Tailem Bend Auto Club Blitz

With only my iPhone on hand I could not help myself  – well done Bruce, you’re a legend.

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Shannon’s Sellicks Beach Historic Race, Period Class Three Winner (3rd overall) Tailem Bend Auto Club member, Bruce Nankivell with his pit crew son Nathan both of Meningie, Sunday, February 19, 2017.

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Tailem Bend Auto Club member, Bruce Nankivell of Meningie, blitz’s most in his class during the Shannon’s Sellicks Beach Historic Races at Silver Sands, Saturday and Sunday, February 18-19, 2017. 

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Tailem Bend Auto Club member, Bruce Nankivell (ready and waiting) with his primed 1950 Norton and one man pit crew, son Nathan Nankivell both of Meningie, before the start of the Shannon’s Sellicks Beach Historic Race, Saturday, February 18, 2017.

Piloting his trusty 1950 Norton, whilst hanging on for dear life along the straights, Bruce, with the support of his one man pit crew, son Nathan Nankivell also of Meningie, did the Coorong proud.

“Dad hasn’t raced for years and it was so good seeing him acting like a kid on Christmas morning,” Nathan said. “We had so much fun, Dad even got third overall in his class.”

Positioned second to last in all his handicap races, Bruce had to go like a bat out of hell to make up ground on slower riders in his highly contested Group G race class.

“We were in period classification three, up against bikes from as early as 1946 to 1962, so there was a lot of traffic – the fans loved the bike action at each turn around point,” Bruce said. “My first race was my best, my second saw a little friendly handlebar argy-bargy at the start, so unknown to me, I made it half down the first straight before I noticed my choke had been knocked on – no big deal, I was there to have fun, historic racing is a blast and people are wonderful.”

img_0235Established in 1922 for simple trails of Levis two stroke motorcycles, the Levis Social Club of Sellicks Beach changed focus to Speed Trials in 1924 – calling it quits in 1957, the club had unintentionally created what we know today as the Sellicks Beach Historic Race.

 Apart from two re-enactments in 1986 and 1992 there has been no competitive racing at Silver Sands, Sellicks Beach until last weekend.

Making up for 60 years of forgotten South Australian racing history, fans and riders from all over Australia are already preparing for the next race in 2019.

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