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Hello Folks..I was searching for video or pictures from the 1996 Trans Atlantic Match Races at Donnington Park that I competed in and won. I have searched all over and I know there was Television Coverage. Any ideas on how to fing a tape or DVD to show my Grandchildren someday? Thanks in Advance. Also, someone had posted a comment about a Speed Triple that was run through the gravel..That could have been my bike for that race and I was knocked of the track a Dingle Dell (I think) in the top of third gear pinned. Went from first to thirteenth through the gravel and rode it out...that sh#T was deep..Bloody tough racing that day!
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Wow....THE David Sadowski? Daytona 200 winner. Sorry couldn't find anything either, maybe one of these limeys could track something down for you. I'd like to see it too.

Ride it Ski!


 

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It occurs to me that Triumph must have been a significant sponsor of this event. I took the liberty of e-mailing Mark Kennedy, the CEO of Triumph North America, with the idea that if the video exists in the factory files somewhere, presenting you with a copy of it at some appropriate venue - such as the Daytona 200 - would be a nice PR event. It usually takes him a day to respond and even then, he would have to get to the people in England, so this may take a few days, but we shall see!

I enjoyed your racing, but even more your excellent commentary of road racing events, which was (in my humble opinion) vastly superior to what is available now!

Fingers crossed...
 

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Weird - Mr. Sadowski - why would you post a question and then not come back to see if anyone could answer it?

Oh well - according to Mark Kennedy, CEO of Triumph North America - the video that you seek was one of the treasures that was lost in the disastrous 2002 fire at the factory. I had not thought of that.

My next idea is that the races would have been broadcast by BBC, and perhaps someone there could get you a copy. I have some connections at Riders for Health, and perhaps founders Barry and Andrea Coleman, or Randy Mamola, might have some connections that could be of help. I'll give that a shot tomorrow
 

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Good news if Mr. Sadowski should return to look at it! I now have a computer scan of the MCN article on the race, and some black and white photos. Still working on the film side through the kindness of friends at Riders for Health in England. Send me an e-mail to [email protected] and I will send you what I have now, and connect you with sources in England
 

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Dave:

Even though I live in north of the border, I've heard nothing but good things about the Cycle Barn. In light of your efforts to fill this request -- even though you believe it may be dubious -- I can understand why your establishment has the good reputation for customer service that it does.
 

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Thank you very much! We are all in this together, and I assume Mr. Sadowski is off doing something terribly glamorous and will return shortly! Vancouver Island reminds me of another favor - about 6 years ago a Triumph Trophy rider from Victoria met about a dozen of our RAT Pack members at the Vistoria ferry and escorted us all the way to the campground we were using for the weekend - ad I am not sure we would have found it without him. He returned the next morning for breakfast and rode with us partway. He got a laugh from all when he asked me if I was aware that the "Speed Limit 80" signs referred to KPH, not the MPH I was riding at! Very nice man on a Trophy I assumed to be new which actually had 57,000 kilometers on the dial.

In any case, for this little project I have to thank Andrea and Barry Coleman of Riders for Health in England, and our friend Bruce Scholten. The intros are interesting. Andrea and Barry are the head honchos for Riders for Health, an award-winning charity that uses small dirt bikes and other vehicles for health care support in 3rd world countrys - the only charity I know of that actually uses motorcycles as the basis for their efforts. They are well worth your support, and Google Riders for Health for some inspiring reading. Andrea was a professional moto GP 250 racer in her youth - when women merely riding was an extreme rarity, and Barry was a journalist who, among other things, wrote the biography of Kenny Roberts. Bruce grew up in our area, and was one of the first Cycle Barn customers over 30 years ago. After some time spent road racing, he eventually ended up in England as a lecturer on agriculture at Durham College. He has also spent some time as a moto-journalist, with his wife taking the pictures, and he had a radio show on rock and roll!

All three of them are genuinely nice people, as well as fascinating, and I am not really surprised that they would respond to my request in less than a day with lots of good info and the promise of more.

I urge all of you to investigate Riders for Health, and consider them for your own charitable efforts. We do a couple of events to raise money for RfH a year, and Cycle Barn is sort of the US center for info, so if you have any questions I can usually get the answers.

And now... back to Mr. Sadowski!


Cheers!
 

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Dave Preston,
Thank you for all your comments, help and efforts..I wish I was "Off doing something Glamorous". I've had to move across the country to be with my mother and family at this time and just now have an internet connection again.
In the process of un-packing I found the trophy for the "General Guarantee Triumph Transatlantic Challenge" 27th May 1996. The plate is tarnished, but my memory of being bullied around by the Brits in all three races will always be clear....LOL! My secret to winning that day was having a small import truck rear spring on my shock to give me more ground clearance..no one else thought to take all the travel out of the suspension and just use the tires for bump control.

Thanks again, I've sent you an e-mail as well.

Ski
 
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