Top trib­ute to big bike fan

Tricky con­di­tions no de­ter­rent for big dis­play of re­spect for Roger Wind­ley

Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - PS WORLD -

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

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