Split into two parts, with the first race on Saturday and the second on Sunday, with a Le Mans-style dash across the grid to the bikes at the start and a rider change midway through each, there is always plenty to entertain. Increasingly, modern-day racers want to try these 1950s bikes and can be spotted fighting back through the order after the bike’s owner has taken the first leg.
Conversely, there can be heroics if a lesser-ranked rider rises to the challenge of staying ahead. The final result is calculated on aggregate, adding another layer to the excitement of watching Norton, Triumph, Matchless, Vincent, BSA, BMW and Gilera machinery in action.
Photography by Steve Havelock and Jochen Van Cauwenberge