That's me above in my new Icon Hypersport Stealth jacket and trousers. The jacket was lettered up by a family business in Wigan called Joyda.
Here's why I was so excited. G
(All photos: Sideburn, except the one above: Baron73)
REASON 1 - NEW RIDERS, NEW FRAMERSSinner Supply in Belgium, one of three chopper-riding Belgians who have either bought or built framers over the winter to compete. His mate 85R, David is on a self-built SR500. And there are more to come.
The last of the Belgians, who actually performed the best on the day, was Bram on his Suzuki 600. Bunch of great guys bringing even more colour and variety to the DTRA.
This is a small line-up of the DTRA's 30-strong Rookie class entry. How good do these bikes look? 77R is photographer Sam Christmas.
REASON 2 - EXISTING RIDERS, NEW PAINT
And Ross's equally bitchin' Death Spray KTM/Rotax framer.
REASON 3 - THE VINTAGE CLASSPrivate White VC. He races in them too.
This is Jack on his Dad's BSA Empire Star. This bike was flying until the final when it got tangled up and managed to run over poor Paul Harrison twice in the same incident.
Another Paul looked the absolute business on his Enfield, white shirt and open-face lid. I hope he doesn't mind me saying he was so slow he couldn't catch a cold, because he was out there, doing it. Respect. And then he came off track and shoved a pie in his face to recuperate. Screw your energy drinks. Double respect!
REASON 4 - ANTHONY BROWN
REASON 5 - THE VARIETY
And, at the other end of the scale, we have Sid Snots like Milo with his pie plate on his back.
We love them all!
REASON 6 - THE SPONSORS
The DTRA has some great sponsors including: Deus Ex Machina, DuckSmart, Nixon Watches, FTWCo, Barstow by 100% and House Industries who created the design and font for our official number plates. Oh, and Sideburn is a sponsor too.
REASON 7 - MY MECHANIC
Busy time, busy life, busy town, so it's good to spend a full boy's day out with my son. It's never the same when he can't make it.
Next race is at Peterborough, a two-day and part of the MCN Festival of Motorcycling. There is going to be a special Transatlantic race that includes Kevin Schwantz and David Aldana and David Knight! G