What's faster: A Mobylette or Zundapp?
Friday, July 25, 2008 3:52 PM
If you and your ace boys used to get on your Mobylettes and race back and forth on Bermuda's roads, you'll be able to relive those glory days this weekend.
There will be a classic bike race at Southside Raceway on Sunday featuring Mobylettes, old Peugeots, Cyrus, Triumphs and Zundapps.
Paul DeCouto, spokesman for the Bermuda Motorcycle Racing Club, said this event will add a bit of class to the day's activities.
"We're going to do a mock race at half time. We're going to set up the grid like we would for a regular race, but it will be set up for safety for the older bikes because we don't want them going too fast.
"People will get to see all the old classic bikes in a race environment."
DeCouto said this would be an official passing of the baton from street bike racing of yesteryear to the track racing of today.
"This is going to be a cool event to kind of pass the torch on and bring people to a new place to race."
"This will add a bit of class because people remember the old bikes from pack racing. This should draw a lot of people out.
He said many people recall the sounds of two-stroke engines, which has mostly passed away with four-stroke bikes being the legal standard today.
"A lot of older people remember when it was quote, unquote safe to race on the streets. Now it is obviously too dangerous. We expect a lot of people coming out to hear the old sounds and old bikes."
DeCouto added there will be a bike show where people at half time will be able to walk onto the track and pit area and get a close up view of the bikes.
"They'll be able to ask questions and meet and greet the owners of the classic bikes and meet and greet the racers of the new bikes as well.
He said there will be two races in each class of bikes except for the 600cc class, which will have three races because they weren't able to complete them all last race day.
He said the gates would open at 1pm with racing at 2pm. A fun castle will be on the grounds for kids.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children and Kids under 5 are free.