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Disabled riders take two class wins at Lancaster Raceway. 

Two of our disabled riders took class honours at Lancaster Raceway, East Kirkby, on Sunday the 17th of April. Michael Austin, last year's 10.10 class winner, took another trophy home after posting the fastest time in his class. Michael had struggled with machine problems eventually ran a 10.16 sec.

Chris Graily, making his debut with Straightliners this year and showing remarkable consistency, went home with trophy for the 11.10 class with a 11.13. Both Michael and Chris have prosthetic left legs. Michael uses a push button gearshift on his Kawasaki while Chris has his gear lever transferred to the right foot. 

Top speed disabled riders. 
Over the years several riders with disabilities have taken to Elvingtons runway 26 for top speed runs. Riders who have done well include the fastest one armed rider. Shane Wogan ,who has a prosthetic right arm, holding that record at 230+ mph. Shane has all the controls on the left handlebar, throttle, clutch and front brake. 

Breaking the magic 200mph barrier.  
Another rider to achieve great things last year was Andy "Swingarm" Slade . It was his ambition to crack the 200mph barrier. Andy, who has a missing left arm at the shoulder , rides with just his right arm.
After a year riding a Ducati to get up to speed eventually cracked the magic 200 riding his Suzuki Hyabusa Turbo. 

National Association of Bikers & Straightliners
The National Association of Bikers (NABD) with Disabilities, actively encourage riders to get back on their bikes with grants available to modify their machines. Over the years many NABD riders have taken part in Straightliners Events. Straightliners actively encourage and help disabled riders to achieve their ambitions, even blind riders and drivers to break records. 

Anybody who wishes to have a go at motorcycle sport don't be afraid to contact Straightliners. We can be contacted via Straightliners Facebook pages https://www.facebook.com/StraightlinersNewsChannel/ or Trevor Duckworth https://straightlinersonline.co.uk/contact-us/managing-director.html on phone 07971 172210


Written by Paul Cumpstone

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A great day at Lancaster Raceway as 124 competitor's take part

A great day at Lancaster Raceway, East Kirkby and a total of 124 competitor's taking part. Of those we had 50 riders from the MCN Live ride out from Butlins taking part, trophies for the top three going to David Kisby, Paul Milton and Karl Vella who were separated by just 3/100ths of a second.


 (Photo Paul Cumpstone)

Of the 13 scooters taking part Glen Husselbee won the 16.10 class, Dom Shurety the 15.10 class Russell Shea the 14.10 class and Eric Cope 13.10. Top scooter and new class record went to Adam Chaplin with a stunning 12.17sec at 103 mph breaking the previous record by. 55 of a second on the twist and go Gilera Runner. Stuart Grant took the trophy for the 12.10 class, an impressive performance by Chris Graily earned him the trophy for 11.10 class, Michael Austin taking 10.10 after sorting some machine problems and Wayne Bradley the 9.10 class, his 9.25sec run earning him the fastest time of the day trophy as well.

 

Phil Wood was winner of Top Bike despite struggling with machine maladies. Young Levi Baber was mightily impressive on the Genspeed junior machine taking a new junior record running a 16.56 to break the record by 2 tenths and that after a quick engine change after the end snapped off the crank!!He also ran a new personal best at 16.33 to win the NSA junior class. Of the NSA classes Rob Maltby won Racing 50, Ron Phillips racing 125, Adrian Sanders racing 250 Colin Fallows racing 400.

 

It was nice to see John Hobbs out on his Olympus machine taking 500 racing before destroying the motor with a monumental blow up showering the track with bits of crank and crankcase. John Fawcett was victorious in 750 racing and Dave Clee 1000 racing Phil Wood the winner of unlimited racing . Dick Craven with his brace of Vincents taking both the 500 vintage and unlimited vintage post, 46.Tony Bracey rode his pre 46 Vellocette 250 to take 350 vintage. An usually reliable day was had by Paul Priestley on the Lambretta had him take home the scooter trophy, Tony Johnson classic non jap up to 500, Les Bellamy classic jap up to 500 and finally Trevor Smedley classic jap over 500. 

 

With a spectator crowd of just over 300 including the MCN Live contingent this was one of the best turnouts at Lancaster Raceway. Thanks to all who attended and hope to see you again.

 

Written by Paul Cumpstone

 

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