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.
Tom Atherton beat Josh Callin to take home the winning trophy in the 15.30
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
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
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
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
Pokerstars / Straightliners Dragfest at Jurby sees local riders putting in strong performances in front of a huge crowd. After Saturdays washout Sunday couldn't have been better with close qualifying the order of the day and some nail biting finals.
Jason King, Suzuki 1000 Turbo, took the honours with a 10.77sec at 150mph.
Class points leader, Russell Shea, made it through to the final against the rapid Bantam 175 of Tom Miller, just 0.59sec splitting their best times. Unfortunately Tom was a no show in the final so Russell took the Shedtune Lambretta to the win.
Some of the action at Pokerstars / Straightliners Jurby Dragfest (photo Andrew Duckworth)
It was nice to see Mark Patman back out on a bike after his big off earlier in the year, all but riding his road going Z1000 Kawasaki. In the final he was up against Mathew Draper on the Stomp 90cc Hybrid. Mark sportingly gave Matthews small machine a bit of a start and it was pretty close at the line Mark just taking the win.
On only his 2nd ever drag race meeting Joseph Newton top qualified on his ex F1 sidecar engined ZZR1100 Kawasaki. He was up against the experienced Phil Gilson in the final. For some reason Phil saw the red mist and the red light dropping the clutch a fraction early giving the win deservedly to a delighted Joseph.
It was the usual suspects topping the class, Michael Austin and Dee King with the addition of Alan Tinnion in the mix, just 4/100ths splitting them. In the semis Dee broke out trying to beat the fast starting Alan and Michael beat Darren Trowell. In the final it was Michael, ZZR1400, against highly experienced, 14 times British sprint champion, Alan, R6 Yamaha. As usual Alan nailed it away at the green with Michael trying hard to beat him to the stripe only to cross it first but breaking out in the process running a 10.00sec dead giving the win to Alan who ran his fastest time a 10.16sec.
Owen Cooke chose the Genspeed Suzuki over the Harley in the final to win this class.
Once again a hard fought class Wayne Bradley 3/100ths ahead of improving local Alan Morrison. Next up was the only lady rider Maxine Taylor and tying in 4th with exactly the same speed and time, 9.36sec at 145mph, were Jimmy Fearn and Paul Furlong. Through the 1/4 finals and semi finals emerged Jimmy and Maxine, both previous class winners, so it was stoked up to be a cracking final. Unfortunately Maxine was a little too determined to win releasing the clutch a tad early the subsequent red light handing Jimmy the win.
Local rider, Gary Leach, was on fire posting a string of runs in the 8s to line up in the final against Phil Wood, who had spent the day searching for the elusive good run. Come the final and Phil had resigned himself to the runner up spot Gary having been so strong and consistent all day. Sadly what should have been the final of the day turned into a damp squid as the old red light shone for Gary. Both riders agreed it was not the way they wanted to win or lose the final. Gary didn't even get the consolation of the FTD award as Paul Furlongs 8.87sec was just quicker than Garys 8.92sec best.
Once again the juniors put on a great show with Liam O'Leary top on 13.03sec Thomas Burnett 13.77sec and Levi Baber on 15.18sec a new personal best. Once again to even things out the delay was used on the clock, the idea being that the riders should cross the line together. The final came down to Levi and Liam with Liam on a 4.1sec delay. Levi put down another blistering run to cross the line first helped by a missed gear change from Liam on the way down.
All in all a cracking days racing thanks going to the MDRA, Straightliners all helpers and the Hogg Rescue medical crew.
Written by Paul Cumpstone
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
The next meeting at East Kirkby is the George Memorial Memorial. George was synonymous with the mighty Vincent but carrying on the tradition is one Dick Craven who's development skills with the marque rewarded him with 2 new records.
In Classic non jap up to 500 cc Dick took his Comet to a series of runs under the previous record eventually resetting it at 12.63 sec at 100mph, the old record being Richard Von Mach,s 13.04sec .
