I'm on my way back from the Isle of Man ClassicTT. Team Obsolete shipped the 1959 Matchless G-50 1709 that we used to win the 1984 Senior Historic TT back to the IOM to participate in the Classic Racer Magazine Lap of Honour. I went over a week before my ride to watch some practice and racing and hang out with friends. There was a considerable American contingent, some newcomers, some with experience; some who I knew, some I didn't. Ron Halem from San Jose, Ca., brought his 500 BSA Goldstar. The bike had raced at the IOM at least four times before and this year was being rider by Paul Owen, an experienced and enthusiastic Brit. Wade Boyd had raced at the IOM many times on both solo and sidecar and had a Classic F-1 Suzuki. Bill Blythe is an old friend from Ct., who raced the Mountain Circuit for the first time last year after coming to the Island a couple of times previously to learn the circuit. He was racing a Kawasaki ER-6 in the modern Supertwins/lightweight Manx Grand Prix. Andrew Mauk, from Milwaukee, was riding his friend Keith's CB 450 Honda in the 500 Classic TT.
|The Renault Trafic six speed diesel van we had use of on the Island. Why can't we get these in the USA?|