Set off Friday morning for Oulton at sparrows fart ie 5.15am. Jammed two matchsticks in my eyes to keep them open and off I went. After about 50 miles the heavens opened up and spent the next three hours driving through torrential rain and even at time having to have the wipers on double speed. Arrived at the circuit around 10.00am and it had stopped raining.I had forgotten how far in the sticks the circuit is and also what a beautiful place. It must be the nicest circuit ever as it used to be a big estate. Paddock was very full as their was a practice day on and a lot of riders had got there on the Thursday. Lucky for me some friends had saved me a space so we all got parked up together. Felt very sorry for the riders that had booked the practice day because the rain followed me there and it was a very slippery and wet track which is not a good thing when trying to learn a 2.8 mile circuit. Their did seem to be a lot of stoppages as riders were coming off so glad I wasn't out. Only took one bike as my other Honda has the carbs off for cleaning and we ran out of time. Friday evening have my bike, leathers and helmet and clothing scritineered and then off to the noise test and all ok. Evening bar time called and then back to the van for my first microwave meal of the weekend plus some nice wine. Saturday I went out for my first ride and blimey what a shock trying to learn a very difficult circuit with lots of blind bits. It took me the whole ride to just about know where I was going, must admit to being passed by a lot of riders that new their way around. Went out in the afternoon for my second ride and really enjoyed myself. What a difference when you get to know what's over the blind bits and how tight the tricky corners are. Sun shone and very warm so a great day and time again for bar good company and then back to my van for my second microwave meal(liver and bacon) and of course more red wine. Sunday was a non race day but instead their was a big family day with craft fair, rides including a 12 seater monster truck plus some very impressive medieval jousting. I thought motorcycle racing was dangerous but blimey these guys dony muck about.
Mind you they were fighting for a very pretty princess.
The monster truck was running all day with large queues.
Alot of the stalls were raising money for charities so it was good that the weather was hot and big crowds.
Monday and once again wake up to great weather. My two rides were fantastic and enjoyable with the bike running perfect. Cant wait to go back to this stunning circuit, just hope I can remember which way the circuit goes. Should be ok if it's not too long.
My nice space in the paddock.
My friend Neil and paddock neighbor who I raced with in the 70's brought along some nice bikes.
His Seely Commando.
Seely Gold Star.
Seely G50 and his Rob North Triple in the back ground.
Great weekend and even the journey home was easy for a bank holiday. Next outing won't be until July which will be the Vintage 1000 bike fest at Mallory. Can't wait.