts to collect and report on patient outcome for those treated ..Three departments of this motor cycle friendly Hospital

collaborated to set up a service offering practical post-accident help to sort out insurance, legal, mobility, physical and

emotional pain issues before they got worse. All riders are being identified fifteen percent of these have required assistance

and all others have been assured of future help. This unique initiative is, by example, well on the way to benefit those riders

using our roads.

Since 2013 the initiative was expanded to other hospitals throughout NSW, QLD, Vic and soon

to the other states as well. By doing this we can now support all riders no matter where they are or what has caused them to be in hospital. They may have been involved in a Motorcycle, Car, Truck or some other vehicle accident. If they ask us to visit with them for whatever reason we will do our best to ablige them. At the moment we are staffed from Townsville in North Queensland down the caost through NSW to Melbourne in Victoria. The M.A.R.I Australia Inc initiative is manned by the Doctor Wings Bike Force doing the work of MARI. The MARI Australia Committee manage their team with assisting all riders in need.

If you have any questions call Ken Lovegrove on 0449 186 761.

MARI Australia WILL RIDE FURTHER!

with (Riders Caring for Riders Beyond Medicine).

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Ride For Life Across Australia. SYDNEY To PERTH

Summer Blood Challenge: 2009/10 NSW

Police vs Motorcyclists and Families

It also marked the end of the Police vs the Public Blood Challenge after many years. A big thanks to all for there contribution over many years. Thanks  from the team at Motor Cycle Gear and the Red Cross Blood Bank.

This posting celebrates the staff at Hospitals, Ambulance Services, Red Cross Blood Banks, St Johns

First Aid-ers, Police, as well as all the other emergency Services personnel across Australia.

Vip Highway Patrol Officer Left

  and our GREG BURKE Right.

Below are a few towns that we have been through pushing the barrow for The Red Cross and St Johns

Getting people to Donate Blood or do a First Aid Course You can Make a Difference.

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Barrington Tops NSW

Long Flat NSW
Geehi Snowy Mountains NSW
The Gang Dubbo NSW

Phillip Island VIC the

Home of GP.

Cowangie home of Larry Perkins

Great Australian bite

Nullabor SA

90 Mile Straight 146.6

K,s Aus longest straight

Kimba SA halfway point between the East and West Coast
A brief stop at The
Nullabor Road House

The Big Pit

Kalgoorlie WA

In a parade with 3,500

bikes Albany WA

halfway

 We have done more than 16,000 Kilometres

for the Charities in the Last 15 Months.

And all Members of Sydney Motor Cycle Club 

5 Committee from M.A.R.I

+4 other and all in the Ulysses Club

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We Need Your Help

                   

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

SO DON'T BE A WATCHER BE A DOOER

Vip Highway Patrol Officer Left

  and our GREG BURKE Right.

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Left to Right - two members Easyriders Motor Cycle Club, Assistant Commissioner John Hartley, Highway Patrol-VIP Cyclist, Ken & Glenda Lovegrove of Ulysses and Sydney Motor Cycle Clubs, Possum from Australian Road Rider, Warren Buffett Motor Cycle Council NSW. Giving Blood at Ultimo TAFE for the start of the Blood Challenge.

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Support from The Entrance Police

Left to Right Sgt Shane Briscoe,Chief Inspector Tony Long,Snr Const. Jason Magri, SOCO John Smith.

lending their support to this worth while challenge.

( Posted 12 Feb 2010 )

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Some of the Police Men and Women of the Surry Hills supporting the Red Cross and St Johns

and challenging all the others in the job to do their bit as well.

If we all have a go we can make a huge difference.

( Posted Friday 12 Feb 2010)

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Across the roed from the Cafe Bookham, South East NSW

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Our Team along with Members of the NSW Police Service Dubbo, the Girls Australian Red Cross

Blood Service Dubbo, Local Media Radio and News paper Personalities, as well as Members of the Ulysses Club Dubbo Branch. 

The girls just could not do enough, they fed us, cool drinks,made us very welcome in the extreme heat.

I will guarantee that when you next or first visit them you will be in very caring hands.

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Our group with members of the NSW Police Force, standing in front of the the Iriquois memorial chopper used in the Nyngan Floods. On our way to Cobar, Wilcannia, and Broken Hill.

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Gundagai township, South Coast NSW

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Knocking back the miles bound for WA

Photo taken near Wilcannia NSW.

