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So today I decided not to take the family out for the day - it was far too nice a day to be inside 4 wheels and so I went on 2

This was the National Sprint Association meeting held at Weston Zoyland just outside Bridgwater, a famous site of a Civil war battle.

Many years ago it was a favoured haunt of mine when I used to do 1/4 mile sprint racing on my Suzuki Hayabusa. It's sort of like drag racing for gentlemen (and sometimes young ladies) where it's not head to head it is simply man and machine against the clock.

Today was my first visit in many years and I wa hoping to bump into a few old friends and see how things were going.

It was crowded. Wow, I've not known a crowd such as this for many years when I was racing. The sun was shining, the sky was blue and just a hint of a breeze. Too good to make power, cool damp air is best.

Alas most of the guys I raced with were not there, many have given up the sport, I guess a few may have passed away, but there were many young faces which is good to see, the sport is in danger of dying out.

However I did meet up with a half dozen old timers like me, including one chap who came up and said hello Simon haven't seen you for years - and I'm damned if I can remember him.

I was hoping to see plenty of old school machines, there were a few but mainly new old stuff.

Edit, I posted a bit before I lost it

There were quite a number of good times being set. My old road legal record was passed last year, I'd run a 9.85second run, and I saw a 9.7 run today. Good going for a road spec bike. My pal Pete Ford on his supercharged 750 Suzuki ran 9.02 twice yesterday but wasn't close today. Not bad for a home made supercharger.

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Would this be of use in the motorhome?

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A quick blast down the motorway doesn't do back tyres much good. I can literally see the tyre wearing away

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Now finally for Eurajohn

I mentioned your name, and I was told that perhaps this was one of your frames? It looks like a CB750 motor in it, but I didn't get a chance to make further enquiries.

Sadly, no Keith Parnell today.

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Love the look of that JAP motor.

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Glad you had a good day simon Not always the same when you go back
after a few years away though. Good that there is some young riders keeping it going.[big-thumbs-up-smiley-emoticon]

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Hi Simon, picture certainly looks as though it could have been one of mine, although it would have originally made for a pre unit Triumph and Norton gearbox, less likely Norton engine as I only made two of those for customers, whereas somewhere in the region of sixteen of that style for Triumph's.
Can't see too much detail in the pictures but looks as though that was nickel bronze welded so would have been before 1980, as I used TIG after that, if it was one of mine it will have a frame number on the headstock..

Looks like a brilliant turnout, must be a resurgence in the sport as it was dying not too far back.

Shame not so many of us old fossils about though.

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I must confess for a while I was itching to get out there and do my stuff, then..........

My pal Tony Davidge launched his Suzuki, the one in the picture showing just the huge rear slick, he got excellent drive and it looped over at around the 60foot mark. A truly horrendous crash that fortunately happened at a low speed. An almighty bang and parts flying all over and Tony lying prone on the track. Help was with him very quickly, although it seemed in slow motion at the time, and he was soon sitting up and then walked to the waiting ambulance to be checked over. No doubt his first thought was how's the bike?

It reminded me just how quickly an accident can happen, and I've seen several In a similar vein - John, one of them was Keith in what was his last event I seem to recall.

You always have to remember the saying - motorsport is dangerous.

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Simon, why no bars?
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Simon been drinking to much so no more bars for him.[shaking-no-smiley-emoticon][shocked-eyes-smiley-emoticon][shocked-eyes-smiley-emoticon]
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Simon, why no bars?


I wondered that, then thought perhaps it'd just come out of a van or on it's way back and it wouldn't fit with them on.

It looks to have a couple of bits of U shaped sq section where they would fit.

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I wondered that, then thought perhaps it'd just come out of a van or on it's way back and it wouldn't fit with them on.

It looks to have a couple of bits of U shaped sq section where they would fit.



Simon did say that he looped it so unless the bars broke there couldn't have been any fitted.

Yep as you noticed the mounts for them are in place.

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I spoke to him before the run and was told he'd removed them as it wasn't making the power it used to last year and he had had handling problems. Oops.
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Yes of course John, I missed that.

We have the Esholt Sprint locally, 1/8 mile, it used to get well attended, as it starts off up hill, not been for a very long time, it's in a sewerage works.

I was at this one


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Some friends of mine were avid sprinters and attended that one, along with most others.
For me I rarely went to sprints much preferred the competition of drag racing and most sprints are on tracks not suitable for the type of bikes I had.
Real good grass roots though and ideal for people wanting some competition at an affordable cost.

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Pip Higham was there a couple of times.
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this was a follow on vid from the above, Dave Bickers, a blast from the past and Murray Walker commentating I think in the beginning.



I loved to watch scrambling in the old days, dead boring now, I also used to watch off roading on TV, the army V the public, good TV, unlike now, wish I could find that on YouTube.

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