A life of friends, fam­ily and rac­ing

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

New Zealand rac­ing leg­end Noel Har­ris al­ways tries to keep a happy medium and his friends, fam­ily and the rac­ing in­dus­try mean more to him than any­thing else in the world.

He rode his first win­ner in 1970 and con­tin­ues to prove that with pas­sion any­thing is pos­si­ble. At 57 years old he’s still rid­ing win­ners.

Re­la­tion­ships he has built with peo­ple over the years were ev­i­dent at the of­fi­cial launch of the book he wrote with Wally O’Hearn, Harry – The Ride of My Life.

A can­did in­ter­view be­tween Noel and rac­ing com­men­ta­tor Tony Lee pro­vided en­ter­tain­ment for the large crowd that gath­ered to cel­e­brate a mile­stone with the man of­ten re­ferred to as the Peter Pan of rac­ing. ‘‘This is a cel­e­bra­tion of you, Noel, and the won­der­ful mana you have, you are a cham­pion bloke,” Lee said.

The launch was or­gan­ised by Mata­mata Rac­ing Club and the Rotary Club of Mata­mata.

Peter Pan of rac­ing: Noel Har­ris and rac­ing com­men­ta­tor Tony Lee have a ca­sual chat. Ap­pre­ci­ated: Noel Har­ris signs a copy of his book for a fan.

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