It’s on the way . . . the North Road Championship Club moved a step closer to its aim of having its own state-of-the-art transporter this week.
.Secretary Ray Knight and chairman Brian Garnham flew out to Germany to meet up with the club’s transport man, ever-supportive Merv Greatrix, who made his own Dunkirk landing on the way to taking the recently acquired truck to the famous Geraldy premises in Germany.
This is how secretary described an eventful few days:
“Well, the truck is in Germany and the NRCC will be taking delivery of their transporter at the end of July.
“ On Tuesday May 17th Merv Greatrix headed down to Dover for his crossing to Dunkirk and, once in France, was Germany bound, heading for the Geraldy premises in Schmelz to deliver the the NRCC's lorry in order for Geraldy to start work on the new transporter.
“While Merv was sleeping on the Dutch-German border, chairman Brian Garnham and myself were driving down to Stansted airport for the flight to Frankfurt , where we met up with Hugo Kip, who drove us to the Geraldy premises.
“The truck will be fitted with a body containing accommodation for the convoyer with storage and 80 crates, with a central corridor. At the same time, the club will also take delivery of double axle trailer which will carry a further 48 crates.
“Both units will have a central corridor with watering system, and the unique Geraldy ventilation system whereby fresh air is channelled along each row of crates
“The maximum capacity for the truck will be 3,000 birds so the members can rest assured that their birds will travel in comfort. All the crates will be fitted with grills and will be slightly taller than the standard crates that do not have the grills
“What I must stress is the fact that these units will be the sole property of the club, and no private individual will have a share in the vehicle.”
The new transporter is another step forward in the modernisation of this old club and will, no doubt, be the talking point when members gather for the marking this week of the birds for their second race of the season, from Perth on Saturday May 28th.
It is anticipated that the first time the new transporter will be used is for the young bird and old hens nationals on September 3rd.
Before than, however, there are races from Fraserburgh (June 11th), the eagerly-awaited 100th race from Lerwick (June 25th) and the last old bird race, from Thurso (July 9th).