NZ’s best on show

2014 Star In­sur­ance Clas­sic Bike Show

Old Bike Australasia - - RACE REPORTS BURT MUNRO CHALLENGE - Re­port and pho­tos Gra­ham Viall

25-26 Jan­uary, 2014 – Manukau City, NZ

Be­ing 18 months since the Pa­pakura Ro­tary Club held their first show, the tim­ing of this one was truly an un­known. Auck­land An­niver­sary is a very busy weekend in Auck­land yet the show still man­aged to at­tract some 260 bikes and 2,500 vis­i­tors. A much more even spread of ma­chines with greatly in­creased num­bers from Europe and Ja­pan cer­tainly of­fered some­thing for ev­ery­one. Sev­eral col­lec­tors of­fered what were sim­ply re­mark­able ma­chines to give a depth of bikes un­likely to have been seen be­fore in New Zealand. Vis­i­tors were treated to a Hes­keth V1000, Munch Mam­moth, Moto Guzzi Fal­cone, In­dian Board Tracker, BMW R5, Du­cati 750SS Imola and a NCR Racer to name a few, all in one place. Most of these bikes are real Rar­i­ties and to have them all to­gether was cer­tainly very spe­cial. Pos­si­bly the first time shown in NZ was a spec­tac­u­lar 1917 Hen­der­son Four which must have had thou­sands of pho­tos taken of it. It is im­pos­si­ble not to stop and stare at its sheer beauty and con­tem­plate the feel­ing of ac­tu­ally rid­ing such a ma­chine through New Or­leans in 1917! Wouldn’t that be some­thing! This bike clearly won the Vet­eran cat­e­gory while Keith Trillo’s spec­tac­u­lar 1926

BE­LOW Best Vin­tage: Keith Trillo’s 1926 AJS G5.

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