How time flies! It was 8 years ago that the Festival of 1000 Bikes moved to Mallory having previously been at Brands Hatch, where we the Sprint Section ran the Historic Sprint Practice
Photo credit: Alan Turner
1000 Bikes Sprint Demo
That first year at Brands and every year since have been well supported by our members, this year is no different. So on behalf of the Sprint Committee I would like to take this opportunity to thank our riders for their support here at Mallory and for attending our other events, as without them there would be no Sprint Section.
This year we have a number of well-known machines from both the sprint and drag racing scenes; Impulse, Olympus, The Hobbit, Thor and the Bayley / Cole Douglas to name just a few. These unique machines will be in the Marquee throughout the weekend, as well as out on the track on Sunday.
A machine that should get a mention is Martin Newton’s supercharged Triumph ‘Black Jack’. Martin had put this bike at the back of the garage for a number of years but last year decided to dust if off and run it here at Mallory. He returns with it again this year.
What you may not know is that it nearly had a new pilot last year, Kevin Schwantz no less! But alas Martin could not persuade Kevin to take the machine for a run up the start/finish straight.
I should mention that we have two up and coming stars of sprinting here as well, Sam Bush and Aiden Newman, both junior riders that are slowly working their way up the ranks and progressing well.
Juan V Manzano – Chairman VMCC Sprint Section
Historic Sprint Machine Display
Once again we will have our dedicated Marquee in the Race Paddock displaying a diverse selection of Historic Sprint Bikes from the 1920’s though to 1980’s on both Saturday and Sunday. Many of the Display Bikes can also seen in action in the Sprint Demo on Sunday. Come and get up close to some fantastic Machinery by visiting us in the Sprint Marquee which is located adjacent to the Past Masters by the Footbridge. You will be made very welcome and Riders and Officials will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about the Machines or how to start Sprinting.
Chris Illman – VMCC Sprint Section
Bob Anderson JAP - V-Twin Replica "Sprinter" 1000 1964
Derek Fox Norton-JAP "Thor 998 1959
Dave Allman Greeves "Silverstone" Ex works 250 1965
John Young Tri-JAP500 1936
Nigel Fox Norton "Titch Allen Wicksteed" 528 1947
Andy Forward Triumph "Sprint Special" 500 1964
Ian Dentith Triumph "Grand Prix Replica" 500 1948
Len Wallbank Velocette KTT/KSS Special 350 1931
John Brent Velocette "The Ironing Board" 248 1970
Bob Horton Greeves "Oulton" 350 1964
Mark Illman Rudge "Leigh Special" 636 1930
Alan Tinnion Krauser "Frankies Monster" 500 1980
Ron Phillips Honda RSW 125 1986
Stuart Kirkpatrick Mitsui Missile Yamaha 350 1974
R. Hollingshead Suzuki GSX 1100 1100 1979
Martin Newton Triumph 750 1972
Mick Collins Triton 750 1952
Clive Hurst Kawasaki H1 500 1974
Victor Aldous Lambretta SX 200 1967
Ron Cheesman BSA 650 1963
David H. Smith Velocette MOV Sprinter 248 1933
John Hobbs Triumph "Olympus" 498 1956
Graham Vickery Ariel Red Hunter 347 1946
Chris Layzell Yamaha FZR 399 1987
John Taylor Honda CB500T 498 1975
David Hall Suzuki GSX 'R' 1100 L 1216 1990
Andy Bush AJS R6 350 1930
Phil Steele Rouge et Noir II 750 1975
Sam Bush Honda X8R 70
John Renwick Vincent Sidecar Special 1665 1951
Ballast "Slimlead Ed"
Trevor Duckworth Ariel 500 1938
Dave Woodard Suzuki Superside 1500 1984
Chris IllmanVincent "Methamon" 1963
Mark Whittaker BSA Road Rocket Sidecar 650 1957
John HobbsWeslake "The Hobbit" 1700 1974
A. N. OtherSidecar 1000 1966
Photo Credit : Alan Turner