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CENTRAL DISTRICT TIMES, MARCH 27, 2012
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Ph: (06) 388 0038 • Memorial Park, Kokako Rd, Taihape
Thursday 29 March
5pm - 7pm
To say thanks to the
community for your
support at the
Taihape Swim Centre
Sponsored by the Wanganui Development Trust
Work in progress: Richard Oppatt sits among bikes on loan from Harry Matson. He intends
to make the corner look like an old motorbike workshop -- ''if my wife Raewyn lets me''.
Motorbike museum opens
wheels are off
a child's bike
taken off the
cycle in the
By TERRY KARATAU
Raewyn and Richard Oppatt, the
owner operators of Cranks Cafe in the
old bank building at Hunterville, have
opened a motorbike museum in the
Mr Oppatt said it all came about
before the vintage car rally that visited
the district in February.
Someone pointed out a newspaper
saying we would have old bikes on dis-
play, so I thought, being a motorbike
nut, I should do something about it.''
There has been a steady stream of
enthusiasts visiting and motorcycle
clubs have begun calling in.
Mr Oppatt has some of his bikes on
display -- a 1952 Sun 122cc powered by
a Villiers engine, top speed 35 miles an
hour (56kmh), a work-in-progress 1964
Tiger 100R Triumph and a display
frame from a 1959 Tiger Cub. The 750
Sports Ducati CAGIVA Iron Maiden''
housed in the museum is his latest toy.
There are also a few old bicycles on
show. Besides the scratch built'' mini-
bike loaned by Harry Matson, there is
a 1930-40s James frame with a JAP
motor that once powered a railway jig-
ger and a NSU Power Cycle that Mr
Matson bought in Taihape and used to
ride to Mangaweka on the old road.
The museum is open when the cafe is
-- from lunchtime till about 9pm.
Three times a try-er
Final push: Sanitarium Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon at Ongley Park. Left, Katie McNeill and Sophie Carpenter, both 11,
from Mataroa School, Taihape; with Poppy Munro from Moawhango School, Taihape, cross the finish line together
at the Weet-Bix TRYathlon held in Palmerston North last Wednesday.
Photo: MURRAY WILSON
Smooth riding at
Ready to ride: A group of motocross riders head for the start line at Waiouru's
Tussock Buster 2012. This year's event saw a huge number of families camping on
the Waiouru Rugby Club fields.
By TERRY KARATAU
The annual Waiouru Tussock Buster
had nearly 1600 motocross riders con-
verge at the military camp last week-
It was massive,'' Mike Ross, one of
the organisers, said.
The terrain was amazing consider-
ing all the weather that was going on
around us. The rain prior to the week-
end worked to our advantage. The
tracks were smooth and the dust was
kept down. Everyone had smiles on
their faces, it really was an amazing
The Waiouru Rugby Club fields were
filled with tents, caravans, campers
and motor homes and all the facilities
were made available by army person-
nel and locals such as hot showers,
flush toilets, the rugby club bar, flat
screen TV and army cooked meals were
pre-ordered on registration. Other
foods and snacks were available on the
grounds as well as in the Waiouru vil-
The two-day trail ride uses the
63,000 hectare army training area. Six
main tracks are laid out with the
longest being 105km. The first three
range from 10km to 45km with detours
for difficult areas and short cuts home.
The fourth track is up to 90km with
river crossings, formed trails and
shortcuts home prior to the 50km
Mr Ross said the dedicated track for
children and novice riders that wound
through the pine trees and a second
track of approximately 5km of flat and
easy to ride trails for kids only or kids
accompanied by their parents were
used constantly throughout the week-
One of the motorcyclists, a 27-year-
old Auckland ma,n suffered moderate
leg injuries and was evacuated to
Palmerston North hospital by the
Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter.
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