Friday, September 22, 2023

97 years old, the perfect age to break a Guinness record

It is never too late to break a Guinness Record and if not, take a look at the story that they present to us from their official website with a New Zealand pilot as the protagonist. Leslie Harris, 97 years old He is the oldest rider to take control of a mount in a race on a track.

He 43rd Pukekohe Classic Motorcycle Festival in Auckland, It was the venue the experienced pilot chose to break this impressive record. In addition, he did so accompanied by his son Rod, 64, and his 21-year-old granddaughter Olivia. They all took part in this long-distance race.

A Guinness record with tradition

Les’ son commented: “Consistent lap times are a critical element in all motorsports as they allow racing teams to have better control over fuel and vehicle wear. “It is a skill that takes many years to master without modern timing machines.”

The strangest thing about this story is that back in 2019, at the age of 93, he managed to win this very test in his category. He then had to undergo surgery for several ailments, including replacing his hip with a prosthesis, and it was not until this year that he was able to compete again.

Additionally, he attempted to defend his title in 2020, but unfortunately got injured and was unable to compete. As he was preparing for a qualifying race on his motorcycle, the bike separated from the starter rollers, causing Les to fall and break six ribs.

Therefore, this year 2023 was very special for him as he was back behind the wheel of his sweetheart BSA Bantam 175cc which can reach speeds of up to almost 130 km/h and took fourth place overall at the end of the test.

Olivia, competing for the first time and riding another of Les’ beloved BSA Bantams, finished 21st while Rod finished eighth.

The two-wheeler legend has been taking part in competitions in his home country since 1953. According to his son Tim: “His passion is to compete in every racing event he can with his classic BSA Bantam motorcycles.” “He is busy modifying his motorcycle for the next event and adapting it to his aging and shrinking body.”

Les is already planning to attend more events this year and is also looking forward to the 44th Classic Festival, which will take place in February 2024 at the new Manfeild Circuit Chris Amon venue in Feilding.

A real example for the new generations, although they now prefer electric scooters…

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