A cancelled parade lap in 2014 put pay to Barry Clay’s chances of riding a Darvill Racing machine at the Classic TT, but this year that ambition finally came true.
Two years ago Barry was due to swing his leg over the historic team’s classic endurance machine with it’s works Honda engine. With the team unable to spare that bike this time around, Barry had to make do with their 1972 Darvill Spondon-Honda Endurance machine – the one and only surviving example.
After a real mixture of weather during practice week, the sun decided to shine on the parade lap as many rare and fondly remembered machines took to the 37.73 mile long Mountain Course, giving Barry and the ContiRoadAttack 2 CR tyres one less thing to worry about as they passed throngs of 2-wheel enthusiasts.
Also joining the Darvill stable for the Classic TT was French road racer Eric Lenser, riding the ContiRaceAttack Comp shod #59 Honda RS250.
Putting in his fastest laps to date preparations for the Lightweight race went extremely well for the Frenchman, and the weather on race day was perfect.
Eric’s third competitive visit to the Isle of Man saw him finish 16th overall, with his race time earning him a coveted Bronze Replica for his troubles.
It’s fair to say that it’s been a quiet year so far for Darvill, but we can’t wait to see them back in action again very soon!
Photos courtesy of Darvill Racing and Barry Clay Photography.