On the good news front, the Mallory Bike Bonanza has to be great news for those of us that like a wobble around the historic Leicestershire circuit. New circuit custodians, Stuart Hicken and Eddie Roberts are arch classic enthusiasts, just like you and I, former racers and successful businessmen. You can read their plans, which are still evolving, for the Bonanza in Paddock Gossip.
Our annual visit to Florida, taking in the Daytona 200, was as good as ever, with perfect weather and some great racing in the atmospheric Daytona Speedway. This year we got to see racing history made when Danny Eslick rode his Triumph 675 to victory in the Daytona 200, giving Triumph its first win since the late, great, Gary Nixon in 1967. I was pleased I had packed my Gary Nixon T-shirt.
I also took great pleasure from getting the news that my pal Dr David Stevens MBE had been honoured for his services to motorsport. David has put in untold hours since he took on the top medical job for the TT, Manx Grand Prix and other motorsport events all those years ago, and with a small dedicated team transformed the medical services.
David figured large in my TT career. First we managed to beg our way in to his garage; then he invited us to stay with his family during my annual TT effort. And the final joint venture came when he collected me in the rescue helicopter after my off at Handley’s during TT practice in 1989. We’ve remained great friends ever since.
On a less happy note, all at Classic Racer are sad to report the passing of Ernie Lyons, Mick Woollett, Brian Wood and, as we go to press, Roger Summerfield.
Enjoy our TT supplement free with this packed issue.
Malc Wheeler, Editor Classic Racer
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