Classic Bike (UK) - - Classic World - Ben Shaw

Af­ter watch­ing how much fun his un­cle was hav­ing in vintage rac­ing, Ben got bit­ten by the two-stroke bug a year ago. “Yes, blame Tony Sara,” laughed Ben as he pre­pared to head out for an­other closely-fought bat­tle in the 250cc class.

“I’d only rid­den bikes in the dirt and on the road be­fore this.” Apart from a Cot­ton, a Ro­tax and an Arm­strong, the rest of the field was Yama­has. Typ­i­cal of the class, Ben’s 1980 LC Yamaha was a cheap pur­chase that has proved reli­able and easy to tune. There is a wealth of knowl­edge and parts for the model that was the back­bone of Aussie club rac­ing ‘back in the day’.

Of course, this rac­ing bug is hard to shake off once it’s bit­ten. Proof of this is the Kawasaki KR-1 Ben has added to his sta­ble, mean­ing he can also race in the 250 Pro­duc­tion New Era class.

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