The October NatCom meeting was held in Cranbourne, Victoria, and was scheduled over two half days to provide an opportunity to not only meet with local Ulysses Club members over dinner, but to attend the start of the annual MotoGP run from Cranbourne to Phillip Island. Members of 9 branches attended the dinner on Friday evening, as well as the executive of the 2019 AGM Event committee.
On Saturday morning the energetic members of the National Committee walked down to the GP Run start point. This is a major event on the MotoGP calendar and makes for a spectacular sight, watching anything from 5,000 to 10,000 motorbikes form up in the main street of Cranbourne, ready for the journey down the South Gippsland and Bass Highways to Phillip Island for a weekend of racing and social events.
The Shearwater Branch, as they have for many years, set up a small marquee where they handed out Ulysses Club, Shearwater Branch and general motorcycling information. The National Committee called in and visited the Shearwater Branch marquee and met with many of their members. This provides a great platform for recruitment of new members. The departure of the bikes at 10.00am is spectacular to watch and the noise and vibration of over 5,000 bikes starting up is amazing.
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This may have to be an annual event for NatCom as well.