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post #1 of 8 Old 12-23-2012, 12:07 PM Thread Starter
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I'm going down this year for the first time since the early to mid '80's. I'm about as excited as I would be if it was a GP meeting - can't wait!

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Street circuits, ya gotta love them - how close do you want to be?

Got a railway crossing through your circuit? No worries, just remove the crossing signage and flashing lights and bells, and go racing!

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Oh, and wandering the pits, I had a few words and shook hands with this guy here, who was a guest of honor at the meeting...

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Oh, and wandering the pits, I had a few words and shook hands with this guy here, who was a guest of honor at the meeting...

Pat Hennen - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Pat Hennen !
Wow, now there's a guy we never got to see the best of.
We honeymooned at the TTs on the Isle of Man in 79.
(Saw Hailwood win the Senior on the Suzuki 500-4.)
Anyway, Pat was still recovering from his injury, but they drove him around the circuit in an open top car so the fans could see him.
EVERYONE was cheering and clapping as he went by, very popular rider.
Most sporting to come back to the place that almost killed you !

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Sad link to part of the history of bike racing in NZ here:

Soup :: Death Of A Journeyman: Cal Rayborn In New Zealand :: 12-29-2012

The "Wanaque" mentioned in the text will be Wanganui, and the series of races organised by Ron Grant [http://www.ozebook.com/compendium/tr750/grant.htm] was known locally as the "Marlboro Series", and was a significant racing series for the following 5 years, won 3 out of the 5 times it was held by Pat Hennen [see the Wikipedia link above and also here: http://www.cemeterycircuit.co.nz/history]

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Sad link to part of the history of bike racing in NZ here:

Soup :: Death Of A Journeyman: Cal Rayborn In New Zealand :: 12-29-2012

The "Wanaque" mentioned in the text will be Wanganui, and the series of races organised by Ron Grant [http://www.ozebook.com/compendium/tr750/grant.htm] was known locally as the "Marlboro Series", and was a significant racing series for the following 5 years, won 3 out of the 5 times it was held by Pat Hennen [see the Wikipedia link above and also here: http://www.cemeterycircuit.co.nz/history]
Thanks for posting this.
Sad read.
Too many greats were lost back then.
It's so infrequent now that unless one is of that era, or interested in the history of that era, they are clueless as the rate of loss back then.
F1 was not much different, aside from there being far more fire fatalities.

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Yes, the tracks showed little care or imagination for what might happen. IIRC, the Rayborn accident was a two-stroke seizure as the throttle closed flat-out at the end of the front straight, and on the outside of the corner was a building, related to the horse-racing life of the circuit. I think the organisers eventually used to stack and strap large sections of polystyrene foam there, in response to the fatalities, but it was all pretty basic.

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...and just to complete this, a link to a full report on this year's event, w. some prof-quality pics.

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