Bike veterans in medal form
THREE Coffs Harbour motorcycle riders have shown they can still mix it with the best.
Tony Cappararo, Peter Watson and Russell Landrigan all met with success in the Trans-Tasman Masters Games held at Newcastle earlier this month.
They raced on two tracks at Barleigh ranch, north of Raymond Terrace, competing in dirt track and motocross events.
Cappararo finished fourth on his Suzuki RM 125cc against some stiff competition in the 40-50 years pre-1978 up to 125cc division dirt track event.
Peter Watson came out of semi-retirement to ride his 250cc Can Am in the over 50 years pre-1975 event, where he won a gold medal and he picked up another gold in the pre-1975 125cc event on his Honda Elsindor.
In the motocross event the next day, he won another gold medal in the over 50 years 250cc division, a great result for a man who hasn't done a lot of racing in recent times.
Russell Landrigan earned the tag of iron man for the weekend.
He rode in the 40-50 years pre-1975 125cc dirt track event on a borrowed Suzuki TM for a bronze medal.
He won gold on his Bultaco 250cc bike in the pre-1975 event and won gold again in the pre1975 over 250cc on a borrowed Honda 350cc machine.
Russell also backed up the next day in his favourite event, motocross, riding himself to a standstill for gold medals in the pre-1975 125cc class, the pre-1975 250cc and the pre-1975 over 250cc.