Allcomers have a blast at final sprint

By Alan Turner, 10 October 2012. Originally appeared in The Classic MotorCycle
Don Daly giving it all on his Manx Norton in the 220 yard sprint at Eelmoor
Don Daly giving it all on his Manx Norton in the 220 yard sprint at Eelmoor

Scooters and classic 50cc road racers rubbed shoulders at the last VMCC sprint event of the year at Eelmoor Military Training Circuit, near Aldershot. The event, using the circuit’s 220 yard straight section, was on September 30...

Bernie White completed some eight-second runs on his Douglas SW6 with a best of 8.21 and a 80mph terminal speed.

Andrew Taylor, on his hill-climbing Ariel ‘Badger’ was more than a second in arrears. Roger Pailes was best of the postwar category, with a three-tenths advantage over Don Daly on his Manx Norton.

Andrew’s Ariel was ideal for the tight turns and he was a second in front of Daniel Newman’s MOV Velocette. Don Daly eased his Norton around, beating Tony Sergeant’s Triumph to top the later bikes.

Peter Allum was spoilt for choice with a Hagon Triumph sprint bike for the straight line event and a smart Tribsa road bike for the twisty element.