Wednesday, 23 December 2015
Thirty team members sat down on Saturday evening to celebrate the successes of the season. The Lamb Inn at Spaxton put on a great traditional Christmas Dinner, but the special Venison and Stilton Pie still won over!
Furthest travelled were Peter Lindén, Ian Simpson and Bill Simpson, from Sweden and Scotland respectively.
We all enjoyed the opportunity to have a good talk away from both circuit and workshop and what was especially good was to introduce key sponsor Lee Marchant of Marchant Engineering Services (MES) to some of the local team members who don't go to races and also some of the new starters.
The evening was capped by an exclusive UK airing of "The Peter Lindén Show", a charity picture show presented by Peter about his life in fighter jets and with racing motorcycles.
As they say, a good time was had by all.
The Team will travel to South Africa for the first time, in late January, to contest 2 rounds of their three event Classic Series.
The first two races are at Zwartkops and Killarney over the weekends of 30/31st of January and 6/7th of February. It's not endurance, but it will be great to see Peter up against similar machines in the pre 1983 category.
Competition will come from a host of local stars, plus Ian McPherson and Ian Simpson, last year's series winner.The event s organised in the UK by Mick Grant, who has shipped a dozen or so bikes from the UK.
TT star Bill Simpson will also be racing an XR69 Suzuki.
Last time Bill was on the same grid as Peter was at the 1985 Production TT where he beat him convincingly - a fact that he would not let Peter forget at last weekend's dinner!
More on South Africa to come -....