Burt’s legend continues to grow

The street parade to mark Burt Munro's world land-speed record 50th anniversary was held on Saturday, August 26. Photos: Janette Gellatly

HUNDREDS of people converged on Invercargill’s main streets to check out the variety of motorcycles which took part in the street parade to mark Burt Munro’s world land-speed record 50th anniversary on Saturday.

Organiser Stephen Winteringham said up to 160 motorcycles, of all shapes, sizes and ratings, along with all ages of people from children to grandparents, took part in the parade to pay homage to Munro and his achievements.

“Not only do I thank the public for getting involved and coming to see the riders, I also thank all the riders who took part.”

Riders came from as far away as Christchurch and Wanaka, he said.

Doug Wood, who was awarded the Burt Munro Challenge Family Trophy after taking part in 10 challenges, came from Melbourne for the anniversary.

Mr Winteringham said it was heartening to see so many people, especially after the commemorative beach race had to be cancelled because of low registrations and the change in parade dates from the Friday to the Saturday. The Burt Munro’s World Speed Record 50th Anniversary Charity Auction at the Ascot Park Hotel on Saturday night raised $43,000 for Hospice Southland.

It was hosted by E Hayes & Sons managing director Neville Hayes, who said he was very pleased with the auction’s outcome.

“We were determined to mark this very special event [Munro’s record] in Southland’s history by doing something worthwhile for the community.”

More than 350 people attended the event, which auctioned a range of items, culminating in a new customised 2017 Indian Scout motorcycle. The 12th annual Burt Munro Challenge will be held from Thursday, February 8, to Sunday, February 11.

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