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John Watson Former Southern 100 Sidecar Champion Dies
Sad new has reached Southern 100 Racing that former double Southern 100 Sidecar Champion John Watson passed away on Thursday 16th April after a short illness.
From Leeds, John made his Southern 100 debut in 1970 with Melvyn Beanland as his passenger, taking 12th place in the Championship race in what was their second race around the Billown Course, returning the following year with similar successes.
A change of passenger in 1972 saw John Wright in the ‘hot seat’ and coming away from that year’s Southern 100 not only as the Sidecar race winners, but as Sidecar Champions having taken the chequered flag in the feature race on Championship Day on their Windle outfit.
The two John’s competed together at the July races in 1973 and 1974, each year taking podium places.
Taking a sabbatical in 1975, the Yorkshireman once again entered the 1976 Southern with a new passenger, Brian Hoyle and repeated his success of four years earlier, taking the victors laurels in the opening sidecar race and lifting the Sidecar Championship Trophy for the second time on their Laverda powered machine.
John Watson & Brian Hoyle
Sidecar Champions 1976
John and Brian were to stay together for their annual trips to the Southern 100 in 1977 & 1978 where the pairing won the first sidecar race and finished runner-up to Allen Steele and Tony Barrow in 1978.
John Watson and Brian Hoyle made their final Southern 100 appearance on a Yamaha Sidecar in 1979 taking a third place in the sidecar race and a fifth place in the Championship race.
The Committee, officials and all involved with the Southern 100 pass on their condolences to Sharon and family.
Funeral arrangements to follow.
Source: John Watson Former Southern 100 Sidecar Champion Dies
TYCO BMW TAKE POSITIVES FROM BRANDS INDY WEEKEND
Alastair Seleey’s fifth place in the Pirelli National Superstock 1000cc class was the pick of results at round two of the British championship for Tyco BMW, and but for a small electrical problem just two corners from home – it would surely have been victory for the Ulsterman who dominated the race in the closing stages.
In the British Superbike Championship Tommy Bridewell fought valiantly to sixth place in race two after crashing out of the opening encounter, and Michael Laverty took points away from race one, on a weekend his will openly admit he is keen to put behind him.
On his Superstock result, Alastair Seeley said:
“We made changes for the race and I felt comfortable on the S 1000 RR after a decent enough start. I led pretty much from lap eight right until the last lap, and coming out of Graham Hill and up towards Surtees I knew I had the race won. Unfortunately the bike cut out, which we now know was a problem with a wire shorting out underneath the seat unit. But it could have been a DNF, so we will take the positives from rolling across the line in fifth, as we know how strong the package is already for this campaign.”
“It was disappointing to crash out of the opening race, but I was really pushing and giving it my all, and I got knocked about a bit. Sixth in race two is not where we want to be, but it’s progress and full credit to the team for a big effort. We now have a couple of weeks to improve all round for Oulton Park.”
“It was a character building weekend, but I’m really disappointed at my lack of pace. Brands Indy is one of those circuits, where if you’re not fully comfortable on the bike you will be exposed, and unfortunately that’s what happened to me. The results are not indicative of the work behind the scenes by the team, and I’m confident we will find a solution that will allow me to exploit the strengths of the Tyco BMW S 1000 RR very soon. We will test a revised set up later this week at Oulton Park, which I’m hoping will get us back on track before round three there in a fortnight’s time.”
Philip Neill – Team Manager:
“Once again we will take the positive from a difficult weekend. Alastair Seeley was odds-on to take our first British championship win on the new S 1000 RR, only to have a technical issue towards the end of the final lap.
“Tommy had a solid weekend and without a crash in race one, he looked certain to come away with a pair of top six finishes. Unfortunately we are still struggling to find the set-up Michael is looking for to allow him to deliver his full potential. However we will keep working hard and now look forward to a further test ahead of Oulton Park and round three. Thanks as always to our hard working crew and to our sponsors who came out in force at Brands Hatch to support us.”
