Lans­downe up­date

Cad­well Park and Cas­tle Combe

Classic Racer - - IN TRIBUTE - Words: The Lans­downe team Pho­to­graphs: Russ Lee

It’s not of­ten you can visit Cad­well and be blessed with sun­shine, but this time we were lucky. Dean Stimp­son, the leader in the Bon­hams Cham­pi­onship, took pole po­si­tion on Nick Iz­zard’s Manx, with Glen English se­cond on the SCC Works Manx, and Mike Rus­sell third on Richard Adams’ Manx, fol­lowed by cur­rent cham­pion Chris Firmin sport­ing the No. 1 plate on an ACR Manx. All the above were in the 1m 45s, so close rac­ing at the front looked on the cards. The Mu­se­ums WRR Cham­pi­onship saw Mike Far­rall head Ian Bain and Chris Bas­sett, all on Manx Nor­tons with last year’s cham­pion Seb Perez next in line on his G50. Race one saw Firmin in a de­ter­mined mood, forc­ing Stimp­son into se­cond fol­lowed by Rus­sell and young Sam Clews smelling a podium pushed his ACR Manx into fourth. Bain took the WRR class win from Bas­sett and young Ge­orge Thomas rode one of Tony Dun­nell’s Manx into third. Sam Rhodes con­tin­ued where he left off last year, by dom­i­nat­ing the TCM class on Gra­ham Austin’s Ve­lo­cette. A Satur­day evening game of Lans­downe cricket, held at the far side of the paddock, was a se­ri­ous af­fair with Rachel Rus­sell smash­ing the ball around the field. Dean Stimp­son took two bounc­ers in the wed­ding tackle and ‘Un­cle Jim’ English, still hav­ing a great turn of speed, saved Mike Rus­sell from be­ing run out. Sun­day morn­ing was back to the se­ri­ous stuff and at the pointy end of race two it was English, Firmin, and Stimp­son rid­ing the wheels off their Manx, quite of­ten three abreast. It was Stimp­son punch­ing the air as he crossed the line ahead of English and Firmin. The WRR class saw Bain lead home Bas­sett and Perez. Race three again kept the spec­ta­tors glued to the track ac­tion with groups of very close rac­ing through­out the field. It was Stimp­son and Firmin bat­tling for the vic­tory, with the lat­ter tak­ing the win by 0.165sec and Stimp­son a new lap record with 1m 43.674sec. Next came English, Clews and Rus­sell all within 0.649sec of each other. Five weeks later it was the Cas­tle Combe round, al­ways a favourite with rid­ers and spec­ta­tors, and there was a record crowd of 20,000 spec­ta­tors around the cir­cuit. I’m sure Mike ‘The Bike’ Hail­wood was look­ing down on this glo­ri­ously sunny week­end meet­ing, with many of his bikes be­ing pa­raded by star rid­ers. Once again the Lans­downe Se­ries proves to be the real crowd pleaser with pock­ets of rid­ers fight­ing for po­si­tion right through the field. At the sharp end Chris Firmin was wring­ing the neck of his ACR Manx Nor­ton in a week­end long duel with Dean Stimp­son, sup­ported by English, Rus­sell and Clews. Stimp­son took all three race wins by a cat’s whisker, but Firmin got the fastest lap with a record 1m 20.484secs. The WRR class in race one con­tin­ued to be dom­i­nated by Ian Bain, with a fastest lap of 1m 22.856 sec, but a bro­ken belt in race two spoilt his record. This gave Ge­orge Thomas a chance of glory and he took the win on a Tony Dun­nell Manx. Ge­off Leather’s trip from the Isle of Wight was worth­while as he took all the Avon Tyres 350cc class hon­ours. Sam ‘Rodeo’ Rhodes con­tin­ued his win­ning ways on the ever re­li­able Austen Ve­lo­cette in the TCM class. Thanks to the faith­ful spon­sors, The Na­tional Mo­tor­cy­cle Mu­seum, Bon­hams Auc­tion­eers, Avon Tyres and The Clas­sic Mo­tor­cy­cle Mag­a­zine.

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