British Motorcycle Day fires on all cylinders

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Grunt machine... This 2294c Triumph Rocket III turned heads at British Motorcycle Day. PHOTO: MARGARET PHILLIP

Gleaming bikes by the dozen, spectators by the hundreds and perfect weather ensured British Motorcycle Day was a winner.

Co-organiser Bob Vercoe said he was extremely happy with the way the event went at Mandeville on Sunday.

The weather played its part and people poured into the Croydon Aircraft Company grounds.

There were more than 100 British bikes and probably another 120 that had been manufactured in other countries, Mr Vercoe said.

More than 300 people attended the event.

“Every year there are a lot of bikes you haven’t seen before.”

Newly restored and newly bought bikes were among the new offerings, he said.

There were three 1910 bikes at the event, a Triumph Roadster, a

A 2.3-litre Triumph Rocket III, the biggest production bike ever made, also made an appearance.

The British beauty was among hordes of gleaming machines produced in the United Kingdom and others such as the Italian-made Ducati and Harley-Davidsons from the United States.

Owner Scott McFarlane, of Arrowtown, said he bought the bike from someone in Tauranga.

It had been painted yellow and white, colours he did not like, so he painted it black and was very happy with the result.