500cc Classic Grand Prix
The 500cc Classic Grand Prix opened the racing at the Manx Grand Prix yesterday on Wednesday 29th, followed by the Formula Classic. Riders were, as usual warned that there might be a few showers so to keep their eyes open for damp patches. From the start Ryan Farquhar on his Paton was away out in front and controlled the race all the way through. He was already riding with a 20 second lead ahead of Olie Linsdell by the first timing point at Glen Helen with Chris Palmer behind them on his Matchless in third place.
Palmer's opening lap timed at 22:41:58 which kept him in Podium position just a couple of seconds behind Linsdell. Farquahar pulled in to the pits on the opening lap with a lead of a minute and 12 seconds which he had increased to 44 seconds by the second lap.
Roy Richardson who had been giving them a run for their money, retired at Hawthorne, leaving Farquhar - who had a final race time of: 1:27.10.91 – (102.198mph), Palmer and Linsdell, to take the top three podium positions.