Team ac­tion...

It’s a team thing this Clas­sic MXDN.

Classic Dirtbike - - Contents - Words: Mark Dun­seath Pics: Ian Cairns

…in North­ern Ire­land for the Clas­sic Mxdn...boy was the ac­tion good.

The In­ter­na­tional Clas­sic Motocross cir­cus vis­ited Bally­black in New­tow­nards in Septem­ber, for the 2016 Clas­sic Motocross des Na­tions In­ter­na­tional event, pro­moted by the North­ern Ire­land Clas­sic Scram­bles Club (www.niclas­sic­scram­

The venue and track at landowner Les­lie Wright’s farm was clas­sic motocross utopia and much lauded by the com­pet­ing riders rep­re­sent­ing 12 na­tional teams, from as far away as Van­cou­ver in Canada and across Europe.

The sun shone on the event pro­vid­ing ideal con­di­tions for the com­peti­tors and the huge crowds of spec­ta­tors en­thu­si­as­ti­cally cheer­ing on, wav­ing pro­grammes and blow­ing air horns to cre­ate a fan­tas­tic at­mos­phere and spur on the North­ern Ire­land teams.

High­lights of the event, giv­ing the crowd what they had come to see, in­cluded a vic­tory and sec­ond place in both Over 70 years Class Races, for Ards man Ce­cil Pear­son. This helped the Over 70 years North­ern Ire­land team, along with team­mates Tommy Mc­far­land and Al­bert Ste­wart, to sec­ond place over­all in the com­pe­ti­tion, be­hind Wales in that class. Tommy Mc­far­land is orig­i­nally an Eglin­ton man who em­i­grated to Van­cou­ver in 1971 and came back spe­cially to ride for Team NI in this event.

The ic­ing on the cake for many was the over­all team vic­tory for the North­ern Ire­land Team in the Over 50 years Class, in­clud­ing two race wins by ex-500cc MXGP Rider Lau­rence Spence, show­ing that he had lost none of his style and lit­tle of his speed or de­ter­mi­na­tion, lead­ing Team NI to vic­tory in the over 50 years class.

Also rac­ing were the fa­ther and son team of Jeff and Tom Wright – Jeff, in the Over 30 years Class, has been di­ag­nosed with the early stages of Mo­tor Neu­ron Dis­ease, and his dad Tom, known as a fierce com­peti­tor, was rid­ing in the Over 66 years Class. It was ac­tu­ally Tom’s ini­tial pro­posal in 2009 that North­ern Ire­land should first send a team of riders to the Clas­sic Motocross des Na­tions, that cul­mi­nated in this event.

The North­ern Ire­land Clas­sic Scram­bles Club mem­bers all came to­gether to put in a phe­nom­e­nal amount of work, led by main event or­gan­iser John Colling who put in a her­culean effort to pre­pare the fan­tas­tic track.

Many fans en­joyed wan­der­ing around the paddock, drool­ing over the im­mac­u­late and valu­able clas­sic ma­chin­ery, that min­utes later was to be rid­den in anger as in­tended on the track.

All in all, it was a very spe­cial event, and so suc­cess­ful was it that there are al­ready whis­pers that the CMXDN may well re­turn to Bally­black for 2020 (2017 CMXDN has been con­firmed to be held in Den­mark) – so watch this space!

Re­flect­ing the CZ dom­i­nance of the sport in the Six­ties, Mirslav Ne­jedly presses on with his.

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