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Race of the Year - CRMC Silverstone - 8th - 9th October 2016
Test Day at Silverstone on FRIDAY 7th October 2016
R.I.P. John Schoenemann
We are very sad to hear that CRMC member John Schoenemann was killed in a tragic accident whilst racing in a British Historic Racing accident at Cadwell Park on Sunday afternoon, 25/09/2016. Our thoughts and sincere condolences go out to his family and friends.
It will soon be Christmas...so it must be time to book for the CRMC Dinner Dance!
The Classic Racing Motorcycle Club Annual General Meeting and Dinner Dance will be held on Saturday 3rd December 2016 at the Mercure Daventry Court Hotel and Spa, Sedgemoor Way, Daventry, Northampton, NN11 5SG.
It is always over-subscribed, so please do book before the closing date on 30th October 2016 - we look forward to seeing you there!
Alex Sinclair and family lose their caravan and gear
Sadly some low-life has stolen Ian Sinclair's caravan off his driveway. As if that wasn't bad enough, they had all just returned from a successful Classic TT, so in addition to losing their caravan, the caravan contained Alex's riding kit. He has lost:
3 Arai helmets, one of which was a brand new Chaser V in white, large size
1 pair Daytona Evo boots with 2 pairs of black outers
1 pair of brand new Alpinestar leathers in black/white size 42or44
1 pair of new Alpinestar gp gloves black/white
1 pair Alpinestar monster energy gloves in black
about 6 Arai Moto gp visors
Arai helmet bag
If you are offered anything that sounds like it might have been stolen from Alex, please let us know and we'll contact Alex or Ian.
MyLaps and Championship results from CRMC Snetterton have been published on the Results page
We have also just published the latest CRMC Lap Records spreadshee, which makes great reading to see just how quick many of our races are! Just click here to go straight to the Results page for CRMC Lap Records
MyLaps and Championship results from CRMC Donington are now available
R.I.P Graham Boothby
We are very sorry to announce that Graham Boothby of TGA Racing passed away on 30th July 2016. He was at home with friends and family and had been suffering with cancer for some time.
He was a supporter of the Classic Racing Motorcycle Club since the beginning, his club membership number was 56. He was involved in the committee in the role of Race Personnel Co-ordinator and created the eligibility role. He has remained a supporter of the CRMC throughout, even after he moved to France. His grey truck was a familiar sight at CRMC race meetings and he was a font of knowledge about everything to do with classic motorcycles and racing. Many of us have enjoyed his company (along with the almost obligatory glass of red wine) chatting about anything and everything to do with bikes and racing and everything else. He will be sorely missed; he was a great character.
This further information is on the TGA Racing website - www.tga.co.uk
His cremation will be held at 14.00, Thursday 4th August 2016:
Rue de sous le Mont
Eddy De Kayser has offered to help as much as possible with any questions and if possible please contact him by email and not to email or phone Grahams house.
Eddys email : email@example.com
Revised programme for CRMC Anglesey 10th July 2016
Following adverse weather conditions and the cancellation of the race programme for Saturday, the race programme for Sunday 10th July 2016 has been changed.
For full details go to the Next Event page
MyLaps Race results from CRMC Cadwell Park are now available
FIM Europe Vintage News No.4 - FIME Vintage Road Race Championships 2016
Round 1 Circuit Carole (France) 24th -26th June 2016:
The Supplementary Regulations, entry forms and timetable are now available from the CRMC and FIM Europe websites for Round 1 of the 2016 European Vintage Road Race Championship 24th – 26th June 2016.
Completed FIME entry forms should be sent to John Davidson
John Davidson, 8 Hardwick Close, Aston, Sheffield S26 2GU, United Kingdom
Completed Circuit Carole entry forms should be sent to Evelyne Desbordes
87 Rue des Hautes Portes, 27670 Le Bosc Roger en Roumois, France
FIME Vintage Commission Vice Chairman
Issued 3rd May 2016
RIP Lionel Meekings
Former long time CRMC member Lionel Meekins passed way on 25th April after being ill for some time. Many will remember Lionel as a competitor on a 250 Ducati and as a Clerk of the Course for the CRMC; many will also remember some great times with Lionel whilst racing in Belgium as well as in the UK.
