Unbelievably, I’m up at 0445 to be at Dave’s at 0600 for the long drive to Builth Wells in
. We meet up with Teflon and Pete Collins on the A40 and travel in convoy. With only a minor detour we arrive early and sign on in the pub. Wales
|Teflon, Bob, Pete, Me & Dave|
We get away promptly at 1007 and it’s immediately apparent that NT410 is not happy on the road and there’s a lot of popping and farting. The first two subs are just off the road and by the time we get there they’ve had the surface taken off them by some sidecars. Nevertheless, I focus the mind and start the day off with a pair of cleans. Happily, NT410 runs great in the sections.
The club have selected a lot of new sections this year and some of the streams are particularly slippery which take marks off the unwary. Sub 9 looks innocuous enough; a long ride along a rocky stream bed but it takes marks off all of us and I incur my first dab here. There was a killer rock step in the contentious Sub 11 followed by a very slippery exit and when I walk it it’s got “3” written all over it. However, I ride aggressively and finish with a dab which puts me ahead of my class. The aggressive riding pays off in Sub 14; where the rest are taking “3s” and “5s”, I change into second gear mid-section, gas it up and launch the Matchless into the air. This way I sail over the mud and when I look around I’m greeted by applause (which is always nice to hear).
|L to R: BSA ZB34A, AJS 410, Ariel HT5 x 2|
and my Matchless 410
|A five at Sub 22! |
Russ Jones & Dave Dawson look on!!
My 13 mark loss is good enough to take the Class 2 win and 20 valuable points. Colin Hedges rode superbly (19 marks lost) to take 2nd place and Dave Arkell rounds the podium out with a 26 mark loss.
I’m pleased with my performance; it was aggressive at times but that paid dividends. NT410 needs some more TLC and I think it’d benefit from a BT-H magneto in the near future. Now, where's that wallet ?..........
|Pete Collins and his Rolls Royce overalls|
"you get a set free with the car!"