Having bucketloads of fun
Dave Povey describes bucket racing as ‘‘cheap and cheerful’’, but it belies the charm and camaraderie that exists in the sport.
The miniature form of road racing is something the Papakowhai resident is new to – having only taken it up this year – but the experienced motorcyclist admits to behaving like a kid when he takes part.
It’s another chapter to add to his love affair with motorcycles, which began a long time ago in England and was passed on to him by his father, a former traffic policeman.
‘‘There’s a real buzz about bucket racing. I’ve been biking for a long time but I’m all hyper when it comes to this. I just love it.’’
The bikes in bucket racing are 125cc, and have usually been put together by their owners. Povey knows of riders whose bikes have engines, suspension, handlebars ‘‘and other bits and pieces’’ cannibalised from other bikes.
‘‘A lot of people who race these bikes are mechanically minded. There’s no strict specifications, but there’s a lot of time and energy that goes into it. It’s just really fun, and even though the bikes are small, you still feel like you’re going quite quick.
‘‘ It’s a group of people having fun like big kids. Everyone’s from all walks of life, and we all help each other out. There’s a great atmosphere at Kaitoke.’’
Povey drives a ‘‘pit bike’’ on loan from good friend Marty Hunt, a participant in the national Mini Challenge circuit. ‘‘I couldn’t have done this without Marty, I’m really grateful to be able to get out there with his help.’’
On November 28, Povey, known as ‘‘Taz Man’’, was out on the track at Kaitoke in Upper Hutt, as usual. He races in the B class, and although he had an enjoyable time, he crashed late in the day and his bike was ‘‘a bit of a mess’’ afterwards.
‘‘This guy came off right in front of me. I was coming up behind him and looking to overtake when he went down. I couldn’t go anywhere, and so I crashed into him. He got up and kept going without any worries, but that was me done.’’
Bucket racing is held alongside kart racing at the Kaitoke track on the third Sunday of every month.
For more information, go to www.bucketracing.co.nz.
In full flight: Porirua’s Dave Povey, in his distinctive yellow leathers, has a competitive nature, and while bucket racing is a lot of fun, those out on the track at Kaitoke are there to win.