about what's been
ISLAND CLASSIC 2019
for us at the 2019 Phillip Island Classic. Steve Kairl
had a few things that didn't go his way when the racing
started. He qualified well and had a good race 1. Races
2 and 3 were hampered by too much wheel-standing backed
up by a failed front tyre warmer. He still managed 7th
overall and I know we'll bounce back for the next
Aaron Morris was on fire all weekend. As he was also
competing in the International Challenge for the
Australian team, he concentrated mostly on being right
for Team Corish on the Katana. He put the P6 FZR1000 on
pole and won all four races to secure the overall. We
were hoping for an official new lap record which we had
except for a timing failure in race1.
After the gearbox issues in the feature races on the
Katana, Aaron was ready to let out a little frustration
so two new tyres were put on for the last race. He
absolutely smashed it with a new lap record of 1:36.398
to finish the weekend.
Aaron is the complete package when it comes to racing.
He rides the wheels off the bike, gives feedback second
to none, helps all weekend working on the bikes and it's
a pleasure to have him and his dad Graeme involved with
We'd like to thank everyone for their help during the
meeting. Cheers to Steve Kairl, Graham Kairl, Steph
Jones, Brian Stewart, Graeme Morris, Aaron Morris, the
Corish brothers and VP Fuels for all there time and
Special shout out to my business partner Marty who helps
so much with the bikes, then continues to work while I
get to be involved on-track.
And to my darling Lorraine, who sends me off with a
smile so I can be with all my mates doing what I love.
Thanks also to Phil Hall, Darin Fitzgerald and James
Hogan for there pics.
Cheers, Craig Stewart
of Speed 2017
couple of years ago we thought we 'd build a race
bike out of an FZR1000 and try to win a few races.
Since then we've had a lot of success with Kevin
Horton and Steve Kairl running up the front
and winning some meetings. WE built another
bike last year and Craig rode it at the WSBK
support races in February. Now it's just had it's
first meeting at the International Festival of
at SMSP in the hands of Aaron Morris. Steve Kairl
rode the other bike.
We are over the moon with the results.
Steve ran 4th in the P6 Top 50 class and 7th in
the P6 Unlimited after he missed
scoring in one leg when it rained. He's also into
the 39's with a new PB of 1:39.680
Aaron has won the P6 Unlimited and the P6 Top 50.
He was unbeaten in the QBE Top 50 feature races
winning four from four. He's also just been pipped
to the P6 lap record By Jeremy Williams, but a
1:35.301 on a 1990 model with the original frame,
forks, swing arm and brakes was something to see.
He also nailed a 1:40.020 from a standing start
and reached 270 km/h according to the GPS dash.
We've got so many people in our corner who have
helped our little team to run with the big kids
of Australian historic racing but a special shout
out to my best mates from Team Slak.
Also Doug from Chivo's, Darrin Treloar, PC, Macca,
Kevin Horton, Steve and Graham Kairl,
Steve and Pete Ward and Aaron and Graeme Morris.
And thanks to everyone who shared garages 21 and
22. Most of the lads got trophies and/or PB's.
There were 14 bikes squeezed into a double garage
yet we all had plenty of room to get the job done
get up to some mischief. Cheers Craig and Marty.
Barry Sheene Festival
of Speed 2014
March 21 to 23, 2014 saw
C&M Motorcycles take to Sydney
Motorsport Park at Eastern Creek with
their Period 6 Yamaha FZR1000W ridden
by Steve Kairl. Steve, an
A grader who normally
competes in the smaller classes, would
be having his first ride in anger on
an unlimited class bike.
The bike won the class at itís
first meeting last year in the hands of
Kevin Horton. A few changes have been made
since then including some geometry tuning,
fork springs and some new Keihin FCR
carbies to replace the previous damaged
set. We were feeling confident after Steve
completed a ride day on the bike in the
lead-up to the event.
The weekend would
consist of five Period 6 Unlimited races
and the Barry Sheene Memorial with a
very competitive field of riders.
