Playing with fire
About two years ago my good, but crazy, man was conned into jumping on a classic bike to have a run around the race track. Presumably someone thought he might recall how to go fast like he used to in the sixties and seventies. He has trouble recalling what day it is but it appears he’s recalled something because now he’s hooked on the racing and I blame you and “Old Bike” for enflaming his passion. On the other hand, he is actually moving again so it’s not all bad. Perhaps the misfits who put him on the bike were looking for a new patsy, well, actually, two patsies because I’ve returned to pit duties which isn’t working very well. I have trouble finding my bifocals let alone a spanner!
In the good old days it was all about carburettors, pistons and a good set of pipes. Is it all about fuel now? Are some bikes running on methamphetamines? I thought we were all supposed to be using the same fuel. Does anyone check what we’re using? What are the rules? How come some bikes just jump ahead of my good man when the engines are the same? Even with his arthritis he’s not too shabby on the corners but he’s blown into the weeds on speed. How do they get that performance? I’ve held up “go faster” on his pit board to no effect. Your advice about the fuel (not the pit board) would be appreciated. Maybe Edgar Jessop would know. “Resurrected Gofer” Melbourne, Vic. Good point. I thought it was just pollen making my eyes water at Historic race meetings. As one-hitwonder Thunderclap Newman sang, “Call out the instigators, because there’s something in the air”. It’s about time common sense was restored to certain classes on the Historic grids. Nitro is illegal, always has been, but just why these old folk think it necessary to run such demon brews in order to win a small plastic trophy is beyond me. Testing for nitro is incredibly simple and effective, but it is up to the organisers, and the governing body, to enforce it. That it should be even necessary to do so is the tragic part. – Ed.