Town abuzz as more than 60 take part in Scooter Hooter

A record number of riders rolled in to Wanaka for the seventh annual Upper Clutha Scooter Hooter ...
A record number of riders rolled in to Wanaka for the seventh annual Upper Clutha Scooter Hooter on Saturday. Organiser Paul van Klink (front, blue) leads out the moped army at the start of the rally. Photo: Sean Nugent
Wanaka turned into a scene  resembling the middle of Hanoi on Saturday as  more than 60 mopeds, scooters and 50cc motorcycles zoomed around the town for the seventh annual Upper Clutha Scooter Hooter.

People from around the South Island and even Auckland took part in  the event and enjoyed the day, albeit in high winds, riding through Wanaka, Albert Town, Lake Hawea and elsewhere in the Upper Clutha.

Organiser Paul van Klink said the highlight of the trip was being able to ride on the Hawea River track as part of the rally, and it was something everyone "really enjoyed".

It was a record number for the event and Mr van Klink believed it was unique to the Queenstown Lakes district and had grown thanks to "word-of-mouth and contacts".

It also provided a place for bike enthusiasts to congregate and ride together, and the event was becoming so popular,  numbers  might have to be capped in future.

"It’s got to the point now where I don’t want it to grow any bigger. I think it’s a pretty good number where it’s at," Mr van Klink said.

Riders were encouraged to make a donation to help cover costs, and any spare money would go to Wanaka’s road crash rescue team to help finance their trip to France next year for the world championships.

sean.nugent@odt.co.nz

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