This was a fantastic event last year and when the opportunity arose to Run the Hill again in 2012 I quickly seized the initiative. MH 410 was the obvious choice as it looks great and once in top gear it goes pretty well too. Besides, with the tin-ware on the 350 still not sorted and with NT410 awaiting some new brake shoes it was the only choice. I prayed for good weather and those prayers were answered, in part, as the day dawned bright and sunny. Prestcott Hill Climb circuit is located only a few miles away from my house so I rode there on the bike.
|You don't get this treatment at Trials!|
Despite getting to the track early it was packed and the paddock quickly filled. The marshals are brilliant at this event and I was directed to park my bike in accordance with my riding number. However, due to lack of side stand I was allowed to utilise a flowering cherry tree in the paddock. It’s very much a show day so I ensured I ran a cloth over MH410 and I must say he shined up very well.
I booked on and with nothing to do until the compulsory rider briefing at 1000, I decided to walk the track. You never know who you’re going to see at these events and I was surprised to see lots of Gloucestershire trials riders wandering about including Ian Hannam and Deborah Smith who were giving a trials sidecar demonstration. It was no surprise to see 10-times British Trials Champion Steve Saunders at the venue with the beautiful Jotagas machine which he rode up the hill after my run.
|Going for top gear on the start straight|
There was loads to see and do and I must say it was an awesome experience standing next to a Ducati Desmosedici when it fired up; my whole body shook and the noise was beautiful but deafening. After having a comprehensive briefing on the track and signing a disclaimer we were allowed to ride. We had to queue up and it did take quite a time as some riders did unfortunately crash on the way up. With Dave Priestner, Bing and a few friends watching I pulled up to the start line and had my photo taken with a nice young lady. When indicated by the start
I opened MH410 up. marshall
The track was perfectly dry and I got up a good head of speed; I’m sure I heard some people cheer as I approached Ettores bend in top gear (not sure why!). After missing the kitty litter I opened the throttle once more as I headed to the hairpin where the bike went round as if on rails. The bike echoed off the ARMCO as I ascended further and by the time I got to the last corner, semi-circle, I was on cloud nine.
|The final corner comes all too quickly|
It was a great run but alas, over all too quickly. Unlike last year we only had one run in each session. I had to wait until the afternoon for my second run but the weather changed and as I got to the line it bucketed down. Nevertheless, I gunned the bike and posted another quick run; only taking care at the hairpin. I was soaked but elated and after ascertaining that no further runs could be purchased, I rode home; Cold, damp but smiling. Due to the rain, only a rinse was needed which makes a change from trials outings.
MH410 went like a dream and this bike just gets better and better the more I ride it. What a credit to the engineering skills of the great Maurice Hocking. I hope he was watching his creation belting up the hill!
|The afternoon run was decidely wet!|
I can’t wait until next year and when OBM pops through the post I’ll be looking in the racing section for an interesting race bike; hopefully, I can ride it next year but one thing's for sure, I'll be riding MH410 too!!
|I definitely enjoyed it!|