Onto Classic non jap over 500cc Dick took his 998 Vincent Norton, this engine took Dick to a string of sidecar grasstrack titles in the past, and after struggling with his starts managed to lower his previous record by a huge 1.24secs, the new record being 10.88sec at 123mph. Dick,s 60 foots were also impressive being in the 1.60s.
Incidentally Dick has a wonderful collection of bikes, memorabilia and interesting "stuff" which will next be open to the public on bank holiday Monday August 29th at Stockton in the Forest on the outskirts of York. I can personally recommend a visit.
Classic Japanese over 500CC
Mark Taylor was another rider in record breaking form on his 1980s Suzuki GSX 1100 lowering the record to 10.47sec at 136mph from the previous 11.06secs.
Road legal over 1000CC
Both Michael Austin,Kawasaki ZZR1400, and Steve Everett, Suzuki Hyabusa, were under the record but it was Steve now holding the class record at 9.97secs at 137mph.
750CC road legal
Alan Tinnion, Yamaha R6, was tantalizingly close to a new record, his best a 9.98sec was within 1/100th of the record.
There was a good mix of bikes and riders in the rest of the classes with some interesting bikes. John Brent was riding the nice little Howard Smith special in 125cc Racing. Kevin Melling had his H1 Kawasaki 500cc triple 2 stroke sprinter running in 500cc Racing. Ron Phillips and Stuart Kirkpatrick were on a couple of rare Czech 2 strokes a CZ 250 single and a Jawa 350 twin. A machine that particularly caught my eye was Dave Benge,s 1930s "Bitsa" the Norton frame housing a pukka racing JAP 500CC engine 15-1 cr and running methanol through a needleless racing Amal carb with a huge 1030 main jet via a Vellocette clutch to a Norton gearbox. Dave running in 500cc Vintage class put in a string of runs in the 15s at 80+mph, not bad for a combined age of rider and machine of 152 years!
No doubt the George Brown Memorial meeting at East Kirkby on 10/11th September will bring together even more of the old sprint bikes that thankfully people still cherish from the halcyon days of sprinting, drag and record breaking. Much midnight oil was burned and ideas handcrafted before the advent of CAD/CAM and CNC machines.
Incidentally if you are bringing along one of these older bikes a few notes on a piece of paper for the commentator would be greatly appreciated.
Write up by Paul Cumpstone and photo thanks to Susan McNeil.
Straightliners Championship Round 8 at East Kirkby was tightly fought as always even with the track moved to alleviate noise issues. Jimmy Fearn snr laying down a 1.50sec 60 foot on Saturday to alay any fears of the virgin startline also posting the fastest time of the weekend with a 9.20sec at 153mph to take FTD trophy home to Scotland.
Jimmy Fearn snr beat David Storrie in the first semi. Second semi was the BMW 1000 RRs of Wayne Bradley and Steve Howe. Split by 1/100th in qualifying Steve knew he had to be quick on the green to beat a seemingly off form Wayne. Unfortunately Steve,s green didn't materialise as he left with a red showing letting Wayne through to the final. Jimmy got the jump in the final and Wayne gave up in disgust with himself leaving Jimmy to dissappear into the distance.
Jimmy Fearn jnr, like dad, qualified in top spot on a BMW 1000 RR he shared with first timer Craig Whyte. The unfamiliar electronic gizmos were to become Jimmy,s down fall in the semi as him and his dad struggled to press the right buttons to turn off the traction control leaving Andrew Storrie, also sharing a bike, made it through to the final, Jimmy turning off early in disgust. Michael Austin, still suffering problems with the ZX12R, took the ZZR1400 to the final beating Richard Ward. The final was the battle of the big tourers Andrew taking the win as Michael,s tyre went up In smoke away from the line.
David Grundy again top qualified on his big Adventure Triumph and in first semi John Jefferson looked across at the 1/8th to see David just edge ahead to make the final. Phil Gilson was lucky to qualify having not had a run on his bike due to clutch problems. Darren Trowell sportingly gave Phil the use of his own Bandit, Phil posting a time good enough to make the top 4 with just 1 pass, a great effort from the talented Phil on an unfamiliar bike. He went on to the final beating Richard Ward who missed a gear. So David and Phil lined up in the final. Phil got the jump on Dave at the green but it appeared he may have thrown the advantage away as the rear tyre hazed but Phil hung on to get across the stripe first with an 11.48 to Dave,s 11.46 so that start was the crucial ingredient.
