Classic Racer - - CLASSIC TT -

The ac­tion moved to Co Ar­magh one week­end later for the 50th run­ning of the Tan­dragee 100. This ul­tra-fast 5.3-mile cir­cuit al­ways at­tracts huge crowds as well as full grids, es­pe­cially in the Clas­sic race where all classes are com­bined for a five-lap ex­trav­a­ganza. Satur­day’s race saw 31 ma­chines take to the grid and it was al­most 20 min­utes later when Nor­ton-mounted Dean Stimp­son crossed the line to take the flag, hav­ing set a fastest lap of 88.3mph in the process. He was fol­lowed by Mark Par­rett, also on Nor­ton then John Pem­ber­ton took third, again on Nor­ton and, just for good mea­sure, Keith Clarke crossed the line in fourth to make it a Nor­ton one, two, three, four. It’s been a very long time since Tan­dragee, or any­where else for that mat­ter, has seen a fin­ish like this. Fans of Nor­tons were in their el­e­ment. The 350cc class went to Barry David­son, Ge­orge Stin­son 2nd and Chris Mc­ga­han 3rd to make for an all Honda 350cc podium. Brian Ma­teer, keen to make up for his non-start at Cook­stown, was first 250cc to cross the line, a full 28 sec­onds ahead of Richard Ford with Gary Hut­ton tak­ing 3rd spot on his Honda.

Chris Mc­ga­han pi­lots his Honda to third spot in the 350cc class at Tan­dragee.

John Pem­ber­ton in ac­tion at Tan­dragee.

Dean Stimp­son wins the Tan­dragee 100 on the IZ­ZARD Nor­ton.

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