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Pokerstars / Straightliners Dragfest @ Jurby, Isle of man

Pokerstars / Straightliners Dragfest at Jurby sees local riders putting in strong performances in front of a huge crowd. After Saturdays washout Sunday couldn't have been better with close qualifying the order of the day and some nail biting finals. 

Wheelie Class
Jason King, Suzuki 1000 Turbo, took the honours with a 10.77sec at 150mph.

14.10 Class
Class points leader, Russell Shea, made it through to the final against the rapid Bantam 175 of Tom Miller, just 0.59sec splitting their best times. Unfortunately Tom was a no show in the final so Russell took the Shedtune Lambretta to the win. 

Some of the action at Pokerstars / Straightliners Jurby Dragfest (photo Andrew Duckworth)

12.10 Class
It was nice to see Mark Patman back out on a bike after his big off earlier in the year, all but riding his road going Z1000 Kawasaki. In the final he was up against Mathew Draper on the Stomp 90cc Hybrid. Mark sportingly gave Matthews small machine a bit of a start and it was pretty close at the line Mark just taking the win. 

11.10 Class
On only his 2nd ever drag race meeting Joseph Newton top qualified on his ex F1 sidecar engined ZZR1100 Kawasaki. He was up against the experienced Phil Gilson in the final. For some reason Phil saw the red mist and the red light dropping the clutch a fraction early giving the win deservedly to a delighted Joseph. 

10.10 Class
It was the usual suspects topping the class, Michael Austin and Dee King with the addition of Alan Tinnion in the mix, just 4/100ths splitting them. In the semis Dee broke out trying to beat the fast starting Alan and Michael beat Darren Trowell.  In the final it was Michael, ZZR1400, against highly experienced, 14 times British sprint champion, Alan, R6 Yamaha. As usual Alan nailed it away at the green with Michael trying hard to beat him to the stripe only to cross it first but breaking out in the process running a 10.00sec dead giving the win to Alan who ran his fastest time a 10.16sec.

Competition
Owen Cooke chose the Genspeed Suzuki over the Harley in the final to win this class. 

9.10 Class
Once again a hard fought class Wayne Bradley 3/100ths ahead of improving local Alan Morrison. Next up was the only lady rider Maxine Taylor and tying in 4th with exactly the same speed and time, 9.36sec at 145mph, were Jimmy Fearn and Paul Furlong. Through the 1/4 finals and semi finals emerged Jimmy and Maxine, both previous class winners, so it was stoked up to be a cracking final. Unfortunately Maxine was a little too determined to win releasing the clutch a tad early the subsequent red light handing Jimmy the win. 

Top Bike
Local rider, Gary Leach, was on fire posting a string of runs in the 8s to line up in the final against Phil Wood, who had spent the day searching for the elusive good run. Come the final and Phil had resigned himself to the runner up spot Gary having been so strong and consistent all day. Sadly what should have been the final of the day turned into a damp squid as the old red light shone for Gary. Both riders agreed it was not the way they wanted to win or lose the final. Gary didn't even get the consolation of the FTD award as Paul Furlongs 8.87sec was just quicker than Garys 8.92sec best. 

Juniors
Once again the juniors put on a great show with Liam O'Leary top on 13.03sec Thomas Burnett 13.77sec and Levi Baber on 15.18sec a new personal best. Once again to even things out the delay was used on the clock, the idea being that the riders should cross the line together. The final came down to Levi and Liam with Liam on a 4.1sec delay.  Levi put down another blistering run to cross the line first helped by a missed gear change from Liam on the way down. 

All in all a cracking days racing thanks going to the MDRA, Straightliners all helpers and the Hogg Rescue medical crew. 

Written by Paul Cumpstone 

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Straightliners Ramsey Sprint on the Isle of Man 2016

An eclectic mix of old and new bikes put on a great show for the large crowd at Straightliners Ramsey Sprint on the Isle of Man 2016.   These included a Ramsey Sprint first. Israel Gillette, on his first ever trip to the I.O.M, took his dog Daisy for a run down the famous strip in the left pannier. Israel was over from Tennesse. 

Pre-war vintage `39 
As always John Young was in top form on his Tri/ JAP 500CC his unusual starting technique and super quick gear changes saw him put down a highly impressive 8.26sec run at 83mph. 

Vintage up to`60
Another impressive performance from local lad Lester Rowbottom ran 8.58sec at 77mph on the supercharged 500 Triumph twin. 

Heading down the strip at the Straightliners Ramsey Sprint (photo Ray Collister)

`61 to`76 unlimited racing
Neil Conway ran 8.05sec at 96mph on his unusual Piper Kawasaki, a machine that Neil has took to 141mph at Elvington. 

Sidecar and 3 wheelers 
Trevor Duckworth was another in the 8s on his 3 wheeler with 350cc Yamaha power running 8.68sec ar 82mph. 

Pre `81 road legal 500cc
Another Yamaha 350, a `74 RD, of Barry Grice took the honours with a 10.19sec at 73mph. 

Pre `81 unlimited road legal
Nice to see Mark Patman having a competitive run, his first since his off at East Kirkby. Mark ran his Z1000 Kawasaki to a 8.41sec at 82mph to take the class trophy. 

Up to 750cc
As ever Alan Tinnion did a storming job on the R6 Yamaha posting a 6.70sec at 110mph.

Unlimited cc
First timers at the sprint course, Dee King and Mike Austin, ended up 2nd and 3rd in class with respectable 6.56sec and 6.72sec but it was the stalwart from Scotland, Jimmy Fearn, who took the class win with a 6.10sec at 123mph. 

