Classic Racer - - PADDOCK GOSSIP - Ti­maru, New Zealand

To set the scene, just a lit­tle back­ground to the event and the ge­og­ra­phy of New Zealand... Ti­maru is in the South Is­land that cov­ers an area twice that of Eng­land. To­tal population is just one mil­lion, (not count­ing the 30+ mil­lion sheep) yet such was the en­thu­si­asm and or­gan­is­ing abil­ity of the Clas­sic Ac­tion Mo­tor Sport com­mit­tee that some 290 race bikes were en­tered – a re­mark­able num­ber from such a small population. Cat­e­gories catered for are pre­war, with the three MK.VIII Ve­lo­cettes adding sta­tus to the event, through to the pre-1989 class. An RG500 Suzuki and an RC30 Honda were just two of a field of 30. Four, very spe­cial, Aus­tralian-owned, ex-fac­tory ma­chines were made avail­able to mark the launch of the won­der­fully in­for­ma­tive Mike Sin­clair bi­og­ra­phy. The great Kenny Roberts, Wayne Rainey and Randy Mamola all sent per­sonal mes­sages of con­grat­u­la­tions. The book, Mike Sin­clair – King Kenny’s Span­ner-man, penned by Kerry Swan­son, avail­able from fish­ for NZ$39.99, in­di­cates clearly, as if there was any doubt, that Grand Prix racing is just a short step back from all-out war. Bril­liant en­gi­neers Mike Sin­clair and Paul Treacy, who headed up Kenny Roberts’ suc­cess­ful World Cham­pi­onship-win­ning team made them­selves avail­able and race pre­pared the Tom Der­mody’owned 1992-93 YZR500 Yamaha, that was rid­den in the All Ja­panese Cham­pi­onship by Aus­tralian Kevin Magee, and an im­mac­u­late RGB500 owned by for­mer In­ter­na­tional racer, Stu Avant and Tom Der­mody. Gregg Mid­dle­ton, an­other arch Aus­tralian en­thu­si­ast took along his ex-greg Hans­ford 750cc wa­ter-cooled Kawasaki and the KR 250cc that Greg took to sec­ond place in the 1979 World Cham­pi­onship. Hughg An­der­son

Oc­to­ge­nar­ian for­mer World Cham­pion, Hugh An­der­son, show­ing he has lost none of his skill as he gives this very spe­cial Vin­cent Black Light­ning a work­out at Pukekohe.

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