Drag racing added to BMC line-up

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Motorcycles lined up, ready to do battle at a quarter mile drag race meet at Teretonga Park. Photo: Supplied

A MAYORAL scooter drag challenge racing 50cc scooters will be part of the entertainment during the Hirepool Twilight Drag Racing at the Burt Munro Challenge next month.

Southern Dragways area steward Rhys Jones said spectators could expect to see 100 high horsepower motorcycles compete in four classes at Teretonga Park on Thursday, February 8, as well as a demonstration with a “freshly built high horsepower car which had been altered for the event”, and up to four 50cc scooters.

Mr Jones said the challenge seemed a good fit for the club because Burt Munro himself was an avid drag racer.

Although entries had closed for the first 80 competitors, including eight handshifters from Australia, 20 entries would be accepted on the day.

“The first 20 who want to race, that turn up, can register at the scrutineers’ shed.

“Bikes must be registered and warranted, and riders must wear the appropriate safety equipment they would wear on the road. Day licenses can be purchased from Southern Dragways.”

Described as a family-friendly event, spectators will witness high-powered, loud motorcycles race the quarter mile down the Teretonga straight.

Off-track, there will also be extra entertainment for children including bouncy castles and mini jeeps, as well as food and refreshment stalls.

The 12th challenge date was changed to run during the second week of February after the event’s organising committee decided to move the four-day challenge from November to what is considered the calmer February weather window.

Southland Motorcycle Club president Andy Underhay said after 11 years of holding the event in late November, it was decided a change of date was in the best interest of the challenge.

Because of the date move, several regular fixtures had fallen off the BMC calendar, including the Honda NZ Super X Championships which had been held in Winton, and the Southland Toy and Poker Run which continues to be held in November.

For Mr Underhay, the addition of the drag racing on the evening of the first day of the challenge, which was previously held by the Super X championships, added to the event’s ethos of making things go faster in true Burt Munro fashion.

“We’re looking forward to adding drag racing to the busy calendar of hill climbing, track racing, beach racing, speedway and street racing. You would be hard pressed to find a motorcycle rally anywhere in the world which offers as many options for competitors and spectators.”

The Burt Munro Challenge will be held from Thursday, February 8, to Sunday, February 11, at various venues throughout Southland. For more information, go to www.burtmunrochallenge.co.nz

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