Don­ing­ton Two-stroke day

A di­verse assem­bly of two-stroke nuts get to­gether to turn the air blue at a Don­ing­ton track­day. Much fun and in­evitable blow-ups en­sue

Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - Contents - WORDS & PHO­TOG­RA­PHY ALAN SEE­LEY

A hat­ful of smokin’ stro­kers do­ing what they do best around Don­ing­ton’s sweep­ing dips and curves

THIS ISN’T THE FIRST time we’ve sought to bring you cov­er­age of the 2T Big Bang.we rocked up to last year’s Don­ing­ton Park event only to find it rained off by a del­uge like some­thing from an old Delta Blues song.

Or­gan­iser Phil Mel­lor plainly didn’t hold us to blame for that mis­for­tune and in­vited us back this year to Don­ing­ton Park on 14 July. Stro­ker fan Phil put the 2T Big Bang to­gether off the back of a No Lim­its track­day at the Der­byshire cir­cuit. “Ba­si­cally I con­tacted No Lim­its and asked if I could get some dis­counted places if I could get a group of riders to­gether to at­tend their track­day,” says Phil. “The or­gan­is­ers gave me a dis­count code giv­ing 10 per cent off and I set about pub­li­cis­ing the day on a va­ri­ety of two-stroke Face­book Groups.

“When I first came up with the idea I had wanted to do some­thing for guys with Yama­hatzr250 3MAS but it soon turned out that there aren’t as many of those be­ing used in anger as there used to be so I de­cided to open things up a bit.”a wise move as it proved, and the ros­ter ex­panded to fill Phil’s broad­ened hori­zons.

Come the day this year there were more than 20 two-stroke riders there on ev­ery­thing from age­ing air-cooled race bikes to last-of-the-lin­eaprilia Rs250s.the deal was that each rider got seven 20-minute track ses­sions and all for a very rea­son­able £135 af­ter the dis­count was ap­plied.

Our in­trepid he­roes were mix­ing it with more mod­ern ma­chin­ery as this was not an ex­clu­sively clas­sic track­day.you will be pleased to hear that they gave a good ac­count them­selves.well, most of the time.what would a two-stroke track do be with­out the odd gravel ex­cur­sion and blow-up?

Kinda blue

Fol­low­ing on from the great suc­cess of this year’s gath­er­ing – well, dis­count­ing the odd seizure, shat­tered sprocket car­rier and gravel trap in­spec­tion, the blame for none of which can be laid at Phil’s door – plans are un­der­way for not one but three events next year. “I’m think­ing 2T Big Bang Early Tre­mours at Oul­ton Park in the Spring, an­other 2T Big Bang at Don­ing­ton and the 2T Big Ban­gafter­shock at Sil­ver­stone in the Au­tumn,” says Phil.

The dates are yet to be set but be as­sured that we will bring them to you as soon as they are con­firmed. Keep look­ing out on any Face­book Groups you might be­long to that have a two-stroke flavour too.

So if you fancy get­ting amongst the mod­ern su­per­bikes on an old two-stroke you can’t say you haven’t had a lit­tle bit of no­tice. As well as that, Phil’s choice of venues means that the 2T Big Bang will be more eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble to greater num­bers of UK riders than be­fore.there’s some dan­ger the stro­kers could take over the track­days.

“Orig­i­nally it was go­ing to be 3MAS only. Then I de­cided to open things up a bit”

Phil Mel­lor (left) and some 2T Big Bang chums

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