18TH DAY OF CHAMPONS RACES – A MIX OF MODERN AND CLASSIC BIKES ON PARADE AT ZWARTKOPS RACEWAY 3 FEBRUARY 2019
STORY AND PICS BY IAN GROAT
It’s the biggest bike festival ever at Zwartkops which is set to run on Sunday the 3rd of February with a hot mix of Bridgestone Superbikes. The RR Cup and Bridgestone Challenge are due to post close and fast racing on machines from the 1980’s up to todays’ ultra-fast machines. Spectators are in for a great day of treats as there are also some planned demonstrations from classic racers and period machines to be included as a draw card.
The pioneer DJ Run machines were first run in a flat-out race from Durban to Johannesburg on public roads from 1913 and they are planning to show a full grid up to 1934 machines when the race was ended. This pack of BSA Empire Stars, Velocettes and other long forgotten bike makers will step back in time to honour the vintage past in South Africa’s golden two wheeled past.
Order of Merit
The day will also play host to motor racing commentator Roger McCleery who was awarded the order of merit for his long and illustrious service as both a commentator and a racing reporter on the radio and in other media activities.
Champions on Track
The organisers are set to bring back to Zwartkops through the day’s racing a list of invited national champions and overseas grand prix competition champions. Here are just some of the yesteryear champions to be invited to strut their stuff at the event:
Keith Zeeman, Les van Breda, Allen North, Dave Peterson, Rory Nesbit, Shane Nesbit, Jimmie Guthrie, Mike Boon, Simon Fourie, Kevin Hellier, Horace Bergstrom, Gerry Onassis, Jimmy Whyte, Mike Grant, Peter Ekerold, Tiny Mariner and many more.
These former greats will be carrying out on track on machines from the earliest days of grand prix racing delivering the banshee wail of two stroke racers from the forgotten era and the big banger production racers from the 60’s in the form of Norton Manx’s, Matchless G50 and a pair of works Honda RC 163 and 188 Hailwood tribute machines all set to deliver a wall of sound long forgotten from over 70 years ago.
The Team Incomplete organising committee are hard at it all to punctuate the days races with added nostalgic two wheeled activities. Save-the-Date to relive South Africa’s golden age of two wheeled racing heritage at Zwartkops Raceway.
Terra Topia impressed fans and riders with a well-prepared track and a meticulously organised venue. Racing was close in all classes. The short sprint style races kept fans engaged however punished riders who made mistakes in the short heats. It was a real treat to see so many old faces and a mix of vintage to modern bikes and riders racing together.The days sponsors Tork Craft and Global ASP agreed that the organizers had done a fine job for their event. “It’s great working with the likes of Dave and Rob from Terra Topia, who are both MX riders, they know what riders, sponsors and spectators want,” said Multiple SA National Champion Ryan Hunt. “They prepared a super track that allowed new and old riders to be challenged safely and to have some fun, “Many of the Vets had their sons racing on the day, both sponsors Hunt and Williams had their sons competing on the day.
UK based champ Neville Bradshaw, Global ASP Yamaha, flew out specially for the event. This was the rider everyone wanted to see and race against. He entered an event the day before and crashed badly, he was however still there on Sunday and bravely rode in the very competitive 125 2- Stroke class & the 2 vs 4 stroke challenge on a new Yamaha 125 & 450F.
The best racing of the day came from the125 Challenge race where Kerim Fitzgerald took overall honours followed by Ricky Raaff Husqvarna. A tough Bradshaw surprised everyone finishing 3rd. Leading SA rider Ryan Hunt took the hole shot in both heats ending 4th overall, with fifth going to Jordan Venter
In the 2 vs 4 stroke challenge it was a win for the 2-strokes by Ricky Raff on his Husky 125-machine followed closely by the 4-stroke of Bradshaw in the first heat, showing that 2- strokes are still fast. Neville responded in the 2nd heat with a win giving him 1st overall for the day. Cameron Odendaal followed by Tyron Beverly finished 4th & 5th.
Andre David dominated the Legends 40+ class taking the overall honours from Guy Henley and Chris Nel. Kerim Fitzgerald took the overall place in the Legends Heroes 30+ class from Ryan Fredrich’s and Cameron Odendaal.The surprisingly quick Legends & Heroes over 50 & 60’s class had some very talented riders. Overall going to Frenchman Michel Casanova Honda CR followed by Tony Riddell Husqvarna FX. Tony now over 50 is still seen riding regularly and training younger riders at Terra Topia. Third overall went to Rodney Odendaal and forth to another multiple SA champion and springbok Brett Redman the son of multiple world road race champion Jim Redman, Paulo Do Couto took the 5th spot overall on his 2015 YZF Yamaha.
The vintage bike VMX class win went to Darryl Hancock Honda CR500 AF, followed by Marco De Nobrega, Bruce Thomas, Gareth Ireland, Justin Waddington on a Maico and Lee Thompson.
Overall Legends Heroes 30+
Overall Legends Heroes 40+
Overall Legends Heroes 50 & 60+
Paulo Do Couto
Darryl Hancock VMX
Marco De Nobrega VMX
Bruce Thomas VMX
Gareth Ireland VMX
Justin Waddington VMX
Overall 2- Stroke 125 /150 Challenge
Jordan Kelsey `
Overall 2 vs 4-Stroke Challenge
1. Neville Bradshaw
2. Ricky Raaff
3. Cameron Odendaal
4. Jordan Venter
5. Tyron Beverly
6. Kevin Moran
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