Tuesday, October 29



Words / Photo: Todd Sutherland

With good weather most of the weekend this years' Hampton Downs event, showed a glimpse of its big future. The fact that the Kiwi's retained the trophy, icing on a cake, rich in it's assorted ingredients.

With the demographic core mass of New Zealand motorcyclists moving ever off the right side of the chart, the Sheene Oceania Challenge, always had the waiting audience. Last year's weather made for a slow start but at this edition things began to pump.

The combined efforts of The New Zealand Classic Motorcycle Racing Registar, The New Zealand Post Classic Motorcycle Racing Assosiation, the New Zealand Sidecar Racing Association and the New South Wales Post Classic Racing Association, culminates in this smorgsboard of classic activity.

BSA Goldstar's, Manx Norton's, eight valve Triumph's, Ducati TT2's, Yamaha TZ350's right through to 1989 FZR1000's and GSXR1100's. Plus an ecletic sprinkling of exoctic gems including a Husqvarna 360 'dirt' bike, ridden to within an inch of it's life by NV Motorcycles, Nick Kampenhout.

Isle of Man veteran Cameron Donald again rode the pristine McIntosh Suzuki in winning the Pre '82 senior class, with New Zealand Superbike Racer, Sloan (Chopper) Frost getting the results in the pre '89. Frost's foray on the Peter Smith GSXR1100 was going well until coming to a spectacular end  in a combined class race, when the brakes failed at the end of the infeild straight. Frost was lent another machine to do the final class race. Bruised from his tumble, a lightly bandaged hand the only visual clue to his crash. Well apart from the trashed bike.

A fellow competitor best summed up the weekends event  "It's great to see this old stuff and a hundred times better than seeing it in a museum!" Labour Weekend at Hampton Downs for 2014 promises to be bigger and even better again.
(L to R) Cameron Donald and Sloan Frost were all smiles at the weekends end