Hawkstone Leg­ends

Classic Dirtbike - - Ne Vinduro - Words: Ge­off Shut­tle­worth Pics: Andrew Fair­clough Pho­tog­ra­phy

The iconic Hawkstone Park in Shrop­shire was the place to be in Septem­ber, when the Cum­bria Twin­shock Club pulled off the third edi­tion of their Fes­ti­val of Leg­ends. Over the week­end, rid­ers and spec­ta­tors min­gled with 1981 250 world cham­pion Neil Hud­son and Bri­tish cham­pi­ons Fred­die Mayes, Alan Clough, Roger Har­vey, Pete Mathia, Perry Leask and Neil Prince.

In­vited guests ar­rived on the Sun­day and were greeted in the Pu­to­line VIP hos­pi­tal­ity unit by Jack Bur­ni­cle. His su­perb in­ter­views kept en­thu­si­asts en­ter­tained, re­lay­ing sto­ries of by­gone days. Cloughy and Fred­die dis­cussed their 250 Bri­tish cham­pi­onship wins in the Six­ties, how the forms of trans­port to events has changed dra­mat­i­cally and es­pe­cially how they had to make ends meet back in the day.

Neil Hud­son spoke of his 1981 World ti­tle, his vic­tory at Hawkstone in the 250 GP and when asked where he kept his tro­phies he replied: “In my garage, although the USA GP one is a bit spe­cial so that’s in­doors.”

Speak­ing of Jack, in the Seven­ties and Eight­ies, he was cov­er­ing all the GPS for TMX, so had to get there any way he could, and would thumb lifts with a lot of the rid­ers. There were tales to tell from Andy Ainsworth, Roger Har­vey and Pete Mathia.

For­mer Leask Husky rider Alan Clarke told of the days he worked on Satur­day nights down the mines, be­fore trav­el­ling to an event and paid tribute to the pro­fes­sion­al­ism of Jack’s commentaries and knowl­edge of all the dis­ci­plines of the sport he cov­ers.

Alan said: “It is still the best sport in the world, and I ab­so­lutely love com­ing to these events, and long may it con­tinue.”

Perry Leask spoke of his six Bri­tish Four-stroke ti­tles and about grow­ing up know­ing all the rid­ers who rode for his fa­ther; while Andy and Ken Nur­den spoke of the days the South West was the hot spot for four-stroke rac­ing do­ing the Haynes se­ries.

The Fes­ti­val of Leg­ends at Hawkstone Park had two top days of Toughsheet and West Mids Evo rac­ing, sup­ported by KAIS Sus­pen­sion, with the track in su­perb con­di­tion, and well prepped by the Salop Club. The fa­mous hill was used, which was a bonus for the 260 rid­ers who made the pil­grim­age to the Shrop­shire cir­cuit, for the Cum­bria Twin­shock event.

Top: Man with the holeshot in the LPE Club­man class is Mark Gard­ner. Those with it all to do are Mark Lake­land, Aaron Gled­hill and David Tay­lor.

Right: Is it Roger De­coster back on track? No, it’s Ian Proud­foot in full retro gear.

Left: Five times AMCA champ John Wil­liams en­joys a can­ter round Hawkstone in the pa­rade lap.

Above: Ben Mar­get­son was run­ner-up in the Wulf­s­port Ex­perts class.

Be­low: Shane Holmes (5) and Andy Law­ton (74) were this close every race.

Right: Sixty years of rac­ing and Michael May still goes out in the pa­rade lap.

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