Sideburn ambassador, John Harrison, had his best night of racing in the DTRA's Friday night before DirtQuake meeting. Here he is leading the hotshot and much younger, Gary Birtwistle, the DTRA Sideburn Vintage Class series leader. John then flag marshalled all weekend while other people raced. The man is a legend. This is what he has to say about his weekend.
Thank you thank you for another great weekend.
Thank you for filling a hole in my life that I didn't realise was there before I found Sideburn.
Thank you for DirtQuake.
Thank you for the part you play in the DTRA.
Thank you for inspiration.
Thank you for offering me shandies & beers.
Thank you for topping off a fantastic evening by awarding me Sideburn Vintage Rider of the night. My daughter (28 yrs today) nabbed the sweatshirt as soon as she saw it. Perfect! Birthday present sorted, it looks great on her, she's proud of her Old Man, it fits her not me &, as you you might have guessed I haven't worn sweatshirts since she was 5 anyway. I have briefed her on Dwayne and Rotax for when she gets asked.
DirtQuake must be different for everyone who experiences it, (& it will be interesting to see what it was for North One on Weds) but for me it was:
The Mirage Men's set.
Spending a quiet 25 mins early on Saturday morning completely absorbed & on my own studying the XR & XG.
The full moon rising over it all.
Meeting the big German with the sublime Triumph that he podiumed in Best of British.
All this whilst still riding the wave of euphoria that was my Friday evenings races. 26 laps of chasing the elusive perfect corner in the all consuming heat of a race. Friday night racing under the lights. Ascot in the '70s / Kings Lynn 2017? What's happening? Is that me?
My family watching at home whilst I lead races?!? This is not real, surely.
Hell- I finished 2 races with Frank Chatokhine still in sight ferchrissakes.
I'm still riding my Friday night wave.
For all this and more I thank you.
I need to state the case again. I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for you and the permission you gave me to have a go.
Your humble servant,
Photo: Ian Osborne/ DTRA