Welsh As­sem­bly

Classic Motorcycle Mechanics - - CLASSIC EVENT - WORDS: BER­TIE SIM­MONDS PHO­TOS: KEVIN LARKINS, BER­TIE SIM­MONDS

If you didn’t at­tend the Welsh Clas­sic Mo­tor­cy­cle Fes­ti­val at An­gle­sey, here’s what you were miss­ing.

The Welsh Clas­sic Mo­tor­cy­cle Fes­ti­val was a bril­liant event and if you missed it, just keep your fin­gers crossed that there will be an­other one in 2016. It was two solid days of fun on two wheels, whether you chose to watch the ex­cel­lent Thun­der­fest or ven­tured out on track your­selves. If you did turn a wheel around the amaz­ing cir­cuit, you more than likely over­took me – yes I was crap, and yes that was my new bike (more next month on my lat­est steeds…) But what a track! The rolling turns wound up hill and down dale and all within one of the most amaz­ing back­drops around. If you’ve not rid­den An­gle­sey – you need to try it. Check out www.an­gle­s­ey­cir­cuit.com for more and for bookings. I be­lieve a cer­tain James Whitham does some good track days there? There were some amaz­ing bikes from the lo­cal clas­sic bike clubs and our own Andy Bo­las and Ella Mid­dle­ton helped drum up plenty of gor­geous ma­chines from the VJMC for jaws to drop at. Andy him­self wasn’t hang­ing about on track on his Suzuki Ban­dit 1200 and he even kindly lent his mint Yamaha YZF750 to Niall Mackenzie to do a cou­ple of ses­sions on. The great thing was that the track ac­tion was laid back and fun – with Clas­sic Bike Track­days in­struc­tors on hand to guide you round should you ask for help. Griff Wool­ley from Aprilia Per­for­mance was there to help out any­one with any me­chan­i­cal is­sues and he was a star all week­end long (although his own 1999 CBR600 racer had a few is­sues of its own!) Young Dan Fos­kett turned up on a beaten up Kawasaki ZXR400 which had seen bet­ter days and wasn’t play­ing ball. Griff did his best but a crank sen­sor ended play early. Well, un­til Dan blagged a dif­fer­ent bike to go rid­ing on! On the Sun­day, Griff’s splen­did and im­promptu ex­pla­na­tion of all things sus­pen­sion to a crowd of on­look­ers was pure, spun gold. Ex­pect to see more of him in CMM soon. Phil Moore was an­other who wasn’t

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