Unveiling good timing for Mauger

21:23, Nov 21 2011
munro sculpture
SPEED MERCHANT: Geoff Van Dam and Megan Beck check out the new Burt Munro sculpture unveiled on Saturday at the Gala St reserve.

About 12 young Southland boys are ready for the Burt Munro Challenge at Oreti Park Speedway after training in the wet yesterday with nine-time world speedway champion and Kiwi sporting great Ivan Mauger.

Mauger – voted the greatest speedway rider of the 20th century – flew over from his Gold Coast home to visit his home town of Christchurch, attend the Burt Munro Challenge and help young riders through his New Zealand Speedway Training Academy.

Most of the young talent was in Invercargill and Christchurch, he said yesterday.

There were even a couple of potential world champions in the mix, he said.

Labelling Burt Munro a "great guy," Mauger was looking forward to his first visit to the Challenge.

He will lead the New Zealand longtrack championship parade on Wednesday night and the Oreti Park Speedway parade on Saturday night. While visiting Invercargill, Mauger stopped in to see the unveiling of Roddy McMillan's two-year obsession, a sculpture of Burt Munro's 1920 Indian.

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