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Overwhelming success for ride

RIDE JOY: Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation Ararat Branch president Terry Weeks with Jenny Papst and Wimmera Motorcycle Co and Horsham Harley Davidson''s Trevor Papst during the successful ride.

More than 300 motorcycle enthusiasts from across Victoria descended on Ararat and joined local riders last weekend for the Grampians Ride to Remember.
The Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation – Ararat Branch and organising committee were expecting over 200 but were overwhelmed when an extra 145 registered on the day.
The scene of a large turnout of motorcycles including antique and classic bikes at the registration area near Alexandra Gardens gave locals and visitors a great chance to appreciate the enthusiasm of the riders and the array of motorcycles arriving for the ride.
The ride was started by Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation recently retired chairman of 20 years John Forbes, Ararat Branch president Terry Weeks, Ararat Rural City mayor Gwenda Algood and Grampians Police region inspector Brian Clarke. The riders were led out of Ararat by Victoria Police Deputy Commissioner Ken Jones.
Under the Australia Day ride banner, riders flew the flag as a sign of supporting Australia Day celebrations.
Conducted with a full police escort for both the main and antique/classic rides, the convoy left Ararat together then took two separate routes to Willaura where they came together for morning tea organised by the Willaura Hospital Auxiliary.
Many locals were at the Willaura Football Ground to welcome in the riders, before they split again – the main ride heading into the Grampians while the antique/classics took on a route through to Moyston.
On arriving back into Ararat participants took part in a show ‘n’ shine which was organised in conjunction with the GT Falcon Club weekend run.
Ararat Branch president Terry Weeks and Grampians chairman Nicholas Hatswell both acknowledged the event. In addition Deputy Commissioner Ken Jones congratulated all the riders, pillions, police officers, marshalls, support vehicles and the organising committee for putting together such an enjoyable ride and a successful event.
“This has again been a successful event for the Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation and particularly the Ararat Branch,” president Terry Weeks said.
The Grampians Ride to Remember will be on again next year and organisers are expecting numbers to again increase for the event.

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Posted on Jan 27 2010

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