Rare race bikes for Timaru event

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The most exotic and expensive collection of two-stroke racing motorcycles assembled in New Zealand will be screaming their way around the Levels circuit during the Mike Pero Real Estate Southern Classic Festival in December.
Two of the machines in the six-bike $500,000-plus collection have never previously been seen in New Zealand.
Former Australian GP and superbike star Kevin Magee will be reunited with the YZR500 factory grand prix bike he last raced in Japan in 1992. The machine is now owned by Tom Dermody, of DMR Motorsport, in Brisbane.
Former Australian champion Steve Trinder is having his first outing on his recently bought ex Pat Hennen Suzuki XR23.
A 652cc variant of the factory 500cc GP bikes, Trinder’s XR23 is one of a rare handful that has survived from the late 1970s.
In addition, the organising Classic Action Motorcycle Sport has attracted a host of other star bikes and riders who will take part in a series of Past Master parade laps.
Cams president Dave Reesby, of Christchurch, is excited about the special guest line-up coming for the Mike Pero Southern Classic weekend on December 2-4.
‘‘We have Kiwi grand prix privateer, Northwest 200 and Battle of the Twins winner Stu Avant returning home from Australia, along with hisimmaculate Suzuki RGB500, which will be ridden by another Kiwi legend, the Isle of Man TT, World TT Formula One and Suzuka 8-Hour winner Graeme Crosby.
‘‘As well, Australian-based Irish rider and Formula Oz champ Paul Byrne will be riding a Tom Dermody McIntosh Suzuki, and Gary Middleton is bringing his ex Team Kawasaki Australia Greg Hansford KR750, plus a Kawasaki H2R for good measure.
‘‘The GP bikes will be kept in tip-top shape by legendary Kiwi engineers and ex Kenny Roberts Yamaha factory team gurus Mike Sinclair and Motorcycling New Zealand Hall of Fame inductee Paul Treacy.’’
Among other Kiwi legends attending are John Boote, Paul McLachlan and Jock Woodley.
Friday is practice and qualifying, and racing is all day Saturday and Sunday.