The NTNOA's 2008 September Club Meeting
Photos of the meeting taken by Paul Valentine.
The September meeting was once again held at the
residence of Captain Commando, aka Phil Dansby, owner of
Up N' Smoke BBQ
House. Up N' Smoke is the proud sponsor of this year's Rolling
Concours at the Lake O' the Pines (LOP) Rallye. Phil's
hospitality was indicative of someone who has been in the
hospitality business for a long while. There were sandwiches
and liquid refreshment for all to enjoy. Nobody went hungry or
Since our annual dues are due in August Mike Vance, the club's
Treasurer was busy all afternoon taking membership renewals and
pre-registrations for the Rallye. If you haven't renewed
please do so as our
has been updated and you'll miss out on getting the newsletter and
announcements of up coming events. Plus the club needs the
Clay called the meeting to order and introduced the club's new
members and guests. Ray Brockie, a former racer for both Jack
Wilson and Doc Storm was introduced along with a brief summary of
his racing days (see
message below). Also new member Allen Solomon rode up on
his beautiful 1953 AJS 18CS.
Allen's AJS. Click on photo to enlarge.
Dennis Tackett reported on Ryan Ambrose's success in
securing the number one plate in the AHRMA 750
Sportsman series. As a result of Ryan's two first place
finishes at the Sandia Classic in Albuquerque, NM last weekend
he has mathematically won the Championship. The AHRMA
officials also awarded Ryan the "Best Hair" award. (Click on
photo below and you'll see why)
Ryan Ambrose with his race bike and trophies.
Dennis Tackett and Dean Baker once again asked for
volunteers to help with the Rallye. If you see work that needs
to be done don't hesitate to step-in and give a hand.
George Tuttle announced that the promoters of the International
Motorcycle Show would like the NTNOA to participate again this year.
The show is 14-16 November at the Dallas Convention Center.
George asked for a show of hands of those who would be interested in
showing their vintage or custom bike(s) and/or help with manning the
display during the show. It was evident that there was
sufficient interest to accept their offer. The NTNOA will have
a 60' display area. The central theme will be Brit Cafe style
bikes but other member's bikes will be in the show.
Members New Rides:
Richard Asprey announced that as a direct result of being
rightfully humiliated riding
his Harley (the one in the background) to the recent Brit Bike
Burnup that he purchased a '77 BMW R100RS. He should take delivery
prior to LOP. Dennis Tackett announced that after 13 years
being without a classic Brit bike he bought the
'77 Triumph T-140 Bonneville from
Big D Cycle. Dennis
plans on taking it to LOP.
The meeting was closed but the party continued.
Brockie emailed the club the following email:
To Clay and all NTNOA
I must say the LOP Rallye has always been one of my favorites. I
enjoy the beautiful setting as well as the great bunch of caring
and knowledgeable enthusiasts. Certainly the scope of the
Mid-Ohio event is larger but there is much more to a truly great
rally and the Texas style and hospitality of the LOP makes it
tops with me.
I suppose I appreciate the bikes the most though and the fact
that so many people return year after year with new projects
keeps the interest of all at a high level. It is always great to
see old friends and make new ones.
I suppose I've rambled too long and will get to the real point.
I would like to get involved. I have a couple "door prizes" I
will donate when I arrive but want to do more. I am not sure if
you guys allow cash prizes but I would like to offer some if the
NTNOA approves. While not overwhelming, maybe they can be
considered "Gas Money".
$30 to each; Class #24 the Rolling Concours, Long Dist. Rider,
Oldest Rider, Youngest Rider, Best Norton Ridden, Best Triumph
Ridden, Best Italian and Best German Ridden. Total for theses
classes = $240
I chose these classes as they represent "riders" and can
probably put the gas money to use.