Pad­dock Gos­sip

Classic Racer - - WHAT’SINSIDE -

Malc’s been out and about gath­er­ing the in­ter­est­ing sto­ries from the clas­sic rac­ing world. Here’s his pick of the most im­por­tant things to know.

The Oc­to­ber Stafford show has a big rep­u­ta­tion when it comes to pro­vid­ing special guests and en­ter­tain­ment, but this au­tumn’s edi­tion is set to beat all records. As is tra­di­tion, the 25th Ca­role Nash Clas­sic Mo­tor­cy­cle Me­chan­ics Show (to give its full name!) has a guest of hon­our... but on this oc­ca­sion the Oc­to­ber 13/14 event has three –Terry Rymer, South African Jon Ekerold, Ital­ian racer Pier Paolo Bianchi, plus the rarest col­lec­tion of race ma­chin­ery ever seen in one place. Lon­doner Rymer burst on to the Bri­tish na­tional race scene in 1987 when, at just 19 years of age, he beat all of the top UK rid­ers to win the Su­per­stock race at Brands Hatch on a pri­vately en­tered Yamaha FZ750. And to prove this was no ‘home’ cir­cuit fluke he re­peated the feat at the next round at Mallory Park. By 1988Terry had turned pro­fes­sional, and in 1989 he won his first world Su­per­bike race. In 1990 he won the Bri­tish Su­per­bike Cham­pi­onship and in­ter­na­tional suc­cess fol­lowed with vic­tory in the 1992 FIM World En­durance Cham­pi­onship, a feat he re­peated in 1999. Rymer also com­peted in WSB rounds from 1988 to 1994, claim­ing two wins and nine podi­ums, with a best cham­pi­onship placing of sixth in 1991. Grand Prix out­ings also fea­ture in­terry’s long and suc­cess­ful ca­reer with a sixth place on a Har­risyamaha in the 1992 Bri­tish Grand Prix, which was fol­lowed by a hand­ful of out­ings for the of­fi­cial Suzuki fac­tory team in 1996. How­ever, the high­lights of­terry’s ca­reer had to be an un­matched record of five race wins in the Bol d’or 24 hour race and two vic­to­ries in both the Le Mans 24 Hour race and the Spa 24 Hour Race. He re­tired from mo­tor­cy­cle rac­ing aged just 32, af­ter win­ning the World En­durance Cham­pi­onship for the sec­ond time in 1999.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.