Win­ton His­toric

His­toric Win­ton 29-30 May, 2016 – Win­ton Race­way, Be­nalla, Vic.

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His­toric Win­ton reached its 40th birth­day this year and what a cel­e­bra­tion it was. With over 110 solo and side­car en­tries, the pro­mot­ing club, HMRAV, were well pleased with the turnout. Com­peti­tors had come from far and wide to race on Win­ton’s twists and turns. In­cluded in the en­tries were 16 Har­ley and In­dian “Hand Shifters” who were there as part of Round 2 of HMRAV’s Hand Shift Bat­tle. The hand shifters all pit­ted to­gether and when not out on track, parked their bikes in the sun­shine al­low­ing the spec­ta­tors the op­por­tu­nity to get a close up look at these ven­er­a­ble old war horses. Prac­tice and qual­i­fy­ing got un­der way Satur­day morn­ing in crisp but clear con­di­tions. In fact we were blessed with the weather as we had clear skies and sun­shine all week­end. First out to qual­ify were the Vin­tage, Class C and P3 250/350 so­los. Keith Campbell put his Class C AJS on pole, with Peter O’Neill fastest P3 250, Greg Watkins fastest P3 350 on his Manx and Stan Mucha the quick­est Vin­tage on his 1926 8 valve In­dian “Al­toona”. War­wick El­lis from NSW led the Hand Shifters on his In­dian. Side­car qual­i­fy­ing saw the Knight/Rum­ble combo put their Kel­lett Suzuki P5 on pole. Tim Loone and Craig Longhurst were the quick­est of the P4’s and Ge­off and Wal Dodd’s fastest P3. Great to see Lyn Jones and Stu Gor­rie out hav­ing fun on their P4 Mini Cy­cle­car as well. P3 500 and Un­lim­ited, P4/P5 250 and 350 qual­i­fy­ing once again had Keith Campbell on pole, this time on his 500 ESO Special. Stan Mucha was fastest P3 Un­lim­ited on his 750 Nor­ton and Ben Shaw on his P5 250 and Pete Large P5 350 the quick­est in their class. Fi­nal qual­i­fy­ing saw Scotty Web­ster quick­est P5 Un­lim­ited on his Moto Martin Suzuki. Stacy Heaney was fastest P4 Un­lim­ited on the XS650 club’s racer. Special men­tion to Wayne Done­hue for bring­ing his road reg­is­tered 750 Com­mando into 2nd place in P4 Un­lim­ited. Mark Lith­gow was fastest P5 600 on his GPZ Kawasaki, Lind­say Rus­sel quick­est P5 500 and Peter O’Neil fastest P4 500 on his Suzuki. Two groups of races fol­lowed with Keith Campbell tak­ing solo wins on ev­ery­thing from Class C Ajay’s to Honda 350s. Scotty Web­ster cleaned up in P5 Un­lim­ited, chased home each time by Bernie Leen on his 1100 Honda. The Knight/Rum­ble combo took out the side­car races but Tim Loone and Craig Longhurst spoilt the P5 party by push­ing their P4 Honda 836 up into 2nd in both out­ings. Nice to see Dog­house Dave Philpots and Ja­son Skewes fin­ish­ing the day on their P3 1200 Spor­ton out­fit af­ter hav­ing gear­box dra­mas at this event last year. The Hand shift Bat­tle was in full swing with Bill Brice first home in R1 and Ross Bold­ing in the sec­ond, both on 750 Har­ley’s. Day two once again dawned fine. Every­one was at the track early, ea­gerly look­ing for­ward to the day’s events. Sun­day at Win­ton is al­ways a great day as it fea­tures special tro­phy races and hand­i­caps.

In the Bill Luke Memo­rial race, Keith Campbell con­tin­ued his win­ning ways, fol­lowed by Bob Rosen­thal and Phil Pa­ton. The Side­car Hand­i­cap was won by Bruce Flack and War­ren Grubb on the Flack En­gi­neer­ing P4 Honda af­ter a hard fought race that at one stage had 8 out­fits bunched to­gether through Win­ton’s in­fa­mous sweeper. The Ken Lu­cas Hand­i­cap was won by Stacey Heaney on the XS650, just hold­ing out a fast fin­ish­ing Keith Campbell. Har­ley took out over­all honours in the Hand shift bat­tle with young Ma­son Birthisel re­ceiv­ing the cov­eted “Rider of the meet­ing” award from his racing peers. At the end of the week­end we’d had an­other great meet­ing fea­tur­ing some in­cred­i­ble ma­chines, plenty of skil­ful rid­ing and only a few crashes. HMRAV’s next ma­jor race meet­ing is the South­ern Clas­sic, held at the State Mo­tor­cy­cle Com­plex, Broad­ford, 5th and 6th of Novem­ber. As well as com­plet­ing the third and fi­nal round of this year’s Hand Shift Bat­tle, the “South­ern” will fea­ture 4 hard fought legs for ev­ery class plus all the usual fea­ture races and side­car hand­i­caps. Keep an eye on HMRAV’s web­site: www.hmrav.org and Face­book page for fur­ther de­tails.

Keith Campbell had a very suc­cess­ful week­end on all sorts of ma­chines.

Stan Mucha was quick on his 750 Nor­ton.

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