Kōrero: Motorcycles

Beach racing

Beach racing

Percy Coleman sits astride a Royal Enfield motorcycle at a beach racing meet held at Waikanae Beach by the Ixion Motorcycle Club, around 1930. Dubbed ‘Cannonball Coleman’, he was the major figure in early motorcycle racing in New Zealand. Coleman won his first race on a grass track, aged 14. By 1914, when he was 17, he held Australasian records for fastest times for the 10 miles, 15 miles and 1 mile on a motorbike.

Te whakamahi i tēnei tūemi

Alexander Turnbull Library, Ronald Goodwin Collection
Reference: PAColl-5716-01

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Carl Walrond, 'Motorcycles - Trials, rallies and racing', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/20711/beach-racing (accessed 21 September 2021)

He kōrero nā Carl Walrond, i tāngia i te 11 Mar 2010