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Lydden Hill - 5/6 July

Phil had quite a long haul to the race meeting with water leaking out from the pump and needing filling every 25 miles, but he made it and prepared for the racing. I had a steady drive, being misled by the GPS twice, but arrived and had a beer after saying hello to Trevor and Lenny. Colin arrived later with two bikes, my ride, the John Caffrey Westlake and a very unusual Puch classic. The weather was glorious on Friday but a complete change for Saturday practice.


Both of Phil's bikes went well in practice except the rear shocks (T21) needed softer settings. Ming was pulling like a train and sounded good with no real issues, and we all were ready for a good weekend event

The track was drying and Phil after a good start finished 4th on the Triumph with suspension tweaks paying off. T21s second race after another tweak on the shocks didn't fair well and was to soft, but Phil still managed a 6th. Phil riding the LC 'Elsie' Bantam was flying in the first race finishing 4th, the second race he had problems with the throttle but still managed 5th.

First race on the outfit went very well chasing Dennis and Sophie who were leading, we finished second, well done Colin. For the second race we had a glorious start on pole, leading for 2 laps. We were nudged by Dennis and Sophie who passed us and got away, but we slowly started to catch them. However going into Devils elbow the engine in the outfit let go and we stopped...DNF.

Had a good P6 parade ride on the Westlake with a good scrap with a similar machine and shook hands with the rider, looking forward to having more rides on the bike. It was a brief one from me (Chris) this time, but we are looking forward to Darley Moor next.

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