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In front of the Dog that sat on the tuckerbox five miles from Gundagai.

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Members of our group along with Senior Police and members of St Johns Ambulance Service at the location of the Big Orange Loader Broken Hill. The ST JOHNS Ambulance Members at Broken Hill need help raising funds to purchase some new equipment to us in the district. A Defibrillator in particular.

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Watch out for animals on the Nullabor.

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Snowy Mountains NSW

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Nullabor Road House SA.

Cliff face of the Great Australian Bight, not far from Nullarbor Roadhouse SA.

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Smithy is preparing to do some laps in the pool at Mundrabilla Road House.

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Dead Horse Gap rest area on the way to Khancoban NSW.

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The Accomadation at Mundrabilla Road House.

The exteria is very weathered by the elements, very hard conditions to live in

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Ken and Glenda at border village

Kens in SA and Glenda is in WA.

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Victorian High Country Snowy Mountains National Park.

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Greg's Bike somewhere on the Nullabor Plain

the ground is as flat as far as the eye can see.

( or as Flat as a Shit Carters Hat ).

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The conning tower of the HMAS OTWAY relic of the de-commissioned Sub, about 90 metres from bow to stem, also a life size torpedo on display.

Holbrook, New South Wales
Musings on Holbrook (or Germanton)

check it out on the web its a good read.

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The Super Pit Boulder / Kalgoorlie WA check out the size of the Giant Dump Trucks at the bottom of the picture.

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Greg, Glenda, Ken, and John Smith with members of The Kalgoorlie Police Force 1st March 2010.

All the best with your trip from The Golden Mile WA.

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The team meeting with members of the Forestfield Police WA.

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The Submarine was donated as a War Memorial by the Australian Navy to honor a great Australian hero.

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the Navy

We met with branch manager Sharon Koutsantonis and staff, grabbed a photo at the Midlands

Donor Red Cross Centre WA and Smithy's in it again. Ph 08 9229 7266

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Munich Motorcycles for all you need thats BMW Perth WA- they send all over Australia

Go to www.munichmotorcycles.com.au

Call Bruce or Paul

Ph (08) 9317 3317

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What a Top spot just 15 minutes from Margaret River or 5 minutes from Cowaramup.

Set in natural woodlands, with shaded camp sites, and well appointed cabins a must if you are in the area and looking for somewhere to stay over night or for a few day stay. Any Ulyssians heading for Perth after the AGM should give this spot a serious look.

Central to the vineyards, beaches and the many attractions of the Cape to Cape Region, our Park is an ideal base from which to explore and enjoy this wonderful part of Western Australia.

 *Situated on a working beef and sheep property.

 *Peaceful rural outlook.

 *Spacious open layout.

 *Farm animals and feeding.

 *Large grassed recreation area & playground.

 *Barn - style campers kitchen with free gas barbeques & log fire.

 *Wheelchair access throughout (amenities and cottages).

 *Telephone & kiosk (b-b-q packs, ice & essential items available).

 *Central dump point.

 *Van storage.

 Winner of WA Tourism Awards:1997, 1999, & 2000

 WA Tourism Awards Hall of Fame: 2001

TAUNTON FARM Freecall 1800 248 777

Website: www.tauntonfarm.com.au

Email: enquiries@tauntonfarm.com.au

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Glenda, Greg and Ken with Margaret River Police, they too are behind the challenge.

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This would have to be the best Pie Shop in Australia that we have been to.

Their meat pies and pasties,cakes are extraordinary and you will have to go a long way to try them,

the shop is located on the south coast of Western Australia.

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Check out The Pirate Cow at the Cape Leeuwin Light House

where the Southern Ocean and the Indian Oceans Meet.

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The Camp Site at the AGM Albany

Everone new where the JAYCO boys camped it was on the high spot overlooking everyone else.

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What the view was like for us as the others set up there camp sites below us

this only a small part of the venue.

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Ken with the local Police Highway Patrol at Albany WA During the Ulysses AGM 2010

Left to Right Chris Thompson S/C 7317 - Ken in the middle

and Police Constable 12730 Margaret Turner

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John Smith on the Right never misses a photo opportunity wth his ACDC T Shirt from the Sydney Concert.

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assisting them is Clinton Turner.

