EVERY MOTORCYCLIST HAS that particular brand of motorcycle that he will defend to the last nut and bolt against all comers. To Peter Butterworth it is the Velocette and for the last 21 years he has been proving their worth in competition all over the North Island.
He’s ridden on the beach, the road circuit and the dirt but although his main ambition was to ride speedway he never did. “I don’t know why I didn’t probably because I didn’t have the time or the money,” he said.
A member of the Auckland Motorcycle Club since 1951 and now a life member, he first started racing in 1953. The machine he chose to begin on was a 200cc two stroke Francis Barnett. It was aboard this bike that he got his first taste of competition on the Miniature TT circuit in the Auckland-Hamilton area. He remembers how slow it was even after being worked over and said that it was so easy to ride that it made other machines seem impossible to control. After a few seasons riding the Barnett on the road, beach and dirt he moved into the four stroke world of motorcycling. In those days it was the big single banger four strokes who dominated the circuit. Peter’s choice for a second machine was a 1937 MOV 250cc Velocette, rigid frame and all.