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NSA record breaking weekend at Lancaster Raceway

The next meeting at East Kirkby is the George Memorial Memorial. George was synonymous with the mighty Vincent but carrying on the tradition is one Dick Craven who's development skills with the marque rewarded him with 2 new records. 


In Classic non jap up to 500 cc Dick took his Comet to a series of runs under the previous record eventually resetting it at 12.63 sec at 100mph, the old record being Richard Von Mach,s 13.04sec .


Onto Classic non jap over 500cc Dick took his 998 Vincent Norton, this engine took Dick to a string of sidecar grasstrack titles in the past, and after struggling with his starts managed to lower his previous record by a huge 1.24secs, the new record being 10.88sec at 123mph. Dick,s 60 foots were also impressive being in the 1.60s.

Incidentally Dick has a wonderful collection of bikes, memorabilia and interesting "stuff" which will next be open to the public on bank holiday Monday August 29th at Stockton in the Forest on the outskirts of York. I can personally recommend a visit. 

Classic Japanese over 500CC
Mark Taylor was another rider in record breaking form on his 1980s Suzuki GSX 1100 lowering the record to 10.47sec at 136mph from the previous 11.06secs. 

Road legal over 1000CC
Both Michael Austin,Kawasaki ZZR1400, and Steve Everett, Suzuki Hyabusa, were under the record but it was Steve now holding the class record at 9.97secs at 137mph.

750CC road legal
Alan Tinnion, Yamaha R6, was tantalizingly close to a new record, his best a 9.98sec was within 1/100th of the record. 


There was a good mix of bikes and riders in the rest of the classes with some interesting bikes. John Brent was riding the nice little Howard Smith special in 125cc Racing. Kevin Melling had his H1 Kawasaki 500cc triple 2 stroke sprinter running in 500cc Racing. Ron Phillips and Stuart Kirkpatrick were on a couple of rare Czech 2 strokes a CZ 250 single and a Jawa 350 twin. A machine that particularly caught my eye was Dave Benge,s 1930s "Bitsa" the Norton frame housing a pukka racing JAP 500CC engine 15-1 cr and running methanol through a needleless racing Amal carb with a huge 1030 main jet via a Vellocette clutch to a Norton gearbox. Dave running in 500cc Vintage class put in a string of runs in the 15s at 80+mph, not bad for a combined age of rider and machine of 152 years! 

No doubt the George Brown Memorial meeting at East Kirkby on 10/11th September will bring together even more of the old sprint bikes that thankfully people still cherish from the halcyon days of sprinting, drag and record breaking. Much midnight oil was burned and ideas handcrafted before the advent of CAD/CAM and CNC machines. 

Incidentally if you are bringing along one of these older bikes a few notes on a piece of paper for the commentator would be greatly appreciated. 

Write up by Paul Cumpstone and photo thanks to Susan McNeil.

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NSA Sprint speed facts

Lancaster raceway at East Kirkby saw long standing record broken and another established on 18th/19th June. 


Michael Austin broke the Road Legal over 1000cc record on his ZZR1400 which had stood for many years to our computer wizz Martyn Greathead. 

The oldest machine at the meeting, the Levis 250 of Shaun Walker, established a record and then proceeded to break it a couple more times improving from 23mph to 47mph as he got used to unfamiliar controls. 

Shaun Walker on his vintage Levis 250


Dick Craven ran some good numbers on his pair of Vincents. Some good 60 foot times put down by Dick but usually with the front wheel pawing the air and him heading towards the centre line or in one case just managing to circumnavigate the 60 foot beam transmitter! 

Adrian Sanders was just shy of a 100mph pass with his rapid and immaculate Yamaha RD 200 managing 99mph. 

Paul Priestley seems to have found reliability at last with his Lambretta not missing a beat all day to take Scooter best time. 

Colin Fallows had an interesting ex Derek Parnell Vellocette 250 though without the help of his son with set up Colin struggled with a persistent misfire. 

Alan "ALAN" Tinnion rode 3 machines squeezing impossibly quick times out of all of them with cracking and consistent 60foots though not managing to break any records though getting pretty close. The most impressive was ringing a 9.98sec run out of a 600 Yamaha. To put that into perspective Phil Wood ran a 9.08 on his turbo Busa in Superstreet class. 

Martin Baverstock had an expensive sounding engine problem with his supercharged Kawasaki judging by the smokey end to his run and the state of the spark plug. 

Trevor Duckworth managed a 100mph run on his Yamaha 3 wheeler. The fettling technicians at the TT, Paul and Phil, had finally got the air shift/ignition kill working properly after much head scratching rewiring and dismantling of parts and a bit of desperate lateral thinking. 

Jim Cross, on the final run of the day, ran the fastest 60 foot of the weekend on his nitrous 500 Suzuki. A 1.50 leading into a 9.79 at 136mph at the quarter. Probably class that as a perfect run! 

Write up and photos by Paul Cumpstone.

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Usual Bank Holiday weather doesn't dampen the action at York Raceway 

It was the usual close fought racing at Straightliners Events meeting at York Raceway, North Yorkshire with only one spell of rain delaying proceedings.

9.10
It was the battling BMW  with Maxine Taylor initially holding top spot until late in the day Steve Howe sneaked in with a 9.61 to take the win, Maxine a mere 4/100ths astray

10.10
Michael Austin, riding his ZZR1400 road his usual ZX12R with cylinder head problems, ran a near perfect 10.11 to take home the trophy with new to drag racing this year, Ashley Smith second

11.1
It was the usual suspects fighting for 100ths of a second in this tight fought class. John Hawkins managed to bank a good run on Sunday that saw him hang on to take the class with a 11.13. 2nd and 3rd were split by the usual 100th, Dave Grundy grabbing 2nd from Phil Gilson ,11.25 to 11.26

12.10
Birthday boy Kyle Trowell, at his first drag race meeting, got the hang of drag racing with ever improving runs just shy of a 12sec run. Stuart Grant did manage to drop into the 12s a 12.82 winning the class.

Juniors
Joe Mallabone bagged the junior trophy with a record breaking time of 16.35 pushed all the way Levi Baber. Olivia made good progress with her new geared Suzuki posting her best time so far.

Top Bike
Phil Wood, had to work on Monday, put in his only runs on Sunday winning Top Bike with an 8.79 after one or two out of shape runs. Phil also stamped a new mark on the NSA Superstreet class with a record breaking 8.93, the previous record 9.04.

So another good round thanks to everyone.

Next event in the Championship is on 21st May (2 days) at Santa Pod Raceway, Northamptonshire. Book it here https://www.straightlinersonline.co.uk/events/event/14-santa-pod-round-5-2-days.html

The next Straightliners meeting is a top speed event on 14th May at Elvington Airfield. North Yorkshire.  Book it here https://www.straightlinersonline.co.uk/events/event/20-speed-week-elvington-records.html

Written by Paul Cumpstone.

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