Up to 750 cc competition
Paul Hodgson, jet lagged from his record breaking trip to Bonneville, had little time to prep his sprint bike and with a 8.21sec was 2nd to Alan Tinnion who took class honours with 7.45sec at 98mph .

`81 to`95 to 900cc
Alistair Wilson got his GPZ900 Kawasaki down to a 8.51sec at 94mph to win. 

`81 to`95 unlimited
Andy Seals on his nicely turned out GSX1100EFE rode to a best 6.92sec at 104mph for a class win.

Junior
Local lad, Liam O`leary got the better of Levi Baber, probably due to Liams extra 173ccs . Liam on 8.34secs to Levi,s 10.20sec both lads riding with maturity beyond their years. 

Unlimited competition. 
First run for Paul Furlong, the course record holder, was a 6sec dead so a run in the 5s was never in doubt Paul eventually posting FTD with 5.93sec at 123mph to win the class.  Alan Morrison took 2nd with a 5.98sec run at 122mph to equal his personal best, Alan having the consolation of the Fastest Manx man trophy, he lives at the end of the course, and Phil Wood 3rd not able to crack the 5sec barrier but 6.01sec ain't bad. 

A great event as always from the experienced Straightliners crew. Thanks to everyone including the medical team. 

Written by Paul Cumpstone 

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Motorcycle Wheelie World Championship - New world record / winner

The new Motorcycle Wheelie World Champion Egbert Van Popta, Netherlands stunned the crowd with a run at 214.669mph but just dropped the front wheel down between the timing beams for a fail so over 210 mph was looking a distinct possibility. Sure enough Egbert didn't disappoint with 213.309mph to set a new motorcycle wheelie world record. A huge cheer went up from the crowd and Egbert was congratulated on his return to the pits by previous record holder Gary Rothwell from Liverpool. Gary was indeed second quickest on 206.049mph, just shy of his 200.8mph record. Third in the competition, all the way from Minneapolis USA, was Cecil "Bubba" Myers on his third visit to the event. He astonished everyone with a stunning new personal best close to 200mph with a 197mph, his previous a 134.4mph. There were 15 successfully completing a Kilometre wheelie. 
Egbert van Pota winning the Straighteners Motorcycle Wheelie World Championship (photo Phil Evans)
 
Other performance of note were Tom Swales, Selby. North Yorkshire on a borrowed the ex-Egbert GSXR1100 turbo who achieved a new personal best at 169.206mph. Dave Corrance, from England but living in France, had a new personal best at 166.8mph having been quickest on Saturday on 156.6mph. Dazz Rose from West London achieved his first ever kilo wheelie with a 165.069mph. Probably the most incredible statistic was down to Richard Roche Limerick, Ireland, his best time this year was exactly the same to the 1/1000th at 154.122mph. 
 
Egbert brought along three other riders for the first time this year, Kees Vogel was straight on the case posting three successful attempts on Saturday and then improving to 129.811mph on his Triumph Daytona 955. Vincent Hoogerwart, yes a commentators nightmare of a name, late on Sunday managed a kilo wheelie at 143.650mph . Unlucky not to be the first female rider to achieve a kilo wheelie was Kimberly Davy Schyven, Netherlands. Her best with the front wheel up through the timing beams was 141.518mph unfortunately Kimberly had dropped the front wheel down at half track for a fail.
 
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400+mph ‘jet bike’, 'Fastest Shed' & turbine bike speed test at Elvington Airfield

400+mph Jet Reaction ‘jetbike’ speed tests at Elvington Airfield, North Yorks as part of Straighteners Events top speed meeting on Saturday 15th May. If conditions are right and the jetbike is performing well it may break British land speed record.  The speed tests are in preparation for a world land speed record attempt at Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah, USA which may reach 400mph.  

Richard Brown & Jet Reaction ‘jetbike’ (photo Worldreach)


Enclosed in a space age body the vehicle is uniquely propelled by a specially modified helicopter engine complete with an afterburner! Richard Brown (51), an Oxfordshire based in engineer, conceived and built a vehicle. In 1999 Richard rode his rocket powered creation Mach 3 Challenger to an officially recorded speed of 332.887mph, the fastest speed at that time.  This happened at Bonneville Salt Flats also and previous to that Richard designed and built another vehicle so he has a long history in this area.  All of this has been self-financed for the most part with the support of an expert group of volunteers. 

 

Zeff Eisenberg and his 'MADMAX' Turbine motorbike (photo Becci Ellis)


Guernsey business man Zeff Eisenberg on his world record breaking £350,000 helicopter engined 'MADMAX' Turbine motorbike. The reason for this considerable investment is the Rolls Royce turbine, which require specialist tools, attention, safety and care. Zeff, a 43 year old father of two, and his team took four years to design, build and get to where it can set or break world speed records. As well as the turbine bike the 'MADMAX Race TEAM' has produced a range of other unique vehicles and bikes and their is funded based of Zeff's previous business success. Speaking about the work of the team he said "I get a lot of pleasure out of creating crazy machines that deliver in the real world. We don't make anything just for looks - Vehicles that looks great and deliver results - is our goal!"

 
Kevin Kicks & Fastest shed (photo Steve McDonald)
 
Also present at Elvington will the the ubiquitous 'Fastest shed in the world' driven by designer / builder from Oxford Kevin Nicks. 
 
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