Saturday was definitely the best choice, warm and sunny all day.
Greg Madero, Kawasaki 650, celebrates after winning both Supertwin races.
Johnny Towers, Kawasaki 650 was runner up in both Supertwin races.
Jason Markham survives a trip on the grass out of Coppice
Michael Neeves, BMW 1000
Dave Brook, BMW 1000
Lee Williams, Kawasaki 1000
Luke MacRea accelerating hard at the start of the Supersport race.
Chris Ganley, Yamaha 1000 - brave and inspirational I wouldn't have thought it possible.
Sportsman and Elite 600 riders held at the chicane after red flag.
William White, 600 Elite points leader
Legends rolling start
Robert King Legend 34 Ford Coupe
Paul Simmons Legend 34 Ford Coupe
Zac Hughes Legend Coupe
Miles Rudman chased by Jack Parker
John Mickel very closely followed by Jack Parker
First bend of the first lap..
Steve Harris in the beautiful Saker RAPX S1-400 returns to the paddock
A never ending job on Sunday
Steve Rowlands VW Beetle had some close attention during the race
The 2CV of Matthew Hollis also had some battle scars
Simon Sheridan returns to action after hitting the tyre wall
Jacob Carter Ford Puma thro Hall Bends
Daniel Turner getting some fresh air in his smart car
Ashley Dibden, winner in both Monoposto races. Dallara F301
Chris Hodgen, Monoposto runner up. Dallara F304
Start of the Toyo Tires Production BMW Race
Matthew Swaffer, winner of both Toyo Tires BMW races. BMW 320
Ross Stoner. BMW 320i
Safety car - Too Tires BMW race
Paul Laurie takes to the grass exiting Coppice. Toyota MR2 Mk1
Peter Higton retires his MR2 after some unwanted attention between the Gooseneck and Mansfield.
Gareth Baxter rejoins the race in his MR2 Mk1
Three abreast into Mansfield doesn't usually end happily but somehow they all managed it.
Doug Carter, easy winner of both MSVR All-Comer races. Radical PR6
Ian McDonald. Radical SR1
First stop was the chicane between the Mountain and Mansfield. Decent shots were possible but glare on the windscreen obscured the driver and co-driver a little. Andy Graham / Ian Owen, Ford Escort MK2 RS
On to the start I tried to capture wheelspin as the cars set off but couldn't quite get it right. Eventual overall winners Chris West / Keith Hounslow, Peugeot 306 Maxi
Theres always some good photographic opportunities along the Hall Bends. The cars travelling in the reverse direction were light over the crests adding a little interest. Stuart Ranby / Ian Bass, Ford Escort MKII
While at the Hall Bends I tried to get some shots of thro the cutouts and open windows as the cars passed. I liked this one the most although unfortunately theres no impression of speed. Chris Bellamy / Ashlie Thorpe Honda Civic VTI
3rd Overall David Tinn/ Giles Dykes, MEM Proton Satria Nero
This sharp turn caused problems for a number of cars
Catching up with a slower car this looked like it could end badly
…and it did, both cars out!
Aaron Staniforth Honda CBR 1000
Tom Neave Kawasaki ZX6R
Blackstock / Rosney LCR Suzuki 600
Lee Crawford LCR Suzuki 600
Rikki Mcgovern Honda RVF400 vs Tom Saville Kawasaki ZXR400
Mark Goodings Kawasaki ZX10R
August Bank Holiday and another round of British Superbikes at Cadwell Park, my local track. It's my favourite race series and track let down only by the scramble to escape the car park at the end of the day. It wasn't too bad this year I managed the 50 yards or so in a little over half an hour.
Michael Laverty, Tyco BMW during practice.
Lavertys teammate Christian Iddon crashed out in Q2 - the start of a disastrous weekend for him. He also crashed in both races.
Iddon, shaken but uninjured gets to his feet on the infield……
….. the bike slid outfield picking up lots of turf on its way
Jason O'Halloran who grabbed a third and a second with Jenny Tinmouth in the trade area
The Monster energy drink stand was …
…as popular as ever
Leon Hallam, who set the fastest ever lap of Cadwell to claim pole, James Ellison…
and John Hopkins amongst others signed an awful lot of autographs
Mike Bellaby & Dave Gristwood. BMW D&D
Stephen Stevenson & Jono Borrington. Breadstick BSA 750
Vince Biggs & Vicky Cooke. Busch BMW 980
Richard Molnar. Molnar Manx
Antony Hart. Yamaha
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
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
Anyway, the meeting was one of the best planned and most enjoyable events I've been to for a long time. Besides the track action there was a display area in the paddock with variety of club displays, collections and a stage. So much was going on it was difficult to get around without being distracted. A programme was a must and even this impressed - nice design, a good read and well worth a fiver.
