Pukekohe’s Fe­bru­ary Fes­ti­val

Old Bike Australasia - - ON THE SHED -

The New Zealand Clas­sic Mo­tor­cy­cle rac­ing Reg­is­ter cel­e­brates its 40th Birth­day at Pukekohe Race­way on the 2nd and 3rd of Fe­bru­ary, 2019. The cel­e­bra­tion in­cludes recog­ni­tion of New Zealand’s home-grown mo­tor­cy­cling he­roes from the 1950s through to the 1990s and the ma­chines they com­peted on, both two and three wheel­ers. NZCMRR was formed in June 1979 on a vi­sion and with $79.00 in the kitty. But the idea had been qui­etly kicking around for some time when the con­cept of run­ning a clas­sic event at the Hamil­ton street races was first pro­moted. Hugh An­der­son in con­junc­tion with Hamil­ton Mo­tor­cy­cle Club pro­moted, and was able to sched­ule a ‘Pa­rade’ in the pro­gramme of past rid­ers on pe­riod ma­chines at Hamil­ton in 1974. Rid­ers in­cluded Rod and Bob Cole­man, Syd Jensen, Peter Mur­phy, Len Perry, Ken Mud­ford, Peter Paw­son, Hugh An­der­son, John An­der­son, John Hem­ple­man and Gin­ger Molloy. These lu­mi­nar­ies were rid­ers who had rep­re­sented New Zealand in the UK, Europe and Amer­ica. In to­tal there were 45 en­tries for the event. So from hum­ble be­gin­nings, al­beit with some class act rid­ers, the in­au­gu­ral Pukekohe event was run in 1980 with rid­ers from the South Is­land and Aus­tralia at­tend­ing. From the orig­i­nal for­mat of Pre-63 Bri­tish bikes only, NZCMRR now has classes from all man­u­fac­tur­ers from Pre-War to Pre-89. Two days of ac­tion packed rac­ing is planned with a big dis­play of race bikes from over the years in­clud­ing spe­cials made by Ki­wis such as Steve Roberts and of course John Brit­ten to be viewed both on and off the track. And, for some­thing com­pletely dif­fer­ent; the fa­mous ‘Wall of Death’ will be on dis­play. To liven up the Sun­day pro­gramme spec­ta­tors can look for­ward to a lunchtime fly over of his­toric WW2 war­planes. Noth­ing like the growl of a Rolls Royce Mer­lin to give you goose bumps. All the hard work­ing or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee now need is a cou­ple of days of fine weather for the event. Cer­tainly no one wants rain on this pa­rade!

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