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Thundersport GB Championships. Cadwell Park 28 May 2017



cadwell park
Saturday was definitely the best choice, warm and sunny all day.

greg madero
Greg Madero, Kawasaki 650, celebrates after winning both Supertwin races.

johnny towers
Johnny Towers, Kawasaki 650 was runner up in both Supertwin races.

jason markham
Jason Markham survives a trip on the grass out of Coppice

Michael Neeves
Michael Neeves, BMW 1000

dave brook
Dave Brook, BMW 1000

lee williams
Lee Williams, Kawasaki 1000

Luke Macrea
Luke MacRea accelerating hard at the start of the Supersport race.

chris ganley
Chris Ganley, Yamaha 1000 - brave and inspirational I wouldn't have thought it possible.

Sportsman and Elite 600 riders
Sportsman and Elite 600 riders held at the chicane after red flag.

william white
William White, 600 Elite points leader

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Thundersport GB Championship Donington Park 26 March 2017

After nearly freezing to death at the BSB test day mid week, Sundays Thundersport GB event was a pleasant change with clear blue skies for most of the day. The racing didn't disappoint either and the program reported 394 riders competing over the weekend. Theres something about the atmosphere in the paddock (in a good way!) at a Thundersport GB meeting and the organisation looks spot on.
I watched the first race infield at Redgate and decided to move to the Craner Curves for Race 2 - Golden Era Supersport and Steelsport. The race was hardly underway when there was a spectacular accident as Adam Darnell lost the bikes rear - the way it went down looked a little odd . I quickly started firing as the accident unfolded and more riders got involved. Sparklight team-mate Chris Hellewell with nowhere to go took a nasty fall and the Yamaha of Karl Foster cartwheeled at some speed and distance, narrowly missing Adam Darnell. Fortunately and surprisingly no-one suffered any serious injury.


supersport crash chris hellewell and adam darnell

supersport crash adam darnell

supersport crash adam darnell

supersport crash karl foster adam darnell

supersport crash karl foster adam darnell

supersport crash karl foster

supersport crash karl foster

supersport crash karl foster

supersport crash

marshals react to supersport crash

marshals react to supersport crash

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Auto 66 TT Warm up races Cadwell Park 19th March 2017

Cadwell Park was a chilly but dry setting for the Auto 66 Clubs first meeting of the year. Overcast for long periods and struggling for light particularly in the Hall Bends area I had to wind up the ISO setting higher than I like. Overall a good days racing and an opportunity for me to brush the dust off my camera for the coming season.


aaron staniforth Honda

Aaron Staniforth Honda CBR 1000

Tom Neave Kawasaki ZX6R

Tom Neave Kawasaki ZX6R

blackstock and rosney LCR Suzuki 600

Blackstock / Rosney LCR Suzuki 600

Lee Crawford Suzuki 600

Lee Crawford LCR Suzuki 600

Rikki Mcgovern Honda RVF400 vs Tom Saville Kawasaki ZXR400

Rikki Mcgovern Honda RVF400 vs Tom Saville Kawasaki ZXR400

Mark Goodings ZX10R

Mark Goodings Kawasaki ZX10R

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No Limits Racing. Cadwell Park. 9 August 2015

Cadwell Park

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.

Ducati



Tom Neave

Tom Neave (top) coming out of Coppice.

Tom Neave

and after the race.

racing motorcycle crash

Too much brake approaching the mountain section

BMW wheelie



Yamaha motorcycle



TSGP Yamaha

TSGP Yamaha TZ350 - Paul Fyson

Kawasaki ZX10

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Mallory Bike Bonanza 11 July 2015

Another two day event, I went on Saturday and unfortunately most of the big names were there on Sunday. Still there was more than enough to see on the track and in the paddock, with the added advantage that was undoubtedly easier to get about. A good cross section of restorations, specials and classic racers were scattered around the circuit and paddock - some of my favourites follow!

Suzette a suzuki velocette motorcycle

A Velocette in a Suzuki frame - can't imagine what it would be like the other way round!

Lynton 500 motorcycle

This is a 1968 Lynton 500 DOHC 4 valve, a one off, made by Colin Lyster. The bottom half is a Hillman Imp engine with Lysters own cylinder head. A lack of funds apparently led to the project being abandoned.


Triumph

I don't think I've ever seen so many holes drilled in one motorcycle.

Vincent

Beautiful Vincent Comet.

kawasaki

Good looking Kawasaki Z440 cafe racer.


mv agusta f4 rc

I love MVs, this 2015 MV Agusta F4 RC (1 of just 250) must be the best looking bike out there.

mv f4

Just to rub it in this was around the corner.

mv f4

And then another.

burdin derny

At the other end of the scale was this gorgeous little French 75cc Burdin which is actually a "derny" used as a pacing machine for cycling events.

gillette 3 cylinder special

A Gillette Special195cc. Take 3 Mobylette moped cylinder heads and cylinders with home built crankcases in a Gilera frame and you have a Gillette.

classic triumph

I liked this - the bike / rider combination had a good period look although I couldn't identify the Triumph model.

phillips panda

Going for it! Vanessa McGlone getting the last mph out of her 1962 49cc Phillips Panda.

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Auto 66 Cadwell Park 18 May 2014

Already May and this was my first meeting of the year! I was initially confused as the timetable didn't tie in with the program and I only found out later that there was a delay due to some marshals arriving late. There was also some hope that competitors may have been able to make it from the North West 200 but unfortunately they didn't make it due to ferry problems.
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

Matthew Rangeley - Aprilia RRV450

craig neve

Craig Neve - Honda CBR 600

mark ess

Mark Ess - Yamaha OW01

gavin bennet DEA Anderson

Gavin Bennet - DEA Anderson

mark goodings Kawasaki ZX6 600

Mark Goodings - Kawasaki ZX6 600

mick goodings Kawasaki ZX6 600

Mick Goodings - Kawasaki ZX6 600

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Motorcycle Live 2013 - NEC

That time of the year again and I wasn’t disappointed with Motorcycle Live 2013. I thought I’d go on Monday to avoid the crowds but I was told that it was actually busier than Sunday. Its hard to find fault, theres plenty of manufacturer support and something for all tastes and ages. As ever the Black Horse stage entertainment was a crowd puller - while I was there Gino Rea was racing members of the public on a virtual track with commentary from Steve Parrish. The show runs until Sunday 1 December so theres still time to visit.


Victory motorcycle with girls

Without a doubt the Victory Motorcycle stand was one of the busiest at the show (see it in the gallery)



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The Wheelie - a Brilliant Photo Opportunity

I haven’t been to any events for the past couple of weeks so I thought wheelies would be a good topic and I’ve selected four examples from my files. The end of race celebratory wheelie always makes a good image, its just a matter of being ready and in the right place - each track has its own ideal stretch. Obviously bikes with plenty of torque such as superbikes and and superstocks are going to feature more rear wheel action than their smaller cousins.

wheelie

Just coming down.

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British Historic Racing VMCC Cadwell Park September 2013

Another trip to my local circuit on Sunday and I was surprised how many had turned out, probably due in part to the unseasonally sunny and fairly warm weather.
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...
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