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A Pretty WA Highway Patrol Car looking around the streets of Albany awaiting the start or the Grand Perade while keeping the streets safe for all.

Well the Jayco Ride For Life has made it Across Australia arriving in Albany and just in this leg completed 5,500 Klms

and preparing to finish the bottom half of WA and take on SA and Vic heading home towards NSW and home

Since the start of our Blood challenge we would have done more than 15,000 Klms for these worthwhile charities.

Ken's ST1100 Honda Supported By Canberra Motor Cycles Fyshwick and Mitchell ACT

Greg's BMW 1200 GS 2009 Sales and Service by Worthington BMW Gosford

Photo taken outside the Blood Donor Centre Albany.

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The girls at the Albany Red Cross Blood Bank huge Ulysses supporters.

The girls and there boss Peter are some of the most genuine people you could ever meet.

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Waiting to give blood. Its know fuss, some people are waiting for the needle prick and the Nurse says

nearly finished , almost done they are very good at there job.

There are plenty of questions you can ask such as

a/ If I have had a Tattoo how long do I have to waite to give blood. After one year.

b/ If I have Diabetes can I  give blood.Some can ask the question.

c/ I have been overseas. It depends on when and where.

d/ What age limit is on giving blood. 18 to 70 years if you are healthy

any other questions you wish to ask call 13 14 95 .

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Greg Burke (Possum Giving Blood) at Albany.

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The Blood Drive is well Supported by the locals.

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Peter Barry Albany Donor Center Manager and Ken giving Blood. Ph 08 9841 4920

Albany Blood Donor Centre Hours are

Call Peter and the girls to make an appointment for

Tuesday 1pm to 7.30pm

Wednesday 11am to 5.30 pm

Thursday 7.30am to 1pm

Phone 08 9841 4920

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Cowaramup a tidy little village approximately 250 K's south of Perth, situated in the wine

belt of the area and features soap and perfume shops, wine and unique trinket shops.

There is also 80 Cow sculptures in the area for you to view and have a giggle about once you find them.

There is a cow directory available to aid you in the hunt.

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The HondaShop - Midland, Western Australia

If you are in the vicinity of Perth, The Honda Shop at Midlands is worth a visit see Greg Cambell for friendly service and a good range of shiney bits.And a supporter of Ride For Life. Ph 0417 934 396

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Marshalling at Albany before the start of the Parade through town

Saturday the 13th March 2010

Over 4,ooo thousand motorcyclists were in town for this Rally.

Ulyssians getting together for an AGM put a huge amount of money into a towns economy in a short time.

Thank You Albany.

While this was taking place Glenda and I received a text to say that we had become

Grand Parents for the first time our daughter and son in law have had a beautiful baby girl.

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Photo taken by Jenny at Norsman Roundabout of a herd of Camels, you will notice that look very tiny.

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Greg took a photo of Glenda and I under the Ninty mile sign.

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This Photo tells you that the RFDS, Royal Flying Doctor uses this section of road as an emergency Air Strip.

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You need to keep your wits about you during early morning and late afternoon.The amount of wild life on the road will astound you.

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This place is so isolated that the birds fly backwards so not to be early for a feed.

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Greg pointing to an information sign near "the bite".

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One of our photos on the Great "Australian Bite".

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Photo taken on Sunset at Mundrabilla Road House.

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Hundreds of K's of not much at all.

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Our Bikes and Davids Trike outside Halfway across Australia, Kimba SA.

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A shot from the road of Iron Knob South Australia x Iron Ore once owned by BHP.

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Snr Sgt Greg Burke with two Constables at Henley Beach Police Station South Australia.

20th March 2010

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We had tyre failure on the trailer and were able to get the problem fixed.

Thanks to the owner of the Robinson Tyre Centres Pty Ltd

Shane Robinson without his help we could not have continued our trip.

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Leaving South Australia and returning into Victoria

and examining an accident scene.

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Above is a Railway Level Crossing that had been recently flattened by a semi trailer, it is located on a bend

just passed the electrical boxes on the left the truck finished on its side.

we hope that no won was injured in this accident. Country Victoria.

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The Possum checking out the home of Larry Perkins Cowangie.

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Two officers from Mildura Police Station on Patrol taking time out for a photo with Ken and Greg

and arange to give blood after our visit. Photo taken outside the bakery at Ouyen Victoria. 22nd March 2010

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Ken ,Glenda and Greg with members of the NSW Police force at Albury NSW Gregs Mums Home Town.