Stuart Grant again took the win on his 80s FZR 600
Gavin Watson qualified in No1 spot on his Lambretta sprinter but young Suzuki apprentice of the year and first timer to drag racing, James Scott, riding Mitchell Betts Gilera 172 shone all day with a best time ever for Mitchells machine. James was chuffed to bits to make the final and didn't disgrace Gavin taking the win with a 14sec dead and James on 14.03 so close!
Neil Pettitt took a bye to the final lining up with Russell Shea who had beaten Gavin Watson. Unfortunately Neil,s machine just bogged down at the start Russell grabbing the chance to take the victory.
Eric Cope, on his 100+mph street legal Lambretta took on Richard Baker's methanol burning sprinter Eric going on to take the win with a 13.57sec at 93mph.
The Nitrous Oxide Supplies Ten of the Best (TOTB) run by the Straightliners crew, served up a top speed record and personal bests in a day of action at this once a year event.
Handling circuit shootout winners.
Drag street shootout winners
FWD - First semi final saw N°1 qualifier and previous TOTB winner , Errol Huell, fall asleep at the green, Yasir Nazir blasting away to a place in the final. Second semi and Colin Rotheray cut a stunning 1.86sec 60 foot putting down his fastest time of the day, an 11.91 to beat Stephen Backland. The final and Yasir was well revved up but dumped the clutch a tad too soon pulling a red light handing the win to Colin who still impressed with another 1.86sec 60 foot and an 11.98sec run.
RWD - First timer at TOTB and number one qualifier, a full second quicker than anybody else, Jake Fitzpatrick got the jump on Stevie Ross at the green in the first semi laying down a 9.88 his fastest time of the weekend. Second semi and George Lawton, a previous winner, and Paul Norris were perfectly matched at the green but George was ahead by the 1/8th making it an all MR2 final.
In the final George was a little steady at the green and Jake with nothing to lose stuck in another 9sec run to take the win.
4WD - Top three qualifiers were all under 9secs with David Greenhaulgh in N°1 spot on 8.70secs. First semi had David reading the lights to perfection against Francis Garcia to move into the final.
Jeff Ludgate then lined up against Jurgen Vallons but just at the wrong moment Jurgen,s car decided to malfunction as he left the line leaving him stranded just beyond the start line as Jeff blasted off for a place in the final. David lined up against Jeff for what should have been a blistering end to the weekend as 3000hp was unleashed. Sadly Jeff"s car momentarily bogged at the start leaving David to blast down the quarter putting in the fastest run of the weekend on the final run, a stunning 8.66secs at 160mph. Jeff"s consolation was the trophy for the fastest 60 foot of the day with a 1.41secs.
Thanks to Alex Robinson at Nitrous Oxide Supplies who incidentally managed to run a perfect 10.00secs. The Straightliners crew and helpers and the medical crews for a superb action packed weekend and all the drivers, who from the feedback we get rate this as the must do event of the year.
Write up by Paul Cumpstone.
High temperatures and a strong side wind gusting to 11mph curtail any high speeds at Straightliners Top Speed Tuesday at Elvington. Fastest speed of the day went to Jack Frost on his first run at 248mph Steve Bland not far behind on 241 but the 32 degree heat was causing missfire problems later in the day. Becci, getting to know the new bike, ran a 217 mph but suffered with a brake problem early on which probably dented her confidence.
Of the Wheelie class runners Gary Rothwell managed a 210.24 but not a full kilometre wheelie. Egbert was on a quick trip across the channel on his normally aspirated Suzuki road bike managing a 190.352 and one of few to keep it up for the full kilometre. Somebody to look out for, and coming along with Egbert, was Kimberly Schyven showing good form that could see her the fastest lady wheelie rider come the 20/21st August.
Fabio Montani and his crew had a fruitful few runs with the "GUS GUS" Sstreamliner The car running a best 185.5 supplying the team with valuable data and impressing Fabio with the power gain from the new Nitrous system.
