The first motorcycle race began when the second motorcycle was built
South Canterbury 100 - The 100 year event in Timaru was brilliance with a capital B. There is no single word in the English language that can do justice to the significance of the event, so brilliant and its derivatives will have to suffice. Historic one off events are like that, they all mean something very different and very special to those who attend, whether you are a rider, an official, a life member, veteran or just a rider or enthusiast. For some out there, going to the Pukekohe Festival each year or treking down south to the Bert Munroe is your nostalgia fix for the year and that’s great, but did you do ‘the 100’.
This one off event encompassed classic and modern road racing, classic and twinshock trials, classic, VMX and modern motocross, a world class motorcycle show, awesome Saturday social at levels, mystery road tour for classics & modern, centenary dinner with Ivan Mauger speaking and the amazing parade around levels raceway at the end of Sunday with over 250 bikes in procession on the track. There were little kids on tiddlers to massive cruisers, classics to modern sports, trials to motocross machines, you name it, it was out there with riders celebrating a 100 year procession with helicopter film crew buzzing overhead. It was an electric atmosphere! 101 years ago the Nelson Motorcycle Club was formed and pioneer can trace their origins as part of a larger sports club back to 1907, but in 1909 the South Canterbury Motorcycle and Tricar Club in Timaru started, but there is still debate about which club ran the most years without war interruption. But, I can say that the Timaru Club is the oldest in New Zealand to have its founding letter and first minute books still intact, with the original letter on this website under the 100 year South Canterbury link on the left of this home page.
24th – 26th oct 2009
Featuring the countries top moto trials riders in 7 grades, competing at 3 separate Kapiti Coast venues.
- Day 1 Maungakotukutuku Valley Rd, Paraparaumu
- Day 2 Emerald Glen Rd, off Waterfall Rd. Alexanders Farm, Raumati South
- Day 3 Waihoanga Rd, over Swingbridge, off Otaki Gorge Rd
10.00am – 3.30pm daily
NZ Trails Champion – Ixion 1962
As a schoolboy Bill used to tag along with his brother on the back of his rigid AJS 350 to the bike races at Ohakea, Bill purchased a near new 1952 matchless 500 in 1952 for road use. In 1956 he purchased a 500 Competition Matchless from Lawton & Boyle, the ex John Anderson Shop Scrambler and one of only three of this model in the country at the time. The short-stoke motor had the nickname of “Shotgun.” He rode scrambles and won the North Island Scrambles Champs in 1957 and went onto win three NZ Open Hill Climb titles, all at Parkvale Rd in Karori, and run by Ixion.
In 1960 he purchased the ex Ken Cleghorn 1957 Dot 197cc 3 Speed Model from Lawton & Boyle. The 1962 NZ trial was run by Ixion with the first day at the top of the Makara Hill in Karori and the second day at the Dude Ranch at Moonshine. Bill describes the Dot as an excellent bike but a bit heavy. His next machine was a Sprite he purchased form an English migrant, but it was in poor condition and needed a full refurbish. He remembers a highlight of the 60’s with Sammy Miller and his trips to New Zealand.
MOTORCROSS BOOMS IN NZ WITH FIRST INTERNATIONAL MX SERIES
The South Canterbury Motorcycle Club Inc held its first Gold Leaf International Motocross round on November 24th 1964 at Lyalldale, Timaru. Many thousands tuned out to see the Kiwi and International riders battle it out on the toughest course in the country at the time, with a crowd of over 10,000 at the first event. The cream of NZ off-road talent were there through the years including locals Ivan Boorer (NZ MX Champion),Wayne Johnston – Rickman Metisse (NZ MX Champion) and Ian Frew (Triumph Metisse) plus David Burns (DOT& Greeves) Ken Cleghorn – NZ Champion (AJS Cheney) Ivan Miller-(CZ), Robert Happer (Wasp), Allan Collison –(DOT), Gordon Holland – (CZ), Des Boyce (CZ), Kerry Miles (Montesa), Morley Sherriffs (BSA & Metisse), Colin Shultz-(Triumph Metisse), Hugh Anderson – (Husqvarna) Alistair Sabiston-(Triumph), Ken Kilgour (Matchless Metisse), Neil Currie (Greeves), Paul Docke – (CZ), Graham Terry (BSA & Greeves), Bill Veitch (BSA), Glen Wroblenski (AJS/Greeves) and Graham Stapleton (Greeves & CZ).
