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    I.O.M. Manx GP updates

    Guys,
    I'm on Dave Roper's e-mail list and thought you might enjoy these updates.
    It's Wed. midday and we're ready to go up to
    scrutineering shortly for eve. practice. I've got
    three laps in so far, one Sat. and two Monday. Last
    evening's practice was canceled due to 'mist on the
    Mountain'(they won't run practice or a race if the
    helicopter can't get to anywhere on the course).
    Things are going quite smoothly so far and we've just
    done a few minor adjustments. I'm roughly 8th fastest
    so far, but there are several fast runner who haven't
    gotten in a good lap yet for various reasons. If I
    finish in the top ten, I'll be happy. The motor seems
    stronger this year and is again bone dry. But I'm not
    happy with the fairing and fuel tank,which put me out
    in the wind too much. I'm feeling it in my biceps and
    I think it's hurting top speed.
    The island continues to change a bit with new
    buildings, but it still drips in charm and is a
    beautiful as anywhere on a sunny day, of which we've
    had several.
    I'll try to get back here to the Onchan Library to do
    an update in a couple of days. DR


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    Sorry I've been so long with a follow-up, but I've
    been busy enough that I've not been able to get down
    to the Onchan Library when it's been open. I'm in the
    mountains of Co. Wicklow, Ireland with my friend Parra
    and his wife using there primative computer.
    We had quite a delay getting out for Thurs. eve.
    practice and, after awhile, Fred Warmsley suggested to
    me that maybe my motor was getting hot as it was
    smoking a bit. We finally got going and I had a
    pretty good couple of laps. Fri. eve it rained before
    practice and, though it had stopped before I left, the
    roads were quite wet in some places and completely dry
    in others. When I tipped it into Windy Corner, I saw
    it was quite wet too late and tucked the front end and
    had a nice gentle low side crash. I was cokmpletely
    unhurt and my leathers barely touched through the
    rainsuit. But the bike slid backwards into the gravel
    trap and the exhaust was bent up, shiftlever broken,
    right clip-on bent, fuel tank bashed in, and the
    fairing destroyed. We had good spares and were just
    able to get everything straighten out for Sat. eve
    practice, the last one before the race. On the first
    lap, I found the clip-on was loose, and I took it easy
    back to the pits where we tighted it up and I went
    back out. The bike had smoked some when we started it
    up and a couple of people told me smoked when I took
    off for the second lap. About 10-12 of us were
    stopped at Ballacraine because there was a bull on the
    circuit at the top of Barragarrow. After about 15
    minutes they let us finish the lap and I was first
    away so had a totally clear run back to the pits,
    which was useful. Sunday we spent prepping for the
    race and, although we were aware of some soot in the
    exhaust, didn't think too much about it as the bike
    was still running fine and sounded good.
    Monday was a beautiful warm sunny day and we watched
    the first couple of laps of the newcomers race from
    the bottom of Bray Hill. My race started at 1:15pm
    and I was number 20. After I got through Renncullen,
    I started to think the motor sounded more rattlely
    then it lost power and I clutched it and stopped at
    Ballaugh Bridge. In the late 80's, I had stopped at
    Ballaugh in practice with a stripped drive belt, and
    the marshall there asked me if I'd like a cup of tea.
    I said OK and he said to follow him. We walked about
    100 yard down the circuit and crossed the road to his
    mother-in-laws house and she fed me tea and biscuits
    and told stories about the good old days. Well, that
    same marshall was there this year(he's been doing it
    there for 30 years), and, after the race was over,
    took me back to his mother-in-law's for more tea and
    biscuits. His son was there and is now racing
    himself. He gave me a tour of there garden and orchard
    in the back where they keep bees. He gave me a jar of
    the honey they sell before my mechanic arrived to pick
    me and the bike up. It's experiences like this that
    make the Isle of Mann so special andf have kept me
    coming back. The other side of it is that four very
    experienced, respected classic riders died over the
    two weeks. The Isle of Mann is incredibly beautiful,
    breathtaking, satisfying, and lethal. I'm constantly
    tugged in two directions by it. I'm not sure what
    I'll do next year. I am sure it's about the most
    intense place I know. DR





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    I very much enjoy the updates. When are these updates from?

    Also good to see you on the board...

    Aaron


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    Hey Aaron,
    The first update arrived last Wed. Aug. 24th, the second arrived today.
    Bret


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    ...glad we have a 'man on the scene'

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