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North Island

Darryl Smith

Northland / Auckland Ride Director

About Darryl
Darryl was spurred on from a young age by his father. He was a life-long motorcycle enthusiast, and his passion soon became Darryl’s.
 
Darryl’s love affair with Ducati began with a Monster 1000S, and he progressed through the sports bike models (848, 848EVO, 899) culminating in the 1299 Panigale complete with a full Akrapovič exhaust system… that sound!
 
Looking for more comfort without compromising handling, he’s now moved on to the 1260 Pikes Peak Multistrada, which he tells us is one hell of a bike.
 
Some of Darryl’s biggest motorcycling highlights include amazing trips of the South Island, NZ, enjoying MotoGP live at Sachsenring – where he got to meet his racing hero and legend, Marc Marquez! And fulfilling the dream of riding a Ducati to the Mugello MotoGP to witness Danilo and Andrea clinch 1st and 3rd spots in 2019. All while cheering and celebrating with many other fanatics in the Ducati stand! More highlights include being immersed in the spectacular atmosphere of World Ducati Week at Misano Circuit, as well as riding through Tuscany, Italy on a range of Ducati’s. And of course tours of both the Ducati factory and museum in Bologna where he met Claudio Domenicali. EPIC!
 
Passionate about the Ducati brand, Darryl is committed to supporting DOCNZ and the Ducati family as VP and Auckland’s Ride Director.

David Guest

Waikato / North Island Overnight Director

About David

Originally from the UK, David started riding fourteen years ago when he emigrated to New Zealand.

David has explored much of the country on two wheels, seeking out and traveling on roads with the most twists and winding turns.  Most of his favourites are in the South Island where he loves Hasst Pass, Arthur’s Pass, Catlin’s, and Te anau to Milford – too many to mention.  “The South Island needs to be an annual pilgrimage” he says.

Based in Raglan David currently rides a Ducati Supersport S and is always looking for what’s next, he is happy when he can tie more than two corners together on the right line!  

His rides are easy going and relaxed with as many twists as possible.

Bruce Campbell

Bay of Plenty Club Director

About Bruce

Bruce’s garage used to be filled with various marques of road and dirt bikes, but his permanent move to Italian bikes and Ducati was sealed with a 1992 900SS.

Journeying to Invercargill for the Burt Munro Rally, complete with a tent and sleeping bag, perhaps wasn’t the best introduction to touring on a Ducati. But it can’t have been too bad, because he hasn’t looked back since.

Bruce and Jennie are avid watchers of MotoGP, WSBK, and BSB. They usually combine a MotoGP event with an annual holiday.

Working their way through the MotoGP calendar, they’ve so far attended the Misano round, and visited the Ducati factory – where all the magic happens.

Bruce gets BOP Ducatisti together for monthly club nights and regular rides on the many great roads on the region’s doorstep – whether it’s the East Cape, around the Rotorua Lakes, or a quick blast over the hill for a beer at the Okoroire Hotel.

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Gisborne / Hawkes Bay Club Director

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Taranaki Club Director

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Scott Palmer

Wellington Meeting Director

About Scott

Scott is the Wellington Club Meeting Director.  He’s been a member of the club since 2010, and was Secretary in 2015.

Once through his licence stages in 2009/2010, his first real bike was a Monster 696 – followed by a Hypermotard 796, Hypermotard 821, then onto an 1199 Panigale S Tricolore.

Most of Scott’s riding is around the Wairarapa and Hawke’s Bay regions. Pretty excellent places to ride, but “have wheels will travel” – so nowhere is too far.

Scott lives on a lifestyle block near Carterton and works in Wellington. Meet him at the next Wellington Club night.

Donald Senior

Wellington Ride Director

About Donald

Donald has been riding motorcycles since before his feet could even touch the ground.

Once he finished with dirt bikes and scooters, his first road bike was a Honda CB 350/4 (which incidentally he now owns) and he’s also restoring a CB 750/4.

Donald’s currently riding a 2013 Diavel, which has him firmly hooked on Ducati. The beloved bike came with him from Perth to Sydney, where he rode 10,000 km, then made the trip to Wellington with him in late 2018.

After spending time with DOCNSW in Sydney, Donald moved to New Zealand and joined DOCNZ – taking up the mantle of Ride Director.

Whether you’re an old hat or a first-timer, he hopes you’ll join him for a ride in the Wellington Area soon.

South Island

Nick Marer

Nelson / Tasman Ride Director & DOC Nelson President

About Nick

Nick Marer will never forget the day he heard his first Ducati. Lying in bed on a Saturday morning, he heard a rumbling getting louder and louder. He tore down the stairs to find Chris, his brother, home to visit on his 1987 750 F1.

At the age of 20, Nick had experienced his first encounter with bike lust – and it wouldn’t be his last.

Nick says sharing the Passion for Ducati with others is like having an extended family. And that even though some are ‘bat shit crazy’ (his words, not ours) they still make him smile.

Nick’s the President of DOC Nelson, and in conjunction with DOCNZ, he coordinates ride events and club nights in the Nelson area for DOC folks from all walks of life. Get along and say hi. You’ll probably walk away thinking he’s ‘bat shit crazy’ – but he’ll probably make you smile, too.

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Buller / West Coast Club Director

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Kevin Largue

Canterbury Ride Director

About Kevin

Originally from Edinburgh, Kevin Largue came to New Zealand 9 years ago.

