THE BARRY SHEENE
OCT 25-26-27, 2013
The Barry Sheene Oceania Challenge
Hampton Downs - Labour Weekend 2013
The New Zealand Classic Motorcycle Racing Register (Est. 1978) is hosting this event on Labour Weekend 2013, at the purpose built motorsport facility at Hampton Downs, south of Auckland.
The event is being staged in association with The New Zealand Post Classic Motorcycle Racing Association, The New Zealand Sidecar Racing Association and The New South Wales Post Classic Racing Association.
Three days of racing, with Classics and Classic superbikes for the New Zealand Classic Tourist Trophy’s, the New Zealand Post Classic Grand Prix’s and Gold Cup Series along with the Barry Sheene Trans-Tasman Challenge Trophy. Additional to these events will be selected feature races and New Zealand and Australian Sidecars in action.
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3 DAYS OF EXCITING CLASSIC AND POST CLASSIC MOTORCYCLE RACING, PLUS CLASSIC AND MODERN SIDECARS.
TOP AUSTRALIAN RIDERS DOING BATTLE WITH THE KIWIS FOR THE TRANS-TASMAN TROPHY
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Looking Back - TZ NZ History
This photo from the start of a race at Ruapuna in 1979 shows just how dominant the TZ350 was in the racing scene not just around the world but also in New Zealand, looks like the entire field is TZ350s. Dave Hisckock 40, Mike Pero 33, Neil Smith 18 and the Bryan Scobie Motors sponsorerd TZ is Trevor Discombe plus other famous riders we can't make out. (pic by Norman Whyte) At the Barry Sheene there wil be a small display of TZ to make 40 years in the Pavilion plus some of the recently released modern Yamaha machines, and on the track in the Pre 82 class there will be no fewer than thirteen TZs in action plus a trio of hot RD350s, plus some Ducati and Laverda 4 stokes. Going to be a great class to watch, so get your backside trackside, its going to be a massive weekend.
2013 Race Entries Confirmed
Entires for the Barry Sheene Oceania Challenge for 2013 are now confirmed. To download a list of the entries click here
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Australian Superbike Stars for BSOC
Australian Superbike Champions Mal Campbell & Robbie Phillis are confirmed as key star riders for the Barry Sheene oceania at Hampton Downs. While few who were there will ever forget the Robbie Phillis sheep jokes and antics at the rider introduction at the start of the final round of the inaugual World Superbike Championships in 1988 at Manfield, it was Mal Cambell who delivered the goods on the track with a podium 2nd place on his Honda RC30 behind Belgian Stefan Mertens in the last race of the Championship. In his first Superbike meet in Austria earlier in the year he had qualified on pole and came 3rd. 'I was on my spare bike and it just didnt have the legs on the fast sections of the track. Robbie & I had only done selected rounds but he came 7th and myself 9th. That was my best overall placing but we went back to Austria and Hungary in 1989. At Hungary I took pole and came 2nd but 1991 was my last year. I got into historics on the Brook Henry V2 Ducati in 2004 and have ridden RG500s, CBR1100, XR69 and should be on a McIntosh GSX1100 Suzuki. I am really looking forward to the trip, will be good to catch up with a few old faces.' Pic shows Mal on the Suzuki XR69 at a meet in Australia
Yamaha TZ Racer '40 Year' Display at Pavillion
AT the 2013 BSOC event there willb e a special 'Forty Year Display' of the TZ Racer featuring a selection of TZ 750, TZ 350 and TZ 250 machines. The star attraction is the ex Dr Roger Freeth 'Viko' TZ750A, a machine that caused a lot of controversy in its day with its rear and front aerofoils. The NZACU (MNZ of the day) eventually ruled that the aerofoils were a safety hazard to other riders in late 1977. Their aim was to put downward force on the rear wheel to give the bike more drive out of a corner. The bike was raced at Manfield and Hawkesbury with the rear 'wing' removed but never again with the front aerofoils. Today the bike is restored to its 'Viko' trim and its a pleasure to have this unique piece of NZ Motorcycle history availble for display aty the Barry Sheene. This bike is a head turner and I am sure will have the Australians scratching their heads, and a good many Kiwi engineers. (pic by Terry Stevenson)
FREE Barry Sheene Poster in Kiwi Rider
In the current Kiwi Rider magazine (October) there is a FREE Full clolour Barry Sheene Oceania poster. Availble now in all good bookstores and gas stations.
