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Send me any Classic Road Racing Kiwis at the Cust Grand Prix and any stories.
NZ Cust Grand Prix, 1936 saw the first NZ Grand Prix held at Cust, the famous road racing circuit near Christchurch.
It became a traditional Easter event when volunteers spent weeks sweeping and oiling the circuit before racing could begin. The event was held annually (excepting the war years) up to 1963, events were run over a 6.1 mile course and 25 laps changing in 1960 to 4.5 miles.
In 1983, 1986, 1989, and 1993 came the return to racing at Cust with a Reunion Meetings on the original Cust circuit, it would be great to see it start up again. If any one's got bags of money and or any ideas contact me because we just cant lose this racing history.
Cust Grand Prix 1956 Lightweights Start.
No 19 P Phillips (Christchurch) BSA 250cc. No 20 TR McCleary (Tom Jnr) (Christchurch) Velocette 249cc. No 2????? No 21 KJ McCleary (Christchurch) Moto-Guzzi 248cc. No 23 M Backhouse (Christchurch) Triumph 250cc. No 28 KJ Davis (Fielding) Triumph 250cc.
New Zealand Grand Prix Cust 1937.
Last minute briefing just before the start of the race. No 10, Alby Smith (Christchurch) O.K.Supreme 250cc. No 11, O Williams (Christchurch). No 15, T King. No 29 A Richard. No 7, V Browne. No 2, M McClurg - 2nd. No 3, V Etwell.
New Zealand Grand Prix Cust Start 1937.
Riders, same as above, the start of 1937 New Zealand Grand Prix Cust.
Thank you to the Smith family fo both photos.
Cust Grand Prix AJS 7R 350cc 1956 - First raced by Jim Swarkrick than by David Burns untill 1963. Bought by George Begg and then raced by Ron Taggart in the classic era at Cust.
The Programme Cover for the Cust GP C1956
Three AJS 7R's at the 1953 Cust Grand Prix.
NO 3 Syd Jensen. No 5 Tommy McCleary.
No 16 Bill Aislabie.
Burt Munro on his Velocette 500MSS, 2nd place N.Z. Grand Prix Cust 1938.
Cust GP 1963 Tommy McCleary
Cust GP 1963 Tommy McCleary wins NZ Grand Prix in the wet, riding a AJS 7R in the last NZGP held at Cust. His farther Tom McCleary (Senior) waves the chequered flag.
Ron Taggart on his AJS 250R braking for the "Hairpin" bend at the 1956 Cust Grand Prix.
The plauqe at the start finish line at the Cust Grand Prix road racing circuit on Terrace Road Cust New Zealand
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