Greg was posted there some years ago.23rd March 2010

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The ''Cottage'' Budget Motel Albury. They looked after us so well, cannot recommend them enough.

The management and staff go out of there way to make it memorable and they also have aLimonene

Service to take you to all the sites and Vineyards in the Albury area.

We were told by Regional Staff Officer -Southern Region shown in photo Helen Chant that they need more St Johns volunteers to cover the huge demand at sporting venues in the area.

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Members of our team along with ''Three Goulburn Police'' Officers Local area command

Left to Right. Greg Burke, Constable Dale Crocker,Sgt Laurie Godkin, Inspector Lisa Carr,

John Smith, Glenda and Ken. 23rd March 2010.

They challenge all emergency services to get out and Give Blood and do a First Aid  Course.

Thank you for your assistance and support while we were in Goulburn.

Well we are back home one month and one day later than we thought this is our final posting for the trip. After traveling over eleven thousand kilometers coast to coast SYDNEY TO PERTH

and back.

Speaking to Police,St Johns Ambulance Service Officers, Red Cross Blood Service Members,and the public in all walks of life about the need to give Blood and Plasma. Also the hard work that the Members of St Johns do every day in all weathers, and there need for your support. We feel that as a group we have helped to make a difference in so many peoples lives, and influenced many to get involved also. There is no grater felling than being able to help save another persons life or help a stranger in need.

I have said it before[ Thank You ] to our sponsors and supporters for the huge support that they have given us, by making it all possible even if only in a small way to talk to so many and to help so many across our great country.

                              Ken and Glenda giving blood at in the mobile Blood Bus at Ultimo in Sydney 2009.                     

Below are photos we took when giving Blood with the Red Cross and doing

the St Johns Motor Cycle First Aid Course before starting the trip.

Ken in the chair giving Blood

Glenda giving Blood

Ken , Glenda, and Greg in front of the Red Cross Blood Bank delivery Bus

Greg Burke and Warren Buffett M.A.R.I Australia Inc committee members and regular Blood donors to the Red Cross.

Blood Donnas Save Lives.

                                      

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At The Blood Bus Mingara Club Tumbi Umbi 14/12/ 2009

Jacqueline Bell Community Relations Officer, Ken and Greg Blood Bank Ambassadors

Members of the Central Coast Branch The American Motor Cycle Club.

Graham Smith, Ken Lovegrove, Jacqueline Bell of the Red Cross Chris Parslow,

Geoff William, Sue Batterham, Greg Burke

  Australian Red Cross Blood Service

Contact us

Giving blood

To make an appointment to give blood register your interest online or call 13 14 95. Prior to making an appointment check your eligibility to give blood, if you have any questions, please call us on 13 14 95

 

 

New dates are available just phone 1300 360 455

If you Have a group that wish to do there motorcycle or any other first aid course give them a call they have moved to Burwood

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Below are some photos simulating  performing CPR  2 Breaths  then 30 Compressions.

Below is a Mock Trauma to a Vic toms Leg. ( not a real injury )

Don't Let this Be You

Below is a mock Broken Limb with Bone protruding from flesh ( only for the simulation)

Eddie the instructor explaining the injuries to the class.

Students assessing the extent of an injury below.

Supporting the patients head and shoulders and keeping them warm and keeping them warm

while assessing the level of injuries.

This First Aid course was purposely designed and written by Eddie Furnell and put together for a large group of Harley Davidson owners about 100 strong that were going to the USA for the Hundredth anniversary rally. They were of the opinion that such a large group could possibly meet with misfortune and require first aid in a strange country.

So the Advanced Motor Cycle First Aid Course was born.

The insert below is written by Eddie Furnell.

        The St John MC First Aid course originated in 2000 when Tim King from North Sydney HOG approached me to see if we could put together a course for riders as he was taking a group of Harley owners to America for the 100 anniversary of Harleys being made.       

        Apart from the course we also put together a first aid kit for every rider and arranged for them to have a penthrane inhaler and training on how to administer them each for them to take in case they were in an isolated area and an accident happened.   This had for a long time been a project I had wanted to do so I approached the Principal Training Officer at that time for St John a Mr Alan Stewart and together we put together the one day program.   In 2003-4 I spoke to some members from the national board of Ulysses and they took a proposal to the national board and it was agreed that any member of Ulysses who did the course would be compensated to the tune of 50% of the course fee.   I have promoted the course and run the course by word of mouth and some small advertising over the past 9 years and run all but one of the courses in NSW.

