At a time of great change for all of us, it was fantastic news that MC Electronics is back for another year in the Classic endurance paddock! The uninterupted sponsorship support that Sharon and Ian, company owners, have been giving the team for the last three seasons has been invaluable. It has given us the ability to afford race gearboxes in both the race engines and prepare a third spare engine. The reaffirmation of support came last week after a call from Russell Benney confirming that it was all systems go for 2021. The whole team wish MC Electronics a successful coming year in the railway safety equipment business. https://mcelectronics.co.uk/
If Covid restrictions are lifted, the team hope to be at Cadwell Park to test in late April with Phil Atkinson, Ant Hart and Hugh Brasher. With the first race planned at Paul Ricard three weeks later, the team will need to ramp up the workshop activity as well, to ensure that it is not caught napping.
At the time of writing there is still much doubt, on both sides of the channel, that our race will actually take place. Several factors need to fall into place. – the ability to travel away from the UK whilst staying within the law, the construction of a team (and riders) that can handle the return (and possibly forward) quarantine measures, the enrty limitations to get into France and perhaps most importantly; the decision that the event will be run at all. With so many variables, it is literally impossible to plan a calandar at the moment.
The 4 hours Classic Endurance planned dates are;
Paul Ricard 4hrs France 21/21nd May Spa 4 hrs Belgium 2/3rd July Magny Cours 4 hrs France 20/21st August Rijeka 4 hrs Croatia 3/4th September Misano 4hrs Italy 8/9th October
Peter Linden – update
Peter has now been successfully fitted with two new knees and is walking well. Angular movement is already sufficient on both knees to go racing; so in short, he is fit and ready to go. However, no matter how much he is chomping at the bit – travel is still impossible because of Covid rules, so we will be without him at Cadwell Park, but hope to get him back in the saddle before Spa.
The first phase of the team’s endurance museum is now complete. It is planned to open it formally during the summer. So far there are examples of the 1993 World Championship winning (Doug Toland) Riders ZXR 750 Kawasaki, the 2000 Phase One GSXR 750 and one of the Team’s 2003 winning GSXR1000 K3 bikes and the 1978 factory Packett & McNab Kawasaki as campaigned by Bernie Toleman and John Cowie to great success. one of Frank Sheene’s 1966 TSS 250 Bultacos is also on display.
The second phase of the museum will be completed in 2022 and it is hoped to populate it with many more examples of UK endurance machinery from the 1960’s and 70’s. The intention is to provide a central home for as many notable endurance bikes as possible, covering the era of the Nortons, Triumphs and BSA’s through to the present day. There has been sixty years of rich history of endurance racing attributed to UK teams and entries, yet it is diverse and until now there has been no place to call home. It is planned to get all that success under one roof so it is not lost. Contributions invited.