Street racing and whitebait patties

NEIL RATLEY
Last updated 05:00 02/12/2013
NEIL RATLEY/The Southland Times

Ferris Caig, Dave Lang, Greg Ferguson and Jason Goodman.

Friends enjoy the Wyndham Street Racing from the comfort of the couch.
Luxury grandstand: Friends enjoy the Wyndham Street Racing from the comfort of the couch.

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For many residents, a roaring horde of bikers rolling into town is enough to make them lock the doors and close the curtains.

But it's a different story for the people of Wyndham.

The rural Southland town welcomes hundreds of motorbikes and thousands of bikers for the Wyndham Street Races during the Burt Munro Challenge.

The event provides a chance for many of the town's community organisations and schools to raise funds. It also pumps cash into the economy.

Sandra Wilson lives in a house on the first corner of the winding street track.

The hay bales, fencing and temporary grandstands on the street in front of her house did not bother her she said.

"It's great for the town and we are proud to host the event, Ms Wilson said from the raised sofa on her front lawn.

Relaxing, Ms Wilson said she had the best view in town to watch the racing.

"The bikers and the visitors are all great and there is never any trouble," she said.

Ann and Paul Grieve also said the event was a highlight on their calendar.

It took a lot of hard work from the community to put on such a successful event but the effort was worth it, Mrs Grieve said.

There was also a chance to feed the hordes for some Wyndham residents.

Peter Bloxham and his family fry up "some of the best" whitebait patties in the south according to a queue of hungry bikers.

The 84-year-old is the patriarch of a whitebait and hangi stall run from his home in pit lane.

"We've been doing this since the start of the Burt Munro Challenge, he said.

"We give the people a good feed of West Coast whitebait and a hangi."

His daughter Rihi who was working behind the counter said the street racing was great for Wyndham. Especially for the clubs and schools who could raise money.

"We meet a few characters and many are returning customers who tell us they have been waiting all year to get back to Wyndham and the whitebait," she said.

Brent McDonald, of Queenstown, said he got a taste for the Bloxhams patties last year and was back for more street racing and another pattie.

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