South­ern Clas­sic

HMRAV South­ern Clas­sic • 3-4 Novem­ber, 2018 – Broad­ford, Vic­to­ria

Old Bike Australasia - - CONTENTS - Re­port and pho­tos Russ Mur­ray

2018 was the 37th run­ning of the South­ern Clas­sic, an event run by the HMRAV for pe­riod 1 to pe­riod 5 race bikes span­ning 1920 to 1980. Also in­cluded were side­cars, in­clud­ing For­mula 2 out­fits which re­sulted in 240 com­peti­tors over the 2-day race meet con­ducted at the Broad­ford road race cir­cuit. The South­ern Clas­sic was first held at the Win­ton Race­way in 1982 be­fore shift­ing to Broad­ford a few years later, where it has been ever since. The only time it vis­ited Phillip Is­land was in 1986. Fri­day was an MA prac­tice day but in­clement weather re­stricted track time. Satur­day morn­ing was prac­tice and qual­i­fy­ing fol­lowed by two legs of rac­ing. Con­sid­er­ing the num­ber of events and the pos­si­bil­ity of down time due to an on track in­ci­dent, the of­fi­cials de­cided to shorten all races from 5 to 4 laps in an ef­fort to com­plete the events in the al­lo­cated time. As part of the rid­ers brief­ing on Satur­day morn­ing there was a minute’s si­lence in mem­ory of two HMRAV stal­warts, John Trease and Robert ‘Buck’ Peters who had re­cently ‘passed un­der the che­quered flag’. Buck was a long time side­car racer with his brother Tony on a bright pink out­fit, chris­tened The Pink Pig. Sun­day saw a cou­ple of memo­rial laps by the side­car fra­ter­nity in hon­our of Buck with Tony lead­ing in the Pink Pig with all side­cars sport­ing a sticker ‘in mem­ory of Robert ‘Buck’ Peters’. Sun­day her­alded an­other fine day for legs 3 & 4 along with some ‘al­ter­nate’ events which in­cluded the Fastest 40 race for P3 so­los won by Garth Fran­cis on his 750 Nor­ton, the Ray Kelly Hand­i­cap for P3 side­cars won by Ge­off All­port and Toby Frisch, and the Lindsay Urquhart Hand­i­cap for P4 side­cars won by Tim Loone and Clint Cheg­wid­den. One of the events is for Class C bikes com­pris­ing mainly In­di­ans and Har­ley-David­sons built up to the early ‘fifties. Class C came about as a re­sult of the de­pres­sion of the 1930s in the States which was ba­si­cally for stock stan­dard bikes off the show­room floor. To­day the rules al­low 750cc side valve 3-speed, hand shift, foot clutch and rigid rear ends with min­i­mal en­gine mods. The rid­ers have even cre­ated their own cham­pi­onship, the Hand Shift Bat­tle.

As is usual for clas­sic rac­ing, the speeds and lean an­gles don’t quite mir­ror those of WSBK or Mo­toGP but what is present in abun­dance is the ca­ma­raderie be­tween the com­peti­tors who are only to ea­ger to lend a hand, a part or some ad­vice when it comes to fix­ing the old dungers. Post rac­ing, at least for those not car­ry­ing out run­ning re­pairs to the bike, is a quiet ale over a meal be­fore ‘par­ty­ing’ to the live mu­sic pro­vided by the or­gan­is­ers. For the spec­ta­tors, Broad­ford of­fers more than a few van­tage points to watch the rac­ing plus the chance to wan­der the pits and camp grounds for a chat to both the own­ers and rid­ers.

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Noel Fer­nando & Phil Wat­son, 650cc 1960 Tri­umph.

Fred Schaf­fer, 1970 750cc CR Honda. Melissa Foot, 1977 125cc Honda.

Ross Bold­ing, 350cc 1967 Aer­ma­c­chi Alad’oro.

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