On with the yarn, Surtees was guesting out here in the national classic bike calender back in 1983 or 1984, [not quite sure which one] and his appointed steed was a very well sorted '58 Shortstroke Manx No-Tone which, in this case, proved entirely 'unapproachable' . . . . the gifted multi championship winner was near fifty at this time and as you can see in the footage, was still giving it a fair old kick in the balls, against a field that included the very talented but younger, Jim Scaysbrook . . . . now the editor of Australasian 'Old Bike' magazine
The grid features a shitload of the greatest single cylinder four stroke ever produced, the Manx, the gorgeous and sensational G50 Matchy, Manx Nortons and, of course, the feather bed framed, Joe Craig inspired, Norton Manx . . . . did I mention the Norton 30M . . . . just taking the piss . . . . also in the mix are some fucking breathtaking sounds being emitted from the beasts as they fairly zing around one of Aussie's great old school tracks, Amaroo, sadly now just a memory, note also the highside pipe setup on Surtees' bike, not often seen, by me at least.
Anyway, really stoked I stumbled onto this, some of the best footage I've seen from the day and a really cracking example of what classic racing is about, brilliant old bikes being steered by often equally as aged pedallers, givin it heaps of wrist and generally havin a great old time . . . . if you've never been to a classic meet, lift your freakin game, get your caper wired tight and get along, you'll be back for more guarenteed . . . . or I'll eat shit for a month !!!!