Lionels funeral will be held at Banbury crematorium on Friday next 20th May 2016. It will be a short service and afterwards you are invited to the New Inn Pub near to where his daughter Pam lives.
There will be family flowers only but if you wish you may donate to Dogs for Good.
MyLaps and Championship results from CRMC Croft are now available
The results have been published on MyLaps, please see the Results page. CRMC Championship results have also now been published.
The CRMC's return to the Croft circuit after 9 years went brilliantly! Packed grids in all the practice sessions and races, busy parades and superb racing! The fast and technically demanding track, combined with dry (and sunny on Sunday!) weather saw many new lap records. Thanks to all the competitors, sponsors, spectators and the hard-working CRMC officials, marshals and the dedicated staff at Croft circuit for helping make it such a success.
Extra Sidecar Races at CRMC Cadwell Park! Be Quick and Enter Now
The CRMC event at Cadwell Park is hosting THREE Camathias Cup Sidecar Races as well as FOUR CRMC Sidecar Races!
Its going to be a great 3 day event - You can apply to race in all SEVEN races if you want to, but of course Camathias Cup crews get first go at the Camathias Races and CRMC crews get first go at the CRMC Races. If you are in contact with crews who would be interested but 'don't do' computers, please let them know we don't want anyone to miss out!
The entry fees are as follows but basically it works as the first 4 races are paid at the standard price and then every race after your fourth entry is £25 - That seems a good deal to me and should promote 7 good grids of Classic Sidecars. The entry form does not reflect this as the deal was sorted in the last couple of weeks so please fill in your form based on what you want to do and the detail below:
Note - Times are approximate and may change
Friday 3rd June
Joint CRMC/Camathias Cup practice around 11am
1st CRMC Race: Race 4 around 2pm
1st Camathias Cup race: Race 11 around 5pm
Saturday 4th June
1 lap sidecar test session for those with problems Friday around 9.15am
2nd CRMC Race : Race 16 around 10.30am
2nd Camathias Cup race: Race 21 around 1.30pm
3rd CRMC Race: Race 28 around 4.20pm
Sunday 5th June
1 lap Sidecar test session for those with problems Saturday around 9.15am
3rd Camathias Cup race: Race 38 around 12 noon
4th CRMC race: Race 41 around 2pm
Camathias Cup Entry Fees:
Camathias Cup crews £50 each Cam Cup race
Camathias Cup crews £45 for 1st CRMC race entered
Camathias Cup crews £25 2nd – 4th CRMC races entered
Entry Forms and Regulations are on the Calendar page
Information kindly supplied by Steve Reilly. If you have any queries, please contact Steve or Ian Johnson (details are on the Contact page)
MyLaps Race results and Championship Results from CRMC Pembrey are now available
FIM Europe Race Entry Forms for CRMC Donington now available
FIME Vintage Road Race Championship 2016:
Round 3 Donington Park 7th – 9th August 2016:
The Supplementary Regulations and entry form are now available from the CRMC and FIM Europe websites for the Round 3 of the 2016 European Vintage Road Race Championship 5th – 7th August 2016.
FIM Europe website: http://www.fim-europe.com/index.php/sport/vintage
Completed entry forms to be e-mailed or posted to John Davidson
E-mail – firstname.lastname@example.org
Address – 8 Hardwick Close, Aston, Sheffield S26 2GU, United Kingdom
By John Davidson
FIME Vintage Commission Vice Chairman
Issued 22nd March 2016, posted on the CRMC website on 29/03/2016
Sun, wind, rain ...and fantastic racing at CRMC Pembrey
We had it all at Pembrey circuit this weekend, as the CRMC race season kicked off. There was a good entry of almost 300 competitors who braved the weather, which was forecast to be difficult over the weekend. After a glorious Friday test day, Saturday was wet and windy, but the action on track was brilliant. All races were well supported and a packed programme including the Lansdowne series made braving the weather worthwhile.
After racing had finished, the traditional trophy presentation in the scrutineering bay saw the CRMC Clubman of the Year Trophy awarded to a very shocked and surprised Norman Crossland, who has been a scrutineer for the CRMC for over 30 years and who hadn't been able to attend the AGM and trophy presentation in December.
Sunday saw an improvement in the weather with mostly dry races - and as the track dried out, the lap times improved! What a great way to spend Easter!
