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Pukekohe Classic Racing
The dates for the 2001 Century of Indian Motocycle Rally New Zealand are 9th to 11th of February. Camp Adair, Hunua is booked for the event. The venue is close to both Pukekohe and Auckland but avoids all the city traffic, this being a plus for our old machines. The rally ride will be spectacular. 

Timing is one week after the Pukekohe Classic (Racing Festival) on the 2nd to 4th of February, where various activities are planned to celebrate 100 years of Indian. This will include Indian vs Harley racing and  a ride of the track for all Indian motorcycles. It is planned to have various activities in the week between. A campout based in a rural setting handy to Pukekohe, Hunua and of course Auckland, is offered. This is aimed at visitors from afar wishing to take in both events from an inexpensive homebase. This will be tents, caravans and a sleeping bag alley in a very flash shed. 

One other rally that precedes these events is the National Vintage Motorcycle Rally at North Shore, Auckland. This event runs 26th to 28th of January 2001 for the rally proper and is followed by a week long organised tour to Cape Reinga [the northernmost point] via one coast, returning by the other coast and finishing at the Pukekohe Classic race meeting. All accommodation and meals are inclusive. Previous after-rally tours are high on my list of great events! 

For overseas folk: The season is mid summer, half shell open faced helmets are fine if that is what you are used to.

Pukekohe Classic Motorcycle Racing

Mike Care and Malcolm "Firedog" Brown are spearheading the organisation of the 2001 Indian rally at YMCA Camp Adair, Hunua. This is near Papakura, and the dates for those who have not yet marked their calendars or booked their holiday, are as follows; February 9th to 11th 2001. On the weekend before this another event is going to take place. In 2001 it will be very special for all of us, because as a major attraction at the Pukekohe Classic Motorcycle Racing, will be a number of features to mark the first century of Indian. Malcolm has also been collared to act as contact person between the Classic racing club and Indian Team NZ. The major task is persuading 50 to 80 Indian owners to display their bikes at the Pukekohe classic racing meeting on the weekend preceding the rally .The racing register will supply a very large marquee and will make up very nice placards for all bikes displayed. There will be judging for prizes and awards in many classes. The design for the advertising poster is currently in the hands of one of our talented racing members .This will feature various racing Indians and famous Kiwi Indian riders form the past.


Pictures from the 2000 NZ Rally by Greg Cooney of

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National Vintage Motorcycle Rally at North Shore, Auckland. This event runs 26, 27, 28 January 2001 and is followed by a week long organised tour.

2, 3, 4 February 2001 the NZ Classic Racing Register of NZ are holding their annual classic racing weekend at Pukekohe.

The dates for the 2001 "Century of Indian Motocycle Rally New Zealand" are 9, 10, 11 February.

Sounds like the ideal three week vacation to me! Moen

Saturday lunch time has been reserved for a ride past by all Indian bikes present. For some a once only chance to ride around a major racetrack!

The CMRR [racing register] will provide camping sites, an entry form and pit passes. Past years this has been $15-20 as a guideline. This event has got bigger and better with each passing year . Another not to be missed event! (but for those who'll miss it anyway, there'll be a full report in the VI).

We hope to get some very special machines on display and are busy working at that, at present. Paul Hanes has had favourable replies from some overseas Indian racers and we are also encouraging some opposition form the Harley camp as well. We want all Indian motorcycles of all descriptions to come along. The marvel of seeing fifty 741B's and every one different, could well be a feature.

Indian Team NZ lined up at Pukekohe. More about NZ Indian racing in Craig Cate's story in VI #8

For more NZ Indian racing, check out the Indian Downunder website

Free Camping

Mindful that IORNZ is very much a family club and holidays can be expensive, Malcolm and Vickie are offering their farmlet  as a free base camp for all comers for the week between the two events. Just bring what you need and set up camp! Facilities for body and clothes washing will be provided.

They live in the Drury-Karaka area about 5 minutes off the motorway. From there it is about 10-15 minutes from the Pukekohe race track and almost as close to the Hunua venue. It is a quiet, safe rural area with tidal swimming within 150 metres. It is south of the Auckland sprawl, but handy enough if one feels compelled to indulge in what Auckland has to offer.There is adequate room for camping and easy access for campervans, caravans or motorhomes. Malcolm has a large workshop which is attached to the house by a double bus sized carport [enclosed on 3 sides] This carport would make an ideal gathering and eating area. The base camp is also being offered to both visiting kiwi and overseas Indian racers, so there will be some interesting machinery to be seen in the workshop. There will no doubt be one or two customers bikes here for restoration at that time as well. Arrangements for the hire of caravans on a prepaid user pays basis and indeed help in any way to make both these events a really special event for the New Zealand Indian tribe. We will only get one chance to celebrate the Centenary of Indian, so let us all make it something to cherish in our memories. Please contact Malcolm and Vickie as soon as possible as there is a lot of work to be done to get this all together. Any suggestions or help is welcomed.

                    Malcolm Brown and Vickie Rydz,
                    75 Manuwai Lane,
                    RD2, Drury
                    New Zealand

Phone or fax 09 2947360 (649 instead of 09 for overseas folk)
Mobile 025 419 402. Email

Come early, catch the classic racing...




2, 3, 4 February 2001 the NZ Classic Racing Register of NZ are holding their annual classic racing weekend at Pukekohe. This is the largest classic race meet in NZ. Each year we celebrate a different make of bike and 2001 being the 100 years of Indian, Indian is it. I would like to invite anyone who is prepared to bring their Indian downunder. I have a few Americans real keen to come down.The event is open to any make of classic race bike and I would love to get some racing Harleys from the 30's and 40's as there are none from this period down here racing, and it would be great to race our Indians with them. I will help out wherever I can to assist you while you are here in NZ and may even be able to slip you a few dollars. We will also have a large display of Indians and hopefully Burt Munro's World beating bike on display. And something which not to many people have seen racing, a 1912 8 valve, and boy is it fast. Also a Daytona being restored now hopefully will be on the track plus our 741 based racers and my Sport Scout. The weekend after is our Indian club's annual rally, not far from the race meet so there will be plenty to do and see while you are here. If you would like more info please contact me (email: If you know of anyone who would be interested or I could send an invite to let me know. You can post this on any other lists that you think may help. Thank You. Regards Paul Hanes. 

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