The Fountain boys, Alan and Tom,were testing their 600 Suzuki powered F2 sidecar outfit which had appeared down on speed at the recent TT, in spite of some excellent results in June.
They had a set of options to try and gathered useful information with the accurate speed readings available at the Top Speed event.
Finally Stephen Sherwood brought along his Toyota Supra for some pre Ten of The Best (TOTB) performance car event testing. A component glitch curtailed his running, at least he has a week to rectify it before the event.
Thanks to all who helped out in the stifling heat. Write up by Paul Cumpstone photo Phil Evans.
There was the usual close qualification times in the Straightliners championship round 7.
Russell Shea and Neil Pettitt fought it out in the final on the Lambrettas and the tail wind had a hand in the result. Both riders side by side the full length of the strip with Neil just first across the stripe. Unfortunately both riders broke out so the verdict went to the rider who broke out the least amount so Russell got the verdict with a1/100th breakout to Neils 3/100ths nail bitingly close at 14.09 to 14.07 .
For once Gavin Watson out qualified Eric Cope. Come the final and Eric turned the tables with a storming start and 1.99 60 foot to take the win with a 13.44.
R1 Lee came along to get some experience on his newly built turbo GSXR 1000 which had just come from a dyno session. A weekend of experimentation saw Lee with a best of 11.02 at 142mph.
Stuart Grant took the win on his FZR 600 Yamaha at 12.85 but Leslie Cox made good progress with the Harley ending the day with a new personal best of 15.52.
John Jefferson stamped his authority on the class, the new set of leathers may have helped. After running 11.13 to top qualify he beat Dave Grundy in the final posting an11.12 to Daves 11.27.
Mark Graham top qualified with a perfect 10.10 Michael Austin just 2/100ths behind though Michaels bike problems would spoil his day. The interesting story, no pun, was the return of the Storrie brothers David and Andrew sharing David's Hyabusa. Yes the inevitable happened both making it to the final. With Richard Ward kindly loaning Andrew his GSXR 1000 the final was on. David took the win with a 10.42 Andrew putting in a sterling effort on an unfamiliar.
Maxine Taylor held top spot on a 9.18 from early in the day with Stuart Eccles 1970s Z1000 Kawasaki the cat among the BMW pigeons. So come the final Stuart lined up against Maxine. A perfect run from Stuart on the old school nitrous bike saw him take the win. For once dad wasn't along to see the delight on Stuarts face as he collected his trophy, his daughter photographing the moment.
Phil Wood won with a 8.70 at 172mph also taking FTD with an 8.69.
Levi Baber broke the class record on Saturday with a new personal best 16.29. That lasted until Sunday when Joe Mallabone upped it to 15.96. Come the final and it was Levi who got the jump at the green which was to prove crucial. Levi first past the post with a 16.37 to Joe's losing 16.29. A great final from the 11 and 12 year olds.
Thanks to the Straightliners crew and York Raceway
Write up and photos by Paul Cumpstone.
Lancaster raceway at East Kirkby saw long standing record broken and another established on 18th/19th June.
Michael Austin broke the Road Legal over 1000cc record on his ZZR1400 which had stood for many years to our computer wizz Martyn Greathead.
The oldest machine at the meeting, the Levis 250 of Shaun Walker, established a record and then proceeded to break it a couple more times improving from 23mph to 47mph as he got used to unfamiliar controls.
Shaun Walker on his vintage Levis 250
Dick Craven ran some good numbers on his pair of Vincents. Some good 60 foot times put down by Dick but usually with the front wheel pawing the air and him heading towards the centre line or in one case just managing to circumnavigate the 60 foot beam transmitter!
Adrian Sanders was just shy of a 100mph pass with his rapid and immaculate Yamaha RD 200 managing 99mph.
Paul Priestley seems to have found reliability at last with his Lambretta not missing a beat all day to take Scooter best time.
Colin Fallows had an interesting ex Derek Parnell Vellocette 250 though without the help of his son with set up Colin struggled with a persistent misfire.
