I was pretty flipping amazed and humbled by this guy who I saw race on the sands of Oreti beach. Imagine riding a motorbike with only one arm and one leg. Now imagine its the same side arm and leg. Finally, imagine it was a motorcycle crash that lost you the arm and leg.
The Burt Munro challenge seems like a logical decision? Street racing, Moto X and beach racing? Well that’s what Alan Kempster did.
Southland’s famous Burt Munro Motorcycle Challenge got under way today under sunny skies in Bluff.
The challenge attracts plenty of characters and the event this year features a remarkable double amputee from Australia.
Alan Kempster is competing in his first overseas event after losing his right arm and leg in a road accident 23 years ago.
“If there was a magic wand that said you could have your arm and leg back I wouldn’t do it,” he said.
“This is who I am and it’s made me who I am today. It’s made me a better person.”
The Aussie battler is racing his able bodied colleagues up the daunting Bluff Hill and told ONE News that momentum is his friend.
“The faster I go the more stable I am, it does have its difficulties but I’ve proven to people that it can be done,” he said.
Burt Munro was famous for setting an under-1,000 cc world record at Bonneville, Utah, in August 1967 – a record which still stands today.
Southland Motorcycle Club president Craig Hyde believes Mr Munro and Mr Kempster would have got on quite well.
“I think for what he has been through he’s an amazing rider,” My Hyde said.
The eighth running of the Burt Munro is looking like the biggest ever with 530 competitors expected to be watched by 25,000 fans over the weekend of 1 December 2013.
Think that wee doubt could stop you achieving your goals? Think again.
(Story quote from One News)