Monday, 4 April 2016

Rye House Practice and BSMC Launch

The new DTRA season kicks off this Sunday at Rye House. It's free to spectate. Racing all day from 10am.
The club has attracted FIFTY new members this year. There are over 100 entries for this race, at a time when other motorcycle race series are struggling for enough numbers to continue.

These shots are my phone snaps from a practice at Rye House eight days ago.
Above, and at the top of the page, is Jon Bell's TT500. Jon raced in the Short Track UK series (forerunner to the DTRA) on a modern KTM a good few years ago and was very quick. He's come back with big-bore Yamaha XT/TT. It looks the part, with the aftermarket alloy swingarm and Jemco-style pipe. Jon converted it from dry sump to wet sump (not sure why) and it seemed to cause some problems on the practice day.
Darren and his Ossa Vintage class stroker.
Survivor Mike on one of the CCM road bikes he converts into race bikes. There will be four or five of these racing in the DTRA this year.
Guy and Norm Joss are sharing this gorgeous Trackmaster Triumph twin. They have two between them, so I think fastest rider gets to choose first. 
DTRA main man, Anthony Brown debuted his Death Spray village fete colours on his Honda 450.
Even my lad Max was out practicing on his XR100. 
Don't forget, Sideburn and the DTRA are having a launch this Saturday afternoon, the day before the first DTRA race. We've arranged with the track that riders can park within the Rye House track, get the train to Liverpool Street and visit the Bike Shed, then come back to the track to watch the Rye House Rockets Premier league speedway fixture, against Ipswich Witches, that night (adults £15, under-16s are £5).
The train takes 38 minutes and it means you don't have to take your van or trailer into London. 
Return ticket is something like £20. 

There will be :

A display of dirt track race bikes
DTRA organisers to talk to
Sideburn stuff to buy and editor to talk to
The impressive Bike Shed to look around
Good food to buy
Bike Shed's own stock of clobber or accessories
The chance of a good haircut in the on-site barbers
Drinks to be drunk (both acholic and non)
Great people to meet.

All the times and location details are on the poster. G

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