Series 9 VMX Round 5 for 2012 – Wanganui Sunshine

Mark ‘The Eel’ Ellen in fine form today on the Suzuki 400 at the new Upukongaro track above the Wanganui River and SH4. It was a bit dusty but a brilliant rolling country track with many riders enjoying the big speedbowl style banked turned 3 & 4 and the flowing nature of the track. It was a very hot day with only a puff of a gentle sea breeze after lunch to help blow the fine stuff away. Neil Ritchie called the races with his usual panache and when taking a breather filled the air with some rocky tunes while the engines revved and revved all day long, and there was some great racing too. A  great day in the sun with the social to follow so catch you soon.

About Robert Cochrane

Enjoy all aspects of classic motorcycling, from dirt, racing, road, trials. My road classic bike is a 1971 BSA A65 Lightning 650cc that I use for BSA and Classic rallies. I have been active in classic bikes since 1977 and with friends started the NZ BSA Owners Club in 1978 and with other friends started the Wanganui Classic Club in Feb 2010. In late 2010 I started the NZ Classic & Twinshock Trials & Scramble Association with friends around the country to co-ordinate events and assist the development of the sport in NZ. As secretary its a lot of work but I believe its important to work in the best interests of the sport so I put my hand up. I write a motorcycle column for the Wanganui 'Midweek' newspaper 2 to 3 weeks a month, plus articles for VMX, Old Bike and Kiwi Rider. I own a BSA B25MX scrambler that my son raced for a few years and was ridden by Jeff Smith at the Legends of Dirt. It's resting in my shed as Dan is working offshore. I hosted the 'Suzuki 50 Yrs in NZ' event.My twinshock trials bike is a Kawasaki KT 250cc mount that I bought off TM Bill that has had lotsa time and a modest sum of money poured into it, but is a power of fun. I love motorcycling, its just the job that gets in the way of having full time fun.

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