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Many things have changed since my days of rac­ing. To be hon­est there isn’t much that is the same. How­ever one thing that is the same is the pad­dock at­mos­phere. I have fab­u­lous mem­o­ries of how friendly and help­ful ev­ery­one was. We were all com­pet­ing against each other out on track but in the pad­dock we al­ways tried to help one an­other and to this end I feel the same ex­ists to­day.

As for the bikes… well, there were no au­to­mat­ics, no tyre warm­ers, no grippy tyres, no ex­ter­nal disc brakes, no spe­cial dampers, no alu­minium cylin­ders, the list goes on. I am very im­pressed with the Pro­duc­tion Class, it prob­a­bly re­sem­bles the class that I com­peted in which was Group 4. We had to use Lam­bretta cast iron cylin­ders and were not al­lowed to in­crease the num­ber of ports although tun­ing and port­ing was al­lowed. The Pro­duc­tion Class is ex­cit­ing with nearly ex­actly the same en­gine build and re­stricted to stan­dard six-pole sta­tor plates with­out ad­vance/ re­tard. The spe­cials class is in­ter­est­ing as many choose to have rel­a­tively stan­dard frames with legshields. But the en­gines are amaz­ing and mak­ing se­ri­ous horse­power. My bike made around 27hp which is around the same as the pro­duc­tion en­gines but the spe­cials are mak­ing nearly twice that fig­ure and talk­ing of wheel­spin out of corners, just un­heard of in my day. The au­to­mat­ics also blow me away with lap­ti­mes un­der 50 sec­onds. I was never a fan of au­tos but you have to ad­mit they are in­cred­i­bly fast. Scooter Rac­ing years were un­doubt­edly the best years of my life for friend­ship and com­pet­i­tive­ness. I spoke to Ron Moss on Satur­day and he echoed the same. We both went into mo­tor­cy­cle rac­ing for a while but the pad­dock at­mos­phere was never the same and it lacked some­thing that the scooter pad­dock had. My im­pres­sion is that time has moved on, rules have been changed, tyres and sus­pen­sion have im­proved, brakes are much bet­ter too but the nice thing is that scooter rac­ing is still alive and kick­ing and long may it do so.

Pic by Dar­ren Scott

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