Conditions were far from ideal but Phil Atkinson did well to get in some hot laps in preparation for Spa. At the end of the day, having achieved best lap in his class, the bike was pronounced fit for the 4 hours in Belgium on the 3rd of July.
Regrettably due to the current Covid restrictions Steve’s funeral will be a private event. Chub’s wife Jilly, who is very aware that many of his racing friends would have liked to be there, sends her sincere apologies, and seeks their understanding. Everyone will however be able to watch the service live online and it will remain available for 28 days. Jilly has set up a tribute page which you may like to visit, which also contains the online funeral link.
Many team members who knew Chub have suggested a get together in his memory. This is a good one and we will do it soon. Chub was such an important and inspirational team member for a 10-year period and such a tribute will be a big one, he would have wanted no less. Please will you contact us by email on firstname.lastname@example.org for the details. It would be a great opportunity to raise a glass to the big guy, just like old times.!
Whilst the Chinavirus continues to frustrate international travel, the Team return to Donington Park for next weekend’s NG Racing National event. Phil Atkinson will pilot the XR69 in two classses to see how he goes against mostly more modern machinery. It will be the first time for years that the Team have contested a short circuit UK event like this and it is eagerly awaited, as the last race was at Misano some six months ago.
As an aside – this year’s Moto Giro d’ Italia event will start from the Misano paddock straight after the Misano 4hrs race in October. (not a coincidence as we will be transporting many of the old classic bikes to Italy in the race truck)
Peter Linden has fully recovered from his double knee replacement surgery and it raring to go….but just can’t get out of Sweden yet.! We shall have him on the bike at Spa come what may. The Team are scheduled to be on track there for the training day on Thursday 1st July, with free practice on the Friday, followed by qualifying and the race on Saturday evening.
Provided Peter’s race fitness is good, then we hope to get out on the TZs 350s, possibly as part of the superb German Championship, later in the year. Last year’s Most event really was good.
A month ago there was a three hour event in Spain and next week a four hour event is planned at Paul Ricard – both having to be missed due to the restrictions.
As far as this year’s other events are concerned – Misano in October is confirmed, but the other scheduled events at Magny Cours in August and Rijeka in September are yet to be fixed.
Chubby died peacefully yesterday at home with wife Jilly. Chub had sufferred a stroke in early April and had been hospitalised for three weeks before returning home.
Chubby was well known and respected by many in the world of motorcycle endurance racing, principally as the long term fueller for Phase One Endurance. Chub spent some ten years with the team, including the world championship winning years of 2000 and 2003, achievements for which he was rightfully very proud. His contribution was considerable.
He will be remembered by literally hundreds of fellow endurance enthusiasts as the big man with the big heart and the big smile, who maxed-out at all that he did – be it curries, laughs, stint lengths or determination.
Our notable memories will always include him wringing-out his neck towels into a bowl at Suzuka each year, after simply walking the short distance from the Flower Garden Hotel to the paddock. Plus, our memorable early morning work-ins at Spondon building race tanks. Chubby and sweary Bob were priceless together.
So, Chub dear teammate your final dump has been done and you have crossed the finishing line. And some race it was eh?. !!
The thoughts of all Phase One Endurance team members will surely be with Jilly and Steve’s parents at this time.
I will communicate information on arrangements here, as soon as I know them. RB