Classic Racer - - ON TRACK -

Words and im­ages: Len Hart­ley Satur­day’s damp weather at the Bob Mcin­tyre Classic Me­mo­rial event at the East Loth­ian circuit echoed the feel­ing around the pad­dock as it was con­firmed side­car pas­sen­ger Colin Banks had died fol­low­ing an in­ci­dent at the event. The de­tails of his pass­ing are, as yet, un­known. Classic Racer’s thoughts and sym­pa­thies are with Colin’s fam­ily and many friends at this dif­fi­cult time. How­ever, the event con­tin­ued and, come Sun­day, the rain that had plagued the day be­fore was abat­ing, with the rest of the meet­ing held in dry and oc­ca­sion­ally sunny con­di­tions, which made for some ex­cel­lent ac­tion out on track. The large crowd in at­ten­dance were en­ter­tained by not only the ac­tion in front of them but also by Grand Prix ace and Multi-tt winner Alex Ge­orge as he was in­ter­viewed by the in­com­pa­ra­ble Iain (Mose) Hutchi­son. New sec­re­tary of the meet­ing, Louise Ni­chol, did a great job ably as­sisted by re­tir­ing sec­re­tary Agnes Cadger.

A huge feel­ing of loss swept across the pad­dock at the Bob Mac, as news of vet­eran side­car pas­sen­ger Colin Banks’ death was an­nounced.

RICH LAMBOURNE: Rich, on the Manx he had not sat on since the pre­vi­ous year’s Bob Mac, had some tech­ni­cal is­sues in qual­i­fy­ing which left him hav­ing to start from the back of the grid. Not to be out­done how­ever, he still man­aged to have some great dices with the mid­field run­ners be­fore the bike cried enough.

HAR­LEY RUSTON: Har­ley had some is­sues on the wet Satur­day on the Craven Classic Rac­ing Team bikes, but still man­aged a few podi­ums. But, come the Sun­day, on the Craven Nor­ton, he hounded the su­per­fast Davies Motorsport Hon­das of Alan Oversby and Dom Her­bert­son. Har­ley made three podium places be­fore fi­nally beat­ing them in the fourth out­ing and set­ting the fastest 500cc lap of the week­end. On the 350cc Craven Honda he fin­ished on the podium on each step and set a class record. He was dom­i­nant in the very well sup­ported Ju­nior Post Classic Races on his Craven TZ, win­ning four races and bag­ging a sec­ond in the wet race on the Satur­day.

DOM HER­BERT­SON: Still suf­fer­ing from in­juries sus­tained at the TT, Dom con­tin­ued his good form on the Davis Motorsport Hon­das bat­tling with team-mate Alan Oversby and the Craven Classic Team bikes rid­den by Har­ley Rush­ton. In the Jingly Jan­gly Im­ages 500cc Races on the Sun­day, Dom dom­i­nated hav­ing pre­vi­ously qual­i­fied in pole. He was vic­to­ri­ous in three races and was on the podium in the other two.

STU­ART GREY: Stu­art had a very suc­cess­ful week­end with four wins in the Un­lim­ited race on his trusty Tri­umph Tri­dent – the only is­sue all week­end long be­ing a cracked clutch plate. Un­for­tu­nately his Eclipse Honda 350 had a per­sis­tent and un­trace­able mis­fire and so it was that an 11th place on Satur­day’s out­ing was the best he could muster.

HOWARD SELBY: Howard shows the style that brought him in­ter­na­tional suc­cess in­clud­ing two podi­ums at the TT in the 1980s. He showed that he had not lost any of his speed after a long re­tire­ment by fin­ish­ing on the podium three times on his im­mac­u­late Suzuki GSX-R 7/11.

ALAN OVERSBY: Alan en­joyed be­ing part of some spec­tac­u­lar rac­ing in both the 350cc and 500cc classes with team-mates Dom Her­bert­son and Har­ley Rush­ton.

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