Alan "ALAN" Tinnion rode 3 machines squeezing impossibly quick times out of all of them with cracking and consistent 60foots though not managing to break any records though getting pretty close. The most impressive was ringing a 9.98sec run out of a 600 Yamaha. To put that into perspective Phil Wood ran a 9.08 on his turbo Busa in Superstreet class.
Martin Baverstock had an expensive sounding engine problem with his supercharged Kawasaki judging by the smokey end to his run and the state of the spark plug.
Trevor Duckworth managed a 100mph run on his Yamaha 3 wheeler. The fettling technicians at the TT, Paul and Phil, had finally got the air shift/ignition kill working properly after much head scratching rewiring and dismantling of parts and a bit of desperate lateral thinking.
Jim Cross, on the final run of the day, ran the fastest 60 foot of the weekend on his nitrous 500 Suzuki. A 1.50 leading into a 9.79 at 136mph at the quarter. Probably class that as a perfect run!
Write up and photos by Paul Cumpstone.
The Straightliners/NSA meeting at Lancaster Raceway, East Kirkby served up the usual close racing and nail biting finals.
The Straightliners Events run Ramsey Sprint was witnessed by a huge crowd stretching the full length of the prom on both days. After an initial spell of rain the competition hotted up in the classes. No riders managed to join the '5 second club' this year. There was a huge crowd three deep the full length of the 1/4 mile long prom. The event attracted hundreds of bikers filling the motorcycle bike park was and thousands of spectators filled the town. As well as the Ramsey Sprint power, speed and noise many people were drawn to more than 30 trader stalls. One of the high points was a visit by Keith Flint, front man with the Prodigy. Also on site signing autographs were TT riders Jamie Coward and Lee Johnston. The overall number of competitors over the two days 164 - 73 Sunday and 91 Tuesday. Fastest on Tuesday was Phil Wood 6.09sec at 128mph on a Suzuki Hyabusa Turbo. He beat local rider Gary Leach who ran a 6.09sec at 127mph.
Big crowds have turned & lots of bikes lined up to compete in the Straightliners 'Ramsey Sprint' at the Isle of Man TT. (Photo Lulu Kearsley)
Michael Austin, Team Leg- End, was the first rider of the day to dip under seven seconds. Mike, who has a prosthetic left leg, rode his Kawasaki ZZR1400 to an eventual 6.82secs giving him 3rd place in Street legal Unlimited class. Alan Tinnion, running R6 Yamaha and ZX6R Kawasaki, took 2 class wins. Both under 7secs 6.61 on the Yamaha and 6.69 on the Kawasaki. The top five riders in the Street legal Unlimited class ran times under 7secs they were Andrew King, Mally Wallis, Mike Austin, Kevin Dunton and Paul Waycott . Kevin Dunton and Paul Waycott, both riding Suzuki "B" Kings, ran best times within 5/100ths of each other 6.91 and 6.96 both at 113mph.
Brothers and first time visitors to the I.O.M and Straightliners Ramsey Sprint, Jim and Ian Cross, on near identical and immaculately turned out GSXR 500cc Suzukis ran 6.81 and 6.98 to take 1st and 2nd in class. There were two women riders, Louise Cotterill and Diane "Moonwitch" Pitt. Smallest machine was the 1970 Honda PF 49cc of Sean Booth. The world's fastest mobility scooter of Matt Hine, 107mph, managed a 8.08secs at 87mph. Tom Anable on the monowheel managed 20.26 at 36mph. Youngest rider was four year old George Wilk on his electric Oset, with dad running alongside, did a run in 49.56secs .
Going & coming at the Straightliners 'Ramsey Sprint' at the Isle of Man TT. (Photo Lulu Kearsley)
1. Up to 500cc - First time visitors to the I.O.M, brothers Jim and Ian Cross, soon had the near identical GSXR500s dialled in to the Ramsey course both riders running in the 6s. Jim winning the class with a 6.81sec at 102mph to Ian 6.98s at 103.
2. Up to 750cc - Impressive as ever, and again running 6s, Alan Tinnion on his R6 took top honours with a 6.61sec at 113mph Keith Laker in 2nd on 7.19 at 103 with his supercharged 750 Kawasaki.
