“Smoke ’em Out” is the theme of next year’s MotoFest at Hampton Downs, a celebration of Two-Strokes in New Zealand over two action-packed days at the Waikato circuit.
Some iconic machinery will be on display over the weekend of March 4-5, including the rare Proton KR3 bike that will be on show during the “Legends Parade.”
This is the rare 500cc V3 configuration bike that Northern Ireland’s Jeremy McWilliams set pole on at the 2002 Australian GP – the last time a two-stroke bike achieved this feat.
The 2002 GP season marked the phasing out of 500cc two-strokes and the introduction of the 990cc four-stroke machinery.
The Proton was meant to be on show at last year’s MotoFest but Covid had other plans. Instead, it was kept in New Zealand waiting for it’s time in the spotlight. That time has finally come.
The Proton is just the beginning, however, a range of prestigious bikes including Suzuki RG500s, a sea of Yamaha TZ250 and 350s and the biggest line-up of the famous four-cylinder Yamaha TZ750 bikes since the 1970s.
But it’s not just Two-Strokes on display. On-track and off-track action including Round 4 of the MNZ National Series, SHOEI Superbikes, Supersport 600/300 and sidecars, Star Insurance Legends Garage, the Kawasaki Bike Park and the Motul Classic NZ Grand Prix.
In addition, if people ride their two-stroke to the event or bring it by van or trailer, there’s a special “Show and Shine” area set aside in the infield at Hampton Downs.
They’ll also get to take to the track for special parade laps with the legends and free entry to Saturday night’s BBQ.
Spectators are also encouraged to bring their display bikes and project bikes, in any state, to enter and display.
There will be prizes for:
- Best presented multi cylinder two stroke Street and Racing;
- Best presented Twin
- Best presented Single
- Best presented Team
- Rare Bike Category
- Best Barn Find
- Most Optimistic Project
Keep your eyes peeled out and about at Hampton Downs, a few familiar faces including Kiwi racing legends Graeme Crosby and Andrew Stroud confirmed as attending.
Next year promises to be an absolutely massive year of motorsport in New Zealand, MotoFest a great way to ensure two-wheel enthusiasts get their solid fix.
Header Image: Legendary bike tuner and engineer Paul Treacy is interviewed by the course commentator (left), while the fabulous Proton KR3 motorcycle stands by, just waiting for a run on the track.
Credit: Andy McGechan