The NTNOA's July 2009 Club Meeting
was Sunday, 2 August at 2:00 PM
at Pappas Bar-B-Q
The July meeting was moved to the first week in August because many members
including our President (not Obama) were out of town in late July attending
other motorcycle rallies.
Club President Clay Walley called the meeting to order a little early in order
to finish early. Seems Pappas BBQ ran out of Shiner Bock and some members
were getting restless before the meeting even started.
Dennis Tackett mentioned that the club sponsored Ryan Ambrose and Big D Cycle's
racing effort this year at AMA's Vintage Grand Championships during Vintage
Motorcycle Days at Mid-Ohio, July 24-26,2009. Ryan took the number one
plate in both the Clubman 750 and the 70ís Vintage Challenge. Ryan thanked
the club for its support.
Recap of Ryan's races:
There was heavy rain on Saturday and the races were extremely slow paced.
Despite the weather, Ryan won both races in the rain. Sunday was a much better
day for racing, and the grids were larger. Ryan started in the second wave from
the last row in both races on Sunday. The first race was the clubman. Ryan had
the lead in less than a lap and by the end of the race was working his way to
lapping the whole field. He took the overall win in the race passing everyone
from both classes. In the 70ís vintage challenge, he again started from the very
back in the second wave. Going into turn one off the start he was in third place
in his class. After a couple of laps he made his way into the 70ís superbike
pack. This class consisted of four cylinder machines that out powered the Big D
Triumph. Despite being down on power Ryan got to the very front and began
contesting the overall lead. On the last lap Ryan ran it wide trying to overtake
the Honda that was in the lead. Then, on the very last corner Ryan pulled off a
brave move to take the overall win again. At the end of the weekend Ryan had the
most points in both classes, and he got two AMA number one plates.
The promoters for the International Motorcycle Shows have asked the club to
participate again this year and display our member's vintage and custom bikes.
Clay asked if there was anyone interested in volunteering to organize our
participation. No one at the meeting volunteered but Steve Ledbetter later
did. Restored or Custom Nortons is the theme for this year's display.
Steve will be looking for members to man our booth and display their bikes.
The club also needs a volunteer to transport the club's small enclosed trailer
to the LOP Rallye and back. It is being stored in Southlake at Richard
Asprey's residence. The club will pay for gas both ways to whoever tows
Nominations for next year's club officers (President, VP & Treasurer) are just
four months away. Fortunately Chris Parry has agreed to be a nominee for
President. Clay may volunteer to be VP but the club still needs someone to
step-up and take the Treasurer's job. According to the club
By-laws the Rallye Chairman, Newsletter Editor and
Webmaster are appointed by the club officers. The club needs someone to
volunteer to be next year's Newsletter Editor. Richard Asprey has
volunteered to be next year's Rallye Chairman if Dennis Tackett will serve as
his assistant. George Tuttle has volunteered to remain as webmaster.
Phil Dansby, Joe Edwards (#1 NTNOA number), Bob Cox and Mark Jones all attended
the INOA Rally July 20-24 at the Echo Basin Ranch just outside of Mancos,
Colorado. They arrived Monday and on Tuesday they all rode the 85 miles up to
Telluride on their vintage bikes (except for Marq on his new BMW K1200LT) for
lunch. Unfortunately, while there the largest thunderstorm in months developed
over the mountain. Only Marq on his BMW was equipped for the chilling 40 degree
temperatures and torrential rain. They all made it back down the mountain safely
in spite of their hypothermia but Bob developed stomach flu halfway down and
stayed at the small gas station in Rico for the rest of the day.
On Thursday during the awards ceremony, not only was the NTNOA elected "Club of
the Year," but Bob Cox and his "Featherlastic" won first place in the Cafe
Class. Congratulations Bob!
During the meeting Phil asked for a show of hands of those who have read the July-September
Newsletter. About half in attendance raised their hand. Phil
mentioned that some people couldn't find it on the club's website and that it
was a shame to let the hard work of our Newsletter Editor, Dean Baker go
Richard Asprey won an eBay auction for a tricked-out Triton. It has a
Norton Featherbed frame and a '78 Triumph 750cc engine and gearbox. It
should be here in less than two weeks. Our president has gone over to the
dark side. Clay purchased a '66 Harley-Davidson FL from Dawson Baker,
Dean's dad. It's at Big D Cycle getting routine maintenance before Clay
takes it on the road. A discussion about the removal of the "Stallion" can
be found here.
At this point the restless members were getting out of hand and the meeting had
to be adjourned.
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