Absolutely fantastic weekend of fun
A line-up of exciting events in Invercargill brought thousands to the south during the weekend.
Hundreds of motorbikes cruised into the city from throughout the country, and further afield, for the annual Burt Munro Challenge.
The challenge started on Wednesday with the New Zealand longtrack championships and grand prix before finishing yesterday with the Wyndham street races, and the weather gods smiled on the event.
Other motorbike events included the New Zealand hill climbing championships, the New Zealand beach racing championships, the Teretonga Sprint Races and Motorcycle speedway.
Thousands of people also crowded the streets of Invercargill on Saturday to watch the annual Southland Santa Parade, which included 63 groups from a Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory float to Po the Kung Fu Panda and gymnasts.
Mayor Tim Shadbolt said it had been an absolutely fantastic weekend for Invercargill, with early estimates indicating record numbers of riders and spectators had attended the Burt Munro Challenge.
"The Santa Parade was another huge success. People just want to be positive at the moment and there's nothing more positive than a Santa Parade," he said.
- The Southland Times
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