Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Penny farthing crash in New Zealand

Although this clip is quite old now as it was filmed in the year 2000 in New Zealand it is quite rare as by chance the TV crew in the back of a station wagon caught Jack Castor a well known American Wheelmen crashing at high speed on his custom made ordinary bicycle also known as a penny farthing or a high wheeler.

The accident took place on the annual penny farthing tour, that year the tour was from Mt Cook to Oamaru. On the 2nd day of the tour (60 miles) Wednesday 15th of Nov we rode through Omarama where we stopped for morning tea and then it was time to face the Otemetata saddle which forced everybody to walk except Bruce McCulloch who rode all the way up on his 48” wheel most of the riders took it very slow coming down the other side although wheelman Jack Castor took a header at high speed he was ok with only a few small cuts and bruise’s .I also took part in the tour that year on my custom made 50 inch ordinary. The O.O.C.C. ( Oamaru Ordinary Cycle Club ) host a penny farthing tour every year in Nov starting from a different location in NZ and ending up in the Victorian capital of New Zealand , Oamaru which also hosts a fantastic Victorian heritage week which includes penny farthing racing around the historic precinct. If you ever find yourself in NZ over Nov be sure to keep a week spare to enjoy Oamarus Victorian heritage festival.

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