“Do you ever get a sore hand from signing so many posters?” is a question that will never get old to me. Being able to play the celebrity under the huge Honda marquee for ten full years has only got better with time. And this year we added a new element to the mix that involved bikes, rolling paddocks and grippy soil. It was called our Fieldays special and we were spoilt once again.
From 8am to well after lunch I was talking to people and giving away as much free stuff as possible. Across from me was a real celebrity in the form of Ben Townley, with his bike, a Team Honda 450 and my race bike forming an impressive line up. With our Broxy video playing non stop in the background it was a good time to catch up with friends and fellow riders of all types, made even better on the Saturday with the inclusion of Sarah and our girls. Then at 1pm I would head off to a private farm literally five minutes up the road, set up the Honda flag and meet our so called ‘students’ for their one hour coaching session.
These ran along the lines of our Honda Kids Camp sessions, only with even more freedom. Four excellent paddocks were open for our use where we could move from flat turns to bumps, logs to hills when ever we wanted. The groups were also diverse, from six year old Jacob and his Grandma to a father and son team in the form of Laurence and Braeden. We also used it for this weeks session with the Jefferies family, helping Mitchell and Jas push their trail riding limits while learning a few things along the way.
It was interesting how few people took up the offer and we would like feedback on why that might be, however it is always good to be out on the bike and I felt like we were able to make the most of both the Fieldays and the afternoon as well. Of course our biggest thanks goes to the venue providers, Honda NZ and the Graham family. Lets hope we can keep the tradition going.