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New Zealand motorcycling has lost another pillar of the community with the passing away of Wayne Affleck, organising chairman of the Burt Munro Challenge, on Friday 3 August 2018.

A long-standing member of Southland Motorcycle Club, Wayne was one of the instigators of ‘The Burt’ and a committee member and driving force of what is now one of the biggest motorsport events in the country. He was a great supporter and helper of many riders, often machining specialist parts from his engineering shop – reminiscent of the event’s namesake, Burt Munro himself.

Wayne was a businessman, entrepreneur and great supporter of the local Southland business community. He had been Chairman of the Southland Chamber of Commerce and Progress Southland, and played a key role in the formation of Venture Southland.

He was an active road rider, loved rallies and racing, and often crossed the ditch to race in Australia. Described by those who knew him as ‘a gentleman of character’, he’d even been known to race his Kawasaki Z1300 tourer in the hill climb.

While much of his contribution to motorcycling was made behind the scenes, Wayne will be sadly missed by Southland Motorcycle Club, all involved in the Burt Munro Challenge, and the wider motorcycling community. Our thoughts are with his wife Bronwyn and their family.

A service to remember Wayne Affleck will be held at the J Fraser and Sons' Chapel, cnr Esk and Doon Streets, Invercargill, on Friday, August 10, at 2.00pm, followed by interment at Eastern Cemetery.


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