Retreads motorcycle club Christchurch New Zealand
The Retreads Motorcycle Club Christchurch was formed in May 1995 after initially having contact in 1991 with the Rhode Island (USA) Retreads chapter.
Alf Caldwell and John Poulsen are credited with starting the Christchurch chapter along with a small committee of Gary Schumacher, Ross McGregor
amongst others and were joined by a number of Gold Wing, BMW and Christchurch Ulysses Motorcycle Club members.
A high proportion of Retreads members at the time wanted a more relaxed club atmosphere than could be provided by Ulysses. Retreads offered this along with
the involvement of their partners and supporters.
Coordinators Alf Caldwell. John Paulson, Doug Smith, Dorothy and John Hutcheon, Jo and Graham Lavender, along with Lindsay and Jenny Wilson, contributed and
made the Retreads Motorcycle Club Christchurch what it is today. The club is now recognised in its own right as the only chapter of Retreads outside of the USA and
Short history of the Club
Alf Caldwell was the scribe for a newsletter and membership list dated 15/01/96. The membership list contained 42 riders along with their partners;
Community projects were undertaken. With Jan Edwards’s enthusiasm, Retreads undertook laying out gardens amongst the spinal units at Burwood Hospital. Colin Simpson got the club involved with painting the Railway Station at Ferrymead.
In May 1996 the newsletter continued with a John Poulsen ‘jotting’ that it was “Just on a year since the Retreads started rolling in New Zealand”
Alf Caldwell was the first ‘Regional Director’ with coordinators John Paulson then Doug Smith who took over the reins as Organiser in June/July 1998 with John Poulsen penning the newsletter;
Doug Smith, who also wrote some newsletters, became coordinator and shared the responsibility for organising rides and other events with Committee members, Coleen Smith, Graham and Jan Edwards, Ross and Mary McGregor and John and Robyn Poulsen.
In January 2001 Dorothy and John Hutcheon (Organiser) agreed to running things and grew the club from around 30 to 80 riders most with their partners;
Jo and Graham Lavender, in partnership with Jenny and Lindsay Wilson, jointly ran the club from June 2006. Graham and Lindsay organised the rides, Jo and Jenny other events. Graham became the Organiser and Jenny Treasurer. Jo Lavender produced ride and event publicity. During this period the Lavenders’ redeveloped the club’s website and in April 2010 Brian Neill assumed responsibility for the club newsletters.
The management of the club next changed hands in January 2011 with Organiser, Alan Forgie Treasurer and John Van Dijk (website). , Rob Newton, Doug Smith and Colin Williams round out the committee that organisers the club’s affairs.