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2016 South Australian Historic Race Championships – Mac Park

Report & Images: Colin Rosewarne/Colin Rosewarne Photography

2016 South Australian Historic Road Racing Championship - Mac Park - Mick Galley (Honda CB750), Mark Lithgow (Kawasaki Z550)
2016 South Australian Historic Road Racing Championship – Mac Park – Mick Galley (Honda CB750), Mark Lithgow (Kawasaki Z550) – Image: Colin Rosewarne Photography

125 racers competed in the 2016 South Australian Historic Road Race Championships, which were run and won at Mount Gambier’s Mac Park with racing conducted in all conditions, including wind and rain, drizzle and the dry.

2016 South Australian Historic Road Racing Championship - Mac Park - Albert Tehennepe, Harris Kawasaki 1200
2016 South Australian Historic Road Racing Championship – Mac Park – Albert Tehennepe, Harris Kawasaki 1200 – Image: Colin Rosewarne Photography

The morning sessions on both days were met with heavy drizzle accompanied by a chilly southerly breeze straight off the Southern Ocean which led to cautious but entertaining competition.

2016 South Australian Historic Road Racing Championship - Mac Park - Robert Bull, Norton Manx 500
2016 South Australian Historic Road Racing Championship – Mac Park – Robert Bull, Norton Manx 500 – Image: Colin Rosewarne Photography

Times were slowed marginally due largely to the great Mac Park racing surface and a great weekend of racing was had by all.

2016 South Australian Historic Road Racing Championship - Mac Park - Ken Lucas, 1928 Douglas
2016 South Australian Historic Road Racing Championship – Mac Park – Ken Lucas, 1928 Douglas – Image: Colin Rosewarne Photography

Amongst the many happy competitors were Ken Lucas on his beloved Douglas that he has been campaigning for fifty years, Albert Tehennepe on his beautifully presented Harris 1200 Kawasaki, Neil May on his 350 and 500 Molnar Manx.

2016 South Australian Historic Road Racing Championship - Mac Park - Andrew Hawkes, Moto Guzzi V7
2016 South Australian Historic Road Racing Championship – Mac Park – Andrew Hawkes, Moto Guzzi V7 – Image: Colin Rosewarne Photography

Plus very impressive newcomers to the sport Rob Heather (brother of Colin) (TZ250 Yamaha)) and Andrew Hawkes (Moto Guzzi V7) making sizable waves on their respective classes.

2016 South Australian Historic Road Racing Championship - Mac Park - Rob Heather, Yamaha RD250LC
2016 South Australian Historic Road Racing Championship – Mac Park – Rob Heather, Yamaha RD250LC – Image: Colin Rosewarne Photography
2016 South Australian Historic Road Racing Championship - Mac Park - David Morse, Velocette MSS Special
2016 South Australian Historic Road Racing Championship – Mac Park – David Morse, Velocette MSS Special – Image: Colin Rosewarne Photography
2016 South Australian Historic Race Championships | Mac Park Results:
Period 2 (1920 – 1945):

Period 2 saw the recently crowned Australian Champion Stan Mucha on his beautiful 1926 4-valve Indian Altoona take home the title in a race that saw many of the combined ages of racers and their bikes exceed a very respectable 150 years.

