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Bike poker run to help fire station

CARYN WIGMORE
Last updated 05:00 14/11/2013
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EASY RIDERS: Motorcyclists will throng through the nor-west in the annual five station poker run hosted this year by Shelly Beach rural fire station.

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Motorcyclists, start your engines. Get set to burn rubber around the nor-west this Sunday.

About 200 motorbikes will swarm to Shelly Beach rural fire station for a round trip of 200km.

But residents should not be alarmed - it's all for a good cause.

Riders are cruising in the annual five station poker run to buy vital equipment and training for fire brigades in the nor-west.

The convoy roars off at 10am with proceeds going to this year's host station, Shelly Beach in James McLeod Rd.

Funds raised will upgrade medical gear and communication equipment including portable radios, Shelly Beach Rural Fire chief fire officer Adam Knezovic says.

"We've catered for 250 bikes and the more the merrier," he says.

Motorcyclists head out on the highways to Helensville, Kaukapakapa, Kumeu and Muriwai before returning to Shelly Beach about 2pm.

Easy riders draw one playing card at each fire station.

The rider with the best poker hand wins a night's accommodation and dinner for two at an inner city hotel.

The full throttle adventure ends with spot prizes and a barbecue of food donated by local businesses.

Organiser Stephen Sparnon of Huapai says bikers from as far north as Hikurangi are joining the rally.

The former Kumeu deputy chief fire officer urges spectators to give riders a wave or a toot of the horn as they pass.

"We may look a bit scary but we're a friendly bunch with a passion for motorcycles," he says.

"We hope the weather's good and they don't seal any of the roads before we get there."

There will be close to $2 million worth of bikes, he says.

The aim is to raise more than $5000 for Shelly Beach brigade.

The poker run netted $5600 last year for Muriwai fire station.

Riders can register on the day at 9am.Go to 5stationpokerrun.co.nz or facebook.com/5StationPokerRun for information.

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