GUY Martin faces a 3 year jail sentence and £30,000 fine if convicted following a police investigation of dangerous driving after he boasted about speeding at over 180mph through a 40mph zone in his sports car.
The outspoken racer, who has never won a TT, has admitted to breaking the speed limit through a small village on the Isle of Man in his review of the new Aston Martin Vanquish Carbon for Top Gear.
The 33-year-old wrote in the Sunday Times Driving section:
‘I saw 180mph down Sulby Straight, one of the fastest sections on the TT course, and the car wasn’t even in top gear, would Clarkson have the bottle for that? well would he? ’
‘About 17 miles into my lap there’s a corner called Ballacrye where I very nearly clipped a huddle of Children waiting at a zebra crossing outside the Orphaned kids center while getting the power down as the big ford engined V12 were fishtailing thru a sharp left out of Ballaugh village’.
‘It’s a neat corner that I had just to master but knew the cops would be all over it like a school boys violently itching nettle rash for the next few days, So for the Sunday morning after a few hash browns and cup of pg tips while all the old foggies were at mass begging the lord for forgiveness and all that lark, I just went for it with the accelerator flat to the matt.
There’s a small jump right after that corner just before the #45 bollard and PC Hall were waiting there with the radar gun, I knew if I carried enough speed while covering my face with a copy of Cosmo magazine (see the price of vineyards in Spain? shocking, I could have got one for thrupence last year, now they’re 3million) well he would never see who were driving and I could maybe pin it on Bruce Anstey or Josh Brookes who were over testing aswell, and besides he wouldn’t be up to much in that old Ramsey panda edition Fiesta with the Aston bellowing out a cacophony of 700 fiery ponies at full chat.
We feck me if he didn’t catch up in the little 1.2l zetec Granny wagon coming into Churchtown past a hard right hander outside the Silly Moo’s chicken ranch, all the lights flashing, roaring and gesticulating with sirens blaring down into Parliament square, it were quite a Buzz I tell ya, but y’know what ; I’ll ‘ave ’em over the mountain section I thought while making my way past h***ds of elderly gentlemen who’d obviously all been shot and wounded in the war yet wanted my signature, Guy this, Guy that, yeah whatever man just buy my t-shirt and Snap-On tool chest if you want a piece of the real Guy Martin – and just then ; while clipping the apex and backing it into the hairpin at the start of the mountain mile – the FI light came on ’
The BBC confirmed yesterday this was not a publicity stunt for former TV presenter Jeremy Clarkson’s Top Gear slot following ‘an unprovoked physical attack’ on an Irish producer over some scrambled eggs, and that Guy Martin was not rehearsing to become the next Top Gear host but have not ruled out the possibility that he went over there to ‘ embellish his C.V ‘
Isle of Man P.C Inspector Derek Flint, said: ” We have detained Guy for questioning following a 2hr hold up on the Sulby straight and through the village of Kirk Michael as local residents were forced into dangerous overtaking maneuvers past Guy while being delayed for work”, causing consternation for the sleepy island’s inhabitants.
Laverty finishes 17th in Argentina
The Toomebridge rider qualified 14th for the race but finished 43.4 seconds behind winner Valentino Rossi.
"Unfortunately not the result I was hoping for but onwards and upwards," said Laverty on Twitter after the race.
"Once again zero grip in the race. Missed a huge opportunity to finish top 10 but we’ll work to fix this problem."
Rossi secured his second win of the season on a Yamaha after world champion Marc Marquez crashed out while vying for the lead in the closing stages.
Nine-time world champion Rossi overhauled Spaniard Marquez, with Italy’s Andrea Dovizioso third.
Marquez, struggling with tyres, clipped Rossi’s back wheel when trying to regain the lead and went down.
Clocking motorcycles – how common?
Question is …..Does it qualify for Classic Road Tax….
It was last taxed in 2010,so I went online to retrieve the PIN number and it’s coming up as €88
I thought I could tax it for about €24
Anyone know what the rates are…???
Rang tax office but keep getting talking machines…….
Thanks for any help…..
Not giving em 88 quid unless I have to…..:thumbsup2::thumbsup2: