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World’s oldest motorcycle racer at age 97

UPI – Leslie Harris, who took part in a motorcycle race in New Zealand three weeks before celebrating his 98th birthday, has been officially recognised by Guinness World Records as the world’s oldest competitive motorcycle racer.

Guinness World Records confirmed this achievement, stating that Harris, at the age of 98, participated in the Pukekohe 43rd Classic Motorcycle Festival in Auckland earlier this 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 cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Harris ended this year’s race in fourth place. Rod placed eighth and Olivia was 21st.

Leslie Harris on his motorcycle. PHOTO: UPI
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