South­ern Clas­sic races

Old Bike Australasia - - CONTENTS - Re­port Brian March Pho­tos Colin Rose­warne

The His­toric Mo­tor­cy­cle Rac­ing As­so­ci­a­tion of Victoria, (HMRAV) were once again the proud pro­mot­ers of the Shan­non’s In­sur­ance South­ern Clas­sic, held at the road race cir­cuit, Broad­ford Victoria. Now in its 35th year, the “South­ern” is a ma­jor event on the his­toric road rac­ing cal­en­dar. As usual we were well sup­ported by rac­ers from all over Aus­tralia. With 225 en­tries, in­clud­ing 40 side­cars, it was al­ways go­ing to be an ac­tion packed week­end. Rac­ers started ar­riv­ing on the Thurs­day, se­cur­ing good camp­sites and pre­par­ing for the Fri­day’s MV prac­tice day. Race prac­tice and qual­i­fy­ing took place Satur­day morn­ing, with the first two legs of each of the ten races in the sched­ule, be­ing com­pleted by the close of rac­ing. Spir­its were high amongst the campers and rac­ers as ev­ery­one re­laxed while The Fire­bird Trio, a Melbourne-based Blues band, en­ter­tained the crowd. Sun­day morn­ing and after the warm ups had been com­pleted, the rac­ing re­sumed. The first of the fea­ture races

was the Lind­say Urquart Post Clas­sic Side­car Hand­i­cap. This was run and won by Zane Dodds and swinger, John Haynes, fit­tingly on an Urquhart framed Tri­umph. Next was the Ray Kelly Memo­rial Clas­sic Side­car Hand­i­cap. Con­sid­ered “THE RACE” to win in clas­sic side­car rac­ing, this was won by Geoff All­port and Toby Frisch on their Tri­umph out­fit. Close sec­ond was Luke and James Rock­cliffe on their Nor­ton ES2 pow­ered out­fit. It was great to see the Rock­cliffe’s in the points as they’ve been long-time sup­port­ers of HMRAV, reg­u­larly trav­el­ling over from their home in Tas­ma­nia. The Rock­cliffe’s only re­cently jumped the fence and started rac­ing and it was a great re­ward for the team. Fi­nal fea­ture race was the South­ern Clas­sic Fastest 30 Clas­sic Solo’s. This event de­vel­oped into a two-man bat­tle be­tween Keith Campbell on his ESO 500 and Garth Fran­cis on his Nor­ton 750. The boys bat­tled for the lead at ev­ery cor­ner and after 6 laps there was barely half a bike length be­tween them. Garth was the even­tual win­ner but the two of them put on a great show for the crowd. The South­ern was also the fi­nal round of HMRAV’s “Hand Shift Bat­tle”. This is the 2nd year for this event, with 2016 be­ing run over three race meet­ings. The “Bat­tle” con­tin­ues the decades-long ri­valry be­tween Har­ley-Davidson and In­dian and fol­lows the US AHMRA’s Class C rules very closely. Apart from the great on-track ac­tion, HMRAV have man­aged to at­tract an al­most 100% in­crease in en­tries for this class since the bat­tle be­gan in 2015. Once again, the over­all point’s win­ners were the Har­ley-Davidson Team but the In­dian camp has vowed re­venge! This year as an added bonus for his­toric rac­ing fans, HMRAV en­gaged the ser­vices of Blend­line TV to pro­duce a fea­ture on the event. You can find this on YouTube, just search un­der HMRAV Shan­non’s South­ern Clas­sic. It’s an hour and a quar­ter of great his­toric rac­ing ac­tion with high­lights of ev­ery class and all the fea­ture races. Re­sults from all the races at the South­ern Clas­sic can also be found at the Com­putime web­site. Keep up to date with all the his­toric rac­ing ac­tion at www.hmrav.org and fol­low us on Face­book.

ABOVE 500cc For­got­ten Era win­ner David Mur­ray on his ex-John Wood­ley Suzuki RG500. BE­LOW Bruce Mered­ith took sec­ond place in the 350cc Post Clas­sic on his Du­cati.

Lin­coln Wil­son-Tucker on his 1962 Yamaha 250. IN­SET Craig Hemsworth on his Har­ley-Davidson XLR. Class C run­ners glis­ten in the morn­ing sun. LEFT Pa­trick McGa­han shows some style on his 7R AJS.

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