SA His­toric Cham­pi­onships

South Aus­tralian His­toric Road Race Cham­pi­onships – His­toric Mo­tor Cy­cle Rac­ing Reg­is­ter of SA 30-31 De­cem­ber 2017 – McNa­mara Park, SA

Old Bike Australasia - - CONTENTS - Re­port Danny Ah­ern Pho­tos Rob Lewis

Christ­mas means State Ti­tles at Mac Park and one great meet­ing run by the HMCRRSA. Ti­tles were con­tested over four rounds and there were also three fea­ture races held sep­a­rate from the ti­tle events. The Reg­is­ter was proud to have the SA Flag Mar­shals come along from Ade­laide in force. A good turnout of Pre-war ma­chin­ery as well as Class ‘C’ saw some spir­ited rac­ing all week­end. All in all over 120 bikes took to the track over the week­end, and spirit shared by all was typ­i­cal of the Reg­is­ter’s events, pro­fes­sion­ally run with fun at the fore­front. Con­di­tions were just fan­tas­tic at low 20’s all week­end, good for bikes and rid­ers too. As al­ways there was at­tri­tion from the out­set, which saw some grids re­duced con­sid­er­ably over the week­end. With Mac Park go­ing through a tran­si­tion with cir­cuit lay­out widen­ing etc, track records keep fall­ing. Chris Hay­ward on his SR 500 Yamaha low­ered his record in the 500 Pe­riod 5 class and Andy Pit­man got the Pe­riod 5 250 low­ered some more. Chris Hay­ward put on some mas­ter rac­ing mix­ing it up with the Un­lim­ited Pe­riod 4 & 5 ma­chin­ery. Be­ing on a two stroke TZ Yamaha against the big bore four strokes his starts were most crit­i­cal along with cor­ner speed. Some great rac­ing was wit­nessed by many. An­other stand out was 17-year-old Thomas O’Neill rid­ing his dad’s BSA 350 and 500 Manx. His dad lost his life in a car ac­ci­dent last year so mum Jen­nifer and younger sis­ters took the jour­ney to Mac Park to do what Ross would have loved to see. Many peo­ple helped Thomas with the bike in­clud­ing two cham­pi­ons, Jack Wright and Joe Ah­ern. Thomas is sure to be a force in the up­com­ing years if he main­tains the pas­sion for bikes his dad had. Si­mon Cook dom­i­nated the Pe­riod 4 Un­lim­ited and again won the Ken Blake Me­mo­rial, and again this year Rob Lewis pre­sented some mar­vel­lous me­men­tos from his long close as­so­ci­a­tion with Ken Blake. Fur­ther­more Rob made a gen­er­ous do­na­tion to the Mt Gam­bier Club of a cou­ple of beau­ti­fully framed pho­tos of Lau­rie Fox who passed away ear­lier in the year and was a ma­jor stake­holder in the mak­ing of the club and the cir­cuit that it is to­day. In the LC Cup Andy Pit­man con­tin­ued with his good form and won ahead of Nathaniel Wil­son and Brett Met­calf. The Bob Jolly Me­mo­rial saw three pukka ma­chines get the places with Greg Watkins first to Mur­ray John­son both on Mol­nar Manx fol­lowed by Danny Ah­ern on his G50 Match­less. Side­car turnout was most dis­ap­point­ing hav­ing seen big fields at South­ern Clas­sic as well as na­tion­als at Wake­field Park. 2018 will see the SA ti­tles take place at Mac Park on 29th & 30th De­cem­ber. Full re­sults can be seen at www.orion-tim­ing.com/ re­sults.htm

Si­mon Cook, once again win­ner of the Ken Blake Me­mo­rial.

Mur­ray John­son on his Manx Nor­ton. ABOVE HMCRRSA pres­i­dent Trevor Hen­der­son on his 350cc Gold Star BSA.

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