Vikings make history as they capture Bronze in British Veterans Club Championship!
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Blast from the Past
The long-anticipated appearance of the Vintage bikes arrives this weekend, but unfortunately not here at Cramlington. There is due to be a short series of Vintage races between the normal 3 Rivers League matches at Glasgow, Edinburgh and here but the way the fixtures have worked out, Glasgow will be first to see the Golden Oldies in action on Sunday 26th July at 1:00 pm at their Cathkin Park track. The idea for this came from a member of the Edinburgh Falcons club and has been seized upon by the older generation of riders, some of whom are now in their seventies! Should be quite a spectacle, and just to liven things up, the current crop of young racers will get a chance to have a blast around with super-sized "cowhorn" handlebars if the machines survive the Vintage heats!
Skipper Victorious Again
Northumbria Vikings Club Captain Gavin Parr was in action on Sunday 5th July at Hull Cycle Speedway beneath the Humber Bridge. For the third year in succession Gavin became the Northern League Veterans Champion and in current form there is no-one north of the Midlands capable of wresting the trophy from him in the foreseeable future. Gavin was unbeaten in five tremendous rides after a tumultuous scare in his firsr race saw the bike let him down leaving the starting gate send him piling into an opponent, both crashing down heavilly. He made no mistake in the delayed re-run to take the first of his five masterful outings.
Gavin was also the Vikings main hope in the Senior Open Final and once again rode brilliantly to take second spot to eventual winner, the home Hull club's British Champion Andy Angell who put on an impeccable display of speed and power worthy of his three british titles. Andy and Gavin are great pals and also team partners in the Sheffield Stars Elite League team.
Fellow Viking Jason Keith followed up his second place in the fifth round of thie Euro-Vets Over 40s competition at Newport the day before with another excellent display on Humberside to come home runner-up to Gavin, and with Terry Kirkup coming third in the Over 60s at Newport it was all in all a great weekend for the Vikings.
Busy weekend for Jason
Current Northumbria Champion Jason Keith faces a tiring couple of days this weekend. Saturday (6th July) sees him travel to South Wales to take part in the Newport Euro-Vets Over 40s competition, the fifth round of this year's national series. He will be accompanied by Jim Graham and Terry Kirkup who both compete in the Over 60s category of the popular Grand Prix series.
His hectic schedule then has him scurrying back to Newcastle to join Club Captain Gavin Parr, Michael Parr, Dan Wharrier and Dan Redshaw as they head down to Hull on Sunday morning (7th) to take part in the Northern League Individual Championships, a club he and Gavin both rode for in the late 1980s!
We wish them all good luck in their quest for honours.