Hav­ing buck­et­loads of fun

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By KRIS DANDO

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.

Photo: PETER MCDON­ALD

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.

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