Old School Bmxers Aim To Revive Masterton Track And Scene

Postby Melissa_Theuriau on Wed 30/Aug/17 3:25pm

At one point in the 1980s the Central Wairarapa BMX Club had more than 300 members and a track that was as good as any in the country.

Things changed though as people drifted away from the sport, the diehards got older and different pastimes came to the fore. Treasured locations such as the Masterton BMX track fell into disrepair.

A couple of self-proclaimed old school Masterton BMX fanatics recently decided they wanted a taste of the thrills they enjoyed as youngsters and to bring something they loved back to life for a new generation to enjoy.

About six weeks ago Paul Burling and Kane Harris had an idea to restore the Masterton BMX track between Wairarapa Hospital and the Waipoua River.

After sounding things out they found a lot of other people were keen on the idea too.

Burling said the Masterton District Council was making positive noises and the big advantage was that they were restoring an already existing track.

The original club had collapsed in the mid-90s when mountain-biking took off. The council had carried on mowing the grass but the track itself was just left there.

The land is technically owned by four different organisations, the district council, regional council, the DHB and Red Star Rugby Club - luckily they are all in support of the project.

"It hasn't been modified since the early 90s, but because it is still in a working state it will not take very much to fix it up and get it ready again," Burling said..

"We are hoping to get a club going again, with a real retro BMX feel. The track is currently only about two metres wide but we are going to widen it to about six metres and make it as old school as possible.

"The good thing about that is that it will be accessible to all sorts of bike users and will be a community resource for all to enjoy."

Harris said it was about giving people the chance to get out on bikes and get active.

"There is a lot of interest and we hope to be able to break ground on the renovations before the end of the year. In the future we may even upgrade it to international standards but in the meantime it will be a place to get a new club going around.

"it actually won't take long to do the building but it is just making sure all the relevant paperwork and so on is taken care of beforehand."

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