VMCC Sprint, Thorney Island

Published: 07:30AM Jul 8th, 2013
By: Alan Turner
The Sprint Section of the VMCC recently held its first event of the season at a new venue, Thorney Island, an airfield near Chichester. The VMCC's liberal approach to eligible bikes ensured there was a variety of machines, from the twenties right up to date...
 VMCC Sprint, Thorney Island

Roger Pailes gets his 500 Triumph sprinter off the line at Thorney Island

The quarter-mile course ran slightly downhill, but the advantage was more than cancelled by a headwind.

In the Vintage class Bernard White got his times on his Douglas down to 13.14/96mph, but it was not enough to catch John Young who, in customary spectacular style, wrung a best of 12.90/99mph from his Triumph-JAP. Alan and Richard Morgan were upholding family honours on the Rudges that have been family heirlooms for years. Their times were on a par with Chris Illman, having another outing on the Bayley-Cole Douglas, although Mark Illman's Rudge-mounted challenge ended when a valve head dropped in.

The later Vintage-class bikes were all Triumph based, but Roger Pailes' sprint special  recorded a 14.22/91mph best before the gear lever broke to end his day. Among the classic era bikes, Roy Robertson had an uneven day, but his Egli-Vincent, immaculate as ever, thundered to 11.63/111mph, topping his class easily.

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