His love of riding began at 16 years old. Starting on 50cc many years ago, and coveting the 916 from back home. That rattling clutch and deep thump – he was completely hooked. He now has a 1996 916 work of art to call his own, plus a 2009 1098 Streetfighter.

Kevin loves watching, talking, and dreaming about BSB and MotoGP, and looks forward to making new friends from all over New Zealand through DOCNZ.

He’s eager to get all the DOCNZ lads and lasses together once a month for rides and the odd trip away (suggestions are always welcome, he says).

If you’re ever passing through Ashburton, the door is always open at Kev’s. So give him a yell. He looks forward to meeting you.

Janine & Adrian

Central Otago Meeting Directors

About Janine & Adrian

Wanaka-based Janine and Adrian recently rekindled their love of motorcycling after a few years’ break.

Adrian began riding at 17, and Janine joined him as pillion when they met way back in 1991. Over the years, the two have owned a range of sports bikes – although their hearts belong to Ducati.

They used to own a 900SS, and have recently been tearing up the roads of Central Otago and beyond on their 1200 Multistrada Enduro. Once Janine becomes road legal, a Monster will also be added to the garage (she can’t wait).

Keen followers of WSBK, BSB, and MotoGP, the pair recently realised their dream of visiting the Ducati Factory and Museum, as well as WSBK at Misano. A return to Bologna is on the cards for Ducati’s mecca – World Ducati Week.

If you’re ever in Wanaka, Janine and Adrian welcome DOCNZ members in their spare ensuite bedroom, complete with garage space for fellow Ducati nuts.

The fabulous couple also run the DOCNZ Central Otago Club Night at Cardrona Hotel on the 2nd Tuesday of each month, and they can’t wait to meet more Ducati locals.

Chris Ferguson

Southland / Otago Club Director

About Chris

Heavily influenced by his older brother, Chris first met with motorbikes in 1984 at the age of 16. Starting on Japanese bikes (his first was a Honda xl125) they gradually got bigger and bigger as Chris got older.

Over the last eighteen riding years he’s enjoyed many bike rallies, including 15 Brass Monkeys and several Cold Kiwis, all while riding to or from Dunedin.

Chris’s coldest Brass Monkey was in the early 90s, when it got down to -18°C (yes, you read that right – MINUS 18°C) and a foot of snow at the campsite. Later on he was joined by his girlfriend (now wife) on many more rallies.

Inspired by his brother, Steve (a keen DOCNZ member), Chris entered into the Italian market with his first Ducati. After locating a low-mileage 2007 Monster S2R 800 in Dunedin, the deal was done.

On fine weekends Chris can be seen (and definitely heard) scratching around Dunedin and its surrounds, in search of the never-ending pulse of a fine Italian motorcycle underneath him, and the wind in his hair.

Chris is looking forward to meeting you for the next ride or club meeting.

Chris Marer

South Island Turismo Mastermind

About Chris

A jack-of-all-trades and a master of none, Chris has worked as a freezing worker, in the parts department, motorcycle mechanic, plasterer, roofer, property developer, and company director, oh, and a dishwasher…

He rides Ducati of course!! Chris is very lucky to have one or two – older 1970’s Bevel Drive machines, which look and sound just beautiful. Some 80’s & 90’s machines that also just thrill the hell out of him every ride, and a few later models with all the latest electronics and reliability. Some used for local sunny day riding and others get track day action or toured around New Zealand, all just depends on Chris’s mood.

There have been so many highlights, although Chris fondly remembers his first visit to Cemetery Circuit races, Wanganui in 1986, watching Paul Pavletich on the Bike Clinic Ducati Pantah based F2 bike and the Bob Brown Ducati TT1 cleaning up the major racing classes of the day – in awe of the beauty, sound, and speed of these Ducati machines. A few days later back in Wellington with an hour or so to kill (and the sound of those Ducatis still ringing in his ear) a trip to Bike Clinic was in order, in the window – the most exotic Ducati available at the time, a 750 F1. Compared to what else you could buy back then, it was very expensive $15000, although it was dripping with exotic parts. Fully floating  Brembo brakes, Ceriani Forks, Marzzochi Shock, DEL LORTO carbs, etc, etc. I just wanted it!!! But it was Sunday and the shop closed – a phone call was made first thing Monday morning. “Yes, it is still for sale” Chris remembers almost falling over with excitement! He was off for the next ferry to Wellington and bought it. So began Chris’s journey with “Ducati” – a journey of nearly 35years.

As one of the club’s founding committee members as Treasurer, Chris has since served as Vice President, President, Co-Turismo Mastermind and general Ducati consultant, guru and advisor-guy to anyone with a question.

Guy Brickmann

South Island Turismo Mastermind

About Guy

Guy is the General Manager of an Automotive and Engineering Supplies company, based in Christchurch.

He’s been riding motorcycles for 40+ years, Ducatis for more than 20 years, and he currently rides a 1299 Superleggera or his wife’s 821 Monster.

His favourite rides are either the Arthurs or Lewis Passes in the central South Island, and then down the West Coast towards Haast. His Ducati highlight so far was in 2004, riding an ST3 with his wife on their honeymoon, travelling through Europe, and ending up in Italy for World Ducati Week.

Guy and Chris Marer are the masterminds behind our awesome South Island Turismo.

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