Riders tear up the track in Ray Anderdson Memorial Race


Sunday afternoon saw a number of vintage motorbike enthusiasts take part in the Morley Motorcycle and Marine Ray Anderson Memorial championships on Sunday in Tadmor.

The Top of the South VMX Club presidet, Rob Anglesey, says the passing rain on the day may have affected the turnout but it definitely did not hinder the racing.

“We had 56 riders turn up after 70 entered. Some stayed away because rain was forecast but we only had passing showers which did not affect the racing.”

Each year a different class races for the memorial trophy with the Mid-Bore class drawn for this year’s event.

Ross Troughton dominated the field taking out all three races on his 1985 Honda CR250. The same model bike was also ridden by second place winner Malcolm Furness and third place winner Matt Redwood.

Rob says a number of other races were held on the day including one for motocross bikes produced prior to 1986.

“Ross Troughton dominated the Pre 86 and Open Two Stroke winning all of those races. Malcolm Furness came second in both with Matt Redwood third riding a Pre 86 Blair Anglesey.”

All the junior races were won by Ryan Furness although Rob says there was a close finish for second and third placings.

“Tudor Collett and Alfie Barclay had 2 points difference between them. Tudor came second and Alfie third.”

The Tapawera Hotel overall club champ prize is was awarded to the rider with the most points over all races.

“There had to be a coin toss for third between Ross Troughton and Ross Duncan who both had 225 points after winning all their races. Ross Duncan won the toss with Malcolm Furness coming second on 240 points. Mike Fodie took out the trophy with a massive 299 points,” Rob says.

The club also had a BBQ to raise money for the Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter which was matched by the club. A total of $680 will be given to the trust.

The club’s next event will be a club day on May 24 at Northbank road Marlborough. Details on the club can be found on their website.