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.