         The course has been run I believe in a few of the other states but how many and which states I am not sure apart from Western Aust as I received a call asking me for some advice on how I ran the course and that was in 2006-7.   The course has also been promoted in a number of motorcycle magazines including "Australian Motorcycle" and web sites over the years.   The other information I heard on an story on the ABC a month or so ago was the concern that there has been a 40% increase in NSW alone in Scooter sales due to the price of fuel and commuter issues etc so that is another reason we should be promoting the course as it is well known that scooter riders rarely wear protective clothing or leathers and also almost all have the cheapest helmets etc and are the most at risk of serious injury when they do come off and also statistically more likely to have an accident.

          I really believe that we need to have every motorcycle retailer made aware of the course and have them promote it to every sale of every bike or scooter   I also believe we need to approach all the state governments with a plan to have it compulsory to have every rider when they either seek a motorcycle license or renew their license that they need to have a MC First Aid Certificate.  

         The reasoning being that as most riders travel in groups there for at every accident scene there will be a qualified person to assist any injured rider also this will place more qualified First Aider's in more Australian house holds.   In conclusion I sincerely thank you for your assistance in promoting the course and for being so proactive in assisting St John in  promoting the course. I wish I was able to attend the conference in WA however I know you will do a sterling job in speaking on our behalf.   In conclusion if I can be of any further assistance just let me know.

  Cheers Eddie Furnell eddiefurnell@ozemail.com.au  0408 410 667  

Photo Shoot at Gosford waterfront last monday the 7th Dec 2009

Left to Right St Johns area Tony Forrest, Head Motor Cycle First Aid instructor Eddie Furnell,

One of the riders my wife Glenda Lovegrove on the bike, St Johns Branch Coordinator Simone Honeyman,

 And the Mayor of Gosford Councillor Chris Holstein all gathered to lend there support before our trip to the west coast.

The same as above with the addition of Myself Ken Lovegrove event organizer and our PR and poster boy Greg Burke.

John Smith was behind the camera.

 

 

 

Alf and Nancy at Lismore St Johns Office

Back Up Vehicle Owned By Bernie & Jenny Lovegrove.

The Ford F250 our back up vehicle and our enclosed Race transporter carrying our gear by

Rodney Johnson at Double JJ Mobile Home & Caravan Specialists Central Coast.

The photo was taken in Berkeley Vale with the reserve and water behind us.

Approximately 1.Hour and 30 minutes North of Sydney on the Central Coast.

 

(Posted Sunday 14th Feb 2010)

Our Team consists of Ken and Glenda Lovegrove, Greg Burke and wife Genevieve, David and Jody Dean, Bernie and Jenny Lovegrove, John Smith, Chris Johnson and supporting us Ray and Pat Baker and Brian and Jan Waterfield.

Ray & Pat’s Mazda Bus and  The Smurf Racing Trailer

Ray and Pat head out on the 17th Feb Drive safe catch you in Port Augusta.

Brian and Jan Waterfield's Nissan Patrol and Van our Second back up vehicle.

Look out for us on their trip.

 

Our sponsors are listed below with out them we would not be able to get to inform so many people.

JAYCO CARAVANS AUSTRALIA

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CANBERRA

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Mitchell and Fyshwick

 

     motorcycle gear     Central Coast

Motor Cycle Clothing

 

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Big 4 Holiday Parks

Ulysses Club Motor Cycle Insurance

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''T'' SHIRTS

Brake Pads & Rotors section top of page

Matt Headwear

look in clothing top of this page

Communication Support

LuggageRack & Bag Systems section

Dragon Jeans

Look at tyres in MC Tyres Category

We have traveled all over Australia and have found them to be a hard tyre to beet. Good grip and high mileage.

Engineers of the Moving Image

Emergency puncture       repair system      

Darren at Tumbi Meats is all about the best range of fresh meat at the best price.

So call in and try it for your self, you won't be disappointed.

Peter from Petech , supplied us with an invertor and two batteries for the trips. Worked great and we were able to run all the electrical gear from the unit.