3. Unlimited - Paul Callow won running 6.63 at 114
4. Vintage - The battle was between two 78 year old bikes. Stuart Harvey at the end of the day gave his all on the Triumph Tiger 80 to just edge out Sid Ormrods Rudge 10.05 to 10.15
5. Sidecar - Trevor Duckworth, with the air shifter behaving itself, ran a best 8.34 at 87
6. Street legal up to 600cc - A pair of Kawasakis took the honours in this class Alan Tinnion once again top dog on his ZX6R 6.69 at 109 and Chris Lee 2nd with 7.75 at 97
7. Street legal up to 900cc - A really close fought class saw Benjamin Rainbow, 750 Suzuki,beating John Bullough ,900 Kawasaki, 7.00 to 7.03
8. Street legal unlimited - The biggest class of the day with 41 riders. Andrew King riding his Hyabusa to No1 spot 6.49 at 118 to similarly mounted Mally Wallis 6.78 at 109.
9. Supersaturate - Gary Leach carried on from his Sunday session again posting a 6.09sec run at 127mph but Phil Wood just pipped him with a 6.09 at 128 incredibly just 1mph the winning margin.
10. Fastest woman award went to Louise Cotterill with a 7.34 sec.
11. Fastest Manx award went to Gary Leach
A big thanks to all the crew and medical staff.
Written by Paul Cumpstone.
The only event where serious hobbyists and non-professional bikers can race legally during the famous TT and Manx Grand Prix is Straightliners 'Ramsey Sprint'. With classes for all types bikes, from 50cc right up to "fire breathing" drag bikes, people can just turn up and enter on the day. The Ramsey Sprint is a drag sprint event over 1/8th mile strip which attracts thousands of spectators and many professional racers who are usually on an off day. The action starts at 10.00am and while competitors pay a fee, admission is free for spectators.
The Straightliners 'Ramsey Sprint' strip as it stretches out before you
Straightliners organise over 40 vehicle speed evens across the UK. It is unique in that it makes its events open to all comers. The events are regulated by the Auto-Cycle Union (ACU). For Ramsey Sprint all competitors must have an ACU approved helmet and full riding leathers.
When: 5th and 7th June from 10am to 5pm
Where: Ramsey Promenade (beside Mooragh Park), Ramsey, Isle of man
What: Straightliners 'Ramsey Sprint'.
This is a report about the Straightliners Events British and World record top speed event at Pendine Sands, Wales 21st and 22nd of May 2016. This was the first time that the Bonneville* vehicle classification system was used on sand in the UK and many records were established.
Despite the unpredictable weather of the first day over 40 riders from as far a field as France turned up for action. The range of vehicles stretch from the most up to date powerful motorbikes to a pushbike and many classics and strange hybrids even a bike from the 1930’s was now running electric was in action.
As conditions improved the one mile course was run until lunch break and then extended to 1.5 miles. Terry Smith riding his big bore Hyabusa was once again fastest at the Straightliners event to hang on to his Pendine crown. Terry was fastest at the mile distance at 181.099 breaking his 176 mph record of last year. At the 1.5 mile distance he edged towards 200mph with a run at 194.589 a new record. Others going at the mile were 2nd Kev Kearsley, his first time on the sand, at 174.394 with Zef Eisenberg 3rd on 173.394 and Robert Bean, 164.531, in 4th.
Rider waiting to go at Straightliners Pendine Sands, Wales tope speed & record weekend May 2016 (photo Paul Cumpstone)
At the 1.5mile 2nd to Terry was Zef, ZZR1400 Kawasaki 184.015 3rd Steve Walton, Hybusa, 183.395 and 4th Robert Bean, Spondon Suzuki Turbo, 178.550. An eclectic mix of bikes and classes made up the other runners notable were some of the smaller machines. Anthony Edwards, supercharged Honda 125, managed 86.123. The two BSA Bantam 125s, veterans of Bonneville, went well Karl Meredith 90.542 and Stephen Roberts 91.453.
