Old Bike Australasia - - CONTENTS - Re­port and photos Jim Scaysbrook

The Post Clas­sic Rac­ing Club of NSW went out on a limb to present an amaz­ing line up of in­ter­na­tional riders on mouth wa­ter­ing bikes for their eighth run­ning of this an­nual trib­ute to the late Barry Sheene, and were re­warded with a bumper crowd who en­joyed ex­cel­lent rac­ing. Af­ter a wet start to of­fi­cial pro­ceed­ings on Fri­day, even the weather was kind and the track was dry for the week­end’s tight sched­ule of events. As has been the case in the past few years, nu­mer­ous ac­ci­dents and in­ci­dents caused de­lays and a late fin­ish on Sun­day, but of­fi­cials worked tire­lessly to en­sure the pro­gram ran ba­si­cally to sched­ule, even though races needed to be re­duced in laps. The most se­ri­ous ac­ci­dent sent Queens­lan­der Ian Lovell to hospi­tal with a bro­ken pelvis and ribs af­ter he locked the front brake of Ge­off Clat­wor­thy’s Nor­ton to avoid ram­ming Kevin Sch­wantz and was cat­a­pulted over the han­dle­bars at high speed. Vet­eran Lyell Williamson was brought down in one of the last of Sun­day’s races and hos­pi­talised with bro­ken ribs and foot in­juries. The in­ter­na­tional troupe staged a se­ries of ‘clashes’, and while they were not se­ri­ous races, the stars put on a great show of close dic­ing on their price­less ma­chines. Kevin Sch­wantz and Jeremy McWil­liams were both com­pet­ing in other events, Sch­wantz clean-sweep­ing the Pe­riod 3 500 class on Ken McIn­tosh’s Manx Nor­ton and fin­ish­ing fourth in the main Barry Sheene Top 50. That prize went to Vic­to­rian Chas Hern on the TRex Rac­ing Bi­mota YB5, win­ning two of the four rounds to edge out (by a sin­gle point) Paul Byrne’s McIn­tosh Suzuki, with Dean Oughtred third on his Suzuki GSXR1100.

The le­gends turn it on for the fans. Kevin Magee (88), Kevin Sch­wantz (1), Jeremy McWil­liams (7), Fred­die Spencer (4), Steve Par­rish (6), Chris Ver­le­len (7) and Maria Costello (M).

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