We were blessed with good fortune throughout the preparation and running of last weekends meeting. Fortunate in that we had an enthusiastic work party assemble on Saturday who threw themselves at erecting the track and also a passionate chairman. He journeyed all the way home to collect his tractor and bowser and then spent the evening and early morning damping down the bone hard ground. Boy didn’t it make conditions far more enjoyable for competitors and spectators alike. Even Di came out of retirement to welcome a host of visitors keen to witness proceedings.
Dave Savill had organised nine marshals for us prior to the occasion so, come nine thirty the Chief Marshal was giving out his instructions and Practise was underway around 9.45.
Racing commenced with all classes keenly contested throughout the first session. The John Waylett trophy went to Ray Wood aboard his Challenger with Steve Billot second and a young upstart by the name of Pete Griffiths third. Most fitting as, like the patron of the Trophy who owned one, he was aboard a Maico.
The Roy Patten Trophy was hotly contested throughout between Will Bateup and Gene Womack with the former winning by about a machines length. There was little more between them all race so keen was the contest. Young Luke Womack battled all race to get the third spot but only on the final bend before the finish flag.
Trophies were presented during the hour long interval after which racing continued with only the odd minor incident holding up proceedings. The 28 race programme completed by 3.15 meant we were in good time to get packed away by tea time. In spite of a few tumbles I don’t believe first aid were called into action, so fortunate on the that front too.
In spite of impeccable behaviour by the Hawkstone I could make little impression in any of the classes I took part in although I think I did get the better of a couple of DNF’s in at least one race!
I’m also indebted to all those who stayed to pack the track away leaving the field almost as tidy as when we arrived. Thanks guys.