KNOW WHEN TO HOLD THEM: Preparing for
Saturday’s poker run from left, Lloyd Harmsworth
(Pup), Ken Loadsman (Boots), David Jones (DJ), Jess
Ryan (Wolf), Len Pomeroy (Bagman), Wally Jewell, Les
Woods (Woodsy), Ray Ryan (Razor), Bill Brennan
(Ferret) and Craig Hampson (Iron Head) outside the
Old Railway Hotel where the run leaves from.
ORGANISING a poker run is not as easy
as it once was for members of the Vietnam Veterans
The club is holding its annual poker
run in the Mackay region this Saturday.
North Queensland chapter
vice-president Lloyd Harmsworth said they had not had
any problems with the police.
"We've done the right thing and
registered in with the police." ( FTP!!)
Mr Harmsworth said as long as no
members of any outlaw motorcycle groups came, the police
had no problem with the event.
"If they know there's any outlaw clubs
attending they'll stop us," he said.
The annual poker run, now in its 14th
year, will begin at 1pm at the Old Railway Hotel,
Tennyson St, and anyone is welcome to take part.
Mr Harmsworth said they were hoping to
have about 300 people riding their motorbikes in the
"It's a poker run so what happens ...
is riders buy a ticket and draw a card wherever we
stop," he said.
"The best hand receives a prize of
$1200 and the worst hand gets $200."
People are travelling from throughout
Queensland, from as far away as Cairns, to take part.
Mr Harmsworth said the poker run
travelled to different places every year.
The money raised from the event will
support the club during the year, allowing them to
travel to state events and take part in different
"Normally, we have a bit of money left
over and we donate that to local charities," he said.
Not only is the event a good day out
for everyone, but Mr Harmsworth said it was also good
opportunity to catch up with other veterans.
To take part in the event come to the
Old Railway Hotel at 11am for a 1pm start.
The run will finish at the Kuttabul
Hotel on Saturday evening, with live bands and food on