On may 25th, we were present in Rockanje at the circuit of the HMV. Also on this day the weather cooperated, while in the rest of the country the rain didn't seem to want to stop.
Harm participated in the Rigid/Webb class with his Norton International 350 from 1936. The Norton, , being 66 years old, enjoyed the circuit and drove the rounds with much pleasure.
Rockanje is one of the nicest events of the HMV , pulling in some 10,000 visitors each year. We truly recommend it if you have never been there and are an old racer enthusiast.
We booked another success in Rockanje. So far we hadn't gone public yet, but we sponsor Dick Kegel with his SEELEY/ABSAF (which one has been delivered by us in its totality).
We had wanted to wait for the results first, but now it seems that Dick does such a good job in this class, we couldn't wait making this public! This with a new motorcycle, no experience and no extra tuning either.
Next follows the report from Dick Kegel:
Race experiences, Rockanje May 25th, 2002
In the National championship of the classics of this year, an ABSAF / SEELEY combination painted in the colors of The Motorcycle Company and driven by Dick Kegel will participate.
The History. After a couple of years riding a Ducati 250 CC smalcarter at the Ducati club race and with HMV and CRT , Dick decided to try the KNMV classics. Because of the unsuitability of the Ducati , the decision was made to purchase an ABSAF / SEELEY .After deliberations with Harm, the project started. In June 2001 the building of the motorcycle started to deliver the first blow in March 2002.
The Year 2002. The first trainings in France didn't follow the planning, but a lot of things needing adjustments did come up. After taking care of all the fine tuning, the first race announced itself.
In Eemshaven, in the most Northern part of the province Groningen, were the two first races. One on May the 16th and the second one on the 19th. The training on that Thursday morning went well and a starting number of 18 was not bad for the first time. In the afternoon race it went well and if in the last round the ignition wouldn't have been off time we would have had a nice 15th place. But we didn't despair, on Sunday we had another chance.
The first training on Saturday didn't go too well. After 4 rounds the motor called it quits. It turned out to be the wire from the ignition. The second training went well, a starting place of 15 was the result. Sunday at the game everything went very well, after a good start and a good match with a couple of other racers we were flagged in at the 11th place . A fine result and the first 5 points have been won. All this above expectations.
The third race was the weekend of the 26th in Oss. The fist training didn't go well because the muffler came out of the exhaust pipe, only 5 rounds were driven. The result an 18th place. The 2nd training went according to plan and was good for an 11th place to start. On race day the weather was nice. After the start this continued through the first chicane and soon their was a great rhythm. A couple of riders were close together, making for a good race, finishing in 9th place. A score of 7 points for a total of 12 points.
Again a result we didn't expect but are very happy with.
The next race took place on June 9th on the circuit of Assen, where we also participated in the Ducati weekend. We had our own booth with a big assortment of Sassi and Vee Two parts and a big assortment of rare used spare parts for Ducati's.
Dick Kegel was, with his DUCATI ABSAF/SEELEY a participant in the KNMV Classic race. After having a good training, receiving an 11th place to start, it went wrong in the race itself. During the start, Dick asked to much of the gears and had to give up after 4 rounds. Even though he had a slipping gear, he had put himself in 6 th place before having to give up.
As you say in English, *It's all in the game*. We say* Better next time*.
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