Grand prix's a roaring success
Grand prix a roaring successCAROLINE BROWN
With a size-to-noise ratio that must be heard to be believed, the mini bikes in the second day of their annual competition beat out the bad weather to fit nearly two days of racing into one.
The National Secondary Schools Mini Moto Grand Prix at Manfeild Park in Feilding was eventually deemed a roaring success, despite the first day being called off due to bad weather.
Around 180 students, aged 15 to 18, from 13 schools took part in the event where they raced bikes they had designed and built themselves.
Feilding High School engineering department head Roger Emmerson said the day had been brilliant and had gone off like clockwork.
"We had no accidents at all."
Mr Emmerson said the event taught the students important practical skills.
"They're not stuck behind a school desk."
Students had to know the theory as well as the practical skills to put the bikes together, he said.
One of the few girls to compete in the event dominated by bike-mad teenage boys was 18-year-old Nicole Rees, who attends Taihape Area School.
She said it could be intimidating racing against the boys, but it made her feel quite powerful.
"It's pretty cool being one of the only girls, girl power and all that," she said.
She raced in the air-cooled, unmodified 85+kg event on a bike she built herself.
This was her second year racing but the first time she had made the bike, she said.
It had been a steep learning curve as she had known nothing to start with but she was very proud of her "Rainbow Warrior" that she had created.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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