West Darling Hotel

West Darling Hotel

The Hotel was established 13/04/1886 as the Broken Hill Hotel,

named changed to the Freemasons Hotel in 1891 and was renamed the West Darling Motor Hotel in 1969. Is the Hill's oldest pub still operating.Address: 400 Argent Street
Broken Hill
        NSW 2880 Phone: 08 8087 2691 

A Huge thank you to Kevin and Mary and the West Darling Hotel for the huge dose of hospitality shown to us when we stayed at Broken Hill. And to the Broken Hill Police Service for all their help it was greatly appreciated by all. And lastly to the members of the St Johns Ambulance Service and the public that turned up to support us thank you and we feel that we have made life long friendships in your town.        

 

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Also home to the Nyngan Visitor Information Centre.

Nyngan Leisure & Van Park

address 12 Old Warren Rd

Nyngan 2825

Ph 02 683 22 366

Fax 02 683 22 335

Nyngan Leisure & Van Park

A big thanks to Kay for looking after us and running  the group to dinner and back it was greatly appreciated by all.

Tyre Checkers Australia

More info look at specials sectiontop of page.

Australia

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Mundrabilla motel

Mundrabilla Road House the Nullarbor

A Road side Oasis between Caiquna and Eucla WA

Cabin Accommodation at Taunton Farm Holiday Park

Taunton Farm Holiday Park

Margaret River Region, Western Australia

RAC 4 stars

Big 4 1800 248 777

Budget Motel

523 Hume Street

South Albury NSW

02 6021-3899

Discovery Holiday Park Forrestfield WA

Perth

Discovery Holiday Parks
Kalgoorlie, Burt St, Kalgoorlie-Boulder, WA

Greg and Margaret Kipling

of

Raine and Horne Real Estate

Port Agusta SA

Thanks heaps for putting all of us up and putting on a BBQ at your home and for your assistance with bleeding the clutch on the Honda ST1100 when it broke down on us .

Thanks for Looking after us while we were with you

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Ph 02 6021 4392

Thanks For Your Help

Double JJ Mobile Home

& Cara van Specialists

Central Coast Based

Thanks for the support

To our mate Louie: he was part of our team, now travels in spirit.

                                                                       You will not be forgotten.                                                                     

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2003 Ride for Life

In 2003 we did a big ride for the Children's Ward Gosford Hospital.

In the photo below we tried to get all those that attended in the shot but was unsuccessful.

Members of the Central Coast Riders Club, Ulysses Club of the Central Coast, Members to now of Woy Woy Peninsula Branch, Staff of Motor Cycle Gear Central Coast, Members of (HOG) Harley Owners Group, Also Members of the American Motorcycle Club at Ourimbah and some members of the public and relatives and friends. About 120 in total. This photo was taken at the twin Caltex Service Stations on the F3 near Wyong.

See if you can pick your self out in the crowd

There are a few mates in this photo that have ridden on. .

The Three photos were made up of riders that started at Berowra site of the old toll booths, and the other from a group that I myself brought down from Mcdonalds Car Park at Broad Meadow in Newcastle.

The photo below was taken of part of the group as they rode down past Westfields Tuggerah towards Wyong Rd

the line of bikes stretched over several Kilometers, you will see this by the three photos below.

In this photo my daughter Belinda Lee and myself, we were leading the first group.

We are on the Blue GPZ Kawasaki bottom right of screen.

Next to us is our late mate Niven Barlow on his beloved Honda ST1100.

Glenda speaking with the late Graeme Marshal and John ( The Wog) on the Phone.

Above my Brother Graham with his wife Marilyn were leading the second group.

The photo above is of the tail of the ride. For those that know the Tuggerah area, the ride stretched from still on the F3 Expressway to the Chittaway side of Lees Bridge on wyong Road over one Kilometer.

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The photo below is of Manny O'Brien a local Ulyssian and a top bloke.

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2002 Ride for Life

In 2002 we were part of the Big Wide Outback River Regatta.

This trip we were the Gundabooka Social Club. Gundabooka is a Mountain near Burke  and the Property of Gundabooka is owned by a mate Tony Forkenhagen an true Australian Gentleman. Tony and his sisters run the property and are always helping others any way they can. This is why the name of our group.

2002 was right in the middle of the drought and stock was dying from lack of water and feed every where you looked.

The Team under the shadow of the Big Silos at Bourke.

