The Guinness Ebook of World Data lastly has a reputation to fill the slot for “world’s oldest aggressive motorbike racer”: Leslie Harris. In February of this 12 months, New Zealand native Harris was three weeks shy of his 98th birthday when he took half within the The Pukekohe forty third Traditional Bike Pageant in Auckland, New Zealand. The then-97-year-old rode within the Regularity Parade, a contest to see who among the many discipline can journey probably the most constant lap instances. The NZ Bike Racing Register would not think about the Regularity occasion as a race, however it’s a aggressive occasion that requires a qualification race, assembly Guinness’ requirements. Harris — Les to his associates — rode along with his 64-year-old son Rod and 21-year-old daughter Olivia additionally within the discipline, and completed fourth.
His sons Rod and Tim might need been the catalyst to make this all occur. The Guinness web site maintains pages for information that have not been crammed but, akin to world’s oldest feminine ice hockey participant and oldest motocross racer. Anybody can nominate an individual for a slot by filling out the appliance kind, which his sons did earlier than the Pukekohe occasion. After all, it took Les to make the sector and do the work.
And Les might need positioned larger if he’d been rather less rusty. He received the identical competitors on the similar occasion in 2019 when he was 93. In 2020, making ready to qualify to defend his win, Les fell down and broke six ribs when his beloved BSA Bantam 175cc two-stroke slipped off the curler starters. In 2021 and 2022, the organizer did not maintain the occasion resulting from Covid, so this was Les’ first time again in 4 years. Now that he is acquired onerous laps in once more, he’ll in all probability be breaking his personal report quickly. Tim Harris stated his dad is busy modifying his bike in preparation for the subsequent occasion and to swimsuit his ageing and shrinking body. As Les says: ‘I am not completed but, I don’t want to go away.'” Race followers ought to search for him on the Spring Traditional in October and the forty fourth Annual NZCMRR Traditional Racing Pageant subsequent February.