A great read
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