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Classic Stars to Shine at Billown 12 April 2004

The De Montfort Pre-TT Classic has again attracted the cream of Classic Road Racers to the Billown course in the south of the Island, to the extent that the cream ovefloweth with a total of 108 individual entries received!

The B.D.O. International Senior Race has been well oversubscribed with 47 entries for the 32 grid positions - this has caused the organisers to put on an extra race to accommodate everybody.

Top names entered are previous winners Steven Elliott on a Honda, Chris McGahan Seeley, Bill Swallow Aermacchi, Mike Hose Honda along with John Loder, Colin Rodgers, Derek Whalley, Allan Brew, Ewan Hamilton and Karl Wilkie to name but a few.

Newcomers to the meeting include Alan Oversby, who lapped in the Manx Grand Prix at 105-mph from a standing start, and Adrian Elwood from Northern Ireland.

It's the same riders on smaller capacity machines that are entered for the Quinn Kneale Junior Classic TT with Bud Jackson on his over bored Suzuki making a welcome return after his Oliver's Mount spill and Paul Coward, with Matt Jackson and Ian Smith on Hondas.

The Lightweight sees the majority of riders entered on Suzukis, Ewan Hamilton, Bud Jackson, John Leech Kevin Strowger, Barry Wood and Decca Kelly. Newcomer Bill Wark, with Paul Coward and Terry Kermode head the Yamaha challenge while Mike Hose and Dave Spencer have the very fast Ariel Arrows.

The Sidecar race sees, previous winners Alistair Lewis and Stuart Digby head the field with a strong challenge expected from locals Eddy Toombs and Artie Oates, as Ralph Engelhardt returns to the 4.25-mile public road circuit. Other riders making the trip across the English Channel include Frenchman Bernard Collange and Belgium Laurent Spierckel.

The Office Equipment Centre Singles Race features Ted Fenwick who at a sprightly 75 won the 250 race last year, for the second time at that. Paul Coward, Mervyn Stratford and Barry Edwards will challenge Ted for his crown; the 350 class of the same race features Bill Swallow, John Loder, Allan Brew, Mike Hose and Terry Kermode.

The Post Classic Race has Bud Jackson and Paul Coward on RG Suzukis with Ian Pattinson, Pete Wakefield, Decca Kelly and newcomer Bill Wark on Yamaha TZ's; in conjunction with this event the Unlimited race features the 750 Triples of Mike Hose, Chris McGahan and Karl Wilkie, with John Loder on the Nourish Triumph, John Knowles on a Rickman and a top field of 500 machines with Steve Elliott, Colin Rodgers, Allan Brew and Derek Whalley.

The Singles Race is due to get the meeting started at 3pm on Saturday with the other 6 races being held on the Bank Holiday Monday with the Lightweight - 250 due to start at 9.30 am followed by the Senior and Sidecar races.

After a lunch break the Support Race will start the proceedings followed by the Junior and Post Classic.

Be sure to be one of the many around the Southern 100 course and soak up the atmosphere, enjoying the sights and sounds of the cream of the classic racers and take in the aroma of Castrol R there's nothing like it.

The new race format is as follows:

  • Singles Race, Saturday afternoon starting 3pm
  • Lightweight Race, Monday morning 9.30am
  • Senior Race, Monday morning 10.20am approx
  • Sidecar Race, Monday morning 11.10am approx
  • Support Race, Monday afternoon 1.10pm
  • Junior Race, Monday afternoon 2.00pm approx
  • Post Classic, Monday afternoon 2.50pm approx

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