Saturday, March 16, 2019

2019 International Festival of Speed

Today I went out to the International Festival of Speed at Sydney Motorsport Park(SMSP). The weather had been drizzling all morning and wasn't looking that great. I checked the live timing and to my surprise it showed Stew was circulating. Well I'd better get out there and take some pics of him skating along the road or rowing his boat, one of the two.


Bt the time I'd made it to the track and was lining up for a coffee I got a call from Stew who had packed up and was on his way home. He'd had enough of the rain after 1 lap.

So I didn't get to see him racing or many other bikes for that matter as there was only a handful of bikes circulating at any time. So I wandered around the pits and took a few snaps.

I found this strange looking Kawasaki I've never seen before.







These things were getting a work out in today's down pour







This bike was all the way from Tassie. I spoke with its owner briefly before his race. What a great friendly guy.




Jeremy McWilliams


Slomax's Garage

The rain continued to pour down.....



And it continued coming down some more...





Not all the bikes came back into the pits under their own steam











I can't believe they were still racing in these conditions.




After this race was done they called off the event. To dangerous with standing water on the track and poor visibility. So it was a short day and I didn't take many photos or see Stu race, but a good day out anyway.

11 comments:

  1. Months of heat and drought, broken by putting on a bike racing event!! Who would have imagined it?
    I can’t believe they even tried to race. They aren’t being paid to do it, it is meant to be for fun. We could hardly see the runway centreline lights on takeoff in that stuff so why would anyone voluntarily do 250km/h in it?!
    Good photos though!

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    1. That's why Stu packed up and went home early and he wasn't the only one. There were a lot of people packing up and leaving. It got cancelled at 1pm.

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  2. Wow, beautiful motorcycles. Too bad about the rainy weather. It's been cold and snowy here in Philadelphia, more snow coming next week.

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    1. They sure are beautiful bikes Kofla. It was a shame about the rain as a lot of people packed up and went home, saving their rare bikes and bodies from an incident.
      Do me a favour and keep the snow for yourselves.:P

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  3. Wow, so much water to be racing bikes. I am surprised they were still adventurous (crazy) enough to be out there in it. Probably a good thing they called it off. You still managed some great pictures though.

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    1. Well the top 50 race had only 6 bikes circulating, thats how bad it got.

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  4. that kawasaki z1300 wouldve been a handfull to race

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  5. Shouldn't this post have an R rating?


    Some mouth-watering stuff there man.

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    1. Could be x rated......
      Some seriously nice bikes amongst these beauties.

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