KIWI RIDER 11 2018 VOL.2 - Page 31

WORDS: Mike Ramsey/Andrew Singer PHOTOS: Andy McGechan THE BEL-RAY CROSS COUNTRY Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Bel-Ray, originator Mike Ramsey recalls the history of the event. K ay and I started our motorcycle business in late 1989/early 1990 in Pukekohe, and with that threw ourselves into creating a trail ride series for our customers to have several venues and opportunities to experience off-road riding within the Franklin and surrounding districts. I had previously been involved with the Pukekohe Motor Cycle Club (PMCC) since its early days when everything was based around natural terrain riding and the club relied heavily on local farmers for properties. The club had a very strong base and group of workers, and catered for a wide range of riding preferences. The Dickey Family of Kohekohe was one such family and with the other strong family being the Riddles, there was a true passion for Hare Scrambles with many club members having the desire to travel in groups to those types of events, which started in earnest around 1977- 78 with the NZ Hare Scramble Champs. Pukekohe had some very talented riders in these early days for this type of event and, as an apprentice motorcycle mechanic, I became hooked along with guys like Tony Cooksley, KIWI RIDER 31