Kiwi Clas­sic gears up

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The 2016 South­ern Clas­sic at Lev­els Race­way, Ti­maru was hailed as one of the best events in ages, and for 2017 the or­gan­is­ers, CAMS (Clas­sic Ac­tion Mo­tor­cy­cle Sport) are go­ing all out to make it even big­ger and bet­ter.

The event kicks off on Fri­day 1st De­cem­ber with prac­tice and qual­i­fy­ing with rac­ing on Satur­day and Sun­day. The theme this year is Su­per­bikes of the ‘80s and ‘90s fea­tur­ing lo­cal spe­cials, the big and brawny ‘80s su­per­bikes through to WSBK style ‘90s bikes. An ex­tra fea­ture will be the Bike­tranz North ver­sus South Chal­lenge, with two 16-rider teams do­ing bat­tle for a tro­phy do­nated by Hugh Anderson. The meet­ing will cater for every­thing from Vin­tage and pre-War right up to the ‘nineties, plus Clas­sic and Post Clas­sic Side­cars, with a lunchtime pa­rade of champions and a Su­per­bike Fea­ture Race on Sun­day. Spe­cial guests con­firmed so far in­clude Aaron Slight who will be parad­ing RC45 and NR750 Hon­das, An­drew Stroud who will pa­rade Kevin Grant’s Brit­ten, Graeme Crosby parad­ing a Coo­ley/Croz replica GS1000 and Mori­waki Z, Rob­bie Phillis on a Katana, multi-time NZ champ John Hep­burn on the Steve Roberts Plas­tic Fan­tas­tic Suzuki for­merly rid­den by Dave His­cock, John Boote and Hugh Anderson. More big names will be con­firmed closer to the event. There will also be static dis­plays and Mo­tor­cy­cle Mecca in In­ver­cargill will be bring­ing some of their col­lec­tion up to display and pa­rade. Sun­day will fea­ture a two strokes-only fea­ture race with TZ Yama­has and RG and TR Suzukis. On Satur­day night, the pop­u­lar BBQ will take place and rac­ing will con­clude on Sun­day by 3pm to al­low for pre­sen­ta­tion of tro­phies. There’s plenty of camp­ing avail­able on site. For in­for­ma­tion, ticket sales and news as it comes to hand, see www.cams-rac­ing.org.nz. Or con­tact CAMS Pres­i­dent Dave Reesby on +64-27 2322860.

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