Mike Jolley from the Auckland Classic Scramble Club was one of the Kiwi riders who ventured over to the land of oz for the recent CD 6 event at Conondale brisbane. Our own NZ & Australian Open MX champion Peter Ploen was also there. Mike got to ride some pretty exotic machines including this BSA Rickman Metisse (j) owned by Allan Jones of Sydney. It is one of a pair sent to the USA distributor to use for promotional purposes as a sales tool. The engine is a b44 with a 500cc barrel and a Weslake 4 valve speedway type head. the black betty eso rickman in the photos is also owned by Allan Jones.
The Auckland Classic Scramble Club celebrated their 20th Anniversary with an event at the old Hellensville Showgrounds with a wide array of machines from the past coming out to enjoy a very nostalgic day. Dave Cohen from Kiwi Rider was there and got these snaps you can view on Flickr.
North Island Classic
Twinshock & Evolution Trials Championship
March 15th 2009
by Robert Cochrane
This British Spares sponsored event took place on the property of Quentin Handley along Rapanui road just north of Wanganui. Set in a natural gully just off the road amongst a pine plantation of five acres, it was an idea venue for a very sunsmart trial. With temperatures in the fields above in their mid 20s, and the gently sea breeze not due till later in the day, it was very refreshing to ride amongst the trees in the shade throughout the day.
Alex Handley of Wanganui on a Montessa was showing good touches till an annoying fault saw him drop out of a few sections and Jeff Hall on his ’80 Ossa was in good form in the twinshock a grade coming in a point ahead of Tim Tibbes on the royal enfield, winner of the heavyweight classic a grade class. As Tim was riding the same a sections on a much heavier and a machine 25 years older, it was a very meritorious ride. Michael Fuerst on his tlm 220 honda took out the evo b grade with just 17 points. But the real star of the day was young Evan Carter of Upper Hutt who won the b grade twinshock title on his yamaha ty 175b model loosing only 4 points over the 28 sections. His bike is prepared exceptionally well, and he rode it with great skill and concentration and will be a rider to watch in the future.
A classic & twinshock trial returned to the recent Upper Hutt Summer Carnival, having last appeared as an attraction in the early 1990s. There is a strong resurgence in classic & twinshock trials across the country, especially since the visit of British Trials Champion and World 500cc Motocross Champion Jeff Smith to Wanganui last Easter for the Legends Festival. As well as events at Auckland, Hamilton and Christchurch, a Saturday trial was added to the 15th Old Thumpers Classic Scramble meeting at Pohara Golden Bay on Waitangi weeekend, and further events are planned for the Wanganui, Manawatu and Wellington Regions.
The Saturday rain that postponed the Summer Carnival made the conditions tricky for most of the entrants in the Trentham Classic, but a number of riders showed good skills on their machines. Derek Barnes of Upper Hutt showed a bit more skill than the rest of the field becoming the overall winner with only 7 points lost. Another local, 14 year old Evan Carter on his 1976 Yamaha TY175 mount came in second in the twinshock class with 21 points. Tim Tibbes of British Spares in Silverstream was the top Pre 65 Expert rider on his Royal Enfield 350 with only 10 points. Michael Fuerst from Germany was the top air-cooled monshock rider, also on 10 points. (Michael is the technician behind British Spares restoration service)
Following the success of the British Bike Dirt Day in March 2007 the 2008 Event has expanded to include International Guest & Double World MX Champion Jeff Smith MBE, who will ride in both the Saturday Scramble and the Sunday Trial. On the Saturday evening Jeff will be the keynote speaker at the ‘Legends of Dirt Dinner.’ The Wanganui District Council are funding Jeff’s Trip and some event promotion and event overhead costs. Hugh Anderson MBE & Shayne King are involved plus Kiwi vet champions.