There were all sorts of craft entered in the Regatta. From small tinies,to Speed Boats and Jetskis.

The Photo above shows us helping hand feed the stock with Tony driving the ute.

 

The boys on the back of Tony's Ute throwing the feed off and the stock following them.

You can see how dry it is by the shot above, the carves on the left of the photo are near skin and bone.

The cattle were that hungry they would run you down.

Above is the crew of the Gundabooka Social Club at Wagga Airport NSW.

Left to right Ken and Glenda Lovegrove, Michael Middleton, Aaron Lemanski,

Sue Pace, & Mike McMillan

The crew about to say goodbye to Sue.

In this photo we were trying to cheer Sue up as she had just got the news that her brother Joe had been killed in an accident at the family business on the Central Coast NSW.

After putting Sue on the Plane in the photo above to fly back to the Central Coast to help out, Livio her husband said to continue on and win this thing for Joe and his Dad who they had not long lost to illness.

Glenda wandering around at the Airport taking video.

When you travel this great country of ours you may end up having to overtake some huge and unique vehicles. This harvester was the size of a road train but with a difference, it was about 3 to 4 stories high. It was that big and cumbersome that the driver carries a 4 wheel drive on the front of it so he can get around the place. We could not have found a worse time to come across this vehicle but on the Hay Plains near the Shearers Hall of Fame.

Re-grouping at a vineyard on the banks of the Murray River NSW side.

Glenda checking out the blown motor in Ken's Jetski at Wentworth on the

mouth of the Darling with the Murray River.

Middo checking out the inside of one of the Damaged cylinders.

If you look hard you can see the damage in the side of it.

We had an engine failure mid afternoon on the Friday. While being towed by a rescue boat to the boat ramp, called Kawasaki in Sydney. Spoke with Graeme Ramsey the boss of spare parts dept. He then selected the parts required to repair the engine, and got them of the airp

ort bound for Melbourne. The following morning he had the Victorian manager collect them and re-send to Mildura Airport. On the Saturday afternoon we picked them up at about 1.00pm,and rushed back the Caravan Park at Wentworth. This gave us 2 1/2 hours to rebuild the motor, then run it before going to a function at the Wentworth Service Club. This effort was greatly appreciated by all.

Out side the RFDS Base at Louth 100km from Bourke.

The photo above shows the broken draw bar of our trailer. We had pulled over near Pooncarie to get directions when another competitor noticed the brake. If we had done nothing it could have been disaster for the crew.

Peanut on the left is a all round man of the Louth area, you break it and he will come and fix it for you. A few km from home he herd about our predicimate, jumped into his ute with a mobile welder and some steel and out he came. While he was fixing the draw bar road traines were constantly thundering by but peanut kept on welding. A true hero of the day. As for his little bearded mate Moses, he hailes from Brewarana North East of Burke. When Moses is at work and not partying he is a wool classer and one of the best they say. Moses was a member of the Brewarrina Team .

The drought takes its toll on the live stock. We found this old Horse and we got it some water and feed but it only survived another day or so before it succombed to the drought too.

Some of our sponsors that were mentioned on the four wheel drive from Livio Pace and

Peat's Ridge Springs Water Company, Deno's Cranes, Bolle, Gundabooka Station, Dick Smith, The Trading Post, Kawasaki Australia, THULE Luggage Systems, Trailer Hitch, R&R Speed Sports, Jet Fun Jet Ski Watercraft, Tumbi Wholesale Meats.

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2001 Jetski Ride For Life

Over this many years we raised money for the Childrens Hospital at Westmead in Sydney.

Every year we would gather all those that owned jetskis in the Central Coast and a large number from Sydney and Newcastle. Gathering at eitherthe Beachcomber Resort at Toukley or at what used to be Igwana Joes in Gosford a famous politician haunt. Then we would ride all the way down the Brisbane Waters and under the Rip Bridge past Umina and Lion Island then out to sea. Running down the coast past Palm Beach, Mona and Moss vale and into Sydney harbour, running all the way up the water and under the Harbour Bridge to Putney. All the while escorted by Waterways and the Fire Boats that work the Harbour. Doing cross streams of water as we passed through the heads. These fund raising trips ceased when then Premier Bob Car banned Jetskis in Sydney Harbour.