First stop was the Gold Star Owners Club immaculately restored bikes and lots of chrome, a nightmare to photograph close up on a sunny day!
Further on there was a nice line up of RC45s, Honda's iconic 1990s superbike.
I stopped quite a while for a chat at Road & Race Classics who specialise in the sales, repair and restoration of classic road and race motorcycles. The two bikes that caught my eye were a Honda RVF 750 RC45 and a Honda VFR750R RC30 (a French Bol D'Or import). Both great bikes but I love the classic paintwork of the RC30, if I had a spare £17000 I'd have it! You can find more bikes and details at Road & Race Classics.
On to the stage where Steve Plater interviewed Peter Williams - a brief but interesting history of his time as a rider and engineer with some amusing anecdotes.
James Hayden had his work cut out but did a good job interviewing Phil Read and Giacomo Agostini. Plenty of banter and a some good laughs - Ago came across as very funny and charismatic.
Wandering around the display area a little later I came across Phil Read firing up the MV Agusta 4 cylinder on his way to one of the parades.
Here he is earlier in the paddock after returning the John Player Norton. Peter Williams in the background.
This is a photo I never thought I would take - the legendary Giacomo Agostini on the MV Agusta 3 cylinder going through Hall Bends……..
and this was a bike I never thought I'd see or hear in action, the fantastic sounding Honda 6 ridden by John Cronshaw.
All in all a great success, rare and exotic bikes with past and present stars seemingly around every corner. Johnathon Palmer should be rightly proud of the event that he and the staff have organised. My only regret is that I didn't attend both days.
The following photographs include cars which for one reason or another grabbed my attention, although my favourite was the fire breathing Mustang of Warren Briggs.
Peter Shaw in the 1969 TVR Tuscan leads off the start line followed by the fast starting Charles Barter (Datsun 240Z), Jim Dean (Lotus Europa) and Julian Barter (TVR 3000M) in the HSCC 70's Road Sports Race.
The sprint for second continued into Coppice three abreast which can end in tears but on this occasion all got safely round.
Dean Forward, Techno TF3
David Innes, Lotus 27 at Hall Bends
Warren Briggs chasing the Ford Lotus Cortinas in his spectacular 4700 cc Ford Mustang
Mark Hulme in the beautiful 1975 TOJ Modus
Ian Jones (Lotus 59) chased very hard into the Mountain by Ben Simms (Elfin 600)
Stuart Dix in the striking Cooper Chinook
The qualifying session saw Shane "Shakey" Byrne smashed the Cadwell Park lap record on his way to claiming pole position by nearly a full second in front of Ryuichi Kiyonari, Buildbase BMW, with Tommy Bridewell completeing the top three positions.
Ryuichi Kiyonari, Buildbase BMW
Josh Brookes Milwaukee Yamaha failed to set a time in final qualifying.
Scott Smart, Anvil Hire Kawasaki.
Philip Atkinson was badly shaken but unhurt during the Triumph Triple Challenge race.
There was a huge grid of Superkarts which as ever were highly entertaining and really fast. Unfortunately the numbers in the bike races were much smaller. Despite this there were some excellent performances with both Mark Ess and Craig Neve in dominant form and I was impressed by Matthew Rangeley on his Aprilia RRV450.
Matthew Rangeley - Aprilia RRV450
Craig Neve - Honda CBR 600
Mark Ess - Yamaha OW01
Gavin Bennet - DEA Anderson
Mark Goodings - Kawasaki ZX6 600
Mick Goodings - Kawasaki ZX6 600
I’m not familiar with the various classes held by the VMCC but besides the usual Triumphs, Nortons, Velocettes and BSAs there were plenty of other interesting and unusual motorcycles (to me at any rate!). It was great to see (and hear) many of them being raced hard. The sidecar races which included some Morgans as ever featured some Read More...