The Gt Rider Memorial Chedi

Discussion in 'General Discussion / News / Information' started by DavidFL, Sep 30, 2016.

  1. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    The GT Rider Mae Hong Son Loop Memorial ride in honour of departed riders is in its 8th year this year.
    Originally we started with a couple of plaques & 100 year rose bushes for TJ & Simon, planted at Wat Chong Klang by the lake in Mae Hong Son.
    The TJ John Hamilton - Simon Siinthai Grant Memorial Ride

    In 2012 we added Dan White's ashes & another plaque.
    Dan White RIP

    In 2016 we have Tom Forde's ashes.
    Rip Tom Forde

    The set up we have at Wat Chong Klang is now unsatisfactory & we need to do something better.
    After a meeting with the monks & abbot at Wat Doi Kong Mou, overlooking Mae Hong Son we have been granted permission to erect a proper GT Rider Memorial chedi at the very top of the hill, below the communication towers & above Wat Doi Kong Mou.

    There is a small wat at the very top
    GTR - IMG_6034.JPG

    behind the wat on the west sunset side there is a plot we have been granted permission to build a chedi
    GTR - IMG_6035.JPG

    GTR - IMG_6036.JPG

    In the next few weeks we will endeavour to have a chedi ready for the 8th annual ride on the 5-6th November.

    We would like some feed back on some designs we are considering.
    Sensible comments on the below are invited.
    Which style do you prefer?

    Chedi 1
    Chedi 1.jpg

    Chedi 2
    Chedi 2.JPG

    Chedi 3
    Chedi 3.jpg

    Chedi 4
    Chedi 4.jpg

    Chedi 5
    Chedi 5.jpg

    Chedi 6
    Chedi 6.jpg

    As time goes by we can add additional ashes from more GT Riders, who have ridden the North & contributed to GTR.

    Anyone who wishes to assist with the cost of building the chedi - 1.8 metres high - is welcome to contribute.
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  3. ozadr1an

    ozadr1an Member

    Chedi #1, but perhaps the blue one, would seem a reasonable compromise between being too plain and too gaudy. Not understated, but not overstated.

    Thats my own opinion though.
  4. brian_bkk

    brian_bkk Ol'Timer Staff Member

    Count me in David.

    My preference is white and red or white and gold one. Not to gaudy.. Otherwise as a compromise between gaudy and plain for me is the blue one.

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  5. scotty007

    scotty007 Ol'Timer

    Chedi 2 is my preference, count me in for a contribution as discussed!
  6. Jurgen

    Jurgen Ol'Timer

    I love the sobriety of chedi 2, my second choice would be Chedi 5
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  7. Rod Page

    Rod Page Ol'Timer

    I was moved on reading this post & the instantaneous offers to help. As with the excellent initiative that is the Chiang Mai Toy Ride this is a most worthy contribution. Well done David.
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  8. Russ McDermid

    Russ McDermid Active Member

    I think the simple white Chedi 2 works well .... plus easy to clean & maintain on the annual visit.
    Count me in for a donation too.
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  9. Ian Bungy

    Ian Bungy Ol'Timer

    Chedi # 2 would be my choice. Simple and lots of Flat Areas to Place Plaques. the others have too much wasted space. You can colour it or add some Bling if You require? That is My view anyway. We have to decide the Size of the Plaque for each Person also? a Small Brass engraved Name Plate maybe? Size of a Mobile phone perhaps? Name, DOB and DOD.
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  10. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    Edging closer

    GT rider memorial chedi concepts.jpg

    Comments please
    Last edited: Oct 6, 2016
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  11. ozadr1an

    ozadr1an Member

    I would do non mirrored myself... Better pics and less gaudy. But thats my take of the two choices...
  12. brian_bkk

    brian_bkk Ol'Timer Staff Member

    Non mirrored. White and gold best of the two choices
  13. Goran Phuket

    Goran Phuket Ol'Timer Staff Member

    I am unable to attend the event but you can count me on regarding the donation.
    David, please send me THB 3,000 paypal request to usual email addy and I'll send the payment pronto.
  14. Ian Bungy

    Ian Bungy Ol'Timer

    Top One. White with some Gold Paint. The Bottom one Looks to Busy and would make the Plaques hard to find or Read! That is the Next Mission, Size and Style of Plaque? Just a Brass Name Plate screwed on. Size depends on the Size of the Chedi I guess but maybe 6 X 3 inches? Kept Simple, Name, Nick Name if any, Date of Birth, Date of Death? To be decided by David and You all of Course?
  15. warmndry

    warmndry Member

    I agree with Ian. White with a bit of bling would be my choice or the blue one. However drilling through ceramic or glass to affix the plaques might be tricky.
  16. canthai

    canthai Ol'Timer

    Style 2 my choice. The one with the plain sides - plaque 6" wide 2-3" high plenty of room. Simple Gold trim if this is the consensus OK with me.
  17. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    Thanks for all the feedback.
    Of the final 4 selections

    we have opted for the top right chedi.
    The height will be 1.99 metres with a base of 1.2 metres, located on a 3 metre concrete pad.

    There will be an official merit making Buddhist ceremony on the morning on the 6th November 2016 to inaugurate the GTR Memorial Chedi. This part of the 8th Annual GTR MHS Loop Memorial Ride.
    If anyone want to assist in the cost of the construction donations are welcome.
    Surplus funds will be given to the abbot of Wat Doi Kong Mou, who has very graciously approved this GTR Memorial chedi in a stunning location at the very top of Doi Kong Mou.

    For more news please follow this thread
    The 2016 8th Annual Tj John Hamilton-simon Siinthai Grant Mhs Memorial Ride
    Last edited: Oct 11, 2016
  18. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    An update 24 October

    Work is under way on the GTR chedi.

    Supposedly it will be ready by the end of this week.
  19. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    A brief update.
    The (8th) annual GTR MHS Loop memorial took place on schedule & the chedi was officially inaugurated on the 6th November 2016.
    The full report is here
    The 2016 8th Annual Tj John Hamilton-simon Siinthai Grant Mhs Memorial Ride

    The chedi was like this




    In March 2017 there is now a small "altar" for offerings

    Some riders & visitors have asked about what to do, to pay their respects.

    You can try this proceedure
    Flowers + candles + incense can be bought as a pack with a donation (20-100 baht) by the main Doi Mong Mou chedi below the summit.
    1. Light & place the candles.
    2 Light the incense & pray / make a wish.
    3. Place the flowers on the ledge near the top.

    We have a donation box coming for those who wish to make a donation - to the temple for maintenance & appreciation for temple's approval of the chedi. .
    All funds will go direct to the temple & the abbot himself will have the key to collect the money for the wat.

    More to come in the coming weeks.
    Planning is also under way for the 2017 Memorial Ride.
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  20. brian_bkk

    brian_bkk Ol'Timer Staff Member

    Nice one David..

    Sooner the better with dates for 2017.
    I know a few people that wanted to join the last one but a bit short notice with work / business trips etc.

  21. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    The 2017 Memorial Ride will be on the 2nd weekend of November because the first weekend is the full moon & Loy Krathong festival, & we don't want to get caught up in that.
    So the 2nd weekend of November = Saturday 11-Sunday 12 is the scheduled date for the 9th annual GTR MHS Memorial Ride.
    We ride to MHS on the Saturday. Sunday morning conduct a Buddhist ceremony at Wat Doi Kong Mou at, feed the monks 11.30AM, then depart MHS at whatever time people are happy with.
  22. Moto-Rex

    Moto-Rex Ol'Timer

    Great stuff David
    The chedi looks awesome.


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