  1. Stan Mucha (Indian Altoona)
  2. David Morse (Velocette MSS Special)
  3. Peter Birthisel (Indian Altoona)
2016 South Australian Historic Road Racing Championship - Mac Park - Keith Campbell, ESO Special
2016 South Australian Historic Road Racing Championship – Mac Park – Keith Campbell, ESO Special – Image: Colin Rosewarne Photography
Period C – pre 1951 500cc overhead valve and 750 side valve, hand gear change, rigid suspension frames:
  1. Wayne Fary (Triumph)
  2. Ross Bolding (Harley)
  3. Paul Gloede (BSA)
2016 South Australian Historic Road Racing Championship - Mac Park - Greg Watkins, Molnar Manx 500
2016 South Australian Historic Road Racing Championship – Mac Park – Greg Watkins, Molnar Manx 500 – Image: Colin Rosewarne Photography
Period 3
350:
  1. Neil May (Molnar Manx)
  2. Greg Watkins (Molnar Manx)
  3. David Morse (Velocette MSS Special)
2016 South Australian Historic Road Racing Championship - Mac Park - Neil May, Molnar Manx
2016 South Australian Historic Road Racing Championship – Mac Park – Neil May, Molnar Manx – Image: Colin Rosewarne Photography
500:
  1. Neil May (Molnar Manx)
  2. Darren Trotter (Matchless G50)
  3. Greg Watkins (Molnar Manx)
Unlimited:
  1. Russell Craddock (Tri Ariel 650)
  2. Dan Gleeson (Norton Domiracer 750)
  3. Darren Trotter (Manx G50)
Period 4 (1963 – 1972):
250:
  1. Kevin Youngson (Benelli 2C)
  2. Bonn Watson (Suzuki T250)
  3. Neil Watson (Yamaha DS6)
2016 South Australian Historic Road Racing Championship - Mac Park - Keith Campbell, ESO Special
2016 South Australian Historic Road Racing Championship – Mac Park – Keith Campbell, ESO Special – Image: Colin Rosewarne Photography
350:
  1. Keith Campbell (Honda CB350)
  2. Peter Scott (Kawasaki S2)
  3. John Inkster (Aermacchi 350)
500:
  1. Chris Pash (Suzuki T500)
  2. Robin Williams (Honda CB500)
  3. Peter O’Neill Roberts TR500 Suzuki)
Unlimited:
  1. Simon Cook (Honda CB750)
  2. Chris Pash (Suzuki T500)
  3. Andy Hawkes (Moto Guzzi V7)
2016 South Australian Historic Road Racing Championship - Mac Park - Mark Bond (Kawasaki Z900), Denis Ackland (Kawasaki Z1000 Mk2), Mark Lithgow (Kawasaki Z550)
2016 South Australian Historic Road Racing Championship – Mac Park – Mark Bond (Kawasaki Z900), Denis Ackland (Kawasaki Z1000 Mk2), Mark Lithgow (Kawasaki Z550) – Image: Colin Rosewarne Photography
Period 5 (1973 – 1983):

Period 5 saw a charging Mark Bond relishing the wet conditions, recording a couple of minor placings on Saturday followed by a couple of great, ballsy wet weather wins on the Sunday taking out the championship on his ever impressive Brass Balls Racing Z900 Kawasaki.

