Dimitri Vercellotti #32, Honda NSF 100 Trophy, NRR

Northern Regions Racing: Enjoy today for what it is

Robert Palmer once sang, that it takes every kind of people to make what life’s about; every kind of people to make the world go ‘round. This past weekend reflected just that.

Friday saw perfect track conditions; however, on the flipside of the same weekend coin, the total opposite. Dark, dank and windy conditions embraced every scoot jockey and spectator came Saturday. After all these years hanging out at the track, I have learned my lesson dearly—always pack a rain jacket.

Even though the grey skies were a spirit damper, there was still a vibrant atmosphere hanging over the Zwartkops pit complex. Most were in a good mood and looking forward to what the ominous day had to offer. As South Africans we are not used to these conditions and I think that most of the riders who did not back out, secretly saw the wet conditions as a challenge. Susan Powell (BBC weathergirl) once asserted, ‘Enjoy today for what it is.’ This beautiful proclamation will follow me for the rest of my life; I will enjoy today for what it is, come rain or shine.

Many of the famous names decided not to venture out on the slippery Zwartkops racetrack. Stoof Stander #24 (straddling a Kawasaki ZX6R) on the other hand could not be patient enough. On Friday he exchanged his valuable practice sessions for a final math test, this must have been the hardest thing he has ever done.
‘Stoof, maybe studying is not your strongest point (as he had shared this with me in the pits on Saturday), but you will CERTAINLY have a bright future and an EXCITING motorcycle race career. Here is one to you—POP—CHEERS!’

Big heart in a big world Anthony Shelley #74 also tackled the forces of nature head-on. He put up a good fight on a slippery tarmac against Hayden Louw #12 in race one. Hayden took top podium position in all three races, while Anthony took a second, sixth and fifth position. To the rest that made the Unlimited Superbike and 600cc Supersport class so exiting… THANKS!

In 1978 Robert Palmer bequeathed his ‘Every Kinda People’ lyrics to a very different world than today. True, it takes every kind of people to make what life’s about, but it is not every kind of people that make the world go ‘round. To some extend his famous lyrics might be true, but on a day like this (Saturday), it was only the BRAVE that ventured out onto an uncertain racetrack and stood tall after a long and arduous race day, raising their arms high above their heads, knowing that they have made the world go ‘round. ‘Til next time, Godspeed! •

Words & Photos: Adriaan & Martine Venter (Northern Regions Racing, Zwartkops Raceway, South African Motorsport, 2012/09/14/15, 80 images) Main Image: Dimitri Vercellotti #32, Honda NSF 100 Trophy.