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STANTHORPE WEEKEND OF 26th & 27thH OF JULY 2008-12-15

For some unknown reason I was really looking forward to the trip to Stanthorpe. Maybe because I was bypassing Morgan Park, I will say no more on the subject. I had my trailer and van all loaded on the Thursday night so I could get away early on the Friday morning. I had spent quite a time cleaning the sidecar. The sun was out when I left Brisbane but by the time I had climbed Cunningham’s Gap it was raining heavily. I had a stop at Fisher Park at the top of the Gap and the poor sidecar looked like it had been in the 74 Brisbane floods. Finally I arrived at Carnell Raceway after stopping ral times trying to work out how to remove a CD from newly purchased radio for van. So I just listened to George Thorogood all the way to Stanthorpe. I do wish they would make things simple for us old folk.

My mate Dave Chown from Acacia Ridge was just behind me when I arrived at the track. We set about erecting a tarp had everything done by the time Glocky got there nice and tidy like. Glocky had only been there 10 minutes, and the area we were using looks like a refugee camp. Things scattered all over the place like a suicide bomber’s sandshoes.

My passenger David Vincent had informed me in the weeks before the meeting that he would no longer swing for me ( I came to my senses!!!! webmaster ) So I had to find another brave ( means stupid ) person and quick. Enter Gene Lopeman, he is brave!! enough I thought and he said he would give it a try. We had no practice on the Saturday we just went out in the first race. Got to the line, all other riders took off Gene and I are sitting on the line with very little clutch left. I put this problem down to two things Gene’s 100 kg and a poor Honda 500/4 clutch trying to deal with a slightly larger engine now fitted to sidecar 17. The only thing to look forward now was 2 or 3 quite ones on the Saturday night.

Sunday morning arrived after yet another very cold night. Robert Glock had his wonderful sounding 3 cylinder Triumph there as well so I was signed up for a seat on the side of the Trident. First race we were in we just managed to get passed Tony Jacobs on his very fast period 3 sidecar for a win, once again with no practice. Next sidecar race and we just could not get the better of Jaco this time out and settled for second place.

If there is someone out there that who would like to try there hand at being a sidecar passenger. All you need is to be a little agile and lighter than poor old Gene maybe about 35 to 40 kgs lighter than Gene.

The weekend at Stanthorpe is always laid back and the people who run the track are just so helpful and Friendly. It is just a shame we can have only the one meeting each year.

Teds quote of the week.

Don't tell my Mum I race a sidecar, she thinks I play piano in a brothel!!!!

Regards Fighter Pilot Fotheringham ( Ted Hayes )


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