Some of my readers will appreciate my due diligence in researching and completing a set of events.
John Kenton Britten,born 1st August 1950, was a self taught extremely gifted young man who died on 5th September 1995 but achieved world wide aclaim as a mechanical engineer when he designed and constructed a series of New Zealand manufactured motorcycles first bearing the name Cardinal Britten and later just Britten.
These last "real Brittens"were made in extremly limited numbers infact only 10 plus one prototype.
They are normally recognised by the vivid pink and blue colours that rider Andrew Stroud started racing with.
One however is Yellow and Black known as CR&S it was that bike that was entered in the 1994 IOM TT and in practise the rider Mark Farmer died that bike is repaired and only last week I was able to witness it again at almost full speed the 1000cc V Twin letting off only the wail a Briiten can.
Today I achieved another notch in viewing Britten No 1 at MotoMecca in Invergarill where it sits with the two Cardinal Brittens and John Brittens former racing Triumph. This was a step closer as in 2017 you will remember in my blog "Taking the Indian Home", I visited the "lost"Britten in Solvang California USA. Why the lost Britten well after John's death in 1995 this Britten sat complete in it's crate until 2004 and it is widly accepted that this Britten has never raced and at the Britten gathering in NZ it was the only Britten missing.
The photo album has the bikes many vicorites from Daytona to Assen from BEARS to land speed records.
Such was the dominance that Andrew Stroud would wheelstand at his oposition as he "played". Yes he still does I only chattered to him last week after he did an exhibition ride. It was complete with giant mono's down the main straight of Pukekohe Raceway. Andrew complaining only of a dead spot around 8-9000rpm when he was changing from 3-4th gears while on one wheel. Guess his 10 children have a unique dad,as two of the boys,Jacob and Jessie, are now racing. They will however have a bit of catching up as Andrew on the Britten's won at Daytona in 1994,95,96 & 97 while still Briten mounted he won the BEARS & the European Pro Twins in 1995.
Number 1 is only part of Classic Motorcycle Mecca at Invercargill. An amazing collection of some of the finest, most unique, one of a kind and those bikes we all heard of in the past. Located in Tay St it is an ever expanding colection that is a "tick off your bucket list visit."
The Burt Munroe Challenge today was beach racing, the Indian Motorcycle NZ Beach Racing Championships, at Oreti Beach about 8kms out of Invercargill. As usual well attended with the Championship down to the last heats when as so aften happens mechanical failure put the leader into the DNF class and no silverware this year.