The Greymouth Motorcycle Street race was first held in 1989 as a way to attract visitors to the district after the 1988 flooding. The event was run as part of the Octoberfest Celebrations.
The event was organised by a group of volunteers looking to establish an event that would benefit the local economy and all monies raised were donated back to the community. The first major donation from the “Street Race” in 1989 was to the Mayoral relief fund. The Greymouth Street Race became an Incorporated Society in 1993.
Over the years many organisations have benefited from the event by way of donations and funds gifted to the various organisations who have donated their services to set up the race circuit each year. These organisations vary from local youth & senior Rugby/League teams to Diabetes Trust, Westurf Trust & Search & Rescue to mention just a few.
On average over $9000 is now annually donated.