Yamaha a Key Sonsor for BSOC
Yamaha NZ have come on board as a Silver Sponsor for the BSOC alongside Kiwi Rider, one of the leading New Zealand Motorcycle magazines. Pictured is a 1985 RVZ 500R alloy framed 6 speed V4 500cc production model. The alloy frame only came out on the Japanese domestic market models and this is believed to be one of the only versions of this type in New Zealand. This is a Kenny Roberts, Randy Mamola replica and sports all the sponsors decals from his race bike, plus the No 2 as Randy came second in the World 500cc Grand Prix Championship in 1984. The RZV took it to all the superbikes of the day winning many production races including the Castrol 6 hr in both Australia and New Zealand ridden by Kiwi Richard Scott.
Barry Sheene 2013 Oct 25-26-27th 2013
The New Zealand team won the recent Barry Sheene Festival of Speed at Eastern Creek and the Australians are coming back to Hampton Down this Labour weekend to see if they can grab the trophy on our home soil.
This year the holiday weekend falls a week later so Friday 25th will be the practise day, qualifying early on Saturday morning with racing thereafter and through to Sunday followed by prizegiving and a proposed social that evening. This will give race fans, competitors and crews they holiday Monday to travel home. Looking at the stats from last year neary 50% of the teams came from south of hampton Downs so its a good call by the organizing team.
All the accomodation at the Hampton Downs apartments was booked out primarliy by the Australians when they left last year so try the motel at Mercer, Pokeno, Tuakau Hotel or Pukekohe. There is very strong interest from Australia from competitors following the success of the first event at Hampton in 2012 and it looks like more than two container loads of bikes and sidecars will be coming from Australia. The big names will be announced once they are confirmed and news of the event will unfold on this website plus through our NZ motorcycle press, Motorcycle Trader & News, Kiwi Rider and Bike Rider in the coming months.
NZ Wins Trans Tasman Challenge
New Zealand won the Barry Sheene Trans Tasman Challenge 469 to 436 in an action packed weekend. On the Australian side Cam Donald, Robbie Phillis and Glen Hindle won all their races a few machine failures gave the Kiwis the key opening they needed to take the other classes and the bulk of the other podium positions. The sport of classic and post-classic racing was the real winner though as the party of over sixty Australian guests had a great trip and enjoyed our hospitality, but not so much the weather. Next year Labour Weekend is a week later on the calender with Labour Monday on October 28th. The preliminary de-brief meetings between the BSTT Committee representatives of the three NZ organizing clubs have all agreed to run the meeting on that weekend. But this will be confirmed by Xmas as each club committee must ratify the decision.
For full race results go to www.marktime.co.nz
showing all rap times and race results.
The machine pictured was just one of a number of exotic machines on display over the weekend. Tristan Tolley with the 1991 Honda RC30 750cc machine.
The RC30 V4 90 degree powered machine was hand-built by HRC (Honda Racing Corporation) and was a street legal race machine. While it was approximately twice the price of the standard VFR model it was a race bike that was both reliable and rideable for everyday use, features that surprised the press and riders of the day.
299 Competitors 306 Machines - Wow!
The largest International Road Race meeting in NZ's history, surpassing the Marlboro Series, is how the Barry SheeneTrans Tasman Chalenge panned out. That put a community of between 1,000 to 1200 people in the pits as family and pitcrews helped their riders or swingers, all enthusiasts of older motorcycles. And there was tons of variety amongst the machinery entered and people kept saying, I havent seen you in 30 years, this is just like old times as familiar faces bumped into each other as fellow competitors, pits crews or fans that just wandered up. And here's a couple of World Superbike friends waiting in the coffee line, close mates in fact, Arron Slight and Robbie Phillis. Caption;
'Eeees just me bloody mechanic mate';