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This section provides the latest news about Straightliners Events activities including event reports and news

Update on the points tables for Straightliners Sprint Championship Round 5

Here is an update on the points tables for Straightliners Sprint Championship Round 5 after the events on 1st & 2nd July at York Raceway, North Yorkshihire and 'Tynwald Drag Racing' on the Isle of Man . Five (5) championship points have been awarded to all riders who qualified for eliminations at Jurby and at York for round 5.
 
1. Scooter points (Straightliners X Race National Championship) https://app.box.com/s/kkt8cx8gvbflk86xopcf6mtas4un5t8r
 
 
3. Bike (Straightliners ACU National Streetbike Series 2017) points https://app.box.com/s/xdx9hvvr8ncc0o89siuby9enkxdw8iim
 
Information Martyn Greathead.
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Straightliners 'Tynwald Drags' served up a day of tyre smoking action

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Taking home the trophy for the Junior Class win was Levi Baber.

In 600 Supercup, Lee Woodcock was in winning form.

In the 11.10 Class, Gilbert Cook qualified in no. 1 spot and went onto take the Class win.

 


10.10 Class saw Liz Charman get to grips with an unfamiliar bike and track to line up against local man, David Atherton. Liz putting down her best run of the weekend to beat David in the final and take home the trophy.

A great battle ensued for the running in 9.10 Class with the usual close times posted in qualifying. First time Alan Morrison Jnr beating Alan Morrison Snr for top qualifying spot with a perfect 9.10 run. In eliminations it came down to Finlo Hughes and Mark Pathan in the final. The results being declared as a dead heat so both riders walked away with a trophy.

Top Bike saw Phil Wood and Ed Davies line up on similar turbo hayabusas with Phil getting the holeshot and taking the win. Phil also took the fastest time of day trophy with an 8.85 second run at 172mph.

Competition Class award went to Owen Cooke.

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Tom Atherton beat Josh Callin to take home the winning trophy in the 15.30

Class.
In 14.30 Class, Ian Merryweather got the better of Peter Astell-Burt for the win.


In the 13.30 Class, Kieran Baxter in his 1.6 litre Honda Civic did a giant killing act to beat the 7.2 litre Willys of Geoff Burchill and take the trophy.

 

 


Of the Gasser Circus, the V8 Engined Drag Saloons, Lee Pike was fastest with a 9.88 second 138mph run. Sean Milton in his Morris Z Van 2nd on 10.67 seconds at 133mph.

Report Maris Piper, photos Matty Grant / MG photography

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Straightliners launches a new simplified set of motorcycle classes

Due to popular demand from racers Straightliners have launched a new simplified set of motorcycle classes for the seasoned classic sprinter and drag racer. Even if you are over 70 racing on a one day license Straightliners have the answer for you.

After much discussion and throwing together of ideas it was decided a date and capacity formula was the way to go. The capacity classes were carefully thought through for the proposed date cutoffs plus classes for the pure race bred machines based on capacity alone save for the '61 to '76 unlimited racing class and sidecar/ three-wheeler classes. 

The addition of these classes means that Straightliners now offers the full package for riders wanting to go straightline racing with classes from Bracket racing right through to the vintage and classic classes.

And here they are - the new Straightliners classic motorcycle classes for the seasoned and not so seasoned classic sprinter and drag racer:
1. Pre-War vintage up to 1939 up to 500cc
2. Pre-War vintage up to 1939 unlimited
3. Post-War vintage up to 1960 up to 500cc
4. Post-War vintage up to 1960 unlimited
5. Pre-1960 road legal up to 750cc
6. Pre-1960 road legal unlimited
7. Pre-1981 road legal up to 750cc
8. Pre-1981 road legal unlimited
9. Pre-1990 road legal up to 750cc
10. Pre-1990 road legal unlimited
11. 1961 to 1976 unlimited racing
12. Sidecars / three-wheelers up to 500cc
13. Sidecars / three-wheelers unlimited
14. Up to 125cc racing non road legal
15. Up to 250cc racing non road legal
16. Up to 500cc racing non road legal
17. Up to 750cc racing non road legal
18. Up to 1000cc racing non road legal
19. Unlimited racing non road legal

Write up by Paul Cumpstone 

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Record breaking weekend at Straightliners ACU British National records weekend at Runway 26 Elvington Yorkshire.

Along with Ian King's FIM World 2 way 1/4mile record set on Saturday there were over the weekend 22 records established and 6 broken over the Flying Kilometre and Standing Start Mile plus 3 records broken in the unusual vehicle's classes. There were also a host of riders and drivers achieving personal goals.

Kimberly Schijven became the world's first "Wheelie Goddess" on Saturday but on Sunday exceeded expectations with a final run at 153mph. Another lady rider, Beverley Burrows riding Ken Dunns ZX12R, came along top speed running for the first time and cracked the 200mph barrier to join that elusive club and also broke the P.AG.1650 flying kilo record. Another to join the 200mph club was Phil Gilson. His smartly turned out Turbo Busa was just shy of the mark on Saturday but with the removal of the mirrors and a more tucked in riding position Phil managed 202mph on Sunday. Birthday boy, Kevin Nicks, birthday present of a nitrous kit came in handy on the world's fastest shed, Kevin setting a new world record at 95.8mph.

