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VMCC British Historic Racing: Anglesey, April 2014
A dry but windy Anglesey circuit greeted the British Historic Racing brigade for the first round of the VMCC's 2014 season of classic motorcycle racing...
The entertainment at Anglesey began with the Ducati singles and Formula Bantams sharing the track, with Rich Hawkins taking his first of many wins over the weekend on a 349 Mk 3 Duke. Nick Bramley took the first Bantam race honours with Michael Brown, Ian Scutt and Mike Powell pecking at his heels all the way to the flag. These four had some great dices over the weekend, each grabbing a win.
Some very funky paintjobs were being shown off on the packed scooter grids, Damon Tunnicliffe's mean looking fully faired Lambretta taking him to the front in most of Saturday's outings. More beautifully turned out bikes graced the 'big bike' startline, the Rob North Rocket 3s of the Woolleys putting in good performances, but the fight for top spot all day was between the Seeley G50 mounted Ian Sheltner and Mike Bevan on a 750 Seeley Norton. Rich Hawkins rode the wheels off his Ducati again to take the 250/350 races and the world's oldest rider / bike combination of Mervyn Stratford and his bionic Rudge bossed virtually everyone else about.
The pre-72 unlimited three-wheelers showed everyone how to have a good time throughout the weekend. The Quirk Vincent-powered outfit just seemed to have the legs in the early stages, but the Tuer's very rapid Morgan and Eddy Wright's 750 Bella BMW soon made sure the spectators were on their toes.
Misfortune dogged many of the BEARS riders on Saturday, not least novice Robin Webster who threw his very nice Laverda 500 away in the first race whilst leading, causing the red flag to come out. With a depleted field on Sunday, Nigel Clark took charge with some strong showings on his 950 V7 Guzzi. Rich Hawkins had it all his own way again in the Ducati class, with Andy Hunt looking the strongest of the 250 competitors over the weekend. The four key Bantam jockeys fought hard again with Mike Powell hopping onto a Seeley G50 between the Bantam races to contest the 351-500 specials championship. Some cracking racing saw Powell and Ian Sheltner share victories, with Dave Matravers, also Seeley G50 mounted, join them up front and grab a win for himself in race four.
Tony Perkins rode his 500 Rudge with style and class keeping Stratford in his sights, and showed many of the newer and larger capacity BEARS the way home in the mixed BEARS/pre 48 races. Saturday's sidecar madness continued on Sunday with the Quirks, Tuers and the Wright/Clarke combo knocking lumps out of each other. Sheltner, Bevan and Tim Woolley fought it out in the 'big bike' class.
Over the weekend John Woods had it all his own way in the 'Zip' scooter class, winning all of his five races. Graham Buller put in some great rides over the weekend on his Norton to show he is one of the key contenders in the pre'63 350 class.
The 750 Crick BSA outfit of Phil Holt/Jeff Gamble swept the pre-72 750 sidecar races, with the 1300 Vincent outfit of Bishop/Howes proving to be the frontrunner in the unlimited to 1958 three-wheeler class. Two BMW 'Flying Brick' big wheeled outfits joined the sidecar party, and what a curious sight they were. Mr Lorriman's machine sported the number '13', but the pilots, outfits and passengers stayed in one piece and enjoyed the action.
The unlimited capacity sidecar races must mean there are some hard fought battles ahead. The Tuer's Morgan turned into a ride on mower more than once over the weekend in a bid to make up a place, the Quirk's Vincent pulling off the same trick and demolishing a corner sign.
Ian Sheltner proved to be a hot contender in more than one of the solo classes, but by the final races on Sunday a lot of riders were really finding their feet again after the winter layoff. With some new riders getting up to speed quickly too, there should be a great season of classic racing ahead.
The next round of the BHR season is at Three Sisters circuit on 10th and 11th May 2014. Thereafter the action moves to Mallory Park on 14/15 June, Lydden Hill on 05/06 July, Darley Moor on 26/27 July and Cadwell Park pn27/28 September.
Each round features ACU PR5 and PR6 Spectator Parades so non-racing classic riders can take their bikes on track. PR5 Spectator Parades give the opportunity to ride your road bike on the circuits having complied with the rules governing these parades. Contact PR5 Parade Co-coordinator Phil Reaney on 01332 601699 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
PR6 Race Parades are for race machines only and require an ACU Race or Parade license. Certain road license types are also permissible. Contact BHR Secretary & PR6 Co-coordinator Gerry Daine on 01472 697953 or e-mail email@example.com
More track marshals are always welcome to join these events. Experience is not required, just good old common sense and an interest in motorcycles. You will be put with an experienced marshal who will show you what to do. You will get two tickets so you can bring a friend or partner along and enjoy a free lunch! Contact Marshal Co-coordinator Keith Fairweather on 0115 9297366 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Information on all aspects of BHR available here: www.britishhistoricracing.co.uk
Photos by Lee Hollick
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