The club were delighted to welcome so many Irish members and international visitors to the Treffen in Limerick this year. There was a total of 173 bikes at the event. 160 of these were GWEF bikes (comprising 99 GWOCI bikes and 61 international bikes) and 13 were non-GWEF bikes. 12 countries (including Ireland) were represented. The awards, which were presented after dinner on Saturday 17th August, were as follows.
Please note that this post currently contains some provisional photographs and will be updated in the coming weeks to include all of the official photographs taken on the night.
1st Place with 35 bikes (48,020 points)
Gold Wing Owners Club of Great Britain
2nd Place with 6 bikes (18,216 points)
Fédération des Gold Wing Club de France
3rd Place with 6 bikes (14,424 points)
Gold Wing Motor Club Belgium
4th Place with 4 bikes (14,040 points)
Gold Wing Föderation Deutschland
5th Place with 2 bikes (8,972 points)
Gold Wing Club Italia
6th Place with 2 bikes (8,952 points)
Gold Wing Club Austria
7th Place with 1 bike (7,176 points)
Gold Wing Club Türkiye
8th Place with 2 bikes (5,232 points)
Gold Wing Club Holland
9th Place with 1 bike (5,156 points)
Gold Wing Club Hungary
10th Place with 1 bike (4,476 points)
Gold Wing Club Schweiz
11th Place with 1 bike (4,086 points)
Gold Wing Club Denmark
Club Attendance Award (CAA) with 5.41% of total members in attendance
Gold Wing Owners Club of Great Britain
Farthest Travelled Male
We were delighted to welcome Burak from Gold Wing Club Türkiye who travelled over 4,000 km all the way from Istanbul to join us in Limerick for the Irish Treffen.
Farthest Travelled Female
Leslie from Gold Wing Owners Club of Great Britain travelled 688 km on her solo bike to be with us for the weekend.
Youngest International Rider
Katie is 20 years old from Gold Wing Owners Club of Great Britain and was riding a 1983 GL1100. Katie has attended Irish Treffens before but this was her first Irish Treffen on her own bike. Thanks to Katie for travelling to be with us this year and we very much look forward to welcoming her back to Ireland for many years to come.
Youngest Irish Rider
Adam is 22 years old from Gold Wing Owners Club of Ireland (Leinster) and was riding a 1983 GL1100. Adam has attended a number of Treffens both at home and abroad but this was his first Treffen on his own bike. We wish him all the best with his new bike, safe riding and we look forward to seeing him at Treffens for many years to come.
Bill is 81 years (and 10 months!) old from Gold Wing Owners Club of Great Britain and is no stranger to an Irish Treffen. Bill travelled from his home in Scotland to be with us in Limerick for the weekend.
Best Lit Bike at the Light Parade
Helen and Holly Perkins
The sparkly purple trike mum-and-daughter duo from Gold Wing Owners Club of Great Britain never cease to wow people with their fantastic display of lights and this year was no different. They did, however, have one new addition to their attire that made them stand out even more than usual - "It was the hats that won it!"
Larry and Nell Duane
Larry and Nell, friends of the club through Liam and Carmel, travelled all the way from Colorado, USA to join us at this year's Irish Treffen and we were delighted to welcome them.
Herbert from Gold Wing Club Austria went above and beyond travelling over 3,000 km and utilising no less than four ferries to get to Limerick for the Irish Treffen.
Gold Wing Owners Club of Northern Ireland
We were delighted that so many of our friends from Northern Ireland could join us for the weekend. Fintan accepted this award on behalf of the club as a special thank you for their friendship and support over the years.
The Pierce Family
The Pierces have contributed so many members to the club at this stage that they could comfortably start a Gold Wing club of their own! Eamonn, Chris, Adam and Richard were at this year's Treffen and accepted this special award for their family.
Ministry of Funny Walks Award
For someone who spent the weekend working in Inscription, this award was well deserved.
2018 GWEF Super Tour Awards
Awarded to GWOCI members who attended 4 or more Treffens in 2018
John and Anna Keys
Denis and Rosaleen Dwyer
Dave and Eilish Whelan
Ray and Maria Milton
Gerry Ward and Edita Vidziuniene
Philip and Barbara Arundel
Kevin and Marian Reynolds
Congratulations to all those who received awards at this year's Irish Treffen and thank you to everyone (near and far) for travelling to be with us - your support is greatly appreciated.
Keep an eye on the website over the coming weeks for more posts and photos from this year's Irish Treffen and if you have any photos from the event that you would like included, please send them to Rebecca by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or WhatsApp (+353851538083).