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SpringSpeed Nationals


A cloudy and very cold start to the race season proper at Shakespeare County Raceway and apologies from Robbie who dropped his entry in Gas due to a misunderstanding in the rules where it was thought that a minimum of 3 riders in a class were required for a championship round.  Not so for NAST but to make it more interesting we expect to have more than 3 racers for Round 2, Yanks Weekend, 23 -25th May.

We had plenty of ET competitors with the late entries of reigning champion Kieran, and his brother Cary to add to the numbers but regular competitor, Pete Harrison, was an unusual absentee.  With the unexpected and very late entry from a Dutch Harley rider it could have been 3 in Gas (providing he could fill in the membership form) but in the event Motty was relegated to 8.50 ‘bike .

Qualifying began with Junior Dragster and ET got an early call for a trip up the track. However, only the Moor family trio of Fiona, Giselle and Siobhan together with Phil Cordelle made it to the staging lanes. Kieran, Cary and Ian were busy in the pits with all their ‘bikes in various stages of disassembly. Chris Mott had a satisfactory ride in his first 8.50 qualifying round but unfortunately  was held in stage too long and dragged through without starting the timers and therefore no times.  Ex twin rider and 2014 Gas champion Joe Elliott using the 2nd engine this year in his BMW (blow up and wrecked gearbox on dyno) was trying to repeat his 8s form but got very close with a 9.004. Dave -the hat –Smart finally got turbo boost after fixing a broken wire and celebrated by pulling 2 enormous wheelies on his 2nd qualifier much to the disgust of chief mechanic Nigel Batsford who said it would have been a much quicker run if the wheels had stayed on the track (or words to that effect). Team Elysion were out in force, the girls making the track their own for the day (apart from Phil Cordelle who quietly got on with job).

Kieran on the freshly painted pink! Kawasaki and Cary were ready to go home and had taken down the tent and put the ‘bikes in the van.  However all was not lost as someone had noticed a strong smell of diesel and a quick investigation led to a can the brothers had both used to fill their ’petrol’ tanks that contained the offending fuel. After draining both tanks both machines were running again and Kieran had a surprise for us all on race day? Ian Felstead was not so fortunate as he suspected that he had fried the electronics on the Firestorm so was off home for some spares. After an oil down and a few spots of rain late in the day qualifying session 2 had not been completed so Sunday was to be an interesting one especially for those who had not run.


Due to some heavy overnight rain and track problems meant qualifying began after midday but ET had 2 more qualifying opportunities where Giselle shone with number 1 spot with a 10.003 and Kieran, after Saturday’s fuel fiasco, in second place in the order of eliminations. Motty was doing well in 8.50 ‘bike with a 5th position qualifier out of 7 competitors with a time of 9.25. Monday was going to be interesting and the weather was on the side of the racers for a change.


There was a warm and sunny welcome to the eliminations on a day where Giselle backed up a 9.79 at 136.6mph with a 9.84 at, again, 136.6mph but lost to Kieran in the final.

Further details, photos and points to follow.


Still time to enter NAST First Round

Got my passes today – have you got yours?






Version 2 of Springspeed Entry


(NOTE: Minimum entry in each class is 3 and I was reminded last week that this rule will be adhered to).

Spring Madness

Spring Madness RWYB 18/19 April

After the cancelled Season-opener in March Jerry Cookson and his magic seaweed got the weather forecast correct again. Dry, sunny at times, but unfortunately a bitterly cold head-wind on both days. Tim on the Honda 650 Turbo CX and Robbie on his Honda SP1 had elected to go sprinting with the NSA to get some practice before the 1st round of the NAST championship on May Bank Holiday. It was also an opportunity to see if pre-season modifications had produced some worthwhile benefits.

Tim had campaigned with the NSA recently but Robbie had not been out to play with this group for many years (memories of slippery tracks in Wales with very short braking areas came to mind). Applying for membership and then entering the meeting, done shortly before the event, was completed with very quickly returned documentation. This was also the way they ran on the weekend with a call as soon as the track was open and barely a breather before the next run up the strip – impressive organisation. We were promised 6 runs each day and we got 6 runs each day, despite an oil down on Saturday and a failure in communication of SCR walkie-talkies?

A problem with a spark-plug, which was easily sorted, side-lined Tim for one run and Robbie suffered air-shifter problems most of Saturday but with some quick spannering between rounds eventually it was sorted for the last trip up the strip on Saturday and performed faultlessly for a total of 8 runs on Sunday.

After the sun had gone down the already low temperature went with it so it was off to Tim’s camper for a drink and some Wallace and Gromit would you believe! (The Curse of the Were-Rabbit) to round off a very busy day.

Sunday began overcast and cold and was soon to get worse for our two racers. Tim had unfortunately caught his foot on the newly fitted dustbin fairing when parking the Honda CX after the last run on Saturday. This caused him to lose his balance and in the confusion forget to switch off the ignition so he sat out the first call while charging the battery. Meanwhile Robbie was donning his leathers and somehow aggravated an old back injury. He soldiered on in some pain for the first run of the day with the NSA and after some therapy and a cold patch from Sandy, a qualified sports therapist , made the best of an uncomfortable day on the strip. Unfortunately after removing part of the dustbin fairing and charging the battery Tim appeared in the pairing lanes with steam and water issuing from the ‘bike and decided to call it a day in case he seriously damaged the engine.

The remainder of the day was uneventful but will result in Tim taking a hacksaw to his fairing before the next outing and despite many cold hours in the garage and some expense Robbie succeeded in adding almost ½ a second on the quarter mile time (best run 10.3) since the 9.86 PB set last year at the Halloween meet!!

Ian Felstead had his Honda in the van on Sunday but was far too busy with his son Colin and his car and also appearing in force were Team Elysion with the Moor family making a lot of use of the track.

See you all at May Bank Holiday.

Well done Joe and Fiona!

Festival of Power, Santa Pod

Joe Elliott ex Buell rider and 2014 Gas Bike champion in Supertwins, now campaigning a BMW in 8.50 Bike, ran a 8.99 at the Pod in his first competitive outing on the new ‘bike.

Fiona Moor was unbeatable all weekend in SP SuperTwins ET (Note NOT a NAST championship round) when Phil Cordelle unfortunately red-lit in the final. Siobhan Moor was 3rd in her first twins outing and Giselle Moor was a non-starter.



Due to very unsettled weather predictions along with forecasts of heavy showers and strong winds, after consulting with the Met Office and other weather bureau for the area we have reluctantly decided to postpone and reschedule this weekend’s 28th/29th March Season Opening Public Track Event for three weeks’ time; April 18th/19th. As a business we never wish to ‘postpone’ an event and can only work with the forecasts which can be both accurate and sometimes wildly inaccurate. The biggest issue is that decisions need to be made at least 24 hours before an event to allow time to advise as many people (drivers & riders) as possible and, inevitably means taking a calculated decision based upon forecasts and probabilities that can sometimes alter 24 hours later. We would like to apologise for the short notice and any inconvenience caused. Our next Public Track Weekend is in three weeks 18th/19th April where we hope the weather will be much more appealing!

Springspeed Nationals 2/4th May 2015

Entry forms are now available for NAST first round at Shakespeare County Raceway.



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