Saturday, November 22


IT HAS been a long time coming, but finally the autobiography of four times world champion Hugh Anderson is on its way from the printers.

Simply titled 'BEING THERE', the book tells the untold story of how a farm boy from Ohinewai made it to the big time.

He won four world championships on 50cc and 125cc Suzukis, at the dawn of the Grand Prix two-stroke era, and with 25 Grand Prix wins and 47 podium positions was, at the time of his retirement, the sixth most successful rider in the history of the world championship series.
Then he went on to help Suzuki develop the motocross bike that delivered it more world titles.  And if that was not enough,  Anderson went on to finish in the top four in over 40 European international motocross events. 
During the three years following his return to New Zealand at the end of 1969, he won 19 National and North Island off-road championships before retiring at 37 years of age.
During the late 1970s and 1980s,  Anderson was a leader in setting up the highly successful New Zealand Classic Motorcycle racing register.  Then in the 1980s, he was the first former Grand Prix star to compete in the fledgling Classic racing movement, finally being crowned “unofficial world classic champion” by the press.
During the 1990s he returned once more to Classic racing, on this occasion riding the same 1961 500cc Manx Norton he had purchased new on Wednesday, May 17, 1961 -  and first used to win a major International event at Tubbergen, Holland the following Monday.  On this Dave Kenah-prepared, now Kevin Grant owned Norton,  the now 63-year-old Anderson finished runner-up in the 1999 Australian Championship - beating the legendary twice World 500 Champion Barry Sheene - some 16 years his junior.
In January 2008 riding the same Norton, Anderson beat the current and twice Australasion champion on two occassions and made his fastest ever lap  at the Pukekohe race track.  At the time, believe it or not, he was 72 years old. 
This amazing book takes you inside the mind of one of the toughest, determined and most analytical riders ever to compete in world championships.
BEING THERE is available through this website:
Or you can get a copy direct from the man himself:  Hugh Anderson, Tel +64 7 853 2711.  Or email: