A great read

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My son sent me a copy of ‘Be­ing There’; four times world cham­pion Hugh An­der­son’s bril­liant au­to­bi­og­ra­phy. When I re­ceived it I thought that I might save it till win­ter but af­ter flick­ing through the pho­to­graphs I thought that I might read a few pages. I fi­nally stopped at num­ber seventy. Noth­ing was done dur­ing the next few days but read this very well writ­ten book. Hugh takes you on his pil­lion through what is an ex­tra­or­di­nary life. He ei­ther kept a very good di­ary or has an ex­tra­or­di­nary mem­ory; a bril­liant read. I have lent it to a cou­ple of my mates on the is­land – all agree that it is a great book. It is not only about rac­ing but hu­man en­deav­our as you fol­low in the tracks of a young man liv­ing his dream. There were times when he was pen­ni­less oth­ers when he was in­jured but he rose above the hard­ships and went on to claim 25 Grand Prix wins, 47 podium po­si­tions and was recog­nised as the 6th most suc­cess­ful rider in the his­tory of the World Cham­pi­onship se­ries. Had Hugh not been a suc­cess­ful com­peti­tor he could well have been a great au­thor Brian Dou­glas Ma­cleay Is­land, Qld. And the re­ply from Mo­tor­cy­cling Aus­tralia: Dear Ian, I have been given your email ad­dress and asked to pro­vide you with some in­for­ma­tion on Start Per­mis­sions for Aus­tralian rid­ers com­pet­ing in New Zealand by one of our Mo­tor­cy­cling Aus­tralia Board Mem­bers. Hope­fully this will as­sist with your plan­ning in fu­ture.

If an Aus­tralian rider wishes to ride in an event in NZ, the way it works is that a rider needs to pur­chase in­sur­ance and ap­ply for a start per­mis­sion (an FIM li­cence is not re­quired be­tween Aus­tralia and NZ). This in­for­ma­tion is usu­ally con­tained in the Sup­ple­men­tary Reg­u­la­tions for the event the rider wishes to ride in or can be ob­tained from the Race Sec­re­tary. The SR’s for the re­cent event in NZ out­line this re­quire­ment.

The process fol­lows that the rider will con­tact AON or an­other in­sur­ance provider to pur­chase the re­quired in­sur­ance, then the rider con­tacts MA for a start per­mis­sion. MA checks that the rider has ad­e­quate in­sur­ance and then is­sues the start per­mis­sion. If the rider has pur­chased AON in­sur­ance, Michelle Rhook from AON sends MA the dates of cover of each in­di­vid­ual as a mat­ter of rou­tine. This email only pro­vides dates of cover not the event it­self or the rel­e­vant dis­ci­pline – the rider needs to con­tact MA to ar­range a start per­mis­sion for a spe­cific event oth­er­wise there is no way of know­ing which event the rider needs a start per­mis­sion for. I am sure you can ap­pre­ci­ate that there were mul­ti­ple events in mul­ti­ple dis­ci­plines in NZ that Aus­tralian rid­ers were trav­el­ling over for in the pe­riod of the In­ter­na­tional Mo­tor­cy­cle Clas­sic Road Race event. The rea­son why some rid­ers in the event you at­tended had start per­mis­sions and oth­ers did not was the ones who had them con­tacted MA to ar­range them. Last year Peter McMil­lan con­tacted MA with a list of names to ar­range all the start per­mis­sions for this spe­cific event. This didn’t

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