Clubman Classics is a personal blog inspired by the fearless, amateur road racers who competed in the 1947 - 1956 Isle Of Man Clubman's TT races and their production based machines.

Tuesday 17 April 2012

British Historic Racing - Mallory Park, Round 1

Round one of the British Historic Racing championships was held at Mallory Park last Sunday 15 April in glorious but chilly sunshine. I decided to ride the tried and tested 1954 NSU Sportmax replica I raced last year in the pre-63 250cc solos as the NSU Norton is still not fully race ready.

Having raced the bike quite a few times last year, I was quietly confident before practice. As it was a sunny, crisp but quite cold day, my mechanic decided to fit a slightly larger carb jet. The bike felt faster than I remembered it, we also raised the rear shocks to speed up the handling. Things were looking good.

Come the first race of the day, I was allocated 7th on the grid - dead last. At least I had nothing to lose. My start was disappointing however as I failed to find second gear after what was a pretty decent launch. I then spent the next five laps chasing the backmarkers and after three laps found myself in fourth place. The race was then red flagged following a red flag incident.

The second race after lunch saw me sat in pole position - all was to play for and I had my eyes set on a podium finish. I managed another good launch but once again fluffed second gear, this time only worse. I found myself dead last, sixth again. The field managed to pull away and all I could manage was to harass the rider in fifth position through some of the tighter turns.

So, before Cadwell next month I will be practicing my starts, (especially selecting second) and looking for some more power with a larger carb to help me on the 'mini-Nurburgring's' long straights.

Until next time...


loveless said...

hello mr chapman, saw your bike at mallory, very, very nice, i wondered if you would mind if i linked you on my blog?, i'm an ex mz racer and currently building a bmw boxer twin to race with thw bhr in the b.e.a.r.s series,great blog by the way! regards, tim loveless.

George Chapman said...

Hi Tim, thanks for your comments, feel free to link to Clubman Classics, what is the name of your site? I'll provide a link back. Good luck with the BMW boxer, what machine are you using? R75/5? Cheers, George

loveless said...

hi George, my site is called loveless,if you click on the blue 'loveless' next to the orange blogger 'b' you will find me, the boxer is based on an r65, the engine is pretty standard just big carb's and less restrictive exhaust, i'm keeping it simple until i dial the bike in then may either go for a short-stroke revvy 750 based on the 650 or i have the option of going BIG! still trying to get bike finished but if you check the blog you can see we are almost there, hoping to be racing at lydden but darley is probably more realistic, booked in for the 'festival of a 1000 bikes' to try and shake it down first,thank's, Tim.

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