Every easter Saturday pure road racing competition ventures to the town of Methven in New Zealand, which hosts the popular Dubliner Mountain Thunder Street Races.
Ran on a 1 kilometre long roads course, the circuit is one of the shortest roads courses worldwide.
Despite this though, it’s a challenging venue, which is tight and twisty and requires a smooth calm riding style to be a master around it.
Ran by the Methven Lions Club, in recent years the event has gained title sponsorship from the Dubliner Irish Bar & Restaurant.
Just like New Zealand’s other roads meeting’s, Wanganui, Paeroa, Burt Munro Challenge and Port Nelson, it’s a meeting which has a picturesque backdrop.
Last years meeting saw in total 33 races take place!, 2016 winners where as follows:
Lewis Day, Phillip Mair, Gordon Beeby, Chris McMeeken, Jon Rawclifee, Paul Jameson, Andrew Rudd, Phil Price, Kevin Ryan, Campbell Johnson, Chris Kinloch, Les Allcock and Peter Buss, whilst the Formula Methven title went the way of Dan Ornsby.
Photo by billirwinarts.com
This years Formula Methven race, will prove even more prestigious, with the winner securing the new Bryan O’Hara memorial trophy.
Set to be the second roads event worldwide in 2017, taking place on the 15th of April, the latest running of the Mountain Thunder Street Races, is set to see a mix of all different kinds of classic machines, Supermoto’s and Super Twins in action.
Words by Stevie Rial