Pero sponsor and rider in classic


Real estate and mortgage entrepreneur Mike Pero faces a busy weekend in Timaru later this year.
As well as putting his name to the Mike Pero Southern Classic taking place over the weekend of December 2-4 at Levels Raceway, he will also be promoting and competing in the event.
The meeting, organised by Classic Action Motorcycle Sports (Cams), is shaping as the largest classic race meeting of its kind in the South Island.
The definition of classic includes motorcycles from the 1920s era through to the mid’90s, and a variety of these machines will be racing.
Classic and post-classic racing is one of the fastestgrowing sectors in world motorcycling as retired racers dust off long-stored machines and renew their battles with former rivals.
Cams club president Dave Reesby has already fielded inquiries from Australia and has been in talks with some well-known former international riders.
‘‘Beyond Australia, there will also be Irish, American and British riders attending,’’ Reesby said.
‘‘We believe there could be more than 250 bikes from across New Zealand and Australia at the event.
‘‘Levels Raceway is the ideal setting and the perfect environment for a festival of classic motorcycle racing.’’
Event co-ordinator Sue van den Heuvel said Mike Pero was an obvious sponsor for the event.
‘‘Mike competed in the ’70s and ’80s, and it took only an email to get his company’s backing.’’
A six-time New Zealand champion, Pero will ride a Yamaha TZ250W from the late 1980s.
Pero is also the patron for Motorcycling New Zealand.
Classes for the event include vintage, pre-war, classic, classic sidecar and postclassics from 1972-1996, plus parade races of past masters.Nike footwearNike