2021 GTR MHS Memorial Ride # 13

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The 13th annual GTR MHS Memorial Ride is confirmed for Saturday 6th November 2021.

The format will be roughly the same as previous events, but with a few changes.

1. Optional rendezvous start at the PTT at Nam Phrae, on the canal road.

2. Make your own way at your own pace. No ambulance service.

3. Official compulsory rendezvous at the PTT in Khun Yuam. Time to be advised.

4. From Khun Yuam ride in a convoy with a police escort direct to the GTR chedi in MHS.
There is no rendezvous at the PTT in MHS.
Khun Yuam – MHS, a back up ambulance support vehicle to be confirmed.

5. One official ceremony at the GTR Chedi in MHS.
Not two ceremonies as previously, but one combined ceremony at the chedi.
Time to be advised but should be around 3.30-4PM.

6. Official – private function – GTR dinner & party at Piya guesthouse, the same as in 2020.

7. Pre registration is required. The event cost / fee to be advised once catering is confirmed.

8. Optional GTR T-shirt for the ride.

9. No organized breakfast buffet. Find your own as you please.
 
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The GTR Chedi in Mae Hong Son
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The first ride started in 2009

Some history
What started out 13 years ago as a fun ride in memory of two good riding mates has now developed into a respected memorial ride with a soul that culminates in a moving ceremony at the GTR Chedi atop Wat Doi Kong Mu in Mae Hong Son.

The first ride started here
The Tj John Hamilton - Simon Siinthai Grant Memorial Ride

The first ride was for TJ Tropical John Hamilton and Simon Grant, two best mates from Phuket, who came to North Thailand regularly, for motorbike rides and befriended the GTR Community in Chiang Mai, such that we were all good buddies.

John TJ Hamilton, 7 April 1951 - 10 November 2008. TJ was the most loveable, happy character you could imagine. The best mate of Simon Grant, TJ sucumbed to cancer in 2008 after a short 6 month illness.
One year after TJ died, Simon proposed a ride to MHS in memory of TJ & to have a few beers to remember the good times we all had together. A date was agreed for the ride, then 2 weeks beforehand Simon was killed in a hit and run accident in Phuket. We were all stunned.
Simon Duncan Grant, 3 May 1964 - 22 Oct 2009.
We swore then, never to forget TJ or Simon & to always honour them with an annual ride to MHS, and so the GTR MHS Memorial Ride began.

At the start however there was no Chedi, and we started with plaques & 100-year old rose bushes planted at Wat Chong Klang by the lake in Mae Hong Son.

The original Ride then, was called The TJ John Hamilton - Simon Siinthai Grant Mae Hong Son Memorial Ride
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The inauguration of the GTR Chedi 2016
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In 2010 it was 12 riders
In 2011 it was 12 riders
In 2012 it was 14 riders with a hook up with the guys from Bangkok who came via Mae Sot.
In 2013 it was 15 riders with the guys from Bangkok.
In 2014 it was 11 riders
In 2015 it was 19 riders
In 2016 it was 33 riders when we inaugurated the GTR Chedi.
In 2017 it was 34 riders
In 2018 it was a magnificent 56 riders.
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In 2019 it was 52 riders
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In 2020 it was 57 riders
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How many will join in for 2021?
 
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