2014 British Invasion / Spring Hill Country Ride.

Our annual Spring Hill Country ride is a gathering of British & European vintage motorcycles. This four day event is centered around Leakey, TX in the middle of the Twisted Sisters (hwy 335,336 & 337).

The weather was next to perfect for the entire event with cool mornings and warm afternoons. This year's event was a huge success in large part due to the work of many volunteers. Mike Mediterraneo coordinated lodging accommodations with the Historic Leakey Inn and the Frio Springs.  Deb Rose and Mike coordinated the schedule of events for the three days.

Thanks to Richard Asprey and Aggressive Insurance for the kegs of Shiner Bock, Thursday night’s Pizza at Panjo's Pizza on the Frio and Saturday night's steak dinner. Thanks also to Bailie Burke and Dennis Tackett who helped prepare the food.  Thanks to club VP Randy Bauer and Robb Green for driving down to Uvalde on Wednesday to pick up the large smoker.  Special thanks again go to Scot Patterson who did an outstanding job cooking the steaks.

Although the NTNOA’s official hill country ride starts on Thursday seven adventurous members started out the previous Saturday for a few days riding in and around Big Bend National Park. The seven were Richard Asprey, Dennis Tackett, Michael Mediterraneo, Reid Schulze, Shaun Guy, Bailey Burk and Ross Hollands from Australia.

Click here to read "The Big Bend Bucket List Ride" by Bailey Burk.

Left to right: Bailey, Reid, Mike, Ross, Dennis and Shaun (photo taken by Richard)

Bob Hagemann, NTNOA president Clay Walley and George Tuttle started out on Tuesday and met up with the adventurous seven on Wednesday in Rocksprings. Berwyn Henderson and Alton Gillespie also arrived in Rocksprings towing trailers loaded with vintage Brit bikes. In addition, Bruce Fishlock and Brad Earl rode to Rocksprings. All told there were 14 members enjoying a steak dinner Wednesday night at the newly opened Rocksprings Bar & Grill.

Most everyone else arrived in Leakey on Thursday including racer Ryan Ambrose.  Ryan arrived towing two of Richard's enclosed trailers - yes two.  This was Ryan's first time in the hill country and although he wasn't supposed to work on anyone's vintage Brit bike he saved the day when the clutch on Richard's custom 540cc Norton single failed.  Ryan was able to diagnose and fix the problem as only a skilled and knowledgeable vintage Brit bike mechanic could much to Richard's delight.

Thursday night was Pizza night at Panjo's Pizza on the Frio which is on 337 toward Vanderpool in Leakey.   Deb Rose arranged a special club discount at the Buckhorn Bar and Grill for Friday night's dinner.   As is customary there was a Saturday afternoon group ride to Alan Johncock’s Lone Star Museum and Ace Café just north of Vanderpool.  Prior to the ride a race was planned between Clay riding his '56 T110 Tiger and Ryan on Richard's Norton single.  The start of the race was to be determined by Clay enroute to the museum.  The finish line was at the lookout on 377.  However, Clay decided to use deception (cheat) as he continued on to the lookout without ever stopping.

The Saturday night dinner consisted of Steak with all the trimmings thanks again to Richard and Aggressive Insurance.  During the Saturday night dinner f
ormer BMOA president Jack Updyke presented a $500 check from the BMOA to NTNOA Treasurer Mike Mediterraneo to sponsor the firewood at the 30th Annual Lake O' the Pines Rallye during our Spring Hill Country Ride.

Unfortunately there was a scheduling conflict with the All British & European Car Day at White Rock Lake.  However, Wendy and David Griffiths stepped up and volunteered to sell raffle bike tickets at the event.  Their hard work organizing and transporting the raffle bike to and from White Rock Lake paid off with substantial raffle bike sales.  Click here for Paul Valentine's photos of the ABCD event.

There were no incidences this year but one drew the attention of Jake Sanchez, a local and notorious State Policeman.

Click here for photos of the Texas Hill Country in the Spring.