Competitors line up for action at Straightliners top speed & record event at Pendine Sands, Wales. (Photo Worldreach)
All the way from France on the Majestic electric bike Gilles Pujol did a credible 76.340. The Smallest machine, the Puch Maxi 77cc, managed 63.627 and Honda C90 mounted Tim Martin, all but with 177cc, did 76.135. And finally achieving his aim of cracking the 100mph barrier, one armed Andy Slade achieved 105.632 on his Honda CRF 450 enduro bike.
Official times from the Pendine event are as follows
top speed te & French 'Streamliner HLB at the Straightliners British / World record top speed event at Pendine Sands, Wales 21 May 2016 (photo Worldreach)
Thanks to everyone who took part and hoping for more of the same next year. Next Straightliners event is the Ramsey Sprint th 5th and 7th June on the Isle of man. You can book here https://www.straightlinersonline.co.uk/component/rseventspro/event/36-ramsey-sprint-5th-and-7th-june.html
Written by Paul Cumpstone.
Elvington Airfield, North Yorks was the location once again for Straightliners Events / UK Timing Association (UKTA) standing mile top speed event last weekend. Weather on Saturday was affected by a strong sidewind but Sunday was perfect allowing 14 riders to exceed 200mph. Zef Eisenberg set a new Turbine Wheel Powered world record on the Madmax machine. Now fitted with a front fairing Zef was slightly disappointed not to have broken his record by a bigger margin but aerodynamics are probably more complex than Zef and the team thought. His new mark 234.010.
Zef Eisenberg & turbine bike in action (photo Steve McDonald)
Steve Bland, riding his Holeshot tuned turbo Hyabusa, achieved his ambition of a run at 250mph and ended up running 251.744 to take the fastest speed of the weekend. Steve promising the kids a McDonald's on the way home and a bottle of champagne to celebrate. Les Marsh with consistently quick speeds all weekend ended on 248.468.
Dodge ran the fastest wheelie of the weekend 153.015 just ahead of Nev Moss with 152.796.
Kevin Nicks ran the 2.8ltr VW shed at 79.434 down on his world record best.
Jack Frost ran his ZX10R turbo quickest In class at 209.146. There was a new personal best for 69 year old Bob Clegg at 205.630 after altering the gearing on his H2 Kawasaki.
Geoff Bland, Steve dad, was running with nitrous on the GSXR 1000 managing 189.848.
Normally aspirated Hyabusa mounted Terry Smith, last year's fastest at Pendine, put down a best 202.222.
Only running on Saturday Lee Woodcock wound his 600 Suzuki up to 126.546
Ken Gilroy achieved 174.144 on the windy Saturday.
Straightliners drag race regular Michael Austin brought along his ZZR1400 KAWASAKI road bike with the sole intention of a couple of Run What You Brung runs just to get a feel of Top Speed events. He was persuaded,after Saturday, to have a real go in this class on Sunday and the result for Mike, who has a prosthetic left leg, was fastest on 188.843 just edging out Steve Cambers with 188.094.
Hugh Brown rode his Triumph 650 Bonneville to a best 93.967.
After several years of problems for Neil Conways 1970s Piper Kawasaki it all came right with Neil on an impressive 146.352.
Jack Frost, who runs Holeshot racing, was struggling trying out some new all enveloping bodywork on the turbo Busa ,the wind on Saturday not helping the development process. With conditions much better on Sunday Jack managed a 250.772 but suffered with gearshift problems, the bodywork restricting movement on the gear change foot after airshifter problems. Second was Becci Ellis with the newly built BDR Busapaws 2. Mick, Alan and Mark working away in the pits. Becci said her first run would just be a steady run if you can call 194 steady! working up to 231.6. In the same class there were personal bests for Dazz Rose, 203.467 and riding the same bike Kyrssie Chittendon just shy of 200 at195.5.
Jack Frost in action (photo Phil Evans)
Allen Millyard, he of the many crazy motorcycle creations, brought along another, a 1974 Honda SS50 now fitted with a Kawasaki 250 KXF Motocross engine. Geared for 110 Allen clocked 93.743.
Mike Pitfield ran the Skyteam Ace to a best of 71.677.
