Friday, January 31



Cameron Donald with the winning McIntosh Manx Norton.

Cam Donald on the McIntosh Manx last year,
THE 35th Classic Motorcycle Festival, sponsored by Triumph, will now feature  Isle of Man TT winner Cameron Donald.

The Australian replaces New Zealand's Bruce Anstey, who cannot make the event.

The NZ Classic Motorcycle Racing Register has announced this week that Anstey has had to withdraw from his planned New Zealand trip for personal reasons.

That news was followed by some quick 'phone calls to Australia and Australia’s top Isle of Man TT Star was persuaded to cross the Tasman for the Triumph Festival on  February 7-9 at Hampton Downs.

Two times TT winner Donald will ride the 1962 500cc McIntosh Manx Norton used by Anstey in this year’s Isle of Man “Classic TT”.  

This is the same bike Cameron has previously ridden to a clean sweep in the 2012 NZ Classic Festival and also won both the 500cc and Open classes at the “Island Classic” in Australia last year.

Donald will also ride the 1982 1135cc McIntosh-Suzuki “Bathurst Replica” he rode to a clean sweep at the Barry Sheene meeting at Labour Weekend last year.

The later period pre-1989 Japanese race bikes from the NZ Post Classic Racing Association will appear by invitation for the first time ever at the NZCMRR Classic Festival.

Nick Cole, recently returned from winning the USA’s “Classic Racing World Championship” on Peter Lodge’s super fast ES2 Norton, plus the NZ Suzuki Tri-Series on his ZX10 Kawasaki, will be a man to watch.

Another to watch will be 21-year-old David Hall, who at last year’s Triumph Festival made a clean sweep of the 500 Factory class and the “500cc All Comers” final on Billy Apple’s 500 Manx.  This year he will be riding Bruce Verdon’s “Schwantz Spec” McIntosh Manx Norton.

Over 200 racers with over 300 motorcycles will be competing at the three day event.

 More information here.