Littlest rider wins most hearts on big poker ride
EIGHTY-nine leather-clad and often bearded bikers took to the Valley's roads to raise money for good cause at the weekend, but the smallest of them captured the most hearts.
His name is Digga and he rode all the way to Grafton for Saturday's Clarence Coast Riders' poker run on the back of Brisbane rider Rob Stone's Harley.
But Digga, who sports his own bike and helmet, is a four and a half-year-old chihuahua who has fallen in love with the back of his master's bike.
Rob said Digga accepted the mask and goggles fairly quickly.
"He didn't want them straight away, but it wasn't long before he seemed to accept them,” he said.
"Now he loves getting on the bike every time I get it out.”
Rob and Digga rode to the Clarence on Thursday for the poker run.
Organiser Tony Payne said the riders stopped at various destinations around the Valley on Saturday, picking up a playing card each time.
"When we got got back to the Hotel Five in South Grafton, each rider showed his hand and the one with the best poker hand was the winner,” he said.
The number seven was lucky for Grafton rider Lisa Berry, who won the $500 prize with four sevens.
The poker ride was just the start of the entertainment for the riders on Saturday.
There were raffles and competitions including a tattoo show and a burnout pad as well as a jumping castle for the children.
Clarence Coast Riders administrator Wayne Hadaway said the club held the ride to raise money for the Grafton Base Hospital Children's Ward.
"When we take out the expenses, we will have about $2000 to donate,” he said.
His club has just embarked on its most ambition fund raiser to date, a $25,000 raffle of two prestige motor bikes.
Mr Hadaway said the winner had the choice of either a Harley-Davidson or Ducati from Coffs Harbour dealer North Coast V Twins worth about $25,000.
"The winner of the raffle gets to choose which bike he wants,” he said.
The tickets, which are $50 each or five for $200 are available from North Coast V Twins, Grafton Power Products and the Hotel Five.
The dealer principal of North Coast V Twins, Ashley Beaton, was at yesterday's event to show off the bikes.
"The bikes are worth about $22,500 each, but there's leathers, helmets and clothes thrown in that brings it up over $25,000,” he said.