Clas­sic over­load!

Classic Racer - - PADDOCK GOSSIP -

It’s just like buses I wait for ages for a clas­sic and three ar­rive at once! Which one do you choose? It’s not al­ways easy. Be­ing in the mid­dle of what is turn­ing out to be a record-break­ing clas­sic rac­ing sea­son there is al­ways go­ing to be the odd clash or two. But this year has been ex­tra­or­di­nary. On what turned out to be a glorious week­end with the weather, hun­dreds, if not thou­sands of clas­sic race en­thu­si­asts had a tough choice to make,team Wheeler be­ing among them. Hav­ing been brave enough to pick up the lease for a trou­bled Mal­lory Park, which faced closer on al­leged noise is­sues, Stu­art Hicken and Ed­die Roberts, who has now handed his share of the part­ner­ship to Stu­art, have done a fan­tas­tic job of bring­ing the ‘Friendly Cir­cuit’ back to life. The old girl looks smarter than I can re­mem­ber in re­cent times and Stu­art and his team cer­tainly of­fer a friendly wel­come. And what­team Hicken has also done is picked up the event let go by the VMCC and made the Mal­lory Bo­nanza what it was al­ways in­tended to be. As some­one still in­volved in or­gan­is­ing suc­cess­ful mo­tor­cy­cle events, I un­der­stand bet­ter than most how tough it is to avoid ma­jor clashes. But that week­end in early July must have bro­ken all records. Vy­ing for our at­ten­tions as well as the Bo­nanza was the Hail­woodtribute at Cas­tle Combe, which boasted a great line-up of top ma­chines and riders, and the CRMC visit up north to Croft. It was an im­pos­si­ble call, but as it turned out cir­cum­stances be­yond our con­trol made our de­ci­sion eas­ier. We had a bril­liant week­end at Mal­lory, catch­ing up with so many old rac­ing friends. It also tran­spired, I’m de­lighted to say, that the Hailwood salute was a huge suc­cess. And none of this took any­thing away from a red-hot week­end of rac­ing at Croft. When it comes to clas­sic sport, per­haps you can never have too much of a good thing. Malc Wheeler

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