Spectators from all corners of the world descended on Methven for Easter Saturday’s fantastic weather and Ride Forever Methven Mountain Thunder 2013. They came from USA, UK, Australia, and all over New Zealand to see the spills and thrills amongst the rumble and roar of Classics through to Formula One motorcycles racing around the Spring Lynne Motorcycles circuit in the town centre of Methven.
It’s no wonder that people from around the world are coming to Methven to watch motorcycle street races. There are only six countries in the world where they are held. Amongst the crowd were David and Tina Brown from Medowie, NSW Australia. They planned their trip to New Zealand to coincide with the Methven street races. “The whole day was marvellous,” said Tina. “Everything was amazing, from walking through the pits, meeting the riders, looking at their various bikes and talking to their owners. Being so close to the bikes as they were going around the circuit while behind those bales was just brilliant. We saw some wobbles, but there was never any question that safety was anything other than paramount.”
There were a few spills during the racing. Event local Methvenite Bryan O’Hara managed to get caught between two bales. “I was still upright, so I just pulled the bike out and kept racing. Up till then I thought I might have been in the top four of that race.” There were seven incidences of riders falling off their bikes, four of which can be attributed to malfunctions. CAMS President, Neil Morrison said that, “the end result was more broken machinery and bruised pride than anything else. However, one competitor was flown out with a shoulder injury.”
As principle sponsor, Ride Forever representative Alisa Davies said, “it just goes to show, that no matter how much experience you have there is always room for improvement.” Ride Forever offer a full days training for novice through to experienced riders for a maximum of $50 where riders are given tips and skills so that they can come back to ride another day; to Ride Forever.
David and Tina Brown said that the highlight of their trip to New Zealand so far was having lunch at The Brown Pub during the street races. “Sitting up there and watching the races was just magic.” They have had fitted in quite a bit over the last few days: Geraldine, the Antarctic Centre, Riccarton Market, and are looking forward to checking out the containers in Cashel Mall before heading back to Australia in a couple of days. “Even watching the clean up, it was amazing to see the whole Methven community pull together. Thank you Methven Lions, and to our hosts Amanda and Ian Davis at Gallery Guesthouse. We loved it!”
Scott Harrison and Nick Fletcher competed on the oldest bikes in the street races, both on a 1929 Ariel 500. On the side-lines was John Britten’s first Indian Scout from 1928, a museum piece from Spring Lynne Motorcycles. Their Motorcycle Museum on the Methven – Ashburton Highway houses an impressive collection of Classic Superbikes from the 1960’s – 1980’s, as well as a few earlier motorcycles too.
Bailie Perriton, 15, of Ashburton and Miss Scout Fletcher, 16, from Lincoln, kept up their great form from the recent NZ Superbike Championships in Hampden Downs, showing great results at the event.
Below is a selection of images from the 2013 Mountain Thunder event taken by Bill Irwin.
Watch highlights of the 2013 Mountain Thunder event.
Mountain Thunder 2013
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Buckets, sponsored by Spray Marks Group
Formula CAMS, sponsored by KB Panel & Paint
Pre 63, sponsored by The Brown Pub
Pre 72, sponsored by Harmer Contracting
Pre 82, sponsored by R&R Haulage
Pre 89, sponsored by The Blue Pub
Formula Methven, sponsored by Man About Glass
Contact the Mountain Thunder Event Organiser (Rachel Moore) for more information:
Mobile: 0274 519 117 | Email: Methven Mountain Thunder Event Organiser
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