Essex Bikefest

Don Daly exercised his 1956 Manx Norton in sprint and circuit demonstrations

With a broad class structure, anything with wheels and an engine had an opportunity to run up the North Weald airfield main runway's quarter mile strip. There were also circuit sessions for road race machinery on two and three wheels.

Bernard White (1928 600 Douglas) was back to defend his class win last year and 12.74/99mph was enough to top Tom Richardson’s 1927 Rudge. John Renwick was unable to offer his usual challenge in the open Three-wheeler class as he experienced problems with the nitrous oxide ‘instant horsepower’ boost.

There were plenty of makes represented in the Competition classes. Phil Hazelwood’s supercharged BSA B25 was quickest of the quarter-litre bikes at 13.10/97mph, but the 500cc category saw a battle between Triumph, Norton and Vincent campaigners. However, the single run by Dave Brown on his blown Weslake single shattered eardrums on its way to easy victory in 12.38. The slowing 93mph terminal was evidence of the piston damage sustained in the run.

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Fastest of all the classic and vintage entry was Roy Robertson’s ever-immaculate Egli Vincent with 11.26/111mph.

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