International Jampot 2020 Video

In February, 2020, we hosted the International Jampot Rally for Matchless and AJS motorcycle riders, over here in New Zealand. But before that we held a pre-rally tour of New Zealand's South Island. We left Nelson on Monday 3rd Feb. Some 30 odd Kiwi Jampot club members and 17 International AJS/Matchless club enthusiasts rode to Murchison, Franz Josef, Arrowtown, and stayed in Invercargill for 4 days to enjoy the Burt Munro Challenge. From here we traveled north to Alexandra, Geraldine, Hanmer, Te Mahia, picking up fellow NZ Club Members enroute. A total of 55 of us left for the Rally HQ from Te Mahia to Nelson on Friday the 14th of March.

There were gravel roads, washed out roads, it rained, it poured, it was hot, it was cold, it was fun!

Along the way a well known local film maker and camera man accompanied the tour and a Documentary film has been produced covering the pre-rally tour and the International Rally.

Documentary Motorcycle Film - a Trailer

Pre-Rally Tour and Rally February 2020

We were lucky enough to have experienced film makers Peter Blasdale and Barry Sangster who volunteered their services, expertise and time to record this trip and the International Rally at their own expense.

We now have a live record of all the fun, mistakes, mishaps, breakdowns, camaraderie and experiences very few people will get to do, so enjoy this journey, have a laugh, help a stranger who may become a lifetime friend and keep your fingers crossed these old machines we love to ride will get us there and back in one piece.

International Jampot Pre-Rally & Rally Video, NZ

The sending of the memory stick, will be done, as for all NZ and overseas orders, post the World Premier. This is scheduled for screening in Takaka, Sunday 31st May 2pm if NZ is at a suitable Covoid-19 lockdown level. (Given we are moving to Level 2 it should be all go.)

Motorcycle Video - World Premier

The Jampot motorcycle video's World Premier is screening in Takaka, Sunday 31st May 2pm.  Mind you, that's to Covid-19, there are a restricted number of seats! Phone or email Murray to book a place. Once costs have been paid, proceeds from the entry fee will be donated to a local old folk's charity. The will be a 'after-match' function at the River Inn.

Location. Takaka is located at the south-eastern end of Golden Bay. It’s 1hr 45min from Nelson. Population 1,330. It’s a town full of character and many alternative lifestylers.

Venue. The Village Theatre in the heart of Takaka. Established in 1984, there’s a blend of high tech cinematic digital wizardry while keeping the venue’s off-beat vibe alive. Come and enjoy our state of the art surround system whilst relaxing on one of our comfy couches, and nibbling chomping on tasty snacks and slurping (quietly) drinks. Entry fee, $10. Mind you, if you arrive on a Matchy or AJ, entry is FREE.

Accommodation. Explore Golden Bay (Queen’s Birthday weekend, after all). Stay overnight at the River Inn. Please phone 03-525 9425 to make your own arrangements.

Video. You video memory stick (USB) can be picked up at the World Premier. Alternatively, it will be posted to you after the World Premier, be you in NZ or elsewhere in the world.

Peter Blasdale and Barry Sangster will be there to introduce the film, sign autographs and to answer any video related questions.

Theatre Bookings. Please phone or email Murray to advise if you are coming. Phone (027) 546-7637 or matchlessnz@icloud.com

Video Orders Are Now Being Taken

We hope you enjoyed the video clip - a taste of what is to come when your order the hour-long video.

Even if you were not on the International Rally and the tour, that's OK, you too can enjoy the video.

As you can see, the high quality video is stored on a 16 GB memory stick. It will make a great present, be it for:

  • A birthday
  • At Christmas
  • An anniversary
  • A gift to a guest speaker
  • Anyone interested in old motorcycles and their riders

NB. If ordering from overseas, you will be sent a Paypal request, to enable you to transfer money to New Zealand. Alternatively, payment can be made using a swift code.

Final payment date. Please ensure payment by Wednesday, 20 May 2020 to avoid disappointment and/or having to pay extra for a possible re-run (provided we have enough orders to make a re-run viable).

NZ - $25 Overseas - $NZ35. Details once form is completed

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A litte bit about our camera crew

About the film-maker, Peter Blasdale

  • I have been involved with making and producing films since 2002.
  • I have been both director and producer, but I specialise in camera and sound work and film editing. 
  • I have driven many of my own projects as well as collaborating with other filmmakers and have even won a couple of awards for my work.

Being an active member of Top of The Sound Film Society keeps me in touch with other local film-makers and their projects.

I first met Murray McLean in 2019 when I was in Golden Bay filming the Old Thumpers motorbikes. I was pretty excited when he asked if I would be keen to film the 2020 Jampot Rally, and once Barry Sangster agreed to join the team, the perfect road trip was underway…

A little bit about the music

The music is from local artists. The blues harp music was supplied by an ex-member Geert (Gary) Hermsen. With the banjo music by John Herd and Harmonica.