Wyn­d­ham Street Races


45km north of In­ver­cargill, Wyn­d­ham closes off the cen­tre of the vil­lage to cre­ate a street cir­cuit. The cir­cuit is roughly tri­an­gu­lar but with two of the cor­ners cut off, in­clud­ing a sharp left­hander out­side the pub and a chi­cane by the petrol sta­tion. The racers love it, the lo­cals are to­tally in­volved and spec­ta­tors get great views of the rac­ing. The rac­ing is very var­ied cov­er­ing fif­teen dif­fer­ent classes of bike rang­ing from Pre 63s with Girder Forks to Su­per Mo­tards, with seven classes for Clas­sic and Post Clas­sic bikes. Class win­ners are de­ter­mined by the to­tal points over three races. The Pre 63s with Girder Forks were ex­cit­ing to watch with the fi­nal heat turn­ing into a re­ally close race be­tween Chris Swal­low on his im­mac­u­late 1934 500cc Ve­lo­cette Works Racer and lo­cal boy Rhys Wil­son on his “bat­tle scared” 1937 500cc Rudge Ul­ster. This race should have seen Steve Scul­lion on the very rare 1949 Ve­lo­cette DOHC 500, but he took a tum­ble at the Bluff Hill Climb leav­ing him and the bike with a small amount of dam­age. The Clas­sic Pre 63s (up to 500cc), had twelve en­tries from the late 40s, 50s and early 60s mainly sin­gles but in­cluded two Tri­umph twins. The rac­ing in the main pack was close, but in the first two races the field was headed by Andrew Drake, on a much mod­i­fied 1956 Ve­lo­cette Venom. Dave McKen­zie’s beau­ti­fully pre­pared 1948 Tri­umph GP sounded great and Phil Price, on his 1954 Ve­lo­cette Eldee DOHC 250, was mix­ing it with the big­ger bikes. The over­all win­ner was Paul Carr (1962 B40) and with Bill Veitch sec­ond (1957 BSA Gold­star). The Clas­sic Pre 63s (over 500cc) had five en­tries, with Colin Tate first (1962 Nor­ton Dom­i­na­tor).

The Post Clas­sic Pre 72s was split into two classes up to 500cc and over 500cc. The two classes were run si­mul­ta­ne­ously with a very var­ied se­lec­tion of bikes out on the track, from Neale Eld­der’ 1972 Morini Strada 350 to Camp­bell John­sons 1971 Kawasaki A7 350. The up to 500cc class was won by Colin Tate (1962 Manx Nor­ton) while the over 500cc class was won by Mal­colm Pearce (1972 Tri­umph Bon­neville). The Post Clas­sic Pre 82s was also split into two classes and run si­mul­ta­ne­ously, Wayne Af­fleck , one of the “Chal­lenge“or­gan­is­ers, was hus­tling his six cylin­der 1979 Kawasaki Z 1300 around the track in fine style, fin­ish­ing a cred­itable 7th. The up to 500cc class was won by Ge­off Ma­hon (1981 Yamaha XJ550). The over 500cc class was won by Sid Chaloner (1979 Honda Nico Bakker CB 1123). The Munro Fam­ily Tro­phy was awarded to Aus­tralian dou­ble am­putee Alan Kemp­ster 51, who com­peted over the four days, in the more mod­ern events, on his mod­i­fied 1991 Kawasaki ZXR 400. Fur­ther de­tails of all of the Burt Munro Chal­lenge events and video clips from pre­vi­ous years rac­ing can be found on (www.burt­munrochal­lenge.com).

MAIN Andrew Drake scores one of his two wins at Wyn­d­ham on his very spe­cial Ve­lo­cette. BE­LOW LEFT Aus­tralian dou­ble am­putee Alan Kemp­ster with his For­mula 3 Kawasaki ZXR 400. ABOVE Owner Phil Price on the ex-Les Diener 250cc Eldee Mk2.

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