Wyndham wraps up event
2012 Burt Munro ChallengeNEIL RATLEY
Burt Munro Challenge
The normally quite streets of Wyndham will be rumbling when the small Southland community hosts the final event of the 2012 Burt Munro Challenge today.
Transformed into a racetrack, Wyndham's town centre will showcase the speed and thrills of the Wyndham Street Races from 10am.
The Burt Munro Challenge beach racing may be the sentimental favourite with many fans and competitors with its link to Munro's journey to Bonneville but many of the riders claim the street racing to be the ultimate test of skill.
Oamaru rider Chris Manson, who won the Bluff Hill Climb up to 600cc class, said the tight street circuit got riders up close and personal with a wide variety of obstacles including hay bales and fences. Fans could also get close to the action as they squeezed in behind the bales.
New Zealand Superbike rider Ryan Hampton, from Christchurch, will be looking to make it three titles in a row in the Formula 1 class.
The Kiwi motorcycle ace has already set a new record at the challenge this year, smashing his previous time up Bluff Hill on Thursday.
Organising committee member Pam Yorke said Wyndham was ready to welcome Burt Munro Challenge fans.
''A lot of hard work from the community goes into the event and it would be great to have that effort repaid with a sell out crowd,'' she said.
The street racing event put Wyndham on the map with the motorbike fraternity which was a good thing for the town, she said.
The final day of the challenge will start with the Invercargill to Wyndham Burt Munro Challenge Toy Run at 9.30am.
This year the run would be extra special with a Movember theme and participants getting a rare chance to complete a couple of laps of Teretonga Raceway and the Wyndham Street Circuit before racing begins.
Today's weather forecast is for cloudy spells early in the day before a slight chance of showers late in the afternoon.
- The Southland Times