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Methven Mountain Thunder

Methven Mountain Thunder

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  • Sat 30 Mar ’13, 9:00am – 4:00pm


Methven's Main Street, Main Street, Ashburton District


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $15.00
  • Child 12 and under: $0.00

Methven Mountain Thunder 2013 will be roaring through the town centre of Methven on Easter Saturday. The motorcycle street race sees bikes travelling at up to 200kmph on the 1km circuit, completing laps in 32 – 34 seconds.

Easter Saturday is a fun filled day for all ages. Spectators can get up close, feel the noise, taste the speed and all from behind the safety of bales and security fencing. The streets are bursting with colour, spectacle, noise and excitement; bustling with stalls packed with food and handy goodies.

Seven classes of motorcycles take part in the racing, including Formula One, Motards, Buckets, Pre 63, Pre 72, Pre 82 and Pre 89. Riders in 2012 were as varying as the motorcycles, with ages ranging from 14 to 78 including 16 year old Miss Scout Fletcher.

Apart from Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man you are hard pressed to find many other motorcycle street races on the planet. Methven Mountain Thunder is one of six street races in New Zealand, and CAMS would rate it as one of the best in New Zealand.

Simon Willcocks from England enjoyed Methven Mountain Thunder so much he wrote: “The racing was close and exciting on a short street circuit. Spectators were close to the action yet safe and controlled. Races were very well run… The whole event had a friendly atmosphere about it, supported by the local community.

“I’m from The North West of England (near Liverpool) and so had easy access, and numerous trips, to the [Isle of Man] TT on Liverpool ferries. Although the TT is seen as a street racing Macca, for me your event was just as exciting due to the short circuit and 6 lap blast. It made for some close road racing instead of picking a spot to watch Joey Dunlop go past 6 times during the 35.5 mile mountain circuit…”

Methven Mountain Thunder is hosted by the Methven Lions Club who have joined with Classic Action Motorcycle Sport (CAMS) from Christchurch to stage the event. Any profits made from the event go back into the local community.

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