The legend lives on
Biggest event yetCOLLETTE DEVLIN
The 2013 Burt Munro challenge is set to the biggest yet, with more international competitors.
Venture Southland event manager Jade Gillies said to date, 217 people had signed up, and this time last year 130 had registered.
Venture staff look after the administration for the event, which includes registration and marketing.
''These registrations were before the typical big influx in the last few weeks, so it is gong to be big,'' he said.
He attributed the extra interest to exposure of the event in Time magazine as ''one of the five festive events you don't want to miss in 2013''.
''That really lifted the event internationally,'' he said.
The event had also been publicised at Australian motorcycle events and in various publications.
There had been a huge push to promote the event online, including a Facebook page, which had proved popular, he said.
More people had also pre-registered for the Burt Munro Rally at Oreti Park and more were expected to turn up on the day.
However, event organisers would like more regional competitors to take part this year, he said.
Southland Motorcycle Club joint vice-president Andy Underhay said good weather last year had probably encouraged people to return.
The format for some events would change, which competitors and spectators would enjoy, he said.
One of the changes included a rolling start instead of a grid start for some of the races.
There would also be no practise sessions this year, so it would be racing from the onset, meaning would riders would be happy and crowd would see more, he said.
International exposure of the event was reflected in the numbers of competitors, which will make it a much bigger and enjoyable event for everyone.
''I am pretty sure this will be our best event yet.''
This would be his second year on the organising committee.
Organising for the event had started straight after the The Burt Munro challenge had finished last year.
''It takes up a lot of work and personal time but it's great fun and an awesome event.''
The challenge runs from November 28 to December 1.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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