Coleman rules on the Moor! Roar on the Moor Classic Scramble – Race Report & Results
Bank Holiday Sunday, May 30th the North Devon Atlantic Classic Motorcycle Club hosted their first Classic Scramble in 2021 at Yarde Gate or as it is better known as the Roar on the Moor event Nr North Molton in Devon.
Report and Images by Dave Rich
The track had been laid out a bit different to other years with more action from the start in front of the many Spectators who for the first time were allowed to attend creating a good atmosphere.
In the combined Pre 60 / Pre 65 class there were some really old classic bikes and with it came some excellent racing but at the end of the day it was Martin Coleman on the BSA 500 who took a clean sweep of wins, but he didn’t have it all his own way in the last race as he missed a gear and lost the lead on the last lap to Colin Hickie who had finished second to Coleman in the first two races on his 350 Hickie BSA, but Martin came back at Hickie with just a few corners remaining and powered up the final straight and managed to take the win by literally three-hundredths of a second.
The unlimited Evo class has proved to be extremely popular of late and with it has produced some top-quality racing. Lewis Trickett had opted to race in two classes at this event and he proved he was to be the one to beat in the opening race winning by a fair margin from Harry Selwood who was involved in a good battle with James Kensington with Selwood just taking second. Selwood also took second behind Trickett in the second race with Wayne Butt this time getting the better of Kensington in the closing stages taking third. The last moto saw Luke Hill on the line for this one who was soon leading, but not such a good start for Trickett who had it all to do in this one and he was doing that straight away on lap 2 lapping some four seconds quicker than Hill at the front, but Trickett’s race soon ended as his throttle stuck open and headed towards the bog forcing Trickett to dismount. Hill was soon caught by Kensington in the closing stages, but it was to no avail as Hill took the Chequered flag ahead of Kensington who with it had been consistent in all three races and took the overall.
In the Pre 69 class, there was no stopping Adam Butt on his 350 Hickie BSA who put together three dominant races to take the chequered flag in all three with Luke Hickie on the 500 Hickie BSA finishing second to Butt in all three races with James Townsend taking third overall.
In the Pre 74 class, there was some good racing as it was Tim Dallaway who led the opening race for the first couple of laps on his 500 BSA before a mistake cost him and put an end to his first race and it was Mark Gleadhill on the 360 2-Stroke CZ who was to take the win from Martin Stephens with Gary Warr on the 250 OSSA taking third. In the second moto, Dallaway was out to make up for his DNF in the opening race and that was exactly what he did winning from Gleadhill with Warr again taking third. The last race and Dallaway was a nonstarter in this one but there was a good tussle at the front between Stephens and Gleadhill with the latter just holding off Stephens for the win with Warr making it a hat-trick of third-place finishes to give him third overall.
The Twinshock A class was stacked with talent and was to produce some fast and exhilarating racing. Lewis Trickett was a man on a mission in the opening two races notching up both wins from Luke Hill, but Trickett, unfortunately, missed the start after a tumble in the race before which he was in, and it was the 500 BSA of Tim Dallaway who took the win in the last race again from Hill who with his hattrick of second-place finishes was to take the overall.
In the Twinshock B class it was Seb Dexter who took the overall winning 2 of the three races and was just denied a clean sweep by Ryan Baker who took the win in the second moto by five-hundredths of a second.
Twinshock C saw Steve Davey on the 500 Honda take the overall winning two of the three races with John Pearce winning the other race, but it was the consistency of Mike Jones and Kevin Spiller who were to take second and third overall respectively.
In the Twinshock D class it was North Devon Atlantic Committee member Andy Sollars on his 500 BSA who took the overall winning two of the three races only to be denied a clean sweep in the second moto by Louis Butt who notched up his first-ever race win beating Sollars by half a second.