Blimmin heck. Do you know what time of the year it is? The time that people start calling up and booking Christmas functions.
We’ve already booked a couple of dates so if you want to have your Christmas party at the coolest bar in town you’d better be in quick.
This will probably be our last Christmas on this site so make sure you get your booking in. Then you can say you used to like Smash Palace better at its old location in years to come.
Give me a call or an email and we will sort out your party.
I’ve been getting a bit of criticism recently:
“Johnny, since you started your Press column you have been neglecting your blog. I enjoy it much more as you are free to talk about poos and other inappropriate things.”
So this is me trying to kick off some more regular blog updates for summer.
You’d think with the lack of posting lately that nothing has been happening. But we have been working away over winter trying to get ready for what will probably be our last summer on this site. In the upcoming weeks we will have a lot of exciting updates for you all so watch this space and I promise to update more regularly.
I’m pleased to announce a successful SPSR 2013. Thankfully nobody died or even broke a bone. Just some old men feeling sore come Monday.
Last year we did a 50cc thing but this year we decided to mix shit up and did the event as a dirt bike invitational. So we hand-picked our 15 favorite people from bike night that own suitably shitty dirt bikes and headed to Lake Coleridge for a weekend.
Friday morning we headed south and managed to drive out the bottom of the Southerly and into the most perfect weather imaginable.
Congratulations to Luke O who won the coveted Golden Glove this year. He was so far ahead of everyone else after dominating the hill climb, the sprint race, the wiggle woggle and gaining extra points for mechanical competence. He even managed to show up the wheelie king (me) with a display of one wheel riding that separated the men from the boys.
Bookie favorite Jock surprisingly didn’t win the Best Boozer points which were instead shared by Josh and Matty J. Jimi won the cleaning award for the second year in a row which should ensure he is invited back every year.
The isolation and landscape down there are second-to-none and we had such a grand time that we will do it the same next year. So get yourself a crappy dirt bike and start hanging about on Thursdays if you want to make it onto the exclusive list for next year.
This month’s masterclass is a bit out of order and will be held this Thursday August 22.
From 6pm we are very pleased to present Euan Cameron who is undoubtedly one of New Zealand’s best motorsport photographers.
Euan will be talking about how to get the very best photos of cars and bikes.
Here is a link to this week’s Press column.
The sun is shining and we are gearing up for a big Bike Night tonight. See you all this evening…
A wee update on the mud-plug we did a couple of weeks ago. The wee chummy performed admirably and while we didn’t win, I did beat Greg and that is all that really matters.
Here is a nice photo somebody sent through to me…
Here is a link to this week’s column.
I’m finding it fun to have an avenue to talk about the issues that I see Christchurch facing. As a failed writer it is nice to be getting published regularly which forces me to finish something every week.
Thanks for all the comments of support.
Joseph has left his 80s Honda CBX up at the bar to see if anyone wants to buy it. If you are looking for an easy, cheap bike, then this is for you. I think it would make a great cafe racer but have promised my wife that I will stop buying vehicles for a while.
The bike ran when put away. It just needs someone with a bit of time and knowledge to fiddle with the carb and get the brakes working. Then it’s really an exercise in making it look cool.
It has a brand new battery which has to be worth a few bucks. It also has a complete rolling spares frame to poach parts off. On top of this there is a nice box of goodies that Joseph had intended to put on the bike but never got around to.
Registration is on hold which will make getting it back on the road a whole lot easier.
All he wants for it is $800 ONO so grab yourself a bargain. It is living at the bar at the moment so just swing down if you want to have a look or call me to arrange a time.
I’m hoping we can flick it to someone we know as I reckon it is a really sharp price for a great wee bike.
The New Zealand International Film Festival is about to kick-off in Christchurch. There are a ton of great films playing and you should make an effort to get out and support the festival.
I’m pleased to see my old mate Zoe Macintosh doing well in the world of directing. Her Deadly Ponies Gang has been receiving excellent reviews and is doing well to be included in the festival at all.
As a show of support, we will be making a bit of an event of the film. So get your ticket and meet us at Smash Palace an Sunday August 18 at 3:45pm. We will have a beer and do a group-ride thing up to the film.
So get your ticket and support one of NZ’s best up-and-coming filmmakers.