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Hi All.. writing you from the Isle of Man. Got here yesterday.. ahead of most.

So, I looked at the program, and of course there are a lot of Manx's and G50's. A few Goldies, but there are 3 Vincent 500's. This should put a smile on the Vinnie guys..! Never seen 3 of them here on the IOM since I have been coming.

Should be a great event..!

Cheers..!

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Ron, what days are you racing? I arrive Thursday of practice week.


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Will be there this Sunday wink

Prefer practise week to racing week as a spectator.

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Hi Ron

My friends are arriving with their bike (Eldee Velo) on the ferry from Liverpool today. Unfortunately I have only a few hoidays available so I will only arrive late next week Wed.

I assume you are in the Senior Classic with the Goldstar racing on the Saturday. Good luck and I hope the bike behaves itself !!

Chris and his Dad are both riding Manx Nortons in the 500. Chris is on one from NZ.

Anstey is riding McIntoshes Manx again.

http://mcintoshracing.wordpress.com/

Whats your race number? I will try to track you down.

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I will be there late on Friday 22nd. Usually do TT but decided to take my JABSA to Manx this year as it's usually quieter.


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Good luck and good riding Ron. We all look forward to hearing about your high speed exploits. Keep it on the road !
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Hello Ron,
Check the Vins to find out if any of the bikes are the new Godet bikes.

About time someone used these things in anger again.

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Ron,

Best of luck!

I do not know who is on the third Vincent, but two have been entered by Patrick Godet. I wrote about these bikes in MPH for the Club, but David Lancaster has written them up on the Egli blog:

http://egli-vincent.net/2014/03/29/...he-bike-in-this-years-classic-tt-senior/

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They are setting off for first practice now. You can hear it live online at Manx radio

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Due to problems with gales affecting sailings limiting marshalls the first Sat practice was dropped to a timed lap for newcomers only escorted by regular riders at a set pace. Mondays practise went ahead with the roads dry but with strong cold winds, I was at Ballaugh Bridge and frozen but the riders are made of sterner stuff and a full contingent was completed. Tonights will be better as the winds have moderated, wed should be ok too but maybe rain for Thursday. Weekend is forecast for good weather. Long range forecast was dire before I left on Sunday into a force 7 gale but its all turned around.

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Bill Swallow completed a lap on the 250 cc Eldee Velo at 81.2 mph and reported it good.

Which is pretty pleasing for a first time out new engine.

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I'm listening to the race right now. I'm hoping Bruce Anstey does well. I'm not hearing anything about the Comets? I love the commentary but it would be nice to hear more than just the positions. The sound track is great!

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Saw the race but could not hear the commentary but Rons bike looked well placed as it showed bteer than 42 portion where it started from. Ian lougher won and Bruce was 2nd or 3rd. John McGuiness was in front when he retired early and then Michael Dunlop took over but suffered a split tank. Off to Jurby tomorrow for short circuit racing.

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I only got one picture of Ron's bike , from the goose neck. Didn't see the final lap so I suspected a long time in the pits???

It's sounded great anyway. I'll post my misely pic when I get back to my digs


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Well we had a very buzy week with lots of late nights in the shed.

The Eldee 250 didnt have the power it should have had - possibly too much cam for a 250. Bill's best practice lap was 82 mph average but through the speed trap he was only getting 96 mph. Which is down about 10 mph on speed traps in Oz. Bill was basically on wide open throttle the whole way round !! Its hard to do a 90 mph lap of the IOM if your top speed is only 96 mph :-)

It stopped with a stripped magneto drive !!! Not what we expected. Other results were Chris got 6 th in the 350 Classic on the Aermacchi with a race average of just over 100 mph. Slowed by a leaking oil seal which put oil over the back tyre. In the 500 class he was going very well ahead of at least one Patton before the Manx stopped for a silly issue which I will leave it up to the owner to describe - if he ever does !! Bill Manx in the 500 also stopped but I dont know why.

Bruce Anstey got third on the McIntosh Manx.

I had a quick look for you Ron but we spent almost no time in the pits and all the time in the shed. Our first trip and lots to learn. Short circuit racing on methanol in NZ doesnt set you up for petrol in the IOM.

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Looks like Ron's bike retired on the 3rd lap.

http://www.iomtt.com/~/media/Files/2014/Downloads/ClassicTT/RaceResults/Classic%20500%20Lap%20by%20Lap.pdf

Lap 1 24th Position

Lap 2 21st Position

Lap 3 and 4 no mention.

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That would be why I never got my second photo opportunity.

John, it was great to meet you and your wife in person, I never did find Ron's pitch on the paddock though. I did have a good time though on the Wednesday marshalling at The Creg.


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Glad you got back safely Allan and good to meet you and friends, we came back on the Manannan into a force 7, much breaking of chinaware and a few sick bags around wink not helped by us enjoying eating Bacon Baps with no ill effects laughing .

Will now have to rest for a few days, its wall to wall events and even missing a few like the evening parade on Weds and the sand racing at Peel on Thurs made it a very busy fortnight. Planning to return next year already.

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Ohh don't mention those bacon baps sick

I took the premium lounge coming back, far better. Better seats, cooler environment, free snacks and drinks, decent balcony.


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Hi Guys...! Sorry for the late reply... We had mostly great practice sessions.. we were 6th fastest in class.. And as reported, Paul was on the move.. Paul had never even sat on a Classic 500 before that first Monday practice.

Paul pulled off on the third lap.. no power.. it blew a head gasket.. booo... I found the left rear head bolt loose. We did an all nighter on Friday doing the normal pre-race teardown.. Got it done late and was I think second last bike to get through Scruits.. Perhaps if we had a heat up - cool down cycle so that I could of retorqued the head bolts, that may of made all the difference.

Also the windscreen cracked then broke, which was not a big deal... However all the other changes I made proved to be a success..!

Should of been easy to find us.. had a large American Flag on top... we were near the same place as last year.. oh well... next year..!!

I was most honored that Bruce Anstey came around a few times to chat, as did James Cowton.. nice guys for sure..!!

I had a blast overall..! The people really make it... I will post some pictures when I get home..

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Hi Ron, Glad you had a good time,I spent !0 days there,went with my sons and 2 classic road bikes.Saw you in the practise but spent most of my time riding or fixing.Got helped to fix electrics from a Manx Norton rider so was pleased to be able to assist him which got me onto the start line.THe people really make the thing majic. The Eldee sounded great,got to peek at it in the pits,a work of art.Pity it was not 100% ,would have loved to see Bill do well.Heard lots of people had prob's with fueling,Not sure that the additives in some pump fuels are suitable with our high temp aircooled motors and can cause plug problems that resemble fueling issues.Bet the Eldee runs fine on Avgas or similar ,Doubt its the cam design.The island is tough on bikes especially if you did not visit the fairey bridge for good luck!.

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