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The Wrong Place to Stand is ...

 

... Behind the start line of a classic motorcycle scramble race. The mud and grass flies into your camera, the noise is deafening and you get the smell of burning oil in the afternoon.

 

The 2011 Nostalgia Scramble in Lancashire with big bikes from the 1960s to the 1980s roaring around a twisting rolling track. Not only the bikes were veterans, many of the riders hailed from the same era, the oldest rider being 77 with both of his hips replaced.

 

The Racing was relentless, 31 races between 11.30 and 5pm, Riders were lining up for the next  race as the current one just starts.

 

scramble

 

 

 

 

The Wrong Place to Stand is ...

 

... Behind the start line of a classic motorcycle scramble race. The mud and grass flies into your camera, the noise is deafening and you get the smell of burning oil in the afternoon.

 

The 2011 Nostalgia Scramble in Lancashire with big bikes from the 1960s to the 1980s roaring around a twisting rolling track. Not only the bikes were veterans, many of the riders hailed from the same era, the oldest rider being 77 with both of his hips replaced.

 

The Racing was relentless, 31 races between 11.30 and 5pm, Riders were lining up for the next  race as the current one just starts.

 

scramble

 

 

 

 

comments (13)

Awesome action pic Les! I'm rooting for #WTF ! Have you seen the movie "The Worlds Fastest Indian"? If not - you gotta!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bu9dGRQvJY
Les Auld: I haven't I'm afraid Elizabeth, thanks for the link. I always wanted a big Indian or Panther when I was young but never achieved it, thanks for the comment.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 23 Aug 2011, 07:47
Ye gods: I hope you didn't get your lenses dirty Les!
Les Auld: Judicious use of a UV filtered ensured no damage Chris, thanks for the comment.
What a great shot Les. Must be awful for the rider at the rear, with all that mud.
Les Auld: All part of the game Frances, thanks for the comment.
Absolutely brilliant shot Les. The smaller one isn't too bad either! LOL!!

These, and your commentary, bring back memories of our youth. Brands Hatch scrambles late 50s - the smell, the sounds, the mud. And we were only spectators!
Les Auld: These things never really leave you Sheila, thanks for the comment.
No way to treat an 'L' lens Les smile Nice shots.
Les Auld: Built to take it John smile thanks for the comment.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 23 Aug 2011, 11:04
May not be the place to stand ut just look at the action you hvae captured. Good to see that age is not a barrier to this; I bet a lot of fun was had and memories shared.
Les Auld: They sure did enjoy themselves Alan, thanks for the comment.
Great shot Les, really gives a feel of it!
Les Auld: I can guarantee the feel of it as the mud and the stones hot you, thanks for the comment Frank.
  • KiMeRa
  • Spain
  • 23 Aug 2011, 11:34
nice shot, good angle but i´m worried about your camera
Les Auld: No problems with the camera fortunately, thanks for the comment.
  • Linda
  • United Kingdom
  • 23 Aug 2011, 13:19
Great action shot, I am glad they are not coming back to my house to get cleaned up smile
Les Auld: With a couple of hundred riders there would have been quite a queue Linda, thanks for the comment.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 23 Aug 2011, 13:59
Great picture Les, but living in a village plagued by motoX weekends in the summer I have mixed feelings about the sport!
Les Auld: I can understand what you mean Mike, the noise does get a little too much, fortunately this site was out in the country. Thanks for the comment.
May have been the wrong place but the picture was worth it
Les Auld: Thanks Bill, I think so too.
  • anniedog
  • Great Britain
  • 23 Aug 2011, 15:36
Good place to catch the action though. I can almost hear the deafening roar and smell that oil! Great picture.
Les Auld: It was very atmospheric Ingrid, thanks for the comment.
I haven't been to a good old fashioned scramble for years, I used to do the commentating for events run by a club in Newmarket many years ago. I like the action shot Les and the guy on the right in the other shot looks of veteran age for sure.
Les Auld: Neither had I Brian, I sued to be a member of South Liverpool Motor Club in the 60s and we organised scrambles and trials. It sure brought back memories. thanks for the comment.

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