LIKE many sports, classic scrambling relies on its grass-roots to secure and sustain its future. Recent years have seen a welcome batch of young riders make their way through into the sport. We caught up with one of them at the Mortimer Classic MCC’s recent scramble.
Tim Dallaway may only be 22 years of age, but the Devon-based youngster is already in his seventh year of classic scrambles.
Tim’s first foray into the classic scrambles scene saw him finish 7th on a 350 BSA at a round of the 2007 British Classic Scrambles Championship at a rain-soaked Hawkstone Park. Last year he came his closest yet to winning the Pre-72 class of the same championship, narrowly missing out by 2points to long-term rival, and fellow youngster, Chris Chell, after the chain from his machine came off in the final race.
Like many young riders in the sport, his arrival into classic scrambles has come as a result of a family background in motorcycle racing. His Grandfather, amongst other machines, scrambled a Norton in the Midlands during the 1950s, whilst Dad, John, raced Maico’s in the 1970s.
Tim’s parents, Val and John, are his biggest sponsors supplying the machines and his grandparents provide that extra incentive with bonus pocket money when he wins. And with girlfriend Kit and sister Hayley providing support, racing for Tim is a real family affair.
Tim’s machines, a 500 BSA and an (ex-Roger Neale) 750 Triumph Metisse, are tuned by Hickie Racing Services (HRS). Also based in Devon, HRS are manufacturers and suppliers of classic pre-65 motorcycle parts. The owners are father-and-son team, Colin and Luke Hickie, and both compete in classic scrambles themselves.
The association with HRS started four years ago when dad John purchased a Hickie BSA frame to house Tim’s 500cc engine. Since then, the relationship has flourished into what is one of the most impressive outfits in the paddock, with full support from HRS, who now supply both machines as a whole.
Tim also has sponsorship from Dirt Bike Bitz, an online motocross, mountain bike and road bike clothing retailer. Also based in Devon, the sponsorship came about after John made a chance delivery of home heating oil to Dirt Bike Bitz owner Dominic Harman. As a result, Tim has had motocross clothing supplied by the brand for over two years.
There’s no doubt that a major contribution in the coming-about of these associations can be attributed to the fact that Tim is a polite young rider who is eager to succeed and appreciates the opportunity he has to enjoy and compete in the sport at the highest level.
This season has seen some good results from Tim. Round 3 of the British Classic Scrambles Championship, hosted by the Mid Wales Classic MCC last weekend at Abbeycwmhir, saw him finish first in race one just ahead of Chris Chell.
Next season Tim is looking to concentrate less on the a British Championship in favour of being able to ride at more destinations throughout the UK and on the continent, particularly at Lochem in Germany.