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Hi All.
This is the only way I can think to do an event like this justice in one post. One image just doesn’t convey the colour and atmosphere well enough for my liking.
These are the Cemetery Circuit Motorcycle races held every year at Wanganui. Now held on Boxing Day every year the original event was held on the 27th Dec 1951 and consisted of 4 races, there were 19 this year.
There are not many races of this caliber that allow the spectators get quite this close to the action and as such are a great way to experience the speed and sound of motorcycles old and new ridden in anger.
There are many classes of races from the classic through to currant and a few in-between with sidecars also. With such a range of machinery there is also a range of riders from the veterans down to novice. In the classic sidecar race there was one rider who had been riding at these races for 50 years and he had his granddaughter riding passenger for him!! When interviewed after the race she told the crowd it was “effing awesome” “excuse my language” she said. I think she was still buzzing from the ride!
And yes they are raced around the cemetery, not so far to cart those that crash ;-).
All the best for 2009, Paul.

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