Sunday, 30 December 2012

Speedshow Grolloo

The beautiful village of Grolloo in Drenthe is home to no less than Egbert Streuer, former world champion sidecars. This same Egbert Streuer was, together with some friends, in the days between Christmas and New Year, organizer of an impressive, old fashioned Speed Show in Bar Hofsteenge in Grolloo. Besides a large number of classic and other interesting race- and sportsbikes many prominent old riders were present. The list of participants was impressive, especially with many greats from the glory years of 50cc, 80cc, 125cc, 250cc, 350cc, 500cc and 750cc. Of course there were sidecars, Streuer for example showed his own sidecar (with Stredor engine). In addition, ongoing interesting old racing movie clips could be seen on the screens in the cafe. In short, it was a show with something for everyone and at a time of the year when everyone "wants to get out and about". Here a few shots of the sidecars, taken before opening time:

Saturday, 29 September 2012

a new event - Giessen

Giessen was for the first time part of the Classic Racing Team circus in the Netherlands which had eleven events on the calendar for 2012. The Land of Altena is traditionally motorcycle-racing and motocross minded and produced big names in the past. At the moment young men like Raymond Schouten (road race) and motocrosser Micha Boy de Waal compete at national and European level. In 1977, the area around the Rietdijk in Giessen was already part of a highly crowed street race with stars like Wil Hartog, Boet van Dulmen and Jack Middelburg. It seems saturday a part of that audience was there again. Many babyboomers in leather had their motorcycles parked along the track and watched the glory from the past (all pre-1972 bikes) with lots of pleasure.

Sunday, 3 June 2012

It was cold, wet and windy - Classic TT of Elst

Atlantic summer weather teases TT of Elst
The Classic TT of Elst on 3 June was “a bit” damp and it was the coldest summer day since 1975. Real North Sea weather. But those who stayed at home were wrong. For thirtyfive or so competitors and the public that braved the showers and the cold it was a top event. Guarantee for that were the beautiful temporary circuit, the steadfast determination of the organisers, the commitment of all volunteers and the wet feet of the drivers who still went out on track.