Christchurch Casino Lady Wigram Revival is happening the weekend of 8 -10th January and the Canscoot boys are going to add a bit of class to the event with a lunchtime cruise around the track on the Sunday. Drop them an email ASAP if you are keen to join in on the fun. Oh, there is going to be a whole heap of cars and a few other bikes racing and stuff to watch as well.
The Lady Wigram Cup day at Ruapuna. The organisers invited members of Canscoot (scooter club in Christchurch, New Zealand) along with a motorcycle club, to ride around the track for a number of laps. Whilst the big bikes decided to keep to 50kph, the scooterboys decided to have some fun! The track is 3.3Km and we were allowed 3 laps to put the scooters to the test. Top speeds were around 100kph, people had smiles on thier faces as we sped around the track. Everyone was totally excited and thought it was awesome that scooters were out on the track. Except the bikers, who yelled “idiots!” as we left the track!
Some of the scoots: Brucie on his Lambretta GP200, Toby on his newly painted Vespa T5, Steve on his Vespa GTS250ie, James on his white Vespa COSA Stormtrooper, and the classic Heinkel Tourist, among others. A very exciting day! Visit www.canscoot.co.nz for more info on upcoming events, like the ‘mad as a march hare’ run, 1100kms of South Island beauty over 3 days.
Check out the video –here
March 5th – 8th
Mad as a March Hare
The Canscoot crew are on the move again – route to be decided. Drop them an email ASAP if you are keen to join in on the fun. The boys are organising an 1100Km ride round a few towns in the mainland – should be a good one. If you are keen for some great roads and scenery then get in touch with the guys below. Be there or be a Square Hare!
[CANSCOOT CONTACTS]: Toby Ricketts (organiser) 0275486297 Mark Prunes Powney 0272900963 – www.canscoot.co.nz
[NAME OF RIDE]: “Mad as a March Hare” run (dreamed up by Chalky and named by Peter Childs).
[DATE]: March 5th, 6th and 7th (a 3-day ride). [DEPARTS]: Cafe Roma, Christchurch. Assemble @ 8.00, leave @ 9.00
[ACCOMMODATION] + [ROUTE]: Details Here
[WEATHER]: Toby has some way of looking months ahead and says it will be Sunny and Warm!
[MERCHANDISE]: Undies (Toby). The merchandise for the ride this year is a pair of fashionable underpants from Christchurch undergarment fashion icon, Nudel.
Tranz Alpine Scooter Safari
On Saturday, scooterists will conquer the Alps in the second Tranz Alpine Scooter Safari.
The Scooter Safari is an endurance ride, coast to coast, Christchurch to Hokitika, a journey of over 250kms to raise funds for the New Zealand Cancer Society.
The Safari is not a race – it’s an awareness-raising and fundraising event for the survivors, families of those with cancer and those committed to making a difference. By raising funds for the Cancer Society we are helping them continue their amazing work making sure those people living with cancer, their family, friends and colleagues as well as the health professionals that support them get access to information and support, from the moment of diagnosis right through to treatment and recovery.
Details here: www.scootersafari.co.nz
June 5th – 6th
30th Brass Monkey Rally – Rally Web Site
The Rally is one of the last great motorcycling adventures in New Zealand.
The Rally is always held over Queens Birthday weekend at Oturehua in the heartland of Central Otago.
August 28th – 31st
Isle of Wight International Scooter Rally – here
The annual scooter rally at Ryde on the Isle of Wight is now apparently the largest of it’s kind in the world, and has been taking place for over 20 years. The condition and presentation of some of the machines must surely represent many, many hours of effort for the owners.
It is always a very friendly event, and visitors are free to wander through the bikes parked on the green at Ryde’s esplanade in order to admire them. It is a great spectacle. It seems that Lambrettas and Vespas are just as popular as ever they were!
The scooterists have been coming to the Isle of Wight every August for over a decade and the rally has increased in size annually. Incredibly, 2008’s turnout of around five thousand bikes for the ride-out on Sunday afternoon smashed the Guinness World Record for the biggest uninterrupted parade of machines.
The previous record stood at 449 machines, and organisers VFM confirmed that in 2007 more than 1,100 were present in a continuous line. There were in fact 1,600 scooters in the parade, but as a spokesperson for the scooterists’ organisation VHM pointed out,the rules state that the line has to be unbroken, and unfortunately a car did break the chain.
Other events staged during the weekend to celebrate the International Scooter Rally’s presence on the Island included a scooterist dealers market at Smallbrook, where enthusiasts were able to find everything from scooters to t-shirts and memorabilia on sale. The same location also hosted an end of rally stunt show and fireworks display on the Sunday evening to which members of the public were welcome to go along to.
Besides the rally itself, another not-to-be-missed spectacle of the great bank holiday biking weekend was the International Scooter Custom Show on Saturday daytime at the Planet Ice Arena. This event showcased what had to be the best collection of custom scooters from across Europe and the British Isles ever gathered under one roof, including top custom scooters that cost in excess of £15,000 to build!
With such recognition and a series of prestigious trophies up for grabs, it was easy to understand why owners of some of the hottest scooters around took the trouble to transport their prize processions across the Solent. Multiple classes were set aside for a multitude of extraordinary tastes and innovative ideas spanning decades of scootering lifestyles. For anyone with a previously limited knowledge and appreciation of scooters, the Custom Show, together with the weekend’s varying activities, emerged triumphant in turning heads and transforming attitudes.
October 23rd- 25th
New Zealand Classic Scooter Club
All scooters welcome, not just classic.
All accommodation onsite. Dorm style and tenting. VERY limited 4 berth cabins.
From 1pm Saturday 23rd October to Monday 25th October at Vertical Horizon Camp, near Inglewood, Taranaki.
Scoots, games, sealed track pursuits for those keen on a turn of speed, socialising, frothing over scoots, games, scooter related movies, ride out and more.
The Undie 700
The Undie 700 is an annual scooter run from Timaru to Nelson covering 570kms over 2 days. This year we are raising money for Movember and need all the coverage we can get. Check out further details on their website www.theundie700.co.nz
The 2010 Canscoot Show Weekend Ride
The annual Canscoot show weekend ride, this year organised by Mike Pascoe, looks to be another great outing.
Having been on similar rallys with the Canscoot team it will be good fun with 3 days of riding and scooter fellowship.
Details on their website here
Tobys facebook photos here
November 26th – 29th
Burt Munro Challenge Rally – Enter Online
The best Rally in the country.
A new addition to the Challenge this year should be good – Ascot Park Longtrack
Details on their website here