|Me racing a Team Obsolete G-50/7R, but where and when? photo by Gordon Kerr|
I started the 7R and tried to ride it around the paddock to get as much running time as possible on this freshly rebuilt motor. The rings weren't seated and it was oiling and 8 stroking like crazy and then fouled a plug. We put in a new plug, but it was still 8 stroking and smoking and running terribly. And, It looked like rain was coming. I thought that I had dragged my mother to Holland to watch me NOT start the race, in the rain. Time to go and the motor is running poorly on the sighting lap and, when I come to the grid, the motor just about dies, but I managed to keep it running a little longer until we have to kill the motors for the push start. They flag off the 500's in the first wave, then the 350's. I pushed as hard and fast as I could and the motor a goes putt.........putt..........putt.......putt....All the other bikes are gone and the Safety Car passes me to follow the pack on the first lap, and I'm still going putt......putt........putt.......putt. The motor finally picks up and I take off. I've got a clear track and I find that when I'm beating on it hard, the motor runs great. I start catching people. I start catching a lot of people. On the last lap, I pass the leader of the 350 class, and turn the fastest lap of the race, 500's included. There was the traditional podium scene with the champagne (Alan Cathcart won the 500 class on his Paton) and later that evening there was a prize giving at a fancy venue downtown. It turned out to be the perfect event for my mother to come to.
So, we load up and drive to Scotland for the Bob McIntyre Memorial Classic races at Knockhill, picking up Dick Mann, who's going to race a pre-'65 motocross race at the same meeting, on the way.
There were three races for each class each day. The Greeves Oulton would get the lighting start while the 7R would be all oiled up and take a while to clear. As each race went on, the Greeves would slow a bit as it got hot and the 7R would get faster. Sometimes I caught the Greeves; sometimes I didn't.
But, I was troubled, because the bike in the photo had a 230mm Ceriani 4LS front brake and 1709 had a 210mm Fontana 4LS front brake. When I checked our records at Team Obsolete, I found that I had totally forgotten that I had also raced another G-50 (4825) in the 500 class and this chassis did have a 230 Ceriani. We had a lot of trouble with this bike because of what ultimately turned out to be a faulty magneto. Saturday, I got a 5th, a DNF, and a DNS. Sunday, a DNF, a 1st when we ran the bike without the fairing lowers, and a DNS.
|Racing at Knockhill 5 July, 1987 with no fairing lowers trying to diagnose a running problem. Gordon Kerr photo|
Greeves Oulton, Joey Mulholand, and he sent me a photo of him and Joey racing.
|One can't see much, but that's Joey Mulholand on his Greeves Oulton, this time racing Gordon Brown. Gordon Kerr photo|