The Children's Hospital at Westmead

To raise Money for the Westmead Childrens Hospital

Left Hospital Charity Coordinator Glenda in the

middle holding the award and Mike McMillan of the Australian

Jet Sport Boating Association on the right.

Glenda and Mike feature in a lot of our fund raising ventures.

The certificate above is to thank those competitors and contributors,that supported this event for such a long time. And helping to raise much needed funds for Kids in Hospital

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1999 Ride for Life

The collection of Jetski Riders below were members of the

the Australian Extreme Jetski Team. October 1999

Made up of Australian Jetski Champions as well as some jetski inthusiests.

We all got together to raise money for Gosford Hospital Cancer Ward. We rode in the Pacific Ocean from north Forster down the coast and into Pit Water and the mouth of the Hawkesburry River and onto the foot ball grand final. At the grand final and during out trip we raised over $15000.00 dollasr in three days. It was a very special trip as it was at the end of a cyclone that had be on the coast for days leading up to the event.In places the swell was as tall as an apartment building up to 8metres tall. Even bigger near Broughton Island just north of Nelsons Bay and just south of Seal Rocks. During we made several fuel stops the main ones were at Seal Rocks, Nelsons Bay , Karington in Newcastle Harbour , Norah Head , The Entrance , Terigal , the into Broken Bay.

A big thanks to all our sponsors and supporters for your help and support.

                   

The team from Left to Right in front row

Mike Macmillan, Andrew Foster, with white hair standing behind Andrew is Greg Douglas, his left Glenda Lovegrove, Ken Lovegrove, Warren Hearn, Alan Svenson, My Daughter Belinda, Alan Vella dropping down to front row Loyd Flanagan and Bottom Right my Son in law Wade-my right hand man, and my youngest daughter Kylie behind the camera.

The remaining members are quiet achievers and are keeping a low profile about things.

 

                      Below is Loyd steadying the sling while I load the skis onto the truck for the trip.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Above is the Semi Trailer that carried the majority of the Fifteen Skis to Forster and we took the of at Graham Barclay Marine.

It was a very hard ride for al land twelve finished, three retired, one with a hole the size of a medicine ball, One in sympathy and one with a blown motor.

But a big thanks to all concerned.

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1998 Our First Ride For Life.

And the one that started it all for us.

In 1998 we embarked on raising funds for Camp Quality, the Cancer Kids.

We put together a ride from Toukley to Gosford via the Entrance Channel to Brisbane Waters. A lot of the entrants were daunted, by having to ride down the coast in the Pacific Ocean with out previous ocean riding experience.

          

This fund raiserwas when a lot of long term friend ships were formed. Aaron Lemanski and his brother Josh from Toukley, Livio and Sue Pace from what was then Peats Ridge Springs, Martin Everard from Lakeside Appliances the Entrance along with our children and many others made the trip.

     

In just a couple of days we raised the Dollars to help put smiles on the kids' faces.  

 

 

Sydney Motorcycle Club Logo in our 26th Year.

 

The SMC logo changed in 2015

 

Above is my Old WMW CR 250 1986? Honda. the WMW stood for Woody's Motorcycle Works.

Back in the day the only road registered of road bikes wore very basic. Anything with some sort of performance was restricted to a Moto Cross Track or private Property. Peter Woods of Woodys Motorcycles at Wyong pioneered getting things changed. At first riders would have a battery mounted in the frame or in a tool pack on the rear guard to run Headlight and Brake and Stop lights. This had a very limited ride life as this did not recharge the battery. It was only adequate for registration checks at best. Woods pioneered making lighting coils and registration kits to have them fully certified so all would work as required to by law day or night. This was such a breakthrough for its time and the only one of its kind for some time as well Later Honda realized that they were missing out on a lot of sales and did the work themselves a short time later. Hence WMW was no more.

My WMW was little bit special to me at least for a couple of reasons, It had altered gearing that gave it incredible top end speed as well as like four stroke power when needed down low. It had beefed up front and rear suspension that was fully adjustable with an exceptional amount of travel as well. It was like riding a motorized mountain bike with incredible brakes. Fitted with then Bark Busters made riding in and out of trees a breeze with plenty of protection as well. Not worried about hitting your hands. Easy to maneuver with plenty of get up and go. A true weapon of its time.

 

     

This BULTACO MATADOR is similar to the one my Brother Graham rode to victory during 1966 to 1971

Short Circuit season in NSW.


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