I went to the Phillip Island Classic races on Saturday to see old style motorcycle racing and listen to 4-stroke noises from the V-twin and singles classic era.
It was an action packed day with riders crashing on the high speed pit straight.....twice. Rex Wolfenden of T-Rex Racing (pictured) blew his motor right in front of us going into turn one. ( a short and expensive weekend for the Melbourne engine builder.) Immediately after that there was a big crash at turn one where a bike flipped in the air after dropping the rider. The rider got up, kicked his bike, lifted and inspected the bike, dropped the bike and kicked it again. It was great to see that there are other workmen prepared to blame their tools.
In the international challenge for forgotten era machines It was basically a two way fight between Steve Martin and Britain's Jeremy McWilliams. Although in heat 2 Martin went missing late in the race and McWilliams must have backed off and was pipped on the line. A much needed win for the UK went begging there. Since the UK guys have been easily beaten in prior years I decided to reflect my English heritage and lend some support by draping a St George's Cross over my car.
On Sunday I followed some of the results live at computime.com.au.
Final points were, Aus 1154.6, UK 807.7, Others 706.3
McWilliams topped the rider points over 4 races due to the Martin DNF.
Old timer, the ever reliable, Robbie Phillis was 5th in the points due to consistency despite not being at the front in each race. I remember watching him on TV racing in the Castrol 6 hour when I was a kid. He may be older but hasn't got slower.