Win­ton 2+4

42nd Historic Win­ton

Old Bike Australasia - - CONTENTS - Re­port Russ Mur­ray Photos Colin Rose­warne

Since its in­cep­tion by the Austin Seven Club, the HMRAV have been the or­gan­is­ers of the mo­tor­cy­cle side of the rac­ing. 2 + 4 race meets as they are of­ten re­ferred to, were a com­mon oc­cur­rence decades ago but to­day, Historic Win­ton is one of the few events left which still has bikes and cars rac­ing at the same event. So­los and side­cars were from Vin­tage, Pe­riod 3, Pe­riod 4 and Pe­riod 5 along with Class C, fea­tur­ing hand shift gear lever Har­leys and Indians up to 750cc. In all there were 120 bikes and 16 out­fits en­tered over all classes. As al­ways, the rac­ing was quite en­ter­tain­ing and in some cases, very close ir­re­spec­tive whether the bike was a Pe­riod 5 Superbike or one of the Vin­tage class bikes from the ‘twen­ties or ‘thir­ties. Un­for­tu­nately, not all bikes saw the che­quered flag with the oc­ca­sional me­chan­i­cal is­sue or rider mishap sidelin­ing them. The hand shift bat­tle be­tween the Indians and Har­leys has been go­ing on for a few years with both camps sport­ing 2018 HMRAV hand shift bat­tle t-shirts over their leathers. One of the great as­pects of clas­sic rac­ing is for the spec­ta­tors to be able to stroll through the pit garages and ad­mire the bikes close up with the rid­ers only too happy to have a chat about their bikes. It is here that the ca­ma­raderie of the rid­ers is dis­played as they as­sist each other to get the bikes out on the track for the next race. There is al­ways some­thing of in­ter­est to have a look at be it British, Japanese, Amer­i­can or Ital­ian and the car park will also sport a few gems. Such a pit walk can also re­veal

some snip­pets of his­tory such as Doug Gor­rie’s 1958 BSA Road Rocket which sports a side-cover list­ing where he has raced the bike. A close in­spec­tion will re­veal that this was the bike’s and Doug’s 31st out­ing at Historic Win­ton, the first be­ing in 1979. For Tim Kill, Historic Win­ton was his first bi­tu­men race astride a 1942 WLA Har­ley as part of the side shift chal­lenge. Tim’s very first en­counter with rac­ing was at the 2017 Sel­licks Beach races where he rode his 1944 1200cc Har­ley. The next out­ing for the HMRAV is an­other 2+4 event, this time the Tar­ren­gower Hill­climb on the out­skirts of Mal­don on 20th & 21st of Oc­to­ber. This is fol­lowed by more cir­cuit rac­ing with the South­ern Clas­sic to be held at Broad­ford Mo­tor­cy­cle Com­plex on 3rd & 4th Novem­ber, fol­lowed a week later by the Historic Na­tion­als, again at Broad­ford. For full re­sults see www.rac­ing.nat­soft.com.au

Class C bat­tle with Warwick El­lis lead­ing Ma­son Birthisel.

Ja­son and Julie Skewes on their Tri­umph Thun­der­bird out­fit.

Rob Heather try­ing hard on the 250LC Yamaha.

Bryce Davies and his trusty Rudge. The P5 bat­tles be­tween Chas Hern’s Harris Honda and Beau Beaton’s Irv­ing Vin­cent ended with this ma­jor crash. Don Cooke and Chris Wisener on the 836 Honda. Glen Walsh con­cen­trates while Chris Beau­mont sees the funny side.

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