Per­fect end to the year

2013 SA His­toric Mo­tor­cy­cle Road Race Cham­pi­onships

Old Bike Australasia - - RACE REPORTS SA HISTORIC CHAMPIONSH­IPS - Re­port Danny Ah­ern Pho­tos Rob Lewis

28-29 Dec, 2013 – McNa­mara Park, SA

This year we were blessed with ideal con­di­tions for one of the true pre­mier race meet­ings for the His­toric road racers in Aus­tralia, with 170 en­tries and good grids for most groups. The pe­riod 3 500 race hav­ing 20 starters, as healthy a group of 500 clas­sic bikes you will see in Aus­tralia, with many Manx Nor­tons, Match­less G50s, Gold Stars and of course many spe­cials too. It is quite ap­par­ent that the His­toric rac­ing scene is like a big fam­ily, but go­ing one step fur­ther, there are many fam­ily groups that go off rac­ing to­gether, broth­ers, dads and sons, hus­band and wife, dads and daugh­ters too. In fact at this meet­ing there were 20 lots in this ‘true fam­ily’ group. Aus­tralian P3 500 Cham­pion Jack Wright, with dad Adrian is learn­ing the skills of fet­tling Manxes. Luck­ily with his trade back­ground and ac­cess to a se­ri­ous work­shop, not much both­ers Jack. Adrian is no slouch at all mix­ing it well in the group that races in Jack’s wake. A Match­less fam­ily is the Coghills, dad Andrew with sons Tait and Aljohn. This weekend the Match­less’ were not ready so 3 RS125 pe­riod 6 bikes were rolled out. They had a ball with no one dom­i­nat­ing the re­sults or the fun. Broth­ers Ah­ern, Joe and Danny were, as al­ways, part of the fur­ni­ture with over 20 years of be­ing there ev­ery year. The snortin’ Nor­ton was to be Joe’s ride for the weekend hav­ing se­cured the Aus­tralian ti­tle ear­lier in Perth was parked with bear­ing trou­ble af­ter se­cur­ing pole po­si­tion. Joe was of­fered 2 G50s; mine and Ken Lu­cas’. Joe fet­tled Ken’s bike but just couldn’t sort the car­bu­re­tion in time so rode mine to get 2nd in the Un­lim­ited cham­pi­onships and 3rd in the Bob Jolly Me­mo­rial race. Kate and hus­band Kevin Young­son share a gag­gle of 2 strokes that they pedal around all weekend. All well pre­sented and en­joyed by both of them. The other main area of hus­band and wife/bloke and part­ner in­volve­ment comes in the side­car ranks, with Colin and Bar­bara Magnay, Tim and Michelle Loone, John and Chrissie Clancy and Gene Lope­man and Vicki But­ler. More part­ner­ing fam­ily wise is seen in the side­cars with Doug and Brad Gorrie, Bruce and Gra­ham Marston, Ge­off and Zane Dodds, Peter and David Large, (Chris Large on an­other out­fit). Many an in­di­vid­ual on the side­cars also runs a solo, like Bruce Marston, Tim Loone and Peter Large. Fa­ther and daugh­ter pair­ings saw Kelly Ryan race in her first se­nior meet­ing hav­ing had a go

FAR LEFT Bruce and Gra­ham Marston won the P3 Side­car on their Har­ley, and Bruce took his BSA to sec­ond in the P3 500.

Kenny Blake Me­mo­rial win­ner Si­mon Cook on his 1120cc CB750 Honda.

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