Two Class B wins and overall for the day for Anja tom Suden in her comeback race at the Suzuki Club Championship Red Star Raceway on Saturday (21st July)
“After East London’s crash we had to strip the bike down and assess all the damage, a crack in the exhaust was a slight set back, as we only discovered it after having done a test session, which then meant removing the fairings to get to the exhaust headers and sending them in to be welded up. Wynand of RaceTec Exhausts did a fantastic job,” said Anja tom Suden.
“This was a bit of a setback for me missing a number of events, “I was out at Red Star Raceway putting in a few practice sessions, the bike felt perfect, so we were both ready. The track has changed direction to clockwise, so I needed to familiarize myself with the track’s current direction another challenge,” said tom Suden.
The 2-month break was good for Anja as it gave her time to sort out the bike and put in some practice time, it was also time to get back on the bike and back into the action. The Red Star Raceway Suzuki Club Championship was the perfect event to test everything.
“We got to the track nice and early to setup and get ready for the day’s action, it was a fairly busy day, as there were more classes on the day than normal, qualifying turned to be a slight problem as the power had tripped and we only realized once it was my qualifying run and the front warmer was off. Not something that any rider wants especially being the front tyre. There was no time to waste so out I went. Through hard acceleration and hard braking, I managed to get some heat into the tyres and then it was time to lay down some hot laps. I struggled to get decent rhythm and a slight brake fade didn’t make it any easier, which resulted in qualifying 14 for race 1,” said Anja
Race 1 came up and she was determined to make up a few places, she had a good start off the line and managed to make up 4 places. The 1000cc riders had a slight better speed on the straights than her 600 but she still crossed the line 1st in Class B. Race 2 she started from 12th on the grid, being on the inside of the track was not ideal but she made it work as best as possible and still managed to make up some ground, finishing Race 2, again 1st in Class B and ultimately 1st overall for Class B ahead of Justin Evans and Llewellyn Chipps.
“Overall, we took some key areas from the race where we need to work on before he next race.
It was a good day and even better that despite some crashes in other categories they still ran the day on time and smoothly, which is typical of the Red Star organizers, marshals and medics who do a really great job for the competitors on race day. Also, a big thanks to Autobarn, Ingco Tools, Valet Cafe, XADO, HEL Performance and my other sponsors for all their support. As without all of you, none of this would have been possible and I am truly grateful for all the support,” said Anja.
“We are all glad that Anja is back racing again, she is certainly one determined brave lady, we congratulate her on her class win at Red Star and we wish her all the best for the rest of the season.” said Terry Brand MD AutObarn SA. Coming off a superbike at speed has its setbacks and she has handled this all very well, said Brand.
Next race 1st September at Red Star Raceway, Delmas Mpumalanga
The attraction of a very varied mix of classic and modern motorcycles in a convivial atmosphere once again proved a successful recipe for the Classic Motorcycle Club’s annual 1000 Bike Show
It was staged at the Germiston Sports Club on June 30th and July 1st and this year the weather played along, too, with a mild weekend just before an icy cold snap hit Gauteng.
“We were satisfied with the good support the show received from thousands of visitors and we once again had a high standard of motorcycles on display, as well as a wide range of trade stands,” commented Rusty Thorns, chairman of the Classic Motorcycle Club (CMC), which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
As is usual at this show, there were a number of unusual machines on display.
One that attracted plenty of attention was Alan Heynes 1916 Autoped, which was made in New York and is claimed to be the world’s first scooter, with the rider standing upright as the powered front wheel hauls this unusual two-wheeler along the road. It certainly turned heads as it was ridden up and down the display tent during demonstration rides.
Another unusual bike on display was a bicycle powered by a 50cc Xundapp engine - an original moped dating back to 1956.
The machine is owned by Maynard Marshall and requires some work to get it running.
The judges had a tough time deciding on the various category winners and runners-up as the standard of presentation and workmanship were, as usual, very high.
In the end Neville Nicolau’s 1976 BMW 90s was adjudged Best Motorcycle on Show among the classics.
Neville says he bought the motorcycle three years ago and then rebuilt it completely.
He also won the class for Japanese motorcycles over 250cc with his immaculated Suzuki GT750, a water-cooled three-cylinder two-stroke dating back to the 1980s.
Brett Allan’s Yamaha XS650 Chopper took the Best on Show honours in the custom motorcycle category.
Results of the two Concours d’Elegance contests at the 1000 Bike Show.
Best On Show Neville Nicolau - 1976 BMW
Best Classic - Roland Nancekeville - Velocette MSS 500
Best Post War British - Ralph Pitchford - 1954 AJS
Best Pre-War British - Roland Nancekeville - Velocette MSS 500
Best American - Bill Lance - Indian Scout
Best European - Umbretto de Stefanis - Moto Guzzi Falconi
Best Japanese over 250cc - Neville Nicolau - Suzuki GT750
Best Japanese under 250cc - Bikecraft - Yamaha YZ1
Best Off-Road - Bruce Thomas - 1978 KTM 250 MC
Best VMX Race Bike - Evan Pretorius - 1973 CZ 380
Best Street Scramber - Bikecraft - 1984 Honda XR500RE
Ladies Choice - Isaac Rubins - Royal Enfield
Best on Show - Brett Allan
Best Standard - Vernon of KCR Motorcycles
Best Street Modified - Eric Repsold
Best Street Fighter - Juan-Paul Loots
Best Cruiser - Leonard Myburgh
Best Classic - Paul Kotze of Dyno by?Quint
Best Customer - Traditional Motorcycle Co
Best Harley Davidson - Rory Hearn
Best Chopper - Brett Allan
Best Trike - Fred Hardy
Best Paintwork - Leonard Myburgh
Best Engineering - Fred Hardy
Once again Kyalami hosted the big motorcycle event of the year – the South African Bike Festival. There was huge attendance for the three-day event and over 60 new motorcycles were available for a test ride on the track. This, coupled to a host of off-track attractions from key industry players such as Harley Davidson, Honda, Yamaha, KTM?and Husqvarna, amongst others, show attendees were spoilt for choice.
Kids and teens alike ripped it up on the small test tracks that accommodated aspiring riders, but of all the new products on show, the new XSR900 Yamaha and a brace of new KTM products seemed to take pride of place. Along with the just unpacked Suzuki V-Storm 250 adventure bikes which seemed very popular, there was a mind-boggling amount of things to see.
Stunt rider par excellence Julien Welsh provided an unusual dare devil show that wowed the crowds while the disco entertainment and side shows that were everywhere kept all concerned fully entertained at this year’s bike festival.
The festival was sponsored by Autotrader and featured close to 60 sponsors and partners to drive the event to become the main event for motorcycle enthusiasts in South Africa.