Saturday, October 15


Wanganui-based promoter (and regular KR contributor) Robert Cochrane’s much anticipated International Classic Scramble Series gets underway in Golden Bay over the February 04-05 weekend next year with subsequent weekend events in Taranaki, Wanganui and Upper Hutt.

International trials and scramble star Mick Andrews returns to New Zealand for the first two rounds while five-time British Motocross Champion Bryan Wade will appear at the Wanganui event.

Each weekend has a theme with The ‘Old Thumpers’ (Pre 1980) event in Golden Bay hosting the first round of the Mick Andrews’ Twinshock Trials Series on the Saturday and the motocross event on the Sunday.

‘Taranaki Vintage Dirt’ at Inglewood the weekend after (Feb 11-12) includes two rounds of the MA Trials Series, a Saturday afternoon Pre ‘76 scramble and an invitation-only BBQ & official opening of the Steve Gallichan private Motocross Museum that evening.

Early Sunday morning the trial continues plus Round 4 of the Tricky Dicky Racing Vintage Motocross Series with Mick & Jill Andrews as guests of honour.

The following weekend (Feb 18-19) ‘Wanganui Classic Dirt’ takes place on the famous ‘Kildare’ circuit on the ex Bob Coleman property. This event includes two rounds of the Mick Andrews’ Twinshock Trials series and a Pre ‘76 scramble.

Bryan Wade (who was the first rider to win a British MX Championship title - the 1974 125cc one on a Suzuki - on a Japanese machine) will make his only New Zealand appearance at this event. Wade, who now lives in Borneo was also the first rider to win the British 125, 250 and 500cc British titles.

The last weekend of February (25-26) sees the series head to the Upper Hutt’s Summer Carnival for ‘Upper Hutt Twinshock Dirt’ with the sixth and final round of the Mick Andrews Trials series on Saturday and a Twinshock scramble at a local venue on Sunday.  

Mick Andrews is being bought to New Zealand in a joint venture between the Pioneer MCC and Robert Cochrane, while the Taranaki event is a joint venture project with Taranaki VMX enthusiast Steve Gallichan. 


Trials pioneer and keen classic scrambler Mick Andrews (left) with Legends series organiser Robert Cochrane