Velos at the Burt 2015: Megaphones on Bluff Hill

Velocette Racing New Zealand organisation logo. Classic racing motorcycle enthusiasts organisation brand. ‘Coca-Cola’ style sloped and looped copperplate lettering in metallic gold on a black background, consistent with the historic livery of Velocette motorcycles. Brands for New Zealand / International organisations.This post and the following 5 contain galleries that cover the motorcycle racing for the Classic Pre ‘63 class which are largely ‘girder forks’ motorcycles, that merge with telescopic forks machines from the mid 50s through to ‘63. The girder forks racing machines from the 30s and 40s are rare birds, highly prized hard-out competitors at the 10th Anniversary Burt 2015.

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Classic Pre ’63 with Girder Forks, Cloud Craig-Smith, KTT 350, KTT MK VIII, Rider 231, Teretonga Circuit races, Velocette

Teretonga Races: The KTT trio & Big Velo

Velocette Racing New Zealand organisation logo. Classic racing motorcycle enthusiasts organisation brand. ‘Coca-Cola’ style sloped and looped copperplate lettering in metallic gold on a black background, consistent with the historic livery of Velocette motorcycles. Brands for New Zealand / International organisations.E Hayes & Sons Teretonga Circuit Races, Friday 27 November 2015 (Practice day), Saturday 28th (Race day). VRNZ classic racing at Teretonga Raceway, Otatara, included 4 riders aboard 5 machines in the Classic Pre ‘63 Girder fork and the Classic Pre ‘63 Class. In the feature image rider Cloud Craig-Smith sweeps his gleaming 1949 KTT MK VIII through the exit apex of the Loop at Teretonga.
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Invercargill Street Races: Velocette 1, 2, 3

Velocette Racing New Zealand organisation logo. Classic racing motorcycle enthusiasts organisation brand. ‘Coca-Cola’ style sloped and looped copperplate lettering in metallic gold on a black background, consistent with the historic livery of Velocette motorcycles. Brands for New Zealand / International organisations.Three galleries of the Class winning Velocettes competing at the Honda Invercargill Street Races, Sunday 29 November 2015. Racing at the exciting new Invercargill street circuit included the same four riders, the trio of KTTs and the Big Velo in the Classic Pre ‘63 Girder class and the addition of a second ride for Chris Swallow aboard the Eldee Velocette in the Classic Pre ‘63 Class.

The VRNZ pits shared space with team Rudge’s Francie Winteringham and Rhys Wilson of Invercargill in pit lane who feature along with team VRNZ in the pit culture gallery below. In the feature image Chris Swallow aboard KTT 1041, leads Cloud Craig-Smith (KTT 1079) to a historic Velocette 1, 2, 3, class win in the Honda Invercargill Street Races for the VRNZ racing team.
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Ben McConochie, Bluff HIll Climb, Burt Munro Challenge, Flagstaff Road, Motupohue, New Zealand, NZ Hill Climb Champs, Open Class, Rider 77, Triumph Daytona 675

Bluff Hill Climb: Open Class

Velocette Racing New Zealand organisation logo. Classic racing motorcycle enthusiasts organisation brand. ‘Coca-Cola’ style sloped and looped copperplate lettering in metallic gold on a black background, consistent with the historic livery of Velocette motorcycles. Brands for New Zealand / International organisations.The Open Class gallery features 11 of 13 riders competing in the class at the 2015 Burt Munro Challenge in November last year. The 13 riders that made their way to the 2015 Bluff Promotions NZ Hill Climb Champs to compete included one from Australia three North Island riders. The Open Class bikes ranged in age from a 1999 Yamaha RZ 1000 to two 2015 machines, an MV Agusta 675 and a Yamaha R1 1000. The Bluff Hillclimb is the event that kicked that off the 2015 tenth Anniversary Burt on Thursday 26 November, 2015.
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Alan Kempster, Bluff HIll Climb, Honda CBR 500, Motupohue, New Zealand, NZ Hill Climb Champs, Rider 1/2, Up to 600cc

Bluff Hill Climb: Up to 600cc

Velocette Racing New Zealand organisation logo. Classic racing motorcycle enthusiasts organisation brand. ‘Coca-Cola’ style sloped and looped copperplate lettering in metallic gold on a black background, consistent with the historic livery of Velocette motorcycles. Brands for New Zealand / International organisations.Burt Munro Challenge in November last year. These shots showcase most of the riders & machines in the Up to 600cc Class who turned on the roaring spectacle on the streets of small town Bluff, at the southernmost tip of New Zealand in November 2016. Riders like the courageous “Rider 1/2”, acclaimed Aussie battler, double amputee and motorbike racer Alan Kempster. The 36 riders and machines that made their way to the 2015 Bluff Promotions NZ Hill Climb Champs to compete included three from Australia and from as far afield as Rotorua in New Zealand. The Up to 600cc bikes ranged in age from a 2000 Yamaha to 2016 Hondas and KTMs. The Bluff Hillclimb is the event kicked that off the four day 2015 tenth Anniversary Burt on Thursday 26 November, 2015.
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