Donington Two-stroke day
A diverse assembly of two-stroke nuts get together to turn the air blue at a Donington trackday. Much fun and inevitable blow-ups ensue
A hatful of smokin’ strokers doing what they do best around Donington’s sweeping dips and curves
THIS ISN’T THE FIRST time we’ve sought to bring you coverage of the 2T Big Bang.we rocked up to last year’s Donington Park event only to find it rained off by a deluge like something from an old Delta Blues song.
Organiser Phil Mellor plainly didn’t hold us to blame for that misfortune and invited us back this year to Donington Park on 14 July. Stroker fan Phil put the 2T Big Bang together off the back of a No Limits trackday at the Derbyshire circuit. “Basically I contacted No Limits and asked if I could get some discounted places if I could get a group of riders together to attend their trackday,” says Phil. “The organisers gave me a discount code giving 10 per cent off and I set about publicising the day on a variety of two-stroke Facebook Groups.
“When I first came up with the idea I had wanted to do something for guys with Yamahatzr250 3MAS but it soon turned out that there aren’t as many of those being used in anger as there used to be so I decided to open things up a bit.”a wise move as it proved, and the roster expanded to fill Phil’s broadened horizons.
Come the day this year there were more than 20 two-stroke riders there on everything from ageing air-cooled race bikes to last-of-the-lineaprilia Rs250s.the deal was that each rider got seven 20-minute track sessions and all for a very reasonable £135 after the discount was applied.
Our intrepid heroes were mixing it with more modern machinery as this was not an exclusively classic trackday.you will be pleased to hear that they gave a good account themselves.well, most of the time.what would a two-stroke track do be without the odd gravel excursion and blow-up?
Following on from the great success of this year’s gathering – well, discounting the odd seizure, shattered sprocket carrier and gravel trap inspection, the blame for none of which can be laid at Phil’s door – plans are underway for not one but three events next year. “I’m thinking 2T Big Bang Early Tremours at Oulton Park in the Spring, another 2T Big Bang at Donington and the 2T Big Bangaftershock at Silverstone in the Autumn,” says Phil.
The dates are yet to be set but be assured that we will bring them to you as soon as they are confirmed. Keep looking out on any Facebook Groups you might belong to that have a two-stroke flavour too.
So if you fancy getting amongst the modern superbikes on an old two-stroke you can’t say you haven’t had a little bit of notice. As well as that, Phil’s choice of venues means that the 2T Big Bang will be more easily accessible to greater numbers of UK riders than before.there’s some danger the strokers could take over the trackdays.
“Originally it was going to be 3MAS only. Then I decided to open things up a bit”
Phil Mellor (left) and some 2T Big Bang chums