Leslie Harris, a 97-year-old New Zealander, has set the world record for being the oldest competitive motorcycle racer. He achieved this feat in February 2023, when he competed in the Regularity race at the Pukekohe Park Raceway in Auckland. The Regularity race is all about maintaining consistent lap times.
Harris is no stranger to racing. He has been competing in motorcycle events since 1953, and he has won numerous trophies and awards. In 2019, at the age of 93, he won the Regularity race at the Pukekohe Classic Festival. However, he was unable to compete in subsequent years due to a hip replacement surgery and an accident that left him with six broken ribs.
In 2023, Harris made a triumphant return to racing. He competed alongside his son, Rod, and granddaughter, Olivia, and he finished in fourth place. This achievement has made him the world’s oldest competitive motorcycle racer.
Harris is an inspiration to people of all ages. He shows that it is never too late to pursue your dreams, no matter how challenging they may seem. He is also a testament to the power of the human spirit.
Harris is planning to continue racing for as long as he can. He is eager to compete in more events and set even more records. He is an inspiration to us all, and we can’t wait to see what he accomplishes next.