CRMC Pembrey 26 March - 27 March 2016 - Timetable and Information
For the latest information about the CRMC Pembrey event, competitor information and the provisional timetable of what is happeing and when, take a look at the Next Event page that has just been updated
Classic motorcycle racing at Knockhill?
A message from CRMC member Robin Lamb about a forthcoming race event at Knockhill:
"Knockhill motorsports club have kindly given us two races for post classics, one for the 125 groups and one for 250/500 air cooled,GP250/350, LC’s.
The 125’s have done this twice before and they really look after you with pre and post-race interviews - it’s great fun.
We may be able to accommodate others too so please call me for a chat.
Entry Fee = £170 for 4 races, additional bike for 4 extra races £50 in other class. So you can race your classic, TZ etc, or bring a Fireblade and play with the nutters!
Saturday – 1 x 10 min warm up, 1 x 10 min qualifying, 2 x 10 lap races
Sunday – 2 x 10 lap races
Paddock - Set aside for us and power is supplied in the paddocks
Excellent shower/toilet facilities
Barbie on Saturday night!
FOR MORE INFO CONTACT ROBIN LAMB - email@example.com or call 07801 569621"
Thanks Robin, and for those who haven't ventured North of the border before, it is a great circuit!
CRMC 2016 Race and Parade Entry Forms and Supplementary are now available
You can get all the race entry forms, parade entry forms and supplementary regulations from the Calendar page. You will also find news and additional information about the race classes and championships.
New CRMC Eligibility Booklet is published
Each year we review our Eligibility Rules as classes and racing develops. Our Eligibility Officers and the CRMC committee have been working with members and Class Representatives to produce the new rules booklet for 2016. The new Eligibility Booklet is available to view and print from the Library page
Lydden Hill replaced by Snetterton
As reported below, the CRMC race at Lydden Hill had to be cancelled and after much work by our Race Manager Roger Bryant and John Davidson, another race date has been arranged at Snetterton 27-28 August 2016, using the 200 circuit.
Sadly this will clash with the popular Classic TT at the Isle of Man, but the CRMC have investigated all possible alternatives and have decided this is the best option in the circumstances to give 7 race dates in 2016.
Lydden Hill - Cancellation of our proposed September race date
Regrettably, the CRMC have had no alternative but to cancel the proposed race meeting at Lydden Hill on September 3rd and 4th, because a new noise restriction has been imposed on the circuit by Dover Council that has limited noise levels to 100db.
We are currently investigating alternative options elsewhere and will publish details here shortly.
CRMC Shop Online - just in time for Christmas!
We are pleased to open the CRMC Shop to buy CRMC embroidered t-shirts, CRMC fleeces, CRMC beanies, CRMC zoodies. These are the same quality garments you can buy at CRMC race events.
Online CRMC Membership and ACU Race Licence Application 2016
CRMC AGM VOTE
At the AGM all the electronic votes, postal votes and eligible votes at the meeting were counted and the 6 vacancies were filled by John Davidson, Steve Dobbie, Keith Higgs, Ann Mallett, Gordon Thorpe and Simon Walsh. Spike Livingstone received the lowest number of votes and was unsuccessful.
For further details please the AGM page
CRMC Annual General Meeting 5th December 2015 - Voting Information
This year there are 6 vacancies and 7 nominees for the CRMC committee. Read more about who the nominees are and how to vote.
Postal and electronic voting is now closed. If you wish to vote, you must now attend the AGM and present your current membership card. If you have already voted by post or electronically, you cannot vote again.
Minutes of the 2014 AGM are available on the AGM page.
For more information and to vote, please read the details on the AGM page
RIP Keith Millar
"With great sadness I have to report that Keith Millar, husband of long time race secretary Brenda Millar, lost his life on Sunday 25th October 2015 following a collision with a parked car having ridden to the local paper shop close to his home at Shoreham in Sussex on his push bike .
Keith was well known amongst the CRMC fraternity for his immaculate BMW outfit which he built with the help of his friend and fellow sidecar racer Peter Krukowski. He raced for a number of seasons with the club and supported Brenda in her work as CRMC race secretary for many years . Following Brenda's retirement from the post they were both made Honorary Members of CRMC and very deservedly so.
In his career Keith lived in Crawley Sussex where he worked for Metal Box Company and I believe APV. Since retiring from full time employment he continued working part time at a smaller specialized engineering firm where his expertise as a skilled engineer was very much appreciated.
