Octogenarian Alison Tofield (left) reflects on heading to
Waihola as part of the regular Pensioner Motorcycle Trips
(PMT Club) cruise. Her driver Jenny Longstaff is next to
her. Photo by Dan Hutchinson.
The roar of big bikes and leather-clad figures descending
on Waihola this week could only mean one thing - it must be
The PMT (Pensioner Motorcycle Trips) Club has seen retired
Dunedin folk heading out on the highways on a monthly basis.
Those spoken to yesterday could not remember exactly when
they started doing the runs but somewhere between four and
six years seemed to be the consensus.
Octogenarian and active motorcyclist Ron Gilbert said there
were no rules in the club because ''pensioners don't like
rules'', with one exception.
''It is on the first Tuesday [of the month on] pension day,
so we can all afford to buy lunch.''
Some people ride motorcycles, others arrive in cars. Most
were past or present members of the Otago Motorcycle Club,
Bill Veitch, of McIver and Veitch Motorcycles, said.
He said some of the riders had been competitive motorcyclists
at some stage; others were widows of motorcyclists and still
enjoyed the social contacts.
Another octogenarian, Alison Tofield, loves nothing better
than a motorcycle ride every now and then, as well as the
social contact it affords.
Her husband, George Tofield, a well-known member of the
motorcycle and vintage vehicle scene in Dunedin, died 10
''I don't go out very often on a bike now. I don't ride
Her friend Jenny Longstaff - too young to be a member of the
PMT Club herself - took Mrs Tofield as a pillion passenger to
Waihola this week.
That pales in comparison to their last adventure together
when the pair toured Turkey, with Mrs Tofield as the pillion
George Bartlett (74) also enjoys the runs and would be one of
the more experienced riders in Dunedin with more than 60
years' experience under his belt.