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Mark Chapman: Loves meeting people every day and keeping up with the latest technology.
Who: Mark Chapman
What: Dealer Principal
Where: Nelson Bays Suzuki and
How long have you been in the
How long with Nelson Bays
Suzuki and Subaru?
Seventeen years. I started with
the business at its conception in
June 1997 with just Suzuki.
Subaru joined our ranks in 2007.
What I do:
As we are a small team, I’m very
hands on, and wear several hats
per day, from managing the sales
team, buying new and used stock,
to all aspects of marketing and
conversing with our distributors
What do you enjoy most about
Meeting new people every day
and having a job where every day
is different. With new models
being launched regularly, it keeps
you on your toes with the latest
A 1973 MK1 Ford Escort in forest
What do you drive now?
I’m currently driving a Subaru
Forester Turbo, but like most
guys in our industry, take what
ever suits our needs on the day.
It would have to be Japanese for
the reliability, and after a drive in
the latest Subaru WRX Premium
recently, that would have to be
high on the list.
Outside of work, what are your
After a quintuple heart bypass
back in 2007 my priorities are
keeping fit via swimming,
walking, and cycling. My wife
and I are very keen travellers, so
she is forever clearing out my
bank account. Friends and family
are paramount to me.
Don’t stress the little things, and
be happy with what you have
versus what you don’t have. If
you have your health, you are
Classy rider: Overall and 2 stroke winner Ethan Bruce heading for a clear-cut win.
PHOTOS: JANNINE POPE
Knows the track: Home farm advantage for Blair Anglesey on
Memorial trophy: Josh Coppins receiving the Ray Anderson Memorial trophy and
club champ plate for Open 4 stroke from club President Rob Anglesey.
Maruia rider Ethan Bruce is in
the top tier of cross-country
motorcycle racers and he looks to
have lost none of his touch in the
He cleared out from a 61-strong
senior field to win the first stage
of the Nelson and Marlborough
Motorcycle Club’s four-round
Marlborough Trials Centre Top of
the South Cross Country Series
on Sunday by two minutes.
Sixty-one seniors lined up for
the two and three-hour race.
Bruce continued his form from
last year, winning from Dylan
Waghorn. This was a good result
for Dylan after a big crash on this
track last year, with Dan Shel-
lcrass 4min behind Bruce in third.
With the amount of rain over
the last month the track provided
muddy and challenging con-
ditions, some riders coping much
better than the rest.
Earlier, the juniors lined up
first for their one and a-half hour
race with fog still down low, mak-
ing the track markers hard to see,
but the top three had no problems
and swapped the lead throughout
Jackson Walker and Josh Orch-
ard came in together on the last
lap with Orchard making a last
ditch effort to get past for the win
but overshot the corner and
Walker took the win with Keegan
Anglesey a close third.
With the mud holes getting
deeper and the ruts getting longer
the marshals did a good job of
keeping the track raceable.
The organiser Tony Donald and
his helpers did an excellent job
with the track and running the
event, and the club was very
grateful to Bill and Lisa Anglesey
for the use of their farm.
The next round of the series is
on Saturday May 17 in Marlbor-
The previous weekend, former
international star Josh Coppins
made a guest appearance at the
10th annual Top of the South
Veteran Motocross Club cham-
pionships and rode away with the
Ray Anderson Memorial Trophy.
Competing on a Cheney 350,
supplied by Tony Brown of
Christchurch, Coppins won all
three races to take the trophy –
Anderson having been a regular
Coppins supporter at the start of
his career. Ben Alexander was
second and Ross Duncan third.
Coppins also dominated the
Pre-75 races to win the club
championship title in that class
from Christchurch’s Rob Selby
and Blenheim’s Paul Baker in
■ For more info on the top of the
south series see sportsgroun-
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