42nd Historic Winton
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.