Apart from building brilliant scale model engines and sidecar outfits, Keith liked guitars and he had a small collection which, as he put it, he "played after a fashion". Both he and Brenda loved Rock and Roll and often spent evenings with their great friends the Fifords amongst others at Rock and Roll dance evenings .
I know Keith would have been the first to say you just don't know whats around the corner but in his time Keith got around many corners, working hard when skilled engineers didn't get paid a lot to bring up a family, building and racing his own outfit on a limited budget, supporting his family through thick and thin and believing in the tradition of family, that's what makes the measure of a man.
From his many friends our sympathies go out to Brenda and the family. Keep it on the black stuff Keith RIP"
Len Haggis, Jerry Fiford, Peter Krukowski and friends.
"Milky" actor Andrew Shim takes on new role with Spencer Racing race team
American born actor Andrew Shim, who plays 'Milky' in the 'This is England' television series and has starred in numerous films has taken on a new role with Worksop based Spencer Racing.
An MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) fighter too, Andrew has got himself a ride on one of Spencer Racing's Yamaha 600 bikes. Having raced both cars and bikes in the past he wanted to return to bike racing and was introduced to Spencer Racing by one of their riders Pete Weston. A bike was offered for the season and Andrew will contest the CRMC (Classic Motorcycle Racing Club) Championship series next year alongside team members Paul Rogers, Erv' Wallace, Terry Brocklehurst, Pete Weston, Jenny Westwood, Steve Panter and Martin Dyke. Other riders appear alongside the regular riders throughout the season for 'one off' and guest rides.
The team run mostly Yamaha bikes but have numerous other bikes, over 30 in total, including a very rare Suzuki 250 from 1978 and a 1971 Garelli 50 Grand Prix bike, one of only two ever made. The team is owned and managed by Susannah Spencer who was the last Miss Motorcycle News in her modelling days.
Further details can be found on www.spencerracing.co.uk
Final Race and Championship Results after CRMC Snetterton
The MyLaps results have been published on the Results page and the final CRMC Championship Results have now also been published on the Results page.
If you won a CRMC Championship Trophy and would like to attend the prize giving Dinner Dance on 5th December 2015, please visit the Dinner Dance page and book now - places are limited and we are almost full!
Endurance Legends Season Finale just got bigger!
Following demand from the ranks, the organisers of the 4 hour CRMC-run endurance race at Snetterton have announced a third class of bikes will be eligible.
Currently any bike registered with the CRMC above 247cc is eligible; 247 - 750 cc bikes being classed as Formula 1 and 271 - 1300cc machines as Formula 2. The new class will enable teams entering 600 Production machines to run two bikes under the same number, swapping the team's transponder between the machines.
The logic here is that the most popular machine in the class, the Yamaha FZ600, would be stopping for oil more regularly than fuel which was causing potential teams some considerable concern. So maybe not quite in the spirit of an 'endurance' race but if it helps fill the grid and establish the event as an annual fixture the organisers are prepared to run with it for this year.
So you 600 Production boys (and girls!), let's see the colour of your money and get entering. And there's no truth in the rumour Ken Inwood is already stocking up on Yamlube...
For more information on the fun to be had just go to www.endurancelegends.co.uk
The 'Moustached Bandit' Lost His 'Tash - You Gave Generously!!
Sidecar Bloke Ian Johnson is well known in the CRMC race paddock - firstly for being one of those odd chaps that enjoy racing with too many wheels, and secondly for sporting a slightly retro-style "Mexican" (aka 70's porn star!) moustache!
So news that he intended to shave it off was special news indeed.
On a slightly more serious note, Ian was diagnosed with prostate cancer last year and underwent Brachytherapy treatment (Brachytherapy is one type of radiation therapy used to treat cancer). Keen to raise awareness and money for Prostate Cancer UK, Ian thought he would take this brave step of shaving off his moustache and Michelle Luhr has set up a Just Giving page for any donations, with a target to raise £1,500 for this worthwhile cause. To make a donation please go to: https://www.justgiving.com/Michelle-Luhr/
If you didn't go to the CRMC Donington Classic Festival on 8 August 2015, you missed the big shave! But we are pleased to report that he has raised over £1,500! We'll try and get a picture here soon - well done Ian!