Top tribute to big bike fan
Tricky conditions no deterrent for big display of respect for Roger Windley
As turnouts go, this was a belter. More than 50 riders turned up at Tattershall Karting Centre in Lincolnshire to pay respect to one of the country’s biggest bike fans, Roger Windley, who died late last year. And the array of bikes was as varied as you like.
Among the prime PS era pieces were an RC24 RVF replica, an Egli Z900, an ex-roger Burnett RS500, RVF400, MC21 SP, and two tidy T20s .
The do was a benefit for the Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance service as well as a chance for riders to give their machines an early 2018 outing on the 1000m kart track. It was wet and cold, but that didn’t stop anyone sampling the tight and narrow track in very greasy conditions.
Carl Buckle, out on John Chapman’s ex-roger Burnett 1986 RS500, said, “It was spinning up everywhere. This is possibly one of the worst days to ride it. If you took a nought off the capacity it’d be OK. It’s a wonder I didn’t choke it up. The main thing is it went out as Roger’s 1986 British Championship and Senior TT winning bike and came back the same – thank god.”
Others weren’t so lucky (despite the clerk of the course’s warning that “Anyone who falls off will be shot”) and the meeting drew to a close as conditions worsened in the afternoon. Roger’s widow Anne was delighted with the turnout. “Roger loved his racing. He started at Cadwell Park when he was 14. He raced cars and boats too, but he loved his bikes and he’d have been delighted to see everyone here today.”
Chris Bourn, owner of an impressive selection of Grand Prix machinery had five bikes here including an ex-gene Romero TZ750 piloted by local legend Paul Cott. “I love the ’70s stuff,” said Cott. “I rode a TZ750 in 1976 myself, so it’s great to do it again.” More on page 30...
Left to right: Greg Roberts, John Banks and Mark Ess
Track was mighty tight and super greasy