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David McKinney
12-06-2011, 10:14 AM
I have just heard that Les Reisterer from Matamata died last week, at the age of 77

His name possibly won't mean much to any but followers of hillclimbing: from the late '50s to the mid '60s he was almost unbeatable in the small-saloon class of events from Waikato to Rotorua and the BoP, first with 100E Fords, then an A35 and finally a 105E, ultimately equipped with a 1300 engine

Then in 1968 he devised a Mini-powered hillclimb car named after the initials of the local company that built them for him, Matamata Engineering, and his own surname. Half a dozen on so MER single-seaters were sold, and a couple of sportscars, as a cheap entry-level car, and they enjoyed a good measure of success

For this contribution alone he deserves to be remembered

Condolences to his family and friends

12-06-2011, 06:12 PM
Very sad. He was also a very accomplished glider pilot, and always willing to share knowledge.
Thanks for the advice David.
RIP Les.