Go speed racers

Click to enlarge. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
Click to enlarge. Photo by Peter McIntosh.

Motorcycling enthusiasts staked out viewing spots in the sandhills and competitors lined up on their bikes on Invercargill's Oreti Beach yesterday for Burt Munro Challenge races.

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The 50-mile (80.5km) main event for the Burt Munro Trophy was won by Christchurch's Jason Feavor, from Greg Baynes, of Invercargill, and Heath Botica, of Nelson.

The week-long challenge, organised by the Southland Motorcycle Club, celebrates Southland's motorcycling legend, who set many New Zealand land-speed records before heading to the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.

His first trip there as a competitor was in 1962, aged 63, where he set a world land-speed record of 178.98mph (288kmh).

Racing will conclude with the Teretonga sprint races today and street races in Wyndham tomorrow.