Wairarapa News : January 16th 2013
29 WAIRARAPA NEWS, JANUARY 16, 2013 MOTORING news 4188310AA 'Trade It' is the new classified section where private advertisers can sell items for less than $100 using a free 3 line advertisement in Wednesday's Wairarapa News. Circulate your advertisement free throughout the Wairarapa Book your free 3 lines using the online form now - follow the Trade It link at www.wairarapanews.co.nz BOOK BEFORE 10AM MONDAY 5105368AA TRADE IT 'cos your ads are FREE! IT'S MONEY FOR NOTHING • This offer is available to PRIVATE ADVERTISERS ONLY • Free ads are available only in the 'Under $100' classification. • The total value of the item/s in your free ad must not exceed $100, and the price must be included. • If the ad is for an item wanted to buy, you must start your text with WANTED and include a price you wish to pay up to (eg, up to $99) • No pets or livestock. E: email@example.com P: 06 370 5690 Under $100 BABY change table, inbuilt bath, drain hose, gd cond, $80. 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Weekdays, Masterton business- man Steve Taylor sells and services machines that top out at 15kmh. They are the mobility scooters so common around town these days. But come the weekends this summer he morphs into Spike'' Taylor and is more likely to be seen on a 280kmh world championship-winning sidecar rig as he competes in the 2013 national championship. It's a staggering change of pace but 44-year-old, who trained as an engineer, has been building and racing sidecars since he was a teenager and has been around motorsport for ever. He won the New Zealand title in 2004, and in 1990-91 took the New Zealand TT title in the Masterton street races. Last season, while concentrat- ing on establishing his mobility scooter business, he still found time to service for Richard and Sara Mason on their way to yet another New Zealand rally championship. Spike's rig has an illustrious history. It is a 2007 LCR (Louis Christen Racing) machine built in Switzerland. Super-light and flexible, and powered by a British-built 2008 Suzuki GSX R, it headed off the best of the international rest that year in the hands of Briton Tim Reeves, four-time world champion. Whanganui man Steve Bron brought the machine to New Zealand, where he won a natio- nal championship and was a consistent podium-dweller. His swinger'', as the passen- ger is called, was Masterton man Dennis Simonsen, who began his career with Spike. It's a measure of the sport's close relationships that Dennis is now coaching Spike's current swin- ger, Whanganui woman Astrid Hartnell, daughter of a noted sidecar builder and racer. Spike is a great believer in women sidecar passengers. Apart from their natural agility -- swingers can actually steer the rig, in addition to keeping it flat in left-hand corners -- knowing there's a woman on the chair causes the rider to exercise some restraint. When Bron finished with the LCR he put it up for sale. Spike, happily retired from sidecar rac- ing, couldn't help himself. He'd always wanted some really competitive machinery and with its history, Bron's bike was irresistible. He traded some of his toys'', notably a Star car circuit racer (a scale Australian V8 Supercar powered by a motorcycle engine) and the deal was done. Then it was off to the work- shop for an upgrade -- including rebuilt brakes and installation of a pneumatic gear-shifter -- followed by testing at Manfeild in Feilding. God, it was fast,'' he said later. When I opened it up and it hit the sweet spot there was nothing better -- sliding on all three wheels, or with the side wheel in the air.'' It was not a good fit -- that's what you get when there's a fish 'n chip shop next door'' he grin- ned -- and the fairing will need to be eased to accommodate him. We got in a few good laps but it was really uncomfortable. We were able to sort out our combin- ations but then we had a fuel pressure problem and rather than blow it up we parked it.'' Spike and Astrid are doing the national series, Christchurch and Timaru in January, and Taupo and Hampton Downs in March. Two other Wairarapa crews are doing the series, plus a cou- ple of extras, including the street meet in Paeroa. They are Michael (Burt) Wolland and Maxine Skilton (granddaughter of 10-time New Zealand cham- pion Gordon Skilton), mounted on an English Derbyshire rig, and Mark Smith and Sid Sutherland on a Spike 44. We'll keep an eye on all three during the season.
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