Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Saturday was a big day. Woke up with horrific hangovers, had a feed, and then off to Teretonga for racing there. Some really awesome vintage stuff racing and in the pits, including this 1936 Rudge that, I think, raced in every event – including the beach! Saw this sweet Commando cafe racer in the spectators parking area and took some detail shots of this as possible 'notes' for mine. Then went ito town to check out E. Hayes and Sons Hardware store where some of Burt Munro's bikes are kept. This was surprisingly cool. There were a bunch more bikes there than I'd expected (not all Burt's), and some really interesting stuff. Went back to cabin as we were all feeling rather jaded from the night before still. Had fishburgers and then went to the speedway event. This was really packed out – speedway seems to be a lot more popular down there than anywhere else in the country? I know it's stupid/simple but I love speedway. Saw some interesting spectator bikes including this Bimota here. Bloody ugly I reckon, but worth a mention for it!
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Friday morning we left Cromwell with Grant's dad and his friend Ken. Went for breakfast in Frankton and then rode down the lake to Kingston where we filled up with gas. That's an amazing bit of road! Then I took off ahead of everyone else so I could stop at my grandmothers house – the house she grew up in – which is just past Athol and before Lumsden, a place called Parawa. Everyone else caught up and we rode most of the rest of the way to Invercargill together.
The guy from the campground we were staying at gave us a ride down to the beach racing, where it pretty much pissed down. First rain of the trip. The beach racing was awesome and we discussed building a beach racer ourselves. We walked from there back to the campsite where the rally was, and had a few beers in the big tent there. We got a bit put off by the band and decided after a while to head into Invercargill's main drag. We had pizza there and then went to find a bar to hang at. I can't remember what the bar was called but we had a pretty crazy night there drinking tequila etc...