Bill Biber flying around the sweeper at Teretonga aboard the Big Velo 500.

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, with telescopic forks from the 50s–60s, and the Classic Pre ‘63 class with girder forks from the 30s and 40s at the 10th Anniversary Burt 2015.

The girder forks class features Phil Price’s superb collection of original 70–80 year old Velocette racing machines, race-prepped and in fine fettle due to the knowledge and care of Wellington Velo man, Nic Thomson, and deftly ridden by Bill, Cloud, Chris and Phil. The photos document  3 of the Burt’s 6 events at the tenth anniversary Burt Munro Challenge in November 2015 that these machines were entered in, kicking off proceedings on Thursday 26th Nov with the Bluff Hill NZ National Hill Climb championships.

The Teretonga Circuit Races & Practice Day spanned Friday–Saturday and the event culminated in the hugely successful new Honda Invercargill Street Races on Sunday 29th.

The trio of cammy 350cc KTTs and the Velocette “Big Velo” 500 competed in the Pre ‘63 (with girder forks) Class along with Neville Mickleson’s KTT, Francie Winteringham and Rhys Wilson’s Rudges, a Triumph an Indian and other famous marques pictured below. Riders from the VRNZ camp, Chris Swallow and Cloud Craig-Smith also raced machines in the Classic Pre ‘63 class, and the Post Classic Pre ‘72 class, at Teretonga and the Street Races.

VRNZ Team leader Phil Price with Graham Peter’s Bluff HIll Climb Pre ‘63 Class sash at the Anchorage Pub, venue for the debrief after the event on Thursday evening.

VRNZ Team leader Phil Price with Graham Peters’ Bluff HIll Climb Champs Pre ‘63 Class sash at the Anchorage Pub, venue for the debrief after the event on Thursday evening.

 

All of the Classes of motorcycles that raced at the 2015 Burt at the Hillclimb, Teretonga and the street races will be added as time permits.

I’d like to thank all the riders who put it all on the line, their support crews, the event marshalls, organisers, admin and sponsors that made the 10th Burt such a festive, thrilling spectacle.

Finally kudos to Nic Thomson for the outstanding achievement of developing, race prepping and fettling the four Classic Girder Velos that achieved five historic wins at the 2015 Burt and acknowledge the remarkable fact also that all bar-one of these 80 year olds both started and finished every event entered over the four thunderous days in November 2015.


NZ Hill Climb Champs: Megaphones on Bluff Hill

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Bill Biber aboard the 1934 “Big Velo” 500 rounds corner 5 on his first timed run.

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. 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 Flagstaff Road for each competitor before competition commenced. The competition consisted of a couple of official timed runs for competitors in each class entered.

Map of The Bluff NZ Hill Climb Championships 1.4 km course showing photography locations.

The Bluff NZ Hill Climb Championships 1.4 km course map showing gallery photography locations.

Race Programme

  • 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.

The Classic Pre ‘63 girder fork Velos on the Start line and rounding Corner 1

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Phil Price enters Corner 1 aboard the ‘cammy’ 350cc 1934 Velocette KTT MK VIII

In this gallery are three girder fork machines;

  • Rider 197 – Phil Price – 1934 Velocette KTT MKIV
  • Rider 95 – Neville Mickleson – 1932 Velocette KTT MKIV
  • Rider 63 – Francie Winteringham – 1930 Rudge TT Rep 500

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The Classic Pre ‘63 girder fork machines rounding Corner 5

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Phil Price roars around Corner 5 aboard the 1934 KTT MKIV at the 2015 Burt Munro NZ Hill Climb Champs time trial.

This gallery features five girder fork machines;

  • Rider 4 – Bill Biber – 1934 Velocette ‘Big Velo’ 500
  • Rider 197 – Phil Price – 1934 Velocette KTT MKIV
  • Rider 63 – Francie Winteringham – 1930 Rudge TT Rep 500
  • Rider 36 – Rhys Wilson – 1937 Rudge Ulster 500
  • Rider 95 – Neville Mickleson – 1932 Velocette KTT MKIV

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The final turn: Classic Pre ‘63 girder class approach tortuous Corner 6

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Bill Biber enters the final turn at the top of Flagstaff Hill aboard the Big Velo 500.

This gallery features four girder fork machines;

  • Rider 4 – Bill Biber – 1934 Velocette ‘Big Velo’ 500
  • Rider 95 – Neville Mickleson – 1932 Velocette KTT MKIV
  • Rider 63 – Francie Winteringham – 1930 Rudge TT Rep 500
  • Rider 36 – Rhys Wilson – 1937 Rudge Ulster 500

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Classic Pre ‘63 Class winner BSA Goldstar 500 flies up Bluff Hill in in 55.41 secs.

