Classic Racer - - PADDOCK GOSSIP - Words and pho­to­graphs: Jan Burg­ers

In the Seven­ties, over 30 road races were or­gan­ised a year in the Nether­lands on pub­lic roads. Most of them un­der FIM reg­u­la­tions and up to 20,000 spec­ta­tors came to see their heroes ev­ery week­end. To­day, there is only one race left and the num­ber of race fans has sunk to a much lower level. The or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee of the Hengelo Races found a way to sur­vive by cre­at­ing the In­ter­na­tional Road Rac­ing Cham­pi­onship (IRRC). They also have an eye for the past by in­clud­ing classic races in their events. What is re­ally im­por­tant to note is that af­ter 50 years of rac­ing on this road cir­cuit is that there is no ca­su­alty list. The only crea­tures that lost their life in 50 years of rac­ing on pub­lic roads are a hare, a lit­tle dog and this year a deer. How lucky can an or­gan­iser be? Of course it isn’t down to luck; the mo­tor­cy­cle club HAMOVE has al­ways given much at­ten­tion to safety for rid­ers and spec­ta­tors. The side­car Ca­math­ias cup was rac­ing again at Hengelo. Last year win­ners Hen­drik Jonker-onkerkim Doss­che won the first race again on the fast Moto-guzzi. Andy Nour­ish-michiel Leeflang were sec­ond on a Wes­lake ahead of Clive Faulkner-brian Rob­son on an IMP MRE. Bill Hodgkins-bert Vloe­mans, Tri­umph were the best 500cc rid­ers in eighth place. The sec­ond race was won by Mike BellabyDave Grist­wood on BMW only 0.3 sec­onds ahead of Jonker-doss­che. It was Hodgkin­sVloe­mans again who won the 500 side­car class in sixth place.place The com­bined Dutch Classic-ihro race was won twice by the tal­ented young Dutch­man Marc Belt­man on a very fast BMW de­vel­oped by his grand­fa­ther Jan Beck. His BECK-BMW team-mate Jarno Jonker fin­ished sec­ond and third. Con­grat­u­la­tions HAMOVE for do­ing such a great job in the past 50 years!

Above:the over­all win­ners Dutch­man Hen­drik Jonker and Bel­gian Kim Doss­che Moto-guzzi.

Left: Only 0.3 sec­onds sep­a­rated Mike BellabyDave Grist­wood from Hen­drik Jonker-kim Doss­che at the fin­ish of the sec­ond race.

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