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Bike show is a classic

Last updated 09:25 15/01/2014
Warren Mills
SWEET RIDE: Papakura Rotarian Warren Mills with the Suzuki Katana he’s taking to the Classic Motorcycle Show next week. Nephew Jason Joubert, left, and son Teal’c, both 12, will be helping out.

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The race is on for Warren Mills.

The Opaheke petrolhead is rushing to finish the Suzuki Katana he is building in his garage in time for the Classic Motorcycle Show next week.

Mr Mills is a member of the Papakura Rotary Club which is running the event at the Vodafone Events Centre on Auckland Anniversary Weekend.

More than 300 immaculately presented classic bikes, ranging from veteran through to off-road, are expected.

Though Mr Mills' 1986 Katana's 750cc engine is running smoothly, the rest is not in good enough condition to enter the show.

But he will still bring it along in the hopes of attracting some admiring glances for its unique flip-up headlight and striking gold paint job.

It is hoped up to 5000 bike fans from around the country will come through the doors during the weekend.

They will include Mr Mills' son Teal'c and nephew Jason Joubert, both 12. Both are big fans of his Katana and plan to get Suzukis of their own. But that may be tricky, Teal'c says.

"Mum said she'll kill me if I ever ride a bike."

His dad says it was inevitable the boys would be into motorcycles.

"Biking's in the blood. You either like it or you don't. I've been with bikes since I was a small boy."

The show is a joint effort by the Papakura and Alfriston Rotary clubs with support from the Papakura Local Board and The Trusts Community Foundation.

Event proceeds will be donated to causes across Papakura and Manurewa and the National Burn Centre at Middlemore Hospital.

It runs from 9.30am till 9pm on January 25 and from 9am till 4pm on January 26 at the Vodafone Events Centre, 770 Great South Rd, Manukau.

Tickets are available at the door and cost $20 for adults with under-13s free or family passes for $40. Parking is free.

Go to classicmotorcycle or call Graham Viall on 027 497 1109 to find out more.

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- Papakura Courier

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