|Bugger! (John W)|
|Faster you basta....... (John W)|
|First go on wets (John W)|
|Tim gets the big tick!|
|Whats making all that noise?|
|"I will be joining you very soon Valentino"|
|Very sticky rubber!|
|Great pan with a blurred background! (Cliff W)|
The completion of the Winter series a couple of weekends ago saw some mixed results for the Blue Haze Racing Team. Time on and 'off' the track was put to good use to fine tune the operation. Tim is using a new starting device to give Kim a rest from pushing a TD2 around the pits before races, and once sorted it should be just a a couple of the revolutions of the back wheel to get it fired up.
Dion meanwhile continues search for the limits of man and machine! This included a little excursion to examine the grass at the end of the grand stand straight. As his manager said, he had a wee setback when he fell off in a corner due to "running out of talent". As you can probably surmise from this comment Dion is in the hands of a sympathetic manager who is looking forward to him 'bouncing back in no time!
The good news is the fettling program for riders and machines is continuing on with Blue Haze Racing making its debut at Hampton Downs at the end of this month. A contingent of supporters will be travelling north in convoy to support them! Alan is also going to head up from New Plymouth to race his RG500 XR14 so it should be a great weekend away filled with crackling two strokes and its accompanying aroma .
Whilst out for our EOM ride in September and talk about fettling Sir Als TS400 grew quieter, Kim started a discussion about the Mike Pero Southern Classic at the beginning of December in Timaru. This years event looks like a cracker with a number of significant two stroke race bikes and riders from the seventies and eighties in attendance. Hopefully some of the crew can pop down this year, (Barry from Welly has confirmed he is heading down) but Kim is proposing that the Blue Haze Racing team and supporters load up a minibus and trailer with bikes and head on down next year. Sounds like a great idea and with the team using this year as a 'development year' to fettle the machines and riders! Kim as the manager/mechanic/coach/dogs body/chief head shaker is working hard with the team to pull the package together ready for trip south next year.
A big thank you to John W for the great photos of Dion on and off the track and my son Cliff who was trying out some sports photography for the first time.