The Gt Rider Memorial Chedi

Discussion in 'In Memorium' started by DavidFL, Sep 30, 2016.

  1. 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.

    Chedi 2
    Chedi 2.JPG

    Chedi 3
    Chedi 3.

    Chedi 4
    Chedi 4.

    Chedi 5
    Chedi 5.

    Chedi 6
    Chedi 6.

    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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  2. 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.

  3. 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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  4. Chedi 2 is my preference, count me in for a contribution as discussed!
  5. I love the sobriety of chedi 2, my second choice would be Chedi 5
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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. #9 DavidFL, Oct 6, 2016
    Last edited: Oct 6, 2016
    Edging closer

    GT rider memorial chedi concepts.

    Comments please
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  10. I would do non mirrored myself... Better pics and less gaudy. But thats my take of the two choices...
  11. Non mirrored. White and gold best of the two choices
  12. 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.
  13. 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?
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. #16 DavidFL, Oct 11, 2016
    Last edited: Oct 11, 2016
    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
  17. An update 24 October

    Work is under way on the GTR chedi.

    Supposedly it will be ready by the end of this week.
  18. 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.

    Attached Files:

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  19. 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.

  20. 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.
  21. Great stuff David
    The chedi looks awesome.

  22. Donation box for the wat
    We now have a donation box for the wat in place.


    A big thanks to the guys who came along for the trip to put everything in place.


    the original plastic plaques have now been replaced with stainless plaques.

    and with great precision, I'm lead to believe

    an additional plaque has also been added in memory of Tom Wignall, the original expat big bike rental shop owner in Chiang Mai & partner of Joe's Bike Team
    Tom was the first farang big bike rental in Chiang Mai & certainly helped Joe get on his feet & set up his business
    RIP - Tom Wignall - Ex Goodwill Motorcycle Hire / Joes Bike Team

    The spirit altar has now been painted & a wee drop of Jamesons was left for the guys.

    All riders are welcome to swing on by & pay their respects to our departed biking mates.
    Should anyone want show their appreciation to the wat for approving the "farang biker chedi" at Wat Doi Kong Mu, you may slip a note or two into the box.
    Only the abbot has the key & so all funds go direct to the temple.

    Thanks & see you all for the 2017 GTR MHS Loop Memorial Ride.
    2017 (9th) Annual Gtr Mae Hong Son Loop Memorial Ride

    Attached Files:

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  23. Fantastic Job! And looks rather impressive if I may say so Myself! The Location is Stunning! A bit more tidying up and Landscaping and it will be 1st Class! An Impressive Tribute for Local GT-Riders. Pat on the Back to all those involved!
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  24. Agreed, top quality job done to the organisers and helpers, a true credit to the GTR team!
  25. It is really heartening to see this, partially in tribute to my mate TJ.

    Unfortunately life has gotten in the way of my annual November trips, which was in no small part aligned for the annual Memorial Ride. I will again miss the 2017 ride, but will be paying my respects to TJ when I come over in Jan 2018 at this Chedi.

    Thanks to David and the other contributors for your efforts and vision.

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