|In the foreground, Len Fitch's TR3 Yamaha|
Len geared it up once, but it was still a little short. Len told me not to worry about it and just let it rev past 11,000 rpm.
|Len's TZ 350 D on the right, TR3 on the left|
I was entered in Middleweight Period 2 and in Saturdays heat, I was able to track down early leader Mick Vaclavik who was racing a XS 650 based Yamaha in a custom, one off chassis, and motor by for the win. He apparently had a slipping clutch which he thought he would be able to fix.
|Mick Vaclavik's XS 650 based 750 in a Dennis Curtis frame|
I was also entered in the 12 lap Vintage GP, the last race of the weekend. This is a class for bikes sold as race bikes, as opposed to converted street bikes. I was expecting to race the TR3 in this race too but, at the last minute, Len asked me if I want to ride the '77 TZ 350 D that Steve Humphrey's had been racing. Steve was racing his RS 125 in the Vintage GP, so the TZ was available. The TZ was newer and with monoshock rear suspension, and Len figured it was faster. I was able to get one 'scrub' lap in during the warmup lap for the previous race, which was a bit of a help, but I wasn't exactly 'one' with the bike at the start.
There are three divisions in the Vintage GP class, Light, Middle and Heavy weight, and the TZ 350 is considered Middle, as is the TR3. But, there were no Heavyweight entries, so I was gridded on the second row of the first group, with the 125s behind us. I quickly got into 4th place behind David Percival on an RS 250 Honda, Chris Hurst on a TZ350 Yamaha and Joe Soles on an RS 250 Honda. It became apparent, as I started to get comfortable on the TZ, that it was geared too short, also. On the 5th lap, I got by Joe Soles, with Percival and Hurst long gone. What I didn't realize was that, after a bad start, Stacey got by Patrick Gagnon, to lead the 125s. A lap later, she got by Joe Soles and got right on my rear wheel, with Joe right on her's. Gagnon and Humphrey were following closely and swapping back and forth, too. But, she couldn't get by and at the finish there was less than one second between me, Stacey, Soles and Gagnon. Stacey's best lap was 0.852 seconds faster than my best, and I was probably holding her up as my best lap (as well as Joe's and Patrick's) was the last one, where as Stacey's was the 5th before she caught up to us. In fact, Joe, Patrick and Steve all had a faster best lap than mine, they just didn't have enough of them. Patrick Gagnon made an entertaining video of the race which can be seen here:
|Nev Miller raced a Velo MAC and we compared notes with the Gary Roper MAC I race out West.|
|Not something you see everyday: a Ural roadracer; it wasn't last!|
|The Ural final drive|
|Another unusual road racer: Rick Yates' Kawasaki F7 175|