Which is better BSA or NDMC

Racing during Corona

On September 5th, 2020 the wait finally came to an end! The "Historische Motorsportvereiniging" (HMV) and the "Classic Racing Team" (CRT) organized a training day in Haler, the Netherlands. In the pouring rain, my friend and multiple Isle of Man Manx GP starter D.Webber and I made our way to Haler.

After successfully completing the technical inspection, the clouds loosened up and the sun came out, which meant that the track was dry towards noon. We both started in the 500cc class. D.Webber on a Seeley Gold Star from 1968 (88), I on a BSA Gold Star from 1954 (33), which we built up over the winter months for this season.

During a short tour of the paddock, we noticed that our starting field seemed to be dominated by many apparently fast Hondas (CB500). At exactly 11:45 am we started the approx. 1200 meter long route, which of course led over closed public roads. Traditional road racing. After the first training session, we changed the carburetor nozzle on my BSA to get better acceleration. Unfortunately, this measure did not achieve its intended purpose. My start was correspondingly slow and I had to drive the field in front of me while Dave fought exciting battles for positions with the really fast Hondas. Due to the rain that set in again, we decided not to start the third run. A big thank you goes to the Dutch organizers (HMV & CRT), who set up a very well organized event despite the Corona conditions.