Cameron Donald, Michael Dibb,
Robbie Phillis, Robert Cole, Alexander
Pickett, Brett Clark, and Stephen Ward
are just a few of the people we would be
lined up against.
An early start found
us at an overcast but dry Motor Sport
Park filling with bikes and competitors,
getting ready for the weekendís
proceedings. Craig unloaded the old girl
and checked her over once more, before
running it up to scrutineering where it
was stickered, ready to race. Once back
in the shed, up on stands and tyre
Practice went smoothly. For
qualifying we fitted a new set of
Bridgestone softs and sent Steve out. He
managed to slot the bike into second
outright on the combined grid of P6 750,
P6 Unlimited and Pre-Modern F1 and F2 with
a time of 1:42.57. Alex Pickett was on
pole on his Ducati 851 P6 bike.
Race 1 and a great start by Steve
saw him head into turn 1 in front and pull
away to a couple of second lead. Alex
Pickett on the smaller engined bike was
amongst the pack and took a lap or so to
get into second. He narrowed the gap each
lap until with two laps to go took the
lead between turns four and five, only to
slide immediately off.
Steve went on to a comfortable
eight-second win from Brad Phelan CBR900
(PM1), Rob Cole GSXR1100 (P6UNL), Stephen
Ward GSXR750T (PM1) and Nigel Taylor
FZR1000 (P6UNL). We were very impressed,
as was Steve, to see he had improved again
from qualifying, to post a 1:40.55,
although Alex Pickettís 1:39.83 was very
impressive as he chased Steve down.
Again we where greeted with grey
skies and a damp, but drying track, but
soon after the riders briefing the track
looked fast and was dry and ready to go.
After a run around the shed to find a
power point that worked to get tyre
warmers up and running and also a quick
service on the bike we were ready.
We were second race up on
Saturday, and knowing we were 25 points up
on Alex, Steve decided he would try to get
the lead and run consistent 1:41ís and
42ís to secure first as we had a little
margin on the others in our class. This
worked out well with another outright and
Race three of the five in the P6
class was run just after lunch. With the
same aim as the previous race, Steve led
from the start. After a few laps though
the bike slowed in a few places and he
pulled into the pits. The bike was running
ok, but was going off song occasionally.
A quick check at the track was
fruitless, so the bike was whisked away to
the workshop where 30 minutes on the dyno
found our problem and was quickly
rectified. A failing ignition coil was the
cause, and as we were going to replace the
originals, we feel this shouldnít have
been allowed to occur. After a few calm
down beers the bike was loaded ready for
the next dayís main event.
A glorious morning, the best of
the whole week, was waiting for us as the
fog lifted. Riders brief was just that and
soon after the pits turned into a hive of
activity, getting bikes ready for the day
to come. The bike received a quick service
and fuel topped, plus the tyre warmers on,
ready for our first race, P6 round four.
Again we were second race up.
Steve got another cracking start and lead
from start to finish, much to our relief.
Even though we knew we had rectified
yesterdayís problem, youíre always a
little anxious until the bike is track
tested. The next home were Stephen Ward,
Brad Phelan, Robert Cole and Brett Clarke
(OW01 P6 750).
The main race of the weekend is
the Barry Sheene Memorial Race, where the
fastest forty log-booked bikes from the
weekend from all classes take on eight
laps of the GP circuit.
But first, the last leg of the P6
Unlimited, which was run two races after
the main event. Steve did what he had to
do and rode a conservative race to finish
behind Brett Clarke and pick up another
first in class. That gave him a total of
100 points from the five races and put him
third in class.
Congratulations to Rob Cole for
winning the event. Robís built his own
bike and gets the best out of it and
himself and is a much-deserved winner.
Second was Nigel Taylor on his ex Marlboro
Yamaha, which normally runs a lot better
than it did this meeting.
Sheene Memorial Race
The grid for the Barry Sheene
Memorial is set from the ridersí times and
Steve had ended up on the front row with
Cam Donald (McIntosh Suzuki 1135), Michael
Dibb (Harris Honda F1 1150) and Alex
Pickett (Ducati 851).
