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.Kicking off proceedings on Thursday 26th November at the Burt Munro Challenge 2015 was the Bluff Promotions NZ National Hill Climb champs.

The VRNZ Classic Velos competed in the Pre ‘63 (with girder forks) Class along with Neville Mickleson’s KTT, Rudges, a Triumph, an Indian and other famous marques pictured in the galleries below. Several riders from the VRNZ camp also raced machines in the Classic Pre ‘63 class, and the Post Classic Pre ‘72 class, galleries of those classes at the event are soon to be added.

NZ Hill Climb Champs: Megaphones on Bluff Hill

Flagstaff Road is a steep 1.4 km public road that snakes its way up Bluff Hill. With a few short straights, tortuous curves flanked by rocky cliffs, steep drops and demanding surface conditions that includes a small stream running across the exit of corner four the Bluff Hill course was a formidable challenge with which to kick off the start of a decade of the Burt.

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The map of the Bluff Hill course with the four photography locations marked.

After the Marshall’s briefing, Machine Scrutineering and Riders’ Meeting the Hill Climb event started at 09:40 Thursday morning with a series of two practice runs up the tortuous course for each competitor before competition commenced. Competition consisted of a couple of official timed runs for competitors in each class entered.

The race Programme was as follows:

  • Classic Pre ‘63 (including Girder fork Classics)
  • Classic Pre ’82
  • Classic Pre ‘89
  • Open Class (including a sidecar)
  • Up to 600cc
  • ATV Quad

For VRNZ in the Classic Pre ‘63, Girder fork class Rider 4 Bill Biber (1934 “Big Velo”) and Rider 197 Phil Price (1934 KTT) were competitors. Also in the camp was the Pre ‘63 Hill Climb class-winning Rider 85 Graham Peters (1958 BSA Goldstar) who won the Classic Pre ‘63 class in 55.41 secs, not too shabby considering the fastest time of the day was set at 46.64 secs by Tony Rees aboard his Open Class 2013 Honda CBR 1000.


10:00 – Classic Pre ‘63 motorcycles on the Start line and round Corner 1

In this gallery are three girder fork machines and Graham Peters’ 1958 BSA

  • Rider 197 – Phil Price – 1934 Velocette KTT MKIV
  • Rider 063 – Francie Winteringham – 1930 Rudge TT Rep 500
  • Rider 095 – Neville Mickleson – 1932 Velocette KTT MKIV
  • Rider 085 – Graham Peters – 1958 BSA Goldstar 500

11:30 – The Classic Pre ‘63 machines round Corner 5

This Pre ‘63 gallery features five girder fork machines;

  • Rider 004 – Bill Biber – 1934 Velocette ‘Big Velo’ 500
  • Rider 197 – Phil Price – 1934 Velocette KTT MKIV
  • Rider 063 – Francie Winteringham – 1930 Rudge TT Rep 500
  • Rider 036 – Rhys Wilson – 1937 Rudge Ulster 500
  • Rider 095 – Neville Mickleson – 1932 Velocette KTT MKIV

and two other Pre ‘63 machines:

  • Rider 085 – Graham Peters – 1958 BSA Goldstar 500
  • Rider 238 – Bruce Aitken – 1962 Triton Triton 650

14:14 – Classic Pre ‘63 class round tortuous Corner 6

This gallery features four girder fork machines;

  • Rider 004 – Bill Biber, 1934 Velocette ‘Big Velo’ 500
  • Rider 036 – Rhys Wilson, 1937 Rudge Ulster 500
  • Rider 063 – Francie Winteringham, 1930 Rudge TT Rep 500
  • Rider 095 – Neville Mickleson, 1932 Velocette KTT MKIV

and two other Pre ‘63 machines:

  • Rider 085 – Graham Peters – 1958 BSA Goldstar 500
  • Rider 238 – Bruce Aitken – 1962 Triton Triton 650

Description


Project name: Burt Munro Challenge 2015 – documentary portfolio
Client (Industry):
 Velocette Racing New Zealand (Classic Motorcycle racing)
Discipline: Action and Documentary photography / Infographics  / Copywriting / Web content management
Format: Photography galleries / Website
Location: Bluff Hill, Southland, New Zealand
Date: Thursday, 26 November 2015


Credits


Design firm: MagentaDot Brands
Photographer, Desktop publishing: Shaun Waugh
Client: Phil PriceVelocette Racing New Zealand / MagentaDot Brands

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