Classic cars and motorbikes on inaugural Timaru Movember Poker Run

Peter and Kathy Robertson in their 1967 SS Impala get set for the inaugural Movember Poker Run on Sunday.
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Peter and Kathy Robertson in their 1967 SS Impala get set for the inaugural Movember Poker Run on Sunday.

The inaugural Timaru Movember Poker Run attracted more than 15 classic cars, and motorbikes to support mens’ mental and physical health on Sunday.

Every participant in the ride was dealt a card at each pub stop during the event which took participants from Washdyke to Methven, via Geraldine, Fairlie and Pleasant Point before ending at Speights Alehouse in Timaru. The participant with the winning poker hand at the end of the event won a prize.

Organiser Jonty Penney said this was the first poker run for Movember, though last year there had been a Movember motorbike ride with a lunch at Twizel.

“I just thought it would make it more interesting.”

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By opening the event to classic cars, hot rods and custom-made vehicles, Penney said it widened the appeal. He hoped to attract some of those attending the weekend’s Magpie Madness Rally at Winchester.

BMW 1200cc rider Matthew Kay said he had nothing else to do on a Sunday apart from gardening and the poker run “won out”.

Among the Boulevards and Harleys, was a 1971 Ford Falcon and 1967 Chevrolet Impala SS 3.27cu.

Movember Poker Run organiser Jonty Penney, left, and Matthew Kay, of Geraldine, prepare for the first run of its kind in Timaru.
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Movember Poker Run organiser Jonty Penney, left, and Matthew Kay, of Geraldine, prepare for the first run of its kind in Timaru.

Impala owners Peter and Kathy Robertson said they liked to support local events.

To own an Impala was always Peter’s dream, and the couple purchased theirs two years ago. The only proviso Kathy had was that it was a convertible.

“It’s nice to drive and comfortable,” Peter said.

The inaugural Timaru Movember Poker Run attracted classic car owners and motorcyclists to raise funds in support of men's health.
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The inaugural Timaru Movember Poker Run attracted classic car owners and motorcyclists to raise funds in support of men's health.

Movember focuses on supporting programmes related to men’s physical health, mental health and suicide prevention, prostate cancer and testicular cancer.

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