2013 Manx GP. By Vince Chivers.
(Click the photo to see a larger picture in a slide show.)
A small group of members decided to do a trip
to see the Classic
TT this year. The
group consisted of Rob
James, Bryn Tipples, Doug Gwilliam and John Housley. Due to work
commitments Rob could not make it
and I stepped forward to take his place.
Four machines were loaded into a Mercedes hire van and we
set off early
Thursday morning to catch the afternoon ferry from Heysham.
Accommodation had been
booked at Groudle
Glen Cottages in Ochan.
The cottages were set in a wooded valley with a
feeding into a small shingle bay. Absolutely beautiful!
spent visiting the Tony East ‘ARE’ museum at Kirkmichael and a trip
Isle of Man decided we all needed a good
soaking on the journey back to the cottages, so that evening was spent
all the gear out.
The first race was the 500 classic on Saturday. Doug, Bryn and John
watched from the
Grandstand area whereas I made my way to the fast corner at Hillberry.
which is just outside Douglas, to the North.
This race was led
from start to finish by Ollie
Linsdell on a
Paton. But in my opinion the ride of the race was by Ian Lougher on the
Linsdell push rod 500cc Royal Enfield, Ian finished in fourth at an
106mph and his fastest lap was just over 107mph.
Photos all taken at Hillberry corner.
Sunday was a trip up to Jurby for the VMCC
by a coast run down to Peel harbour.
Monday was the Classic race for 250 &
350cc machines in
the mourning and the big Formula 1 machines in the afternoon. The 350
won by Chris Palmer. The
250 class by
Jonathan Cutts. And
the Formula 1 by Michael
evening was a final lap
of the circuit. I
decided on a quiet
night in with a bottle of wine and the boys went up to the local pub
final meal and a few drinks, where a few evenings before Doug and Bryn
entertained the pub with a few songs. The manager was obviously very
pleased with their singing
it came to settling the bill for food, the manager said it was “on the
house.”Tuesday was packing up day and a long journey
home made even
longer by that wonderful invention called a Satnav. All in all a good
trip and only an afternoon