Old Bike Australasia

Kiwi Festival off


The announceme­nt that New Zealand will continue its tough Covid stance, including prohibitin­g internatio­nal arrivals until at least April 2022, has forced the NZCMRR to cancel the 43rd Classic Festival at Pukekohe Raceway. This scuppers plans to send a shipment of bikes from Australia for the classic event. NZCMRR president Ken McGeady said that the requiremen­t for everyone on site to be fully vaccinated meant that the club would have to police this at point of entry, which would place volunteer officials in a difficult, if not impossible position. A statement on the club’s website says,

“We have pencilled in another weekend – April 30/May 1 – at Pukekohe… and if circumstan­ces permit we may be able to run a Festival over this weekend, with trophy races and all the trimmings”. However with the Australia/New Zealand border not due to open until April 30 at the earliest, no internatio­nal riders will be able to compete. The focus now shifts to 2023 when the club hopes it will be able to reinstate the Festival on its traditiona­l early February date, with overseas riders in addition to the country’s home stars. ■

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