we went out the the Avery today, anticipating it was going to be cold we volunteered to just observe one Section between us, so that we could move about & keep a bit warmer than if both of had a Section to do. We were lucky we had Section 7 in the quarry which was out of the wind & rode comfortably on the first lap, seemingly with lots of grip, then a few spots of rain during lap two then came a bit more rain & by the end of lap three it became more or less continuous. So grip became much harder to find & by the end it would be fair to say that it had disappeared for pretty well all of the entry! You know, open the throttle, engine note rises a bit but you don’t go forwards, the back wheel just spins up more! Centre Champion, Kurt Brain, had a wedding to get to at, I think half past one in Stroud, so didn’t have time to waste & had four good rides on our Section, I guess the scorecard will show he was best Expert in it. I’ll post the Results as soon as I have them, hopefully later this evening.
Looking back a couple of days, as you would expect, many people attended Jim Webb’s funeral from our own & neighbouring Centres, and from the Sidecar-Cross fraternity, I must mention that Steve Baughan has been a tower of strength to Ve during the difficult times she has had since Jim became unwell & that support continued at the funeral, & I’m sure will continue in future. Thanks Steve.
You’ll recall I mentioned John Surtees three or four weeks ago? Richard Elliot got in touch afterwards to say that his dad had a copy of the 1946 ‘History of Farleigh Castle which has a picture of Jack Surtees & a young lad not in racing kit, Richard & Dawn wrote to the John Surtees Foundation enclosing a copy photo to ask if it was indeed, John. They had a reply from John himself confirming that it was him. How lovely of the man.