IT’S less than three months until two days of celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of Burt Munro’s epic Bonneville world land-speed record.
On August 26, 1967, Munro, aged 68 and riding a 47-year-old Indian motorcycle, set an under-1000cc land-speed record, at the Bonneville Salt Flats, which has not been beaten.
A charity auction, organised by E Hayes & Sons owner Neville Hayes, will be held with an Indian Scout motorcycle among an impressive line-up of items to go under the hammer, as well as motorcycle races along Oreti Beach.
Southland Motorcycle Club vice-president Stephen Winteringham said the club decided racing at Oreti Beach would be a fitting tribute to mark the milestone.
The club wanted to pay tribute to Munro, and what better way than to pay homage at his old stomping ground on Oreti Beach, ahead of the 2018 Burt Munro Challenge in February, Mr Winteringham said.
Burt’s Bash Out At The Beach, on Saturday, August 26, will also double as the national beach-racing championships, for which the club holds the annual hosting rights.
In addition, the day would also include a have-a-go component for the public to ride their motorcycles on the beach, he said.
To kick-off the celebrations, a motorbike parade on Friday, August 25, will begin at noon from Classic Motorcycle Mecca to E Hayes & Sons, where they will be lined up on public display outside the shop.
“The Indian movie bike and Ducati will be in the parade, as well as some bikes from Mecca and other club bikes. Everyone is welcome to join in, no matter what club they belong to.
“I would like at least 50 bikes to take part… any other motorcycle clubs, whether it be the Harleys or the vintage club, are also welcome.”
Riders who were taking part in the beach race could sign-in at Hayes and the public were welcome to come along and meet them, he said.
Mr Hayes said the charity auction would be held at Ascot Park Hotel on Saturday, August 26, 5pm-7pm, with proceeds to Hospice Southland.
“It’s 50 years to the day, which is great. We’ve got a lot of interest in the auction. It’s building nicely,” he said.
Tickets to the charity auction, which are available from E Hayes & Sons are $10, and items to be auctioned included a 2017 Indian Scout 1000hp, 1133cc, V-twin motorcycle with a customised anniversary tank, which was on display at E Hayes & Sons.
A customised commemorative anniversary helmet, boxing gloves personally autographed by Joseph Parker and Kevin Barry, and a host of other items will also feature.
Burt’s Bash Out At The Beach race registrations will be open next week. For more details, go to www.southlandmotorcycleclub.org.nz