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The 1958 BSA Goldstar with Graham Peters, Pre ‘63 Class winner aboard, flies out of Corner 5 on his way to an impressive 55.41 second finish.

Graham Peters aboard his BSA Goldstar 500 from start to finish of the tortuous Bluff Hill Climb.

  • Rider 85 – Graham Peters – 1958 BSA Goldstar>

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Classic Pre ‘63 Class and Post Classic Pre ‘72 competitors’ gallery

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Kevin Ryan exits Corner 5 aboard his 1966 Triumph Bonnie 800.

Kevin Ryan & Bruce Aitken’s runs up Bluff Hill from start to finish.

  • Rider 18 – Kevin Ryan – 1966 Triumph Bonneville 800
  • Rider 238 – Bruce Aitken – Triton Triton 650

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Velocette Motorcycle Pit culture at the NZ Hillclimb champs

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The Big Velo in fine fettle, Pit Lane, Pearce Street, Bluff.

Pit Lane, Pearce Street, adjacent to the Start line.


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Words: Shaun Waugh
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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.

The Big Velo and KTT trio round the Teretonga circuit’s fastest curve, the Loop

The Teretonga galleries features the four girder fork racing Velocettes;

  • Rider 4 – Bill Biber – 1934 Velocette ‘Big Velo’ 500
  • Rider 32 – Chris Swallow – 1946 Velocette KTT MKVIII 350
  • Rider 197 – Phil Price – 1934 Velocette KTT MKIV 350
  • Rider 231 – Cloud Craig-Smith – 1949 Velocette KTT MKVIII 350

and these machines also from the Pre ‘63 girder fork class;

  • Rider 30 – Michael Wilson – 1930 Rudge Special 350
  • Rider 36 – Rhys Wilson – 1937 Rudge Ulster 500
  • Rider 63 – Francie Winteringham – 1930 Rudge TT Rep 500
  • Rider 95 – Neville Mickleson – Velocette KTT MKIV 350
  • Rider 114 – Keith McLeod – 1928 AJS K6 500
  • Rider 238 – Bruce Aitken – 1936 Triumph T80 350

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Pre ‘63  girder forks through the Castrol curves and Start Finish line

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Chris Swallow aboard Velocette KTT Mk VIII roars through the Castrol curves at Teretonga.

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BSA Goldstar 500, Burt Munro Challenge, Chris Swallow, Classic Pre ‘63, Rider 32, Teretonga Circuit races

Teretonga Pre ‘63 & Post Classic Pre ‘72

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 gallery features 9 machines from two classes ranging from Bill James’ 1954 AJS 7R 350, to Paul Register’s 1972 Triton Norton Triumph 750, and Chris Swallow’s second of 3 rides at the Burt, the 1959 BSA Goldstar 500. In the feature image Chris Swallow sweeps through the Castrol curves astride the BSA Goldstar 500.

  • Rider 9 – Paul Riley – 1966 Honda RC181r 500
  • Rider 18 – Kevin Ryan – 1966 Triumph Bonneville 800
  • Rider 32 – Chris Swallow – 1959 BSA Goldstar 500
  • Rider 45 – Peter Mills – 1962 Norton 650 SS
  • Rider 85 – Graham Peters – 1958 BSA Goldstar
  • Rider 128 – Stuart McElrea – 1963 Triumph 5TA 500
  • Rider 141 – Bill James – 1954 AJS 7R 350
  • Rider 168 – Butch Woods – 1970 Norton Commando 750
  • Rider 231 – Cloud Craig-Smith – 1971 Weston Westlake Norton Special 500
  • Rider 291 – Paul Register – 1972 Triton Norton Triumph 750

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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.

I’d like to thank all the riders who put it all on the line, their support crews, the event marshalls, organisers, admin and sponsors that made the 10th Burt such a festive, thrilling spectacle. Finally kudos to Wellington Velo man Nic Thomson for the outstanding achievement of developing, race prepping and fettling the four Classic Girder Velos that achieved five historic wins at the 2015 Burt and acknowledge the remarkable fact also that all bar-one of these 80 year olds both started and finished every event entered over the four thunderous days in November 2015.

 

Cloud Craig-Smith aboard the KTT Hot Rod vies with Chris Swallow for position approaching Corner 2 on the new Invercargill Street circuit.

Cloud Craig-Smith aboard the KTT Hot Rod vies with Chris Swallow for position approaching Corner 2 on the new Invercargill Street circuit.