Ian king on his FIM world record breaking Gulf Oil Drag Bike. Photo Phil Evans

Matt Mckeown on the Jet Shopping trolley had been doing some mods and was another to break his previous record of 56.19mph ending on 78.98mph. Tom Atom Anable brought along his latest monowheel creation "Infinity Atomic" fitted with a 390 KTM engine. 2 days of getting used to an engine with gears resulting in a new Top Speed of 64.176mph He now needs to do it officaly both ways to get Kevins Record .Andy Swingarm Slade was a happy bunny on Saturday night his laptop wielding wife had at last manager to download the data from the ECU and Andy made good use of it on Sunday to achieve a new personal best at 222mph. Gavin Watson, another first timer to top speed running on his Snailspeed sprint Lambretta, exceeded expectations by going over the expected 108mph with a flying kilo at 110mph and 109mph at the mile.


Chris Hawkshaw and his crew worked away on Saturday to cure a missfire on the "Old Skool meets new tech" 650cc Triumph twin with turbo and fuel injection. Chris seemed to be stuck at 120ish mph but late on Sunday the 130 barrier was cracked with a 131mph through the mile. Riding in the smallest class, 175cc, Simon Howarth stretched the throttle cable on the little CG Honda cracking the 90mph barrier and breaking the record for the class into the bargain.

And right at the close of Play on Sunday afternoon Gary Rothwell broke the Ghost Riders long standing pop up wheelie record with a 217mph wheelie through the timing lights the old record was 214mph

Another slickly run event by the Straightliners crew under the watchful eye of the FIM and ACU. It's not easy running 2 way events with the various distances and all that implies when it comes to making sure the timing equipment is recording the information correctly. Thankfully there was not a single glitch all weekend showing the expertise of the team.

Thanks go to all the crew and helpers plus our magnificent medical guys and girls who once again did us proud. Finally we wish Zef Eisenberg a speedy recovery.

Written by Paul Cumpstone

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History made at the George Brown memorial Sprint

Organised by NSA and Straightliners at Lancaster raceway East Kirkby after Saturdays rain Sunday dawned bright and sunny. To get the 2 most iconic sprint bikes to a meeting, Nero and Super Nero George Brown's famous Vincent engined sprinters, was down to a great deal of effort from some very dedicated people. The bikes, which are kept at The National Motorcycle Museum, were not only here for all to see and admire but also for the first time ever ridden side by side down the 1/4 mile by Georges son Tony, on Super Nero and Chris Illman on Nero. They were then ridden back down track for the obligatory photo shoot. Incidentally it was the highly experienced Chris,s first time on Nero, the normally aspirated bike, and he recorded for prosperity a 13.27sec run at 101mph Tony a more sedate 17.91sec at 46mph being kind to Super Nero, the supercharged version. 

George Brown and brother Cliff built record breaking Nero and Super Nero based on Vincent bikes. Photo Dunk Rose.


Chris also had a run on another of the bikes ridden by George, namely the Bayley / Cole Douglas 500cc still owned by the Bayley family, which over the years was ridden by a host of famous riders. Thanks go to the Bayley family for allowing the Douglas to appear. 

In this age of sanitised turbo sprint/drag bikes it was nice to see there are people out there who have the skill and knowledge to run the single and twin engined supercharged bikes. We must hope that they write down and pass on these skills to the next generation so these historically important creations may continue to be ridden at these type of events. 

There were 11 supercharged old school sprinters running including the BSA 250CC C15 of Phil Hazelwood, Dave Brown's Weslake 500cc single, John Hobbs on his Olympus 500cc Triumph twin recreation,Colin Fallows Weslake 650cc twin, originally running 2 superchargers,now running just a single, Colin also running Black Cat 650cc Triumph with reversed cylinder head, Dave Clee 875cc Triumph Puma twin, Ray Law Triumph Double, with double Triumph 500cc twins and 2 superchargers, Colin Fallows Super Cyclops, twin 500CC Norton Dominator with single supercharger, Kevin Fields Icarus, two 500cc Triumphs with twin superchargers, Terry Homan with the wonderfully different Dragwaye ,1300cc air cooled VW and supercharger and last but by no means least John Hobbs magnificent Hobbit, 1700cc of double 850cc Weslake engines with twin superchargers. All the above were run down the strip putting down some very decent times and speeds. 

The most spectacular being John on the Hobbit who had not gone easy on the nitro mix. The ground shook, the noise assaulted your eardrums and the nitro mix made your eyes run, all but with that wonderful smell of brutal power being released. 

John didn't disappoint running a 9.91sec at 140mph ,only eclipsed to fastest time of the day by one of the aforementioned sanitised turbo bikes, by 0.5sec.
Sadly on John's 2nd run the Hobbit emitted a puff of smoke at the 1/8th and the engine died the rear engine output shaft having broken. Thankfully John knows a "man that can" in the guise of Graham Sykes, of Syko 3 wheeler fame, who's vast engineering skills will be utilized. 

Another twin engined bike, Pete Williams Two Faced was on static display along with a host of other sprint bikes. 

Written by Paul Cumpstone

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