A day at the “Pa­per­clip”

Old Bike Australasia - - OUT’N’ABOUT -

It could have been the ‘seven­ties all over again when a big group of stars from the past de­scended on Queens­land Race­way on 4th Novem­ber, along with a breath­tak­ing col­lec­tion of rare and valu­able rac­ing ma­chin­ery. The oldies shared the cir­cuit with Mark McVeigh’s Moto DNA Track day. Star of the show was the lat­est ma­chine in the col­lec­tion of Tom Der­mody – the ac­tual works YZR500 Yamaha raced by Kevin Magee in the 1982 All Ja­pan 500 Se­ries. This V4 500 was sub­se­quently rid­den in Ja­pan by Yamaha test rider and oc­ca­sional GP rider Toshi­hiko Honma, who was given the bike by Yamaha on his re­tire­ment. Re­splen­dent in its orig­i­nal oo88 (Ja­panese tele­com) liv­ery, the bike was fet­tled by ex-Kenny Roberts team tech­ni­cian Paul Treacy and for­mer Yamaha works en­gi­neer Mike Sin­clair. Magee was soon into his stride on the YZR and com­pleted quite a few trou­ble free laps while ad­just­ments were made. Stu­art Avant brought along his newly re­stored Mk8 Suzuki RGB500, while Queens­land builder Garry Mid­dle­ton aired some of his fab­u­lous col­lec­tion of ex-Gregg Hans­ford bikes, sev­eral of which were rid­den on the day by 4-times World Cham­pion Kork Balling­ton. John Boote flew in from Christchur­ch, and wear­ing his orig­i­nal leathers, sam­pled many of the bikes on hand. The day was soon be­ing re­ferred to as a ‘Tun­ing Day’ for the ea­gerly-an­tic­i­pated 2016 Barry Sheene Fes­ti­val of Speed, where many of th­ese ma­chines will be demon­strated on track or on dis­play. JS

Steve and Craig Trinder brought along a Mk6 RG500 Suzuki and a TZ500J Yamaha. LEFT John Boote dragged out his Le­vis leathers for the oc­ca­sion. RIGHT Kork Balling­ton tries the ex-Gregg Hans­ford KR250. Kevin Magee on Stu Avant’s RGB500 Suzuki. Paul...

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