Mike Pero South­ern Clas­sic 2016

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The most ex­otic col­lec­tion of two-stroke race ma­chin­ery ever as­sem­bled in New Zealand will be rasp­ing their away around the Lev­els cir­cuit dur­ing the Mike Pero Real Es­tate South­ern Clas­sic Fes­ti­val in De­cem­ber. Kevin Magee will be re­united with the 1992 YZR500 fac­tory GP bike he raced in Ja­pan and is now owned by Tom Der­mody, while fel­low Aus­tralian and for­mer cham­pion Steve Trinder is mak­ing his de­but on his re­cently-bought ex-Pat Hen­nen 652cc Suzuki XR23. For­mer TT winner and F1 World Cham­pion Graeme Crosby will be aboard Stu Avant’s RGB500 Suzuki.

Christchur­ch-based clas­sic and post clas­sic rac­ing club CAMS (Clas­sic Ac­tion Mo­tor­cy­cle Sport) pres­i­dent Dave Reesby says, “Aus­tralian-based Ir­ish rider and For­mula Oz champ Paul Byrne will be rid­ing Tom Der­mody’s McIntosh Suzuki, and Gary Mid­dle­ton is bring­ing his ex-Team Kawasaki Aus­tralia Gregg Hans­ford KR750, plus a Kawasaki H2R. “The GP bikes will be kept in tip-top shape by leg­endary Kiwi en­gi­neers and ex-Kenny Roberts Yamaha fac­tory team gu­rus Mike Sin­clair and MNZ Hall of Fame in­ductee Paul Treacy.” Among other Kiwi le­gends at­tend­ing are John Boote, Paul McLach­lan and Jock Wood­ley. In ad­di­tion to be­ing meet­ing spon­sor, multi New Zealand cham­pion Mike Pero will be join­ing the ‘Pa­rade of Cham­pi­ons’ on a Yamaha TZ250. The three-day race event has be­come the largest clas­sic/post clas­sic meet­ing in the South Is­land, Reesby says. “The meet­ing is pop­u­lar with rid­ers for its re­laxed, fun feel, heaps of track time and plenty of so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties through the week­end in­clud­ing meet the rid­ers Fri­day night and a BBQ Satur­day night, all at the track clu­b­rooms with some of our spe­cial guests speak­ing af­ter din­ner. Be­ing the week­end af­ter the Burt Munro Chal­lenge in In­ver­cargill it’s also the per­fect ex­cuse for a bike rac­ing hol­i­day.”

Fri­day is prac­tice and qual­i­fy­ing with rac­ing all day Satur­day and Sun­day. Race classes range from the vin­tage, pre war, pre 63 clas­sics to all the post clas­sic pre 72, 82, 89 and the new pre 1996 class, plus clas­sic and post clas­sic side­cars. “Past Masters” clas­sic pa­rade class will fea­ture at lunchtime, Pa­rade of cham­pi­ons with all the spe­cial guests and spe­cial bikes will fea­ture each round of rac­ing and on Sun­day a spe­cial Grand Prix fea­ture bike race for the 30+ GP ma­chines ex­pected at the event. For more info, en­try forms, con­tacts and the lat­est news go to www.cam­srac­ing.org.nz or check out the fes­ti­val web­site at www.mikepero.com /clas­sic/ or www.face­book.com/ mike pero clas­sic/

ABOVE Kevin Magee aboard the YZR500 at this year’s Barry Sheene Fes­ti­val of Speed.

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