Pad­dock Gos­sip

Classic Racer - - ARCHIVE -

Mal­lory’s ef­forts for the Bo­nanza, loads of Clas­sic TT news and Spa fall un­der Malc’s watch­ful eye this time.

With all the el­e­ments for a great week­end of mo­tor­cy­cling nostal­gia, the sun-kissed Mal­lory Bo­nanza ticked all the boxes for the large crowd of en­thu­si­asts that made the jour­ney to the friendly Mid­lands track. Satur­day saw the qui­eter road ma­chines on track, and there was no short­age of peo­ple want­ing to en­joy the short, but chal­leng­ing, Mal­lory Park cir­cuit, pro­vid­ing a mo­tor­cy­cling his­tory lesson for the spec­ta­tors. With no noise re­stric­tion and no chi­canes, Sun­day was very much a case of feel the noise. Among the in­evitable four-cylin­der Honda ‘looka­likes’ there was some truly his­toric race ware, none more so than the Ca­giva two-stroke four from Dean and Mar­tyn Simp­kins’ col­lec­tion, which TT Riders’ As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Alex Ge­orge ex­er­cised, and the orig­i­nal MV three, from the same sta­ble that Dean got to gal­lop in the Past Masters’ pa­rade. And with a re­laxed, open pad­dock there were stars aplenty for the fans to chat to and get their mem­o­ra­bilia signed by. Adding to the en­ter­tain­ment was a round of the Bri­tish Side­car Cham­pi­onship for mod­ern out­fits, which proved a great spec­ta­cle in the close con­fines of Mal­lory Park. And if the side­cars where spec­tac­u­lar, the Honda Step Thru races were off the scale, with one for­mer Grand Prix ros­trum man de­scrib­ing them as the best part of the week­end. Mal­lory Park’s Stu­art Hicken, Natalie, and their small team have done a great job of cre­at­ing a real spec­ta­cle at one of the UK’S favourite cir­cuits, while keep­ing it friendly and ac­ces­si­ble. Mal­lory Park re­ally is the ‘Friendly Cir­cuit’.

Two Suzuki greats from dif­fer­ent eras: John Reynolds, left, and Mick Grant. Words: Malc Wheeler Pho­to­graphs: Barry Clay

Ever­green doesn’t re­ally do Grantie jus­tice!

The Mogvin is a real piece of three-wheel his­tory.

Above: The most un­likely grid, packed by Honda com­muters, proved to be laugh-a-minute rac­ing.

Right: It was great to see Ron Chan­dler back in ac­tion af­ter he was t-boned at the Bo­nanza last year.

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