We were very nervous, as was
Steve. We were confident that the bike was
very good, but until you line up in the
big races, which are where we want to be,
well, you just donít know!
Another great launch saw Steve
into the first corner with the leaders and
settle into fourth place behind Cam
Donald, Michael Dibb and Rob Phillis.
Putting his head down, Steve put in a
consistent run of low 1:40ís to close the
gap to Rob Phillis, while the two up front
ran into the distance.
Halfway through the eight-lap
encounter the C&M FZR1000 went past
Robís GSX1200 Suzuki down the main
straight and onto the podium. Steve
continued to reel off the lap times,
setting his fastest lap of the weekend on
the seventh lap. A 1:40.181 was very
rewarding for all of us, considering itís
just the second race meeting for the bike
and Steveís first crack on a large
Steve was knackered at the end of
the race, commenting that it was the most
fun heíd ever had on a motorbike. We were
rapt, and are very grateful to everyone
who has congratulated us during and since
the event. Weíre especially happy that
Steve Kairl is riding our bike as heís
very laid back, an extremely competent
rider, but more importantly, a very nice
young man who is a pleasure to be with.
Thanks to everyone who has helped
us with the project so far, especially to
Kev Horton who rode the bike previously,
but unfortunately suffered a broken arm
before the Island Classic. Also a big
thanks to Darin Treloar for the engine
advice, Terry McKinnon for the paint,
Peter Campbell for the help and for
setting us up with Steve Kairl and Jeff
Byron from Design Effects Signage for the
new design and graphics.
Big thanks to the PCRA and
Annandale-Leichhardt clubs who do all the
work to get this meeting running, plus all
the other volunteers who organise, marshal
or wave flags to enable everyone to go
January 24th-26th sees the annual
running of the Island Classic at the world
renowned Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit.
Headlined by the International Challenge for
Forgotten Era machinery with
the best ten riders from Australia, Great Britain,
New Zealand and the USA
This year sees Isle of Man TT legend John
McGuinness competing for the
British team head to the Island for the first
time. He joins regular British
team members Jeremy McWilliams, as well as Aussie
stars Shawn Giles, Steve
Martin, Beau Beaton, Rob Phillis and Malcolm
Campbell in a star-studded
C&M Motorcycles will be represented in Period
6 by Kevin Horton riding the
C&M FZR1000 racer at Phillip Island for the
first time. Alot of work has
gone into the bike since it was last raced to
victory at the Barry Sheene
meeting early in 2013.
Terry McKinnon will be back on his immaculate
TZ750D, one of his last
meeting on his standard bike as his new YZR750
replica machine nears
Unfortunately co-owner of C&M Motorcycles,
Craig Stewart, will be forced to
sit out this year's event after a crash in New
Zealand in October has
resulted in him and his OW01 Yamaha sustaining
damage which has put him out
of racing for another month or so.
Just to wet the
C&M Motorcycles Barry
Sheene Festival of Speed Race Report 2012
After racing at the island classic with my 1000
motor in my OW01 I decided
to put the original 750 motor in for the BSFOS and
run in two classes. In
the P6 Unlimited running amongst the Pre Modern
class I qualified 15th with
a 1.50.2. In the 2 Saturday races I was slow away
and ended up 17th and 14th
with a best lap of 1.48.97.
On Sunday morning I fitted some 2nd hand Metzelers
for race 3 to save my
other tyres for my last 750 race. After seeing the
track lined with cement
dust on the warm up lap, I made up my mind to
start at the back and use the
race for a practice run. Managed to get back to
20th with a best lap of
1.50. I didn't do the last unlimited race as I'd
had a good weekend already.
In the P6 750 class I qualified 7th with a 1.51.68
which put me 4th in
class. Race 1 on Saturday arrives and on the warm
up lap Jason Light and
Brett Clark both had trouble so I managed a 4th
outright and 2nd in class.
Race 2 I was 5th home but a 10sec jump start put
me back to 4th in the 750's.
Race 3 was on Saturday as well and after a poor
start I managed to get back
to 3rd outright and 2nd in class after points
leader Jamie Smith had bike
trouble which put me into 1st in the points with
one race on Sunday to run.
