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Ravenswood Vintage Nationals 19??
« on: January 05, 2011, 01:36:06 AM »
What year were the Vintage Nationals at Ravenswood?  Somewhere between 1988 and 1992?

I just came across a whole heap of photo's from Ravenswood I'd forgotten I had.  Not great photo's, taken with a cheap camera (from memory I only had an old Instamatic with me), by an inexperienced photographer (me..   ::)), but when I have time I'll scan and post them. 

Haha - packed away somewhere I think I even have the T-Shirt..   ;D

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Re: Ravenswood Vintage Nationals 19??
« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2011, 08:55:45 AM »
I've got a feeling they have had 2 Nationals there, can't remember the years at the moment
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Re: Ravenswood Vintage Nationals 19??
« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2011, 09:18:49 AM »
1992.  (It was the 2nd Vintage National  titles.)

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« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2011, 09:32:33 AM »
And in the new Millenium as well, around 02??
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Re: Ravenswood Vintage Nationals 19??
« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2011, 10:15:16 AM »
And in the new Millenium as well, around 02??

Yes 1992 and 2002,due for another  ;), anyone have a spare program to share/copy ?   8)
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Re: Ravenswood Vintage Nationals 19??
« Reply #5 on: January 05, 2011, 10:53:48 AM »
Haha - packed away somewhere I think I even have the T-Shirt..   ;D

From memory, the T-Shirt's one of yours Doggy... 

I was living in Melbourne at the time and decided to go out and have a look..  Spent most of the day with GE - didn't expect him to be there..   :)

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Re: Ravenswood Vintage Nationals 19??
« Reply #6 on: January 05, 2011, 10:55:36 AM »
photos are definitely 92, not 02 - only lived in Melbourne from 88-92.. (just in time for the recession..   :'()

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Re: Ravenswood Vintage Nationals 19??
« Reply #7 on: January 05, 2011, 11:36:22 AM »
99% sure i have a copy of the program from 92 which i will scan and post. The Bendigo club had a heap of t shirts left over unsold, but i cannot remeber whether they were from the 92 or later Nats. i will see if Brian Clarke or his boys can shed any light on what happened to them. GE sticks in my memory from that event, first time i had actually met him, and just what i thought he would be, great bloke, down to earth, and loved dirtbikes of all types. i can still remember the big yank tank cruising in..as part of the organising club i can remember the feeling of achievement that the meeting went off so well, and that it was a great bunch of guys turned up for it.
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Re: Ravenswood Vintage Nationals 19??
« Reply #8 on: January 05, 2011, 03:03:18 PM »
I did a wee bit of commentary Walt but I was mostly competing at the '92 Nats. I rode my '73 440 Maico to which I'd childishly fitted fluro pink Maier plastic to wind up chief scrutineer Drakie with whom I'd been having a bit of a philosophical disagreement at the time. Ironically we now get on fine and 18 years later shared the comentary duties at the Conondale Nats.

The pink bike coughed and farted all weekend due to what turned out to be two pulled barrel studs and a dicky motoplat coil. I remember wishing that I'd brought my squarie 350 instead of the 440. That Nats also featured two overseas racers in Mike Middleton and his BSA 750 Metisse and Marsh Runyon and his unbelievably trick 900cc Harley Davidson. It was a great event that set the Nats as THE meeting on the Vintage calendar.

PS...it just dawned on me that I did indeed do commentary at the '98 and 02 Ravo Nats Walter. I don't think there were sidecars on the '92 program.
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Re: Ravenswood Vintage Nationals 19??
« Reply #9 on: January 05, 2011, 04:12:26 PM »
Yes what a cracker that 1998 event was..dry and "dusty" on Saturday..then the heavens opened up Saturday night and pissed down all day Sunday....we even went to Brian Clarke's place for a BBQ ...Firko you were there also.....a couple of rude boys from WA poured their beer down your brickies whilst you were trying to get the blender started... :'(

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Re: Ravenswood Vintage Nationals 19??
« Reply #10 on: January 05, 2011, 04:23:09 PM »
I remember it well Brian....you bastards ;D. It was a great meet though. In fact every Ravenswood Nats has had that certain something. The Bendigo club and most notably the amazing Clarke family put their heart and soul into that event.

Are you sure you're not confusing '92 with '98 Walter? It's been nearly 20 years but I'd have been willing to bet my sweet bippy that sidecars were not on the program in '92. In an earlier post you stated that you raced in '98 and '02...no mention of '92.

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Re: Ravenswood Vintage Nationals 19??
« Reply #11 on: January 05, 2011, 04:54:30 PM »
Correctomundo my friend.....there have been three Ravenswood Nats...1992, 1998 and 2002. I reckon it's about time for another! ;)

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Re: Ravenswood Vintage Nationals 19??
« Reply #12 on: January 05, 2011, 05:24:38 PM »
Just drove pass ravenswood today, it looks like it needs some work around the place, l would like to see the track longer in length.

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Re: Ravenswood Vintage Nationals 19??
« Reply #13 on: January 05, 2011, 05:54:32 PM »
I agree Dave, last time i rode it in 2009 it was way too tight with stupid kicker bumps into turns and all that modern shit we all hate ( very single line stuff and no flow), i was very disappointed to say the least as it went from my second or 3rd fav Vic track to way down the list for that meeting. at least they didn't do anything to the magic main straight onwards for next 4 corners.

i think some of that tight stuff has been removed since.
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Re: Ravenswood Vintage Nationals 19??
« Reply #14 on: January 05, 2011, 06:33:10 PM »
 Hoony, you are so write, Ravenswood has lost its fast flowing lines, its a goats track now, its a shame they could`nt introduce a lot more of the original old sixties and seventies track back into it. it has a lot of history to the track and area and it needs to be restored.
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