Boxing Day 2017, the 26th December, marks 10 years since I first visited the Cemetery Circuit races at Wanganui in New Zealand. It also makes 7 years since I was last there in person, which is way to long a time to have been absent.
I’ve made the journey electronically a few times, via the live stream, but nothing is the same a cooking in the sunshine, trackside, battling harsh light and trying the keep the highlights on the photos under control.
Our colleague and good friend Brother Cliff will be there in person again this year, and his customary video highlight package will follow, hopefully before the New Year starts. You can find all TT Kiwis Videos from Wanganui and other events on their YouTube Channel – simply click here
The Cemetery Circuit races have evolved from an iconic Kiwi race day, into an international event that attracts road racers from around the world. Lee Johnston is one of the UK based racers there this year. Connor Cummins, who was in NZ on honeymoon has also entered.
Past visitors include the likes of Joey Dunlop, Horst Saiger & Guy Martin. Look at the history books and you will see the likes of Bruce Anstey and Graeme Crosby in there too.
For all the big names that attend the event, the Cemetery Circuit also retains its “serious fun” outlook on racing. This year, for example, they have a full electric race bike racing in the F3 class. Yoshi Kishimoto has flown this bike in from Japan for the Boxing Day races and in keeping with Cemetery Circuit tradition for visiting racers, he gets a race letter “Y” rather than a number.
Needless to say – but I will anyway – a battery of electrical related jokes immediately started appearing on the Cemetery Circuit Facebook Page as soon as the news was released.
Roll on Boxing Day and live feed highlights – way more interesting than what is typically on TV.