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Te Anau motorcylist Kevin
Beaumont is backing calls for
the Burt Munro Challenge to be
extended to a week-long speed
“We need to make it like Daytona
Speed Week and stretch the
events out,” he said.
The growing number of
participants and the fact they
stayed on and spent time touring
Southland represented a huge
economic spin-off for the whole
region. The Teretonga events this
year attracted 264 entrants – up
40 on last year.
“It’s just unfortunate that Burt
wasn’t alive to see it. We’re all
cognoscenti of the fact of what he
left on the sport.”
Mr Beaumont runs a Ducati 748 in
the BEAR (British, European and
American Racing) class – a class
basically open to anything not built
in Japan, and with any sized motor.
He qualified fifth of 25 riders but
“didn’t hit the mark on the day”
after a battery malfunction forced
him to pull out of the second race.
However, he still managed to finish
about eighth or ninth overall.
He also raced in the hotly
contested F2 class which featured
top riders like Jeremy Holmes and
Mr Beaumont’s bike runs four
valves per cylinder. If it were only
two valves he’d be eligible for the
F3 class. In the F2 he’s up against
brand new bikes with more
horsepower: “And top riders half
my age who’ve been doing it for
probably 10 years,” he said. “They
are at a distinct advantage.”
Despite that he still qualified 10th
of the 14 riders and finished in
roughly the same spot.
He is now preparing to race the
clubmans at the first round of
the national series being held at
Teretonga in January.
Meanwhile, fellow Te Anau biker
Sid Chaloner had more luck at the
Burt Munro Challenge, taking out
the Pre-82 class for the second
year running on his Nicco Bakker.
His success was unexpected as he
had engine problems right up until
the final days.
“The bike wasn’t going very well
Wednesday and it just seemed to
However, his luck was not so good
in the Pre-63 class. His Triumph
missed a gear during racing at
Teretonga and he over-revved it
which “did something nasty to it”.
It meant he missed qualifying and
therefore didn’t get a grid position
for the street racing at Wyndham
but despite starting off the back,
he recorded a good time to make
it up to fifth place.
Mr Chaloner is now preparing
to return to Australia in January
for the second consecutive year
to take part in the Phillip Island
Classic at the end of January.
Te Anau bikers perform well
Te Anau’s Kevin Beaumont in action at Teretonga.
PHOTO: Sportz Eventz Fotoz
People are being warned by Inland
Revenue not to be tempted into
network and direct marketing
schemes simply because they
think they will get tax benefits.
The IRD has issued a Revenue
Alert about the schemes, which
involve selling a range of products,
such as household items and
dietary and health supplements,
through party plans.
“People getting into this just to
try to get tax benefits rather than
starting a genuine business could
be liable for penalties and interest,
or even prosecuted for filing false
returns,” Group Tax Counsel,
Graham Tubb, said.
Mr Tubb said promoters of some
schemes are convincing people
to join on the basis of the tax
benefits they say they will get.
“People are told to register for
GST to allow them to claim back
GST on purchases, many of which
just end up being for their own
“They’re also advised they can
claim business-related expenses
such as a room in their home they
use as an office or their phone
line,” he said.
“We’re concerned people aren’t
actually carrying on a business
and so shouldn’t be claiming
what are personal expenses.
Likewise, if they only occasionally
sell something at a fairly low value
they probably shouldn’t register for
Mr Tubb said people who may
have unwittingly claimed tax
benefits they are not eligible for
should talk to Inland Revenue as
soon as possible.
“If something is wrong with your
tax returns, it’s best to tell us
before we find out in some other
way,” he said.
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