another perfectly good motorcycle ruined.......

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

m.z.

i'm sorry, after my brat like outburst regarding the weekend's racing exploit's i've calmed down, chilled out and taken stock, fuck all that racing caper, all i need in my life is an mz trophy, a bottle of red wine, some steve hillage on the eight-track and a pair of flip-flop's, sorted.........

cadwell park

strolling around the paddock in-between races on saturday, mug of tea in hand, one of the bikes that caught my attention was the 500cc ariel vha of charles davies, racing in the royal enfield championship for solo motorcycles, 351-500cc to 1962, love this bike and a real pleasure to chat with the two lad's who are racing it, genuine, i asked how they were going on, 'shit really, dead slow compared to a manx but, well, you've just got to have a go 'an you......'

cadwell park

the scooter's are one of the reasons i want to race with the bhr, i've got a foot in both camps, traditionally scooters have always been associated with the northern soul scene, don't know about the early day's in the sixties, i'm sure there must have been people who travelled to all-nighter's on them when the original mod's embraced the rare soul movement, but for me, active on the northern scene in the mid 70's to early 80's i can't really remember seeing many scoots parked up outside northern venues, that changed with the mod revival, loads more scooters, scooter rally's and a whole new generation turned on to the lifestyle, from the mod-fuelled revivlist's, the cut-down vespa, px and t5 riding, mohican, cherry red booted m1a jacketed phsycobilly's who invaded seaside town's the length and breadth on a bank holiday weekend, to the more performance orientered 'fast scooter' street racers to the legendary 'hardly rideable's' a loose knit bunch of lad's and lasses who turned the rat-scoot into an artform, attending the motorcycle action group demo run's and out drinking, out 'consuming' and out fighting their biking 'brother's' and guess what? the buggers are still at it, the scooter racer's aren't some ragged-tail, poor relation's to the bike racing elite, rather, a bunch of hard-as-nail's racer's who take their sport as seriously as any manx norton owning lansdowne series owner..........