An eclectic mix of old and new bikes put on a great show for the large crowd at Straightliners Ramsey Sprint on the Isle of Man 2016. These included a Ramsey Sprint first. Israel Gillette, on his first ever trip to the I.O.M, took his dog Daisy for a run down the famous strip in the left pannier. Israel was over from Tennesse.
Pre-war vintage `39
As always John Young was in top form on his Tri/ JAP 500CC his unusual starting technique and super quick gear changes saw him put down a highly impressive 8.26sec run at 83mph.
Vintage up to`60
Another impressive performance from local lad Lester Rowbottom ran 8.58sec at 77mph on the supercharged 500 Triumph twin.
Heading down the strip at the Straightliners Ramsey Sprint (photo Ray Collister)
`61 to`76 unlimited racing
Neil Conway ran 8.05sec at 96mph on his unusual Piper Kawasaki, a machine that Neil has took to 141mph at Elvington.
Sidecar and 3 wheelers
Trevor Duckworth was another in the 8s on his 3 wheeler with 350cc Yamaha power running 8.68sec ar 82mph.
Pre `81 road legal 500cc
Another Yamaha 350, a `74 RD, of Barry Grice took the honours with a 10.19sec at 73mph.
Pre `81 unlimited road legal
Nice to see Mark Patman having a competitive run, his first since his off at East Kirkby. Mark ran his Z1000 Kawasaki to a 8.41sec at 82mph to take the class trophy.
Up to 750cc
As ever Alan Tinnion did a storming job on the R6 Yamaha posting a 6.70sec at 110mph.
First timers at the sprint course, Dee King and Mike Austin, ended up 2nd and 3rd in class with respectable 6.56sec and 6.72sec but it was the stalwart from Scotland, Jimmy Fearn, who took the class win with a 6.10sec at 123mph.
Up to 750 cc competition
Paul Hodgson, jet lagged from his record breaking trip to Bonneville, had little time to prep his sprint bike and with a 8.21sec was 2nd to Alan Tinnion who took class honours with 7.45sec at 98mph .
`81 to`95 to 900cc
Alistair Wilson got his GPZ900 Kawasaki down to a 8.51sec at 94mph to win.
`81 to`95 unlimited
Andy Seals on his nicely turned out GSX1100EFE rode to a best 6.92sec at 104mph for a class win.
Local lad, Liam O`leary got the better of Levi Baber, probably due to Liams extra 173ccs . Liam on 8.34secs to Levi,s 10.20sec both lads riding with maturity beyond their years.
First run for Paul Furlong, the course record holder, was a 6sec dead so a run in the 5s was never in doubt Paul eventually posting FTD with 5.93sec at 123mph to win the class. Alan Morrison took 2nd with a 5.98sec run at 122mph to equal his personal best, Alan having the consolation of the Fastest Manx man trophy, he lives at the end of the course, and Phil Wood 3rd not able to crack the 5sec barrier but 6.01sec ain't bad.
A great event as always from the experienced Straightliners crew. Thanks to everyone including the medical team.
Written by Paul Cumpstone