125:
  1. Gemma Kernich (Honda MT125R)
  2. David Short (Morbidelli 125GP)
  3. Kevin Youngson Yamaha TZ125)
2016 South Australian Historic Road Racing Championship - Mac Park - Ben Shaw, Yamaha RD250LC
2016 South Australian Historic Road Racing Championship – Mac Park – Ben Shaw, Yamaha RD250LC – Image: Colin Rosewarne Photography
250:
  1. Brett Metcalf (Yamaha RD250LC)
  2. Andy Pitman (Yamaha RD250LC)
  3. Ben Shaw (Yamaha RD250LC)
2016 South Australian Historic Road Racing Championship - Mac Park - Chris Hayward, Yamaha TZ350
2016 South Australian Historic Road Racing Championship – Mac Park – Chris Hayward, Yamaha TZ350 – Image: Colin Rosewarne Photography
350:
  1. Chris Hayward (Yamaha TZ350)
  2. Nathaniel Wilson (Yamaha RD250LC)
  3. Glen Weddall (Yamaha RD250LC)
2016 South Australian Historic Road Racing Championship - Mac Park - Nathaniel Wilson, Yamaha 250LC
2016 South Australian Historic Road Racing Championship – Mac Park – Nathaniel Wilson, Yamaha 250LC – Image: Colin Rosewarne Photography
2016 South Australian Historic Road Racing Championship - Mac Park - Denis Ackland, Kawasaki Z1000 Mk2
2016 South Australian Historic Road Racing Championship – Mac Park – Denis Ackland, Kawasaki Z1000 Mk2 – Image: Colin Rosewarne Photography
Unlimited:
  1. Mark Bond (Kawasaki Z900 – 1105)
  2. Denis Ackland (Kawasaki Z1000 – 1260)
  3. Albert Tehennepe (Harris Kawasaki 1200)
2016 South Australian Historic Road Racing Championship - Mac Park - Andy Pitman, Yamaha RD250LC
2016 South Australian Historic Road Racing Championship – Mac Park – Andy Pitman, Yamaha RD250LC – Image: Colin Rosewarne Photography
Tour De LC Cup (Yamaha RDLCs):
  1. Brett Metcalf
  2. Ben Shaw
  3. Andy Pitman
2016 South Australian Historic Road Racing Championship - Mac Park - Craig Longhurst/Nina Eitenberg, Tranzac Honda
2016 South Australian Historic Road Racing Championship – Mac Park – Craig Longhurst/Nina Eitenberg, Tranzac Honda – Image: Colin Rosewarne Photography
Sidecars:

A small field of six sidecars saw combined class races with the likes Bill Hargrave / Annie Tregger on their seemingly diminutive 1956 Triumph Thunderbird up against Geoff Grant / Craig Lawson on their infamous two stroke H2 triple and Craig Longhurst / Nina Eikenberg on their Tranzac Honda four.

2016 South Australian Historic Road Racing Championship - Mac Park - David Wain/Greg Ditchfield, Tri Ariel
2016 South Australian Historic Road Racing Championship – Mac Park – David Wain/Greg Ditchfield, Tri Ariel – Image: Colin Rosewarne Photography
P3S:
  • David Wain / Greg Ditchfield
P4S:
  • Geoff Grant / Craig Lawson
2016 South Australian Historic Road Racing Championship - Mac Park - Keith Campbell, ESO Special
2016 South Australian Historic Road Racing Championship – Mac Park – Keith Campbell, ESO Special – Image: Colin Rosewarne Photography
Bob Jolley Memorial Trophy – classic singles up to 500:
  1. Darren Trotter (Matchless G50)
  2. Neil May (Manx Norton)
  3. Keith Campbell (ESO)
Ken Blake Memorial Trophy – open to the fastest 27 P3 and 4 racers:
  1. Simon Cook (Honda CB750)
  2. Darren Trotter (G50 Matchless)
  3. Chris Pash (CZ400)
2016 South Australian Historic Road Racing Championship - Mac Park - David Betteridge/Jo Mickleson, Norton Atlas2016 South Australian Historic Road Racing Championship - Mac Park - David Betteridge/Jo Mickleson, Norton Atlas
2016 South Australian Historic Road Racing Championship – Mac Park – David Betteridge/Jo Mickleson, Norton Atlas – Image: Colin Rosewarne Photography
Laurie Fox Handicap Trophy (open to all P3 and 4 sidecars):
  1. Geoff Grant / Craig Lawson (Kawasaki H2 750)
  2. David Wain / Greg Ditchfield (Tri Ariel 650)
  3. David Betteridge / Jo Mickleson (Norton Atlas 750)

The Most Improved Award went to young hotshot Ben Shaw (Yamaha RD250LC) and the Good Sportsman Award was shared this year by Robin Williams and Richard Metcalf for their invaluable assistance following the serious incident at this event last year.

2016 South Australian Historic Road Racing Championship - Mac Park - Chris Hayward, Yamaha SR500
2016 South Australian Historic Road Racing Championship – Mac Park – Chris Hayward, Yamaha SR500 – Image: Colin Rosewarne Photography

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