Ashley Fields in his impressive Darrian T90GTR+ before….
…..his eventual retirement later in the day.
Steve Quigley on on three wheels through the paddock in his 2 litre Renault Clio.
Not to be outdone Stuart Ranby in his Mk2 Escort out on the circuit.
Event winner David Tinn - Proton Satria S2500
Mike English - Ford Escort Mk2 RS
Dave Welch - Talbot Sunbeam
A little bit of something for every one really at the Sywell Classic. I started off touring the club displays, stopping for a chat with a couple of friendly and enthusiastic members at the Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club stand (VJMC) – I think they might have talked me into joining. This Kawasaki Z1000 with bling was in their display.
I was a little disappointed that bike clubs were relatively far and few between as I picked my way through the various car clubs. However there were some interesting motors, past and present.
Nice car, awful colour.
When cars had style!
Caravans aren’t my thing but this early (American?) aluminium caravan caught my eye – interesting but somehow looks far from practical.
I was late getting to the drag strip and the noise and tyre smoke drew a good crowd very quickly so I was unable to get a good viewing position. Still what I did see was entertaining enough and there was a good mix of cars.
Corvette spinning up
Stunning attention to detail.
There were some nice machines in the bike paddock, my favorite was this beautifully turned out RC30. There were also some famous faces…
Phil Read in reflective pose.
Whilst in the paddock I had an interesting conversation with artist and writer Paul Chenard who was sketching a Maico racing bike. Paul specialises in motorsports artwork in a variety of media and even took time to show me some of his work. You can find out more about him on his Facebook page.
For the British Superbike free practice session I positioned myself across from the pitlane exit to get a good look at the bikes….
Tommy Bridewell flashes past his pitboard.
John Hopkins leaves the pitlane on the Ducati Panigale.
Dan Linfoot walking back to the pits after his bike let go on the straight……
unfortunately leaving a trail of fluids along the straight causing the session to be red flagged….
and for the marshalls to clean up in the sweltering conditions.
Double race winner Josh Brookes at Hall Bends.
Away from superbikes, the Ducati Trioptions Cup race was a good close race but an incident at Charlies led to a stoppage.
After the restart Dave Ferns flashed by on the grass coming out of Coppice - it looked like he had it under control but got pitched off….
bike and rider ending up on the track….
Ferns very quickly got to his feet, back onto the grass where he waved riders to slow down…..
then unaided, picked up his bike and moved it out of the way - quick decisive thinking!
And finally for a change of subject….
at the Monster Energy stand - free drinks and a fire-eater!
I arrived early Sunday morning and was surprised to find that the event programmes had sold out on Saturday, which presumably reflected a good turnout for the previous days racing which included an endurance race. I tried to download a timetable on my phone unsuccessfully – Vodafone data connectivity at Cadwell Park often seems hit and miss and really should be better. Fortunately revised Sunday timetables were available at the paddock shop/office. I watching much of the mornings practice at the Mountain, a number of riders clearly enjoyed this section, and I thought the Neave twins (pre injector 600 class) in particular tackled this section in some style. However one or two riders should count themselves lucky! The racing didn’t disappoint and was generally competitive but clean throughout the classes. A good day but not having a programme was a real pain for me and many of the following photos are caption-less, if anyone can help here I’d be grateful.
Tom Neave (top) coming out of Coppice.
and after the race.
Too much brake approaching the mountain section
TSGP Yamaha TZ350 - Paul Fyson