Below represents the activities for Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

2014 NTNOA Hill Country - British Invasion

 

Afternoon

Evening

Thursday

12.00pm NTNOA arrive at Leakey Inn (formerly the D'Rose Inn)

6.30pm - Panjo's Pizza on the Frio – Food is Free

All you can eat buffet of salad, pizza, wings, garlic bread and ice tea.

Food is Free but you are responsible for Sodas, Beer and Wine sold separately.

PLEASE CONFIRM YOUR ATTENDANCE!!!!

Friday

12.00pm  Bent Spoke Restaurant - Leakey Texas

6.30pm Buckhorn Bar and GrillLimited menu at $7.00 per head

Drinks and Dinner - Food and Drink at your cost.

Limited menu at $7.00 per head as follows:

A) 1/2LB Burger (plain or w/cheese) basket w/ff

B) Chicken Fried Steak Sandwich basket w/ff

C) Grilled Chicken Sandwich basket w/ff

Saturday

12.00pm Arrive at Alan Johncock's Museum in Vanderpool.

1.30pm Ride to Mac & Ernie's Roadside Eatery on 470 between 16 and 187 in Tarpley.            

6.00pm Cocktails

7.00pm Steak Dinner with all the trimmings at the NTNOA Camp at The Historic Leakey Inn.

BYOB but all food provided by NTNOA


Below was this year's lodging accommodations. 

Member

Location

Cabin/Room

     

Mike Mediterraneo

Historic Leakey Inn

3

Mike Vance

Historic Leakey Inn

4

George Tuttle

Historic Leakey Inn

5

Steve Ledbetter

Historic Leakey Inn

6

Alton Gillespie

Historic Leakey Inn

6

Bruce Davidson

Historic Leakey Inn

6

Clay Walley

Historic Leakey Inn

7

Dennis Tackett

Historic Leakey Inn

7

Reid Shultz

Historic Leakey Inn

8

Scot Patterson

Historic Leakey Inn

8

Clay Knipp

Historic Leakey Inn

9

Clay Knipp Wife

Historic Leakey Inn

9

Bob Hageman

Historic Leakey Inn

10

Ryan Ambrose

Historic Leakey Inn

11

Shaun Guy

Historic Leakey Inn

11

Chris Parry

Historic Leakey Inn

13

Olof Beyer

Historic Leakey Inn

14

Frank Jacab

Historic Leakey Inn

15

Frank's Wife

Historic Leakey Inn

15

Gator (Brad Earl)

Historic Leakey Inn

12D

Berwyn Henderson

Historic Leakey Inn

12D

Randy Bauer

Historic Leakey Inn

12H

Robb Green

Historic Leakey Inn

12H

Stanley Miller

Frio Springs

1

Jay Pope

Frio Springs

1

Gary Vicksell

Frio Springs

2

Ross Hollands

Frio Springs

2

George Kozak

Frio Springs

3

George Kozak Stepson

Frio Springs

3

Richard Asprey

Frio Springs

4

Joe Stroup

Frio Springs

5

Kevin LeMans

Frio Springs

5

Paul Feilder White

Frio Springs

6

Bailey Burk

Frio Springs

7

Bill Beardslee

Frio Springs

7

Marc Marcom

Frio Springs

8

Marc Marcom's Wife

Frio Springs

8

Bob Dodd

Frio Springs

9

Bruce Fishlock

Frio Springs

9

     

Large  Sleeps 10  (4 Bedrooms 3 Bath)

Frio Springs

Ranch House 10

Room 1 - Bill and Laura Keating

Frio Springs 1 Queen

Ranch House 10

Room 3 - Mike Schniederjan

Frio Springs 1 Full 2 Twins

Ranch House 10

Room 4 - Deb & Ray Wylie

Frio Springs 1 Queen

Ranch House 10

     

X -Large  Sleeps 12  ( 3 Bedrooms 2 Bath)

Frio Springs

Oak Hill Lodge 11

Room 1 - Gary Brooks & Wife

Frio Springs 2 Queen

Oak Hill Lodge 11

Room 2 - Doyal & Nancy French

Frio Springs 1 King

Oak Hill Lodge 11

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