Sunday, 11 December 2016
The test session this March went well for the Triumph Kneeler outfit , Colin was rock steady in the chair and we had reasonable speed, it was bloody cold though , and we were ready for the new season.Little did we know what was in store for us ,but more of that later.
Race Day Mallory Park.
This year I have converted an old caravan to carry the race outfit and gear and perfect for me and Daphne to live in over the weekend , it worked well all though the handling was a bit suspect untill I got the balance right on the drive up , what a difference , beats a tent ,very warm and we know how windy Mallory is . We did have a problem with a 12v coil but otherwise the Triumph went well and we passed the noise test , it was running like a train and we came away pleased with our efforts.
This event started on the Friday and there were many exotic machines and riders for that matter , the weather was a little unsettled starting with a monsoon just as we arrived on Thursday eve but it soon passed. I have a few pictures to look at and I stuck a GO Pro on the outfit for your viewing ,we failed the noise test 3 times,just scraping through and after a big effort got it down to 107 db , thank Colin for your efforts,briefly on the Saturday we had flying stars but were down on straight line speed partly because the exhaust was blocked,damm BMWs got shunted by Andy Hunt on his quick Royal Enfield on Park straight , but allways the gent he said sorry , its all part of racing I said , great fun.
Sunday race day was quite eventfull ,.First race we were at the front briefly going up the hill to Park Striaght when we were hit big time and spun out ,Nick Weston commented afterwards ,and said well done for controlling it ,found out it was a 1000cc Vincent ,Julian didnt say sorry , takes allsorts I suppose ,any way lost the concentration but was on it again, catching and passing several outfits, we had a right royal battle with Robin Blowers on his BSA A 10, wheel to wheel like the good old days with Miki and Phil on the Bat , we passed him coming out of Barn and caught Mark and Sue Whitticker on there mint BSA A10 , we were going flat out into Mansfield and the engine sounded ok,through the chicane and up the mountain wheel spinning past the club house into Barn then onto the striaght ,then bang, it was like we were an old aircraft that had bean shot ,oil and smoke everywhere ,that was the end of that.
On stripping the motor the three piece crankshaft was in pieces ,total wreck, now we had to rebuild it for Geddine , good job I had spares. like to say thankyou to Lenny for supplying parts .