Best lap Saturday was a 1.48.96.
On Sunday I just needed to get to the line ahead
of Steve Anderson to get
the win. I decide to keep the Metzelers on that I
used in the unlimited race
after they felt better than the near-worn-out
Bridgestoneís Iíd been using.
The race was reduced to 4 laps and I stuffed the
front row start to be 8th
into T1 and 10th out of two. I tried not to worry
and settled down to make
sure I at least finished the race managing to
close the gap to Steve to 4
secs with 2 laps to run. Lap 3 was my PB for the
weekend with a 47.66 to
Steve's 50.9 putting me close enough on the last
lap run down the straight
to draught past and get the overall by 0.12
seconds after 4 races.
It was hard luck to Clarky, Jason and Jamie who
all had superior speed on
me, as well as Peter Fryer on his FZR400 who
should have rightly claimed 1st
in both the 500 and 750 class as he kicked my arse
Happy days in our corner of the pits as our crew
managed to also get the
silverware in the P5 750's with Terry McKinnon
taking the win on his Yamaha
TZ750 and Chivo with Terry's son Matt as passenger
winning the P5 sidecars
on his TZ750 powered Windle outfit.
Thanks to everyone who said hello over the
weekend, my fellow competitors
for there rivalry on track and friendliness in the
paddock. At the
presentation, Shawn Giles reckoned that competing
at these types of events
is equivalent to his 3 Aussie Superbike titles,
high praise indeed. After 25
years away from competing I can only agree.
PS. It was a frightening crash for Keith Higgs on
Sunday and I hope he has a
speedy recovery from what looked at first reports
to be very serious injuries.
Get well soon.
Island Classic 2012 Race Report
Itís Wednesday 25th of January and Iím
off to Australiaís premier race track
at Phillip Island to compete for the first time
since 1989. In the van with
me is my brother, John, down from Brisbane and my
1989 Yamaha FZR750R
(OW01). Tomorrow will be my first taste as a rider
at the famous circuit,
although I did compete there as a passenger in the
sidecar race held during
the inaugural GP in 1989.
Practice on Thursday included 5 sessions so I
could get myself up to speed.
I am in awe of the circuit, wondering how Iím
going to gain any consistency
as the speed of the track makes it very hard for
me to find braking, turning
and exit points. The bike is flying though and it
needs only fuel and a
check over to keep it singing.
Friday is practice and qualifying. Iím entered in
the Period 6 Unlimited as
Iím using my 1000cc motor. Itís running Keihin FCR
carbs, a little extra
compression, a nice cam combination and some
porting and puts out around
150HP. The 2 practice sessions and 1 qualifier go
OK although itís very
tricky because the session before ours continually
leaves oil around the
circuit. My best lap came in the first session
with a 1.56.96.
The second qualifying session was on Saturday
morning and with the track
looking good I managed a 1.54.57 to get into 5th
place on the grid which I
was pretty chuffed about. Race 1 dawns and I admit
to being a tad nervous. I
try to make a traffic light start and get a great
start, only to get swamped
by being cautious on the first lap. I've never
used tyre warmers before and
I couldnít convince myself to push as hard as the
others for the first half
lap or so.
As the weekend unfolds I push a bit more on the
opening lap and manage to
keep the leaders in sight for longer each race.
Iím happy with the results,
gaining 3 6thís and a 7th to end up with 4th place
in class at the end of
the meeting, setting a PB for the weekend in Race
3 on Sunday morning with a
Next meeting will be the Barry Sheene meeting in
Sydney and I decide on the
trip home to take the 1000 motor out and go back
to a 750. The 1000 would be
fine at Eastern Creek, but at the island itís too
fast for me. I had a lot
of trouble settling into the track because the
bikes just too fast!
Thanks to my wife Lorraine for letting me go
racing again, John for making
the trip from Brisbane, all the other riders for
there help and company and
all our crew in the garage who helped out over the
weekend. Most importantly
I must thank my business partner Marty, co-owner
of C&M Motorcycles for all
the effort heís put in over the years to help
prepare such a great bike.