The Border Watch : December 27th 2013
46 MOTOR SPORT SWIFT GL “Free Auto” $16,490 DRIVE FROM AWAY Historic road races on this weekend FOX LAURIE THERE is little doubt that this weekend’s South Australian Historic Road Racing Championship meeting at McNamara Park will enthral the many Limestone Coast enthusiasts who enjoy seeing the earlier machines in action. Promoted by the Historic Motor Cycle Racing Register of SA, the remarkable 52-event two-day program has attracted just on 150 riders and, with many planning to contest more than one class, some 170 bikes ranging from Period 1 and 2 models through to the new Period 6. In an even further attraction, no less than 20 sidecars have nominated, 12 of which are in the popular Period 3 classic category. Adding even more to the overall interest, there is not only an amazing variety of makes and models of bikes with the early British AJS, BSA, Matchless, Norton, Triumph, Rudge, Douglas, Velocette and more joined by Continentals Bultaco, Ducati, Morbidelli and ESO, Indian and Harley Davidson from USA, early Japanese Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki and Suzuki, and a number of specials, but also competitors from many parts of SA, Victoria, NSW, Queensland and Western Australia together with more than a few locals. A quick survey of the huge entry list reveals many top contenders including new national champions Jack Wright, Simon Cook and Joe Ahern together with challengers such as Keith Campbell, Danny Ahern, Richard Metcalf, Robert Ruwoldt, Ian Glover and Les Toohey. Locals out for good results include Darren Trotter on a Period 3 G50 Matchless, Mick Engberg on a P4 350 Suzuki, Adrian Wright on a P3 Manx and Velocette exponent David Morse while among the sidecars are Moryn Sullivan and his son Moryn jnr., Bob and Lyndon McKinnon and Portland’s Tim Campbell with Bryan Fitzgerald. One group that is sure to provide plenty of interest to lovers of early models will be the combined Periods 1 and 2, Class C and all 125s where machines include Rudge, Douglas, Velocette, Harley, Indian, Triumph, BSA and Bultaco as well as odd Japanese bikes. With early practice being held today, tomorrow’s track action will move into gear with nine each practice and qualifying sessions from 9am, after which the four lap scratch events will start with the Period 5 250cc and continue as time allows before switching to the championship rounds. The fi rst feature race will be the Tour de LC Cup for RD250LC Yamahas with a fi eld of 28 while the Bob Jolly and Ken Blake SUCCESSFUL: Championship winners Portland’s Tim Campbell and Bryan Fitzgerald should be prominent on their Period 4 Honda sidecar. Memorial events will be later in the program with the weekend’s racing to end with a possible exciting finish in the Sidecar Handicap. Despite big fields in many categories, all groups will have fi ve races with three counting for the championships. Sidecar enthusiasts will see plenty of action with two all in scratch races plus three each championship events for the Period 3 outfi ts and for the combined Periods 4 and 5 as well as the all in handicap for those still in action at the end of the program. The spread of nominations is such that while there are no solo races with less than 12 entries, the majority of classes have near full grids and promise plenty of hard fought action with the chances too many to list. With much early time on Saturday to be taken by practice and qualifying, around 18 races are likely to follow depending on conditions while on Sunday, with only a few short practice runs from 9am, the remaining 30 odd events will be completed. 50th Australia Day Tour THE Mount Gambier Veteran and Vintage Car Club is to celebrate 50 years of its Australia Day tours with what is planned to be a big weekend of events from January 24-27. The Shelton Street clubrooms will be open from 3pm to 6pm on January 24 for registration of participants who will also be able to pick up their tour pack. With drinks available, entrants are invited to return to the clubrooms at around 6.30pm to enjoy their own meals prior to an evening of fun and entertainment from 7pm. Vehicles will be assembled at the Lady Nelson Visitors Centre from 7.30am on the Saturday for display to the public until around 9.45am when all will start in the actual tour with a run to Dingley Dell where the cottage will be open and lunch held with entertainment by Brenton Manser. With the rest of the Saturday afternoon free visitors will be able to explore the Port MacDonnell area and then return to the South 46 - The Border Watch, Friday, December 27, 2013 Gambier Football clubrooms in Mount Gambier for an evening meal and more entertainment. With a section of Commercial Street East closed for the occasion, a further display of vehicles will be held on the Sunday morning with the contestants invited to join the Australia Day breakfast and celebrations from 7.30am at the Cave Gardens. At 10.30am all will move on to the District Council’s celebrations and barbecue at Yahl where a further display will be set up while Sunday evening will bring the Presentation Dinner at the Main Corner Restaurant where the meal will include an anniversary cake. While entries are already coming in well, locals are reminded that nominations are still being accepted and anyone wishing to take part should contact tour director Ross Spencer on 0448-899-352. Mac Park Scooter TT WITH a big fi nal entry of 35, the McNamara Park 50cc Scooter TT on January 11 has attracted a remarkable number of top riders for the three person teams and further details will be made available as the race nears. Thanks to Motorcycling SA agreeing to allow all entries to take part in a mass start, the event should bring plenty of spectacular action. Several Mount Gambier riders, both junior and senior, have places in many of the teams including well known competitors such as Levi Day, Jack Wright, Jock Manser, James Carrison, Ryan Ritchie and others to be confi rmed. Coming events Tomorrow: Borderline Speedway, World series sprintcars and supports. This weekend: South Australia Historic Road Racing Championships at McNamara Park. January 11: Six hour Scooter TT at McNamara Park road circuit. Borderline Speedway, Super sedan series round. January 23: Borderline Speedway, Kings Sprintcar Challenge, junior feature and supports. IN THE FAMILY: Local Moryn Sullivan will have his son Moryn Jnr. as passenger in their Kawasaki 1000 in the Period 5 sidecars. last week! ONLY 1 LEFT VISIT US ONLINE borderwatch.com.au HURRY MAC SUZUKI 631595 44 Mount Gambier Road, Millicent Phone 8733 1461 LMVD 45868 SPECTACULAR: Victorians David Wain and Greg Ditchfi eld are always spectacular on their Period 3 650cc Tri Ariel sidecar. CONSISTENT: With 125, 350 and 450cc bikes, Victorian Ian Glover rarely fails to fi ll good placings. GIRL’S TOUCH: Adelaide Atujara Club’s Gemma Kernich keeps women in the picture on her Honda 100.
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