Two challenges, nine bikes and cheap beer

JAMIE SEARLE
Last updated 05:00 30/11/2013
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Sandra Henderson and Matt Wade, of Brisbane, and a Masterton visitor, at last night's Riverside Speedway meeting, near Invercargill. The trio are in Invercargill for The Burt Munro Challenge.

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Southland's Burt Munro Challenge this year and The Isle Of Man in 2014.

That's the holiday plan for Brisbane motorbike enthusiasts Matt Wade and Sandra Henderson. They decided to come to this year's Challenge after watching the movie about Munro, the World's Fastest Indian.

Mr Wade, 55, has ridden competitively on the road and racetrack, while Ms Henderson is a former sidecar passenger racer.

''I've raced bikes since I was 11,'' Mr Wade said.

''I've got nine bikes . . . my favourite's a Harley-Davidson.''

He and Ms Henderson are touring Southland by hire car, but have intentions of using a motorbike when they next return for the annual Challenge.

''We're really impressed by how friendly the people are [in Southland] . . . the beer's cheap,'' Mr Wade said.

He and Ms Henderson took in the action at the Riverside Speedway, Sandy Point, last night.

Out on the track were sidecars, grass carts, streetstocks, modified sprints and sprint cars. 

A Masterton visitor at speedway, who only wanted to be known as Owl, has been in Invercargill  for two and a-half weeks.

He came south especially for the Burt Munro Challenge.

''I've saved all year for it,'' said Owl, who travelled south on his Harley Softail Rocker 2008.

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