Man, 98, becomes world’s oldest motorcycle racer

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On Tue, 19 Sep, 2023 06:00 | < 1 min read
Man, 98, becomes world’s oldest motorcycle racer
Collage of 98-year-old Leslie Harris. PHOTOS/Courtesy

A New Zealand man who participated in a motorcycle race just three weeks before his 98th birthday was named the world’s oldest competitive motorcycle racer by Guinness World Records.

The record-keeping organisation said Leslie Harris, 98, competed earlier this year in the Pukekohe 43rd Classic Motorcycle Festival in Auckland.

According to the Guinness authorities, Harris took part in the motorcycle race for the first time in 1953 at the age of 70. This year he will participate in several other competitions. He said the company is even interested in participating in the 44th Classic Motorcycle Festival next year.

Harris was joined in the race by his oldest son, Rod, 64, and his granddaughter, Olivia, 21.

The trio rode in the Regularity race, which called on competitors to perform the most consistent lap times. Harris previously took the top spot at the race in 2019, at the age of 93, but he was unable to compete again until this year due to injuries and races being canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Harris ended this year’s race in fourth place. Rod placed eighth and Olivia was 21st.

Harris said he is planing to compete in more events this year and will return for next year’s Pukekohe Classic Motorcycle Festival.

If all goes to plan, he will be racing next year at almost 99-years-old!

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