Which bike, which issue?

Mr Vintage NZ Motocross Championship 2007

Words and photos by Robert Cochrane

 

From September through to April each year for the past five years, a team of enthusiasts from Wanganui called Kiwi VMX have been hosting a five round series of races for like-minded people who love to race old bikes. Events have been held at venues from Raglan to Waverly, Patea to Otaki, Taupo to Marton, Waipukurau to Halcombe, and of course Wanganui. These days each round attracts up to a hundred riders with the final event in Wanganui over one hundred and

thirty riders. The Taupo rounds have twice hosted Brad Lackey.

The tracks are usually lush green in colour and rolling farmland with riders from sixteen to sixty competing in the various classes. A recreation class for novice riders is popular and helps feed new riders into the sport. At the other end of the scale former NZ Champions and current Veterans keep some of the mature younger riders honest and the race action is very exciting at the front of the field. At the final round in Wanganui local vet Danny Williamsen was in a class of his own entering in eight motos for eight wins, including the prestigious MR Vintage Lites and Mr Vintage MX Trophies, the last two races of the day. Series winners for 2006-07 in the Pre 75 125cc Class were Bill Doe TM125L, Pre 75 250cc Class Dave Jamieson CZ250 Falta, Pre 75 Open Tony Osbourne BSA Victor GP, Pre 81 125cc Seton Brown RM125, Pre 81 250cc Mark Meadows CR250, Pre 81 Open Mark Meadows CR 360, Pre 86 125cc Danny Williamsen YZ125 & RM125, Pre 86 250cc Blair Selfe, Pre 86 open Danny Williamsen RM500 and Evo Lites Mark Fergusson Yam IT 175.

Many of the machines raced are in restored condition as well as being top performing machines and whilst Japanese entries dominate the fields, there is still a mix of Husqvarna, CZ, KTM, Maico and Montesa machines and BSAs at most events. In the final Pre 75 Open race Lloyd McKenzie got the holeshot on his Cooper 360RT and held off the CZ and BSA riders for half the race,

with Mike Ross taking the win on his B50MX. During this last season the series attracted one hundred and ninety riders and that number is sure to grow as more bikes are restored and rebuilt for the next series. This kicked off at Waverly on September 17th, and then heads to Taupo November 18, February 10 Waipukurau, March 16 Halcombe with the final in Wanganui on April 19 2008. Full updates on www.vmx.livewire.gen.nz/

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