There is more to motorcycling than the mud, the tricks and the tracks, as Lucy Townend finds out.
For a group of motorcycle enthusiasts that has been around for 102 years, the Manawatu-Orion Motorcycle Club (MOMCC) isn't doing too badly.
The fundamentals are the same - riders on motorbikes racing around - but the how and what those riders do has evolved over the years.
Manawatu-Orion Motorcycle Club patron, and life member, Errol Conaghan has been involved for more than 40 years and has seen it all.
The bikes have changed from your standard sport and road-range motorcycles, to modified racing versions, to today's specialised bikes set up for specific race disciplines, he says.
"Back then, they were nowhere near as reliable or robust as what we have these days."
But it's not just the bikes that have been bolstered since the club's 1911 inception, it is the events too.
"A lot of the early type of events would have been just people getting together for rides and stuff," Mr Conaghan says.
"But when you've got two people going in the same direction, you've got yourself a race."
From the early days of hooning around farmers' paddocks, the club now facilitates a range of motorcycle events.
Among those are motocross, road racing, trials, trail rides, miniature road race, enduro, super motard, ATV and a few good old-fashioned fun days back in a farmer's fields.
For Mr Conaghan - a man steeped in Manawatu's motorcycling history as a long-time steward, the former president of Motorcycling New Zealand, a national competitor and New Zealand's contact at the International Motorcycle Federation for years - the passion to stay involved with MOMCC is unwavering.
"From a competitive point of view, there's just the enjoyment of riding motorcycles, but from an administrative point of view it's seeing a successful event happen and people enjoying themselves on a motorcycle and at events.
"I guess what keeps me and other people involved and coming back is the camaraderie.
"It's like any sort of club really, it's the getting together, sharing a common interest and the storytelling afterwards."
At the moment, the club is winding down from last weekend's 52nd annual Honda International Motocross New Zealand Grand Prix, where more than 500 riders and 2000 spectators turned out to enjoy some world-class motocross.
MOMCC president Wade Wilson says the event went smoothly, minus one or two blowouts and a few ambulance calls, but that is expected.
He joined the club after enrolling his daughter, Jodie, who was 8 at the time, and says he has never looked back.
"It's great for the kids, they start learning new things and new ways to look at things.
"For me, and I know from personal experience, she was a bit shy before we took her along but once she got into the motocross she really opened up and became more confident."
Mr Wilson lists the friends, the banter, the bikes and the chance to travel the country among the perks of the club.
He has been to Taupo, Woodville, Mosgiel and everywhere in between, all in the name of motorcycling.
"I enjoy getting out there and travelling around New Zealand for events and stuff like that, it's just awesome."
The club's members range in age from 4 to 70 and come from throughout the region, from Levin to Feilding to Palmerston North.
A breeding-ground for talent, the club has links to freestyle motocross rider Levi Sherwood as well as business links to some of Manawatu's finest, such as Phil Turnbull Motorcycles.
For more information visit the Manawatu-Orion Motorcycle Club website, momcc.co.nz.
Club subscription runs from July 1 to June 30 and club membership is required to gain a competition licence from Motorcycling New Zealand. Membership can be obtained at local bike shops in the Manawatu region or by phoning the club directly on 06 353 0133.
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