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Old 09-02-2007, 08:17 AM   #1
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Rode to the Post Classic Races

Just a bit of a report on my day.



I've followed the construction of the Z man's Z-1 Post Classic Racer since it was bone stock.
Felt the lightweight crankshaft that cost thousands, seen most of the additions - the Ohlins suspension etc etc - till it's a 140 horsepower demon.

So I had a vested interest in volunteering to cover the NZ Post Classic Grand Prix for Kiwi Rider.

Dude's running ethanol on the day.
2 x 6 lap races and a main 12 lapper for the title.

The Pukekohe track is an Hour out of Auckland. I rode the Buell out in cool and showery conditions and got there just as he was reaching for his helmet for the first 6 lapper.



The bike looks a treat, but unfortunately it only got a few feet from the pits and it started spewing oil. Missed the first race entirely.



MIA


Vince carried the day in Race 1



From an interesting field





So I cranked up the 80s music on my iPod walked the pits while the boys got the leak fixed for race 2.







Then took in a BEARS race


This is my mechanic - we take good pix of heeem.


Then there was parade laps




And I did more laps of the pits. Bumped into Tracy and the Z was ready for race 2.


I crashed the control tower


And made down to turn one for the start of the six lapper.
Z man lead into turn 1 - nice!





By the end of the second lap he had gapped them and pulling away.


Then a heavy shower blew in and they red flagged the race.
Yeah - you got it - it was after getting up time.


The Z went for the intermediates for the sprint finish.
Tight through turn 1 on the restart


But by the time they got to turn 3 he was pulling away again.


I looked to see the following field, and then when I look back - Z MAN!!!!


Now that's going to leave a mark!


The Kwaka! Auuuuughhhh!!!!!


Whew - he's bounced straight back up.


But they pushed him off the track and Vince held sway.


Z mans on the truck


Ooooh. Bugger.


'What are your chances of getting to the grid for the feature race Z Man?'
'100%'.
Sounded optimistic to me at the time - but the boys were pumped.



So I watched some more BEARS and twiddled my lenses.


THEY DID IT.
It was cobbled together, but sure enough - guess who lead into turn 1 in the feature race.


Pulling away by three


When - Oh dear again! - Whew not Z Man at least.










Meanwhile on a drying track the Z's gapped 'em again with half a bike.








And went on to win the feature race comfortably. Outstanding.
His young bloke is taking a photo of the trophy presentation for me.


I headed for home - and caught up with the showers.
It was kinda OK but.





Aren't motorcycles fun.
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Old 09-02-2007, 08:41 AM   #2
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It sure does look like lots of fun.... and lovely classic bikes
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Old 09-02-2007, 11:59 AM   #3
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Hey I reallly enjoyed that. nice pix, good story beautifully told.



Took me right back, it did.
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Old 09-02-2007, 04:51 PM   #4
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Took me right back, it did.
Thanks.

I'm doing an article on the CB1300S and it starts with a reference the CB1100R and going to the 6 Hour the year WG won it on one. But I was struggling for a pic.

Then out there yesterday:
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Old 09-02-2007, 10:38 PM   #5
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Nice Iron, many thanks.......
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Old 09-03-2007, 12:48 AM   #6
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Nice. Used to daydream about riding one of those. Never did. Amazing how impressive 115hp at the crank used to sound. Actually, it still sounds pretty good.

Nice little yarn on the bike's presence in the Oz Castrol 6-Hr proddie race here:

http://www.ma.org.au/AM/Template.cfm...ontentID=10144
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Old 09-03-2007, 01:22 AM   #7
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Nice report dave. Ethanol ? or Methanol.
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Old 09-03-2007, 01:24 AM   #8
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Nice report dave. Ethanol ? or Methanol.
..........yes.
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Old 09-03-2007, 03:16 AM   #9
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FANTASTIC IMAGES.....THANK'S
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Old 09-03-2007, 04:08 AM   #10
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And to finish the report:
'Bragging rights for the year'

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Old 09-03-2007, 07:33 PM   #11
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great report.....and pix......
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Old 09-04-2007, 04:01 AM   #12
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Those sudden Pukekohe squalls have spoilled many a race.

The first weekend of spring - there was something happening with bikes all over the country.I was just a little south grovelling in the mud,making a trial out of trials.

Swapmeet on sunday - come shopping for Zed parts......
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Old 09-04-2007, 05:26 AM   #13
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Those sudden Pukekohe squalls have spoilled many a race.

The first weekend of spring - there was something happening with bikes all over the country.I was just a little south grovelling in the mud,making a trial out of trials.

Swapmeet on sunday - come shopping for Zed parts......
The locals can pick 'em too.
I'll tell Brian it's on. Its honda bits that he is always on the hunt for.
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Old 09-10-2007, 04:35 AM   #14
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Danger, that pic of the CB1100R dates back to the 1980 Castrol Six Hour won by Wayne Gardner and Andrew Johnson as tou have mentioned, but we can now reveal that Vince Sharpe rode in that race, he rode a CB750 Honda with the talented Glenn Williams, and they finished 22nd on a poxy, wet day.
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Old 09-10-2007, 06:08 PM   #15
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Cheers.

Breaks into a chorus of Bob Hudson's 'Newcastle Song' - don't you ever let a chance go by oh no don't you ever let a chance go by....
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