Henry Cole was along filming for his tv programme and rode a classic 1963 supercharged 500 Triumph twin. We'll leave it for Henry to reveal his speed on the programme,his last run ending with the blower pulley detaching.
Allen Millyard rode his most famous creation, the V10 8ltr Dodge Viper engined beast. With a dose of brave pills and hanging on for grim death Allen wound the huge machine up to 182.456.
Riding on Saturday only Stuart Horn on the supercharged Honda 125 ran a personal best 85.208.
Martin Wilmott with several decades of sprinting experience brought along another of the old style methanol burning supercharged Triumph twins. Suffering with a persistent misfire he still managed 113.357.
Trevor Duckworth on his lay down three wheeler just cracked the 100mph barrier with 100.033 but only just made it across the mile line as the engine seized.
James Winter on a Charley Edmonds tuned and Eric Cope on a Taylor Tuned 250 full body Lambrettas, utilised the 45hp to good effect with personal bests just 0.285mph apart, James on 106.719 and Eric 106.434. Eric also ran the Frank Osgood Lambretta sprinter to 101.434 although without the dustbin fairing, it was causing handling issues.
Thrust Driven Streamliner
Richard Brown brought along the Jet Reaction for more testing, a new braking system working well fortunately after Richard mistakenly lit the afterburner after the mile mark causing a few sweaty palms. A best of 206.4 being achieved.
James Prat drove his Hot Rod based on a pair of 1926 model T Ford chassis rails and a side valve 100E engine, 92.668 his best.
Kevin Scott and Tom Anable dueled for honours. Kevin quickest with 62.612 Tom a disappointing 38.082 trying out new gearing.
Another successful meeting with the action moving to the famous Pendine Sands, Wales next weekend 21st / 22nd May.
Written by Paul Cumpstone
A side wind held speeds down on the first day of Straightliners Yorkshire Mile and British National records at Elvington, North Yorks. Having said still three riders achieved personal bests and 8 riders were over the magic 200mph.
Fastest speed of the day was Les Marsh with a credible 241.8mph, the quickest in M-BG -1350
Bob Clegg rode his Kawasaki H2 to 203.1.
After a first run and a bad miss fire problem Steve Bland eventually did 224.7.
Geoff Bland's nitrous GSXR 1000, posted a 180.8
Terry Smith was just shy of 200mph at 197.2
Lee Woodcock rode his 600 Suzuki to 126.5
Ken Gilroy built up to a 174.1 late in the day
Zef Eisenberg just pipped Steve Cambers by 1.7mph, both on ZZR1400 Kawasaki S Zefs best 183.77
Triumph Bonneville riding Hugh Brown's best run was 93.9
After years of preparation for top speed events Neil Conway on his 70s Piper Kawasaki achieved a best of 146.3
The Skyteam Ace of Mick Pitfield ran 66.6
Chris Hawkshaw eventually cracked the 120 barrier with a 122.8 on his turbocharged 650 Bonneville twin
Hoping to eventually take the supercharged Honda 125 to Bonneville Stuart Horn and the team have worked hard through the winter. A new personal best was achieved at 85.2mph, 69 the previous best.
The old style supercharged Triumph twin of Martin Wilmott ran113.3 best.
Trevor Duckworth just cracked the 100mph with 100.3 on his Yamaha engined 3 wheeler but it only just made it the engine detonating and stopping just after the finish line.
James Winter on his Taylor Tuned Lambretta full body was quickest on 105.3 ,Eric Cope not quite living up to his recent form.
Thrust driven Streamliner
Richard Brown brought Jet Reaction for some more development runs his best a 167.5
Turbine wheel powered
Now with a fairing on the Madmax bike Zef Eisenberg best was 218.6.
James Pratt with his Hot Rod was shy of his best posting 92.6.
R1 Yamaha mounted Tom Swales managed 142.8 despite the cross wind.
Other riders achieving personal bests were Dazz Rose 203.4 and Marvin Campbell 207.7.
More action tomorrow at Elvington so let's hope for a more favourable wind.
Written by Paul Cumpstone