Category Archives: 03. News & Views

Motofest 2018

Here are the links to all the photo’s taken by our Photographer Chris Dillon over the weekend. Please feel free to download and use as required and post as many as you like – if you could please tag Hampton Downs and Chris Dillon that would be appreciated.

Motofest Saturday

Motofest Sunday

The club would like to take this opportunity to thank Jules and his crew for the great work in promoting the club and its activities during the Motofest weekend.

Twilight Trial (with former UK Champion Dan Thorpe)

The club extends its thanks to Paul and his crew for setting a great trial and for the good food Paul took the time to cook.  

The club would also like to thank Dan and Katy Thorpe for attending this event, on the eve of their return to the UK. The club members would like to take this opportunity to thank them both and wish them all the best in the coming year.

Once again Lynette Barnett has taken some great photos, please click on the following link to see them: Flickr


2018 Calendar of Events out now

Go to the 2018 Calendar page now for this years calendar of events

Calendar for 2018
There are a few changes to the format for 2018 which the committee hopes will be an improvement on the way we do things.
On the Wednesday the 17th we will be running our first Twilight trial hopefully at Glenelg Spur. If this is a success we will try and squeeze in a couple more before the end of summer. The summer series this year will be over 5 rounds at 2 weekly intervals. Each of the trials will start with a training session in the morning
followed by a lunch break and then the trial itself starting in
the afternoon. The training sessions will vary over the series covering everything form bike maintenance to section setting.
The next big change for 2018 will be the format for the club champs. In 2018 ALL club trials (except the summer series and Kaikoura) will count towards the Club Champs. That means there will be 8 rounds with Championship points being awarded at each event.
The last change is at each trial we will be asking for volunteers to set the next event. We will be looking to get an Expert/Intermediate and a Clubman rider to set each event. Paul has already offered top peg the Twilight Trial, so we are looking for a clubman rider to assist there. Also, if we could get a couple of volunteers now to do the first round of the Summer series that would be good.
You will notice that none of the properties have been confirmed yet and as they will only be confirmed 3-4 weeks out from each event.
It’s important to keep an eye on the website for changes
as the year progresses.


Pioneer Dinner Evening – 26th November

The club would like to thank the Cashmere Club for a great evening with a very enjoyable 3 course meal.  Some 25 people attended the event, the first of its type in many years.  With Peter Jackson as the host the evening was concluded with the trophy and shield presentations, some of the photos taken have been included here.

To see these photos please click on the following link: Club Awards


Club Trailer gets a facelift !

The club is pleased to announce that the club trailer has had new logos added by Mike and his people at BNS Design & Print Ltd.  If any company wants to add their advertising to the club Trailer then please get in touch with the committee via the Web site message system or phone.



The club would like to thank all riders that attended the second day of training at Western Valley.  The club would also like to extend its special thanks to Jules Huguenin for providing this training and to Matt Latham and family for letting us use this great property.

Canterbury provided a warm and sunny day for this training and both groups, Clubman/Beginners in the morning, and Intermediate/Expert in the afternoon enjoyed a challenging 3 hours of training, often well outside their normal “comfort” zone.

Training consisted of two sections being laid out by Jules who then proceeded to show how each section should be ridden, and what riding technique should be used to overcome each element of the section.  Mention should also be made at this point of the help Derek provided, not only as the MNZ official for the day but also as minder in those parts of the section that needed it.

The photos below do not cover the entire day, rather just the morning, if any other photos have been taken especially during the afternoon please pass them onto the club.