The start of 2014

So onto 2014…

Patrick Walker (worksracing.co.uk) once again has generously offered me the use of the Norton and I shall ride it at Oulton Park, Pembrey and Donington Park (possibly also Cadwell Park).

The most exciting thing for me however is my return to the Isle of Man to race in the Senior Classic TT in August.

Patrick had asked me several times if I would like to compete on the Island again and initially I said no but he was persistently persuasive (not that I needed too much persuation) and now I am really looking forward to it.

I will be part of a three man team, the other riders being Bill Swallow and John Leigh Pemberton.

The team will be run by Parick and his business associate Miles Robinson

My last race at the TT was in 1984 in the 250 lightweight class when after a 3 lap tussle with Joey Dunlop I eventually finished 2nd to Graeme Mcgregor.

When my job as commentator and chat show host on Radio TT came to an end last year, I really didn’t know what the future held for me as far as the TT was concerned. Not to be present at the races last June was very difficult for me as it was the first time in over 40 years that I had not been on the Island in June.

However, I never thought at that stage that I would be returning to the TT as a competitor !

If I have any concerns at all about my return it is that I hope that people don’t expect too much of me. Guess what ! In those intervening years I have aged a bit and by the time August comes around I will be 64 ! Let’s also consider the quality of the entry. If it is as strong as last year then just about every current top TT rider will be in that race !

No, I have made it perfectly clear to the team that the reason I want to compete is purely for enjoyment, not just for me but the rest of the team also.

I will say that Stan does not approve of my Island return, along with one or two others !

The dates of the full Landsdowne series for this year can be found on : landsdowneclassic.co.uk

The ones I intend to take part in are:

Pembrey 18/19/20th April,
Oulton Park 23/24/25/26 May (no racing on Sunday 25th)
Cadwell Park 19/20th July
Donington Park 8/9/10th August

The date of the Senior Classic TT is Saturday 23rd August (practice starts sat.16th August)

Then the Goodwood Revival ,where I will Partner Peter Crew on Robert Lusk’s Vincent
That is 13/14th September

So quite a busy year ahead , but not compared to the time when I was doing it for a living, when I would expect to take part in around 20 different race meetings each year!

I will keep you informed of my progress and if you manage to be at any of the above mentioned meetings , then please come and say hello!