  • Rider 4 – Bill Biber – 1934 Velocette ‘Big Velo’ 500
  • Rider 32 – Chris Swallow – 1946 Velocette KTT MKVIII 350
  • Rider 197 – Phil Price – 1934 Velocette KTT MKIV 350
  • Rider 231 – Cloud Craig-Smith – 1949 Velocette KTT MKVIII 350

Classic Pre ‘63 with girder forks

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Velocette Racing NZ and Team Rudge pit culture at the Invercargill Street races

Velocette motorcycle pit culture at the Invercargill Street races

Pictured with their victorious cammy trio are Squaddie Swallow, Squadron Leader Price, Captain Craig-Smith, Tank Commander Thomson of the Royal Engineers and returning to active service, Brigadier Biber.

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Rider’s meeting and Pre ‘63 Velos on the dummy grid Invercargill Street Races

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Technical inspections completed the mandatory riders’ meeting, chaired by Andy Underhay, President of the Southland Motorcycle Club, was held in Pit Lane just prior to the Honda Invercargill Street Races commencing.

 

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Invercargill Street Races: Classic Pre ‘63

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.In the feature image Graham Peters lines up the next corner 100m ahead on Fox Street as he accelerates out of the apex of Corner 1 of the new Invercargill Street Races Circuit on Sunday 29 November 2015. In the gallery five riders in the Pre ’63 and 4 in the Post Classic Pre ‘72 Class are featured racing together. Team VRNZ riders Chris Swallow aboard the Eldee and Cloud Craig-Smith riding a Norton Special 500 were also contenders in this Class as well as aboard the KTTs in the Pre ‘63 Girder forks class.

  • Rider 9 – Paul Riley – 1968 Honda RC181r 500
  • Rider 18 – Kevin Ryan – 1966 Triumph Bonneville 800
  • Rider 32 – Chris Swallow – 1959 BSA Goldstar 500
  • Rider 45 – Peter Mills – 1962 Norton 650 SS
  • Rider 85 – Graham Peters – 1958 BSA Goldstar
  • Rider 128 – Stuart McElrea – 1963 Triumph 5TA 500
  • Rider 141 – Bill James – 1954 AJS 7R 350
  • Rider 168 – Butch Woods – 1970 Norton Commando 750
  • Rider 231 – Cloud Craig-Smith – 1971 Weston Westlake Norton Special 500
  • Rider 291 – Paul Register – 1972 Triton Norton Triumph 750

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Words: Shaun Waugh
Photography & Desktop publishing: Shaun Waugh, MagentaDot Brands


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Velos Teretonga Practice Day

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 Velocette Racing New Zealand galleries shot at the Teretonga Circuit on Practice Day, Friday 27th November 2015. In the feature image Bill Biber sweeps through the “S” bends at Teretonga aboard the Big Velo 500.

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Classic Pre ‘63 Girder Dummy Grid

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Bill Biber, focused on riding the Big Velo first.

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Velo pit culture at the Teretonga circuit race paddock

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VRNZ photographer Shaun Waugh consults with Bill Biber regarding favoured “highside” trackside viewpoints.

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Bluff HIll Climb, Burt Munro Challenge, Classic Pre ‘89, Jon Rawcliffe, New Zealand, NZ Hill Climb Champs, Rider 103, Yamaha FZR 1002

Bluff Hill Climb – Pre ‘89

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.Tenth anniversary Burt Munro Challenge November 2015. This gallery features all of the riders in the Post Classic Pre ‘89 Class who competed in Bluff Promotions NZ Hill Climb Champs, Thursday 26 November 2016. The Bluff Hillclimb is the event that kicked off the four day 2015 Burt.

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Map of the Bluff Hill course that flags the 3 vantage points from where the photos in the gallery were shot,

Post Classic Pre-89 Class, NZ hill climb champs

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Doug Wood rounds the final bend aboard his 1989 Yamaha FZR 400. Classic Pre-‘89 Motorcycles were manufactured between January 1983 and December 1989.

This gallery follows each bike in the class, some from three viewpoints ascending the Bluff Hill.

  • Rider L – Doug Wood – 1989 Yamaha FZR 400
  • Rider M – Mark Robertson – 2003 Kawasaki GPX 250
  • Rider 13-  Garry Jamieson – 1985 Ducati SS 750
  • Rider 80 – Matthew Vavasour – 1987 Motoguzzi Lemans MK5 956
  • Rider 103 – Jon Rawcliffe – 1989 Yamaha FZR 1002
  • Rider 111 – Duncan Coutts -1989 Suzuki GSXR 1100
  • Rider 111 – Ricky Stewart – 1986 Hond VFR 700

If you enjoyed this 2015 Burt Hillclimb gallery check out the Classic Pre ‘63Classic Pre ‘82, Open Class and Up to 600cc galleries.

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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 desktop publishing
Location: Bluff Hill, Southland, New Zealand
Date: Thursday, 26 November 2015


Credits


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


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