Saturday, March 16, 2013
Wanganui Cemetery Circuit 2012
For many of us in the lower North Island, Boxing Day is an annual pilgrimage to Whanganui. We have been doing this for up to 40 years plus with some of the troops still taking to the tarmac on the other side of the hay bales but most of us happy to take photos and eat hot dogs. Now an important part of the ritual is to jump on our rejuvenated bikes and head on over and be part of a celebration of motorcycles and motorcycle road racing in its most fundamental form. On the street. The 9:30 departure from Manawatu Motorcycles included Barry (and little Barry), Bruce Currie from Wellington, along with a strong contingent of twostrokes from Levin. Bruce on his RZ350, Roger on the RG400 Walter Wolf and Alan? on his RZ500. The usual suspects from Palmy turned up with the De Lautours riding their fleet of GT750 Suzuki, H1b Kawasaki and the Yamaha 250 some where in there as well. Dion brought out his RG400, Richard on his trusty T500 and Alan Clark was on his Aprilia Pegaso. It was a special day for Alan De Lautour who had brought his Pat Hennan RG500 bike down from New Plymouth to be a part of the parade that celebrated his time on the circuit in the 70s. I wasn't able to be there, but a big thanks to Kim for taking some photos on the day. He has taken some great 'paddock' photos of the twostrokes that were racing on the day. Some great bikes and racers from the past still doing the bussiness.