I started my racing career in 1975 on a standard Suzuki T500 in so called standardraces. I used to speed a lot on the public road and my father said, if you want to go fast, start racing, then you don't have to worry about the dangers from cars and other road users.
I raced it for about two years, then i had a bad accident in august 1977 in which i broke my legs, collarbone, arm and wrist and injured my back pretty bad.
I had to recover until march 1978 and then i started rebuilding a standard Yamaha RD350 suited for racing, and i competed in roadraces here in Holland with the NMB one of the 2 Dutch race unions. It was a very good choice to race with them because it was very well organised and it was one big family.
I raced it for one season, and then i bought a Harley Davidson RR250 production racer, a very nice and fast bike at the time.
I entered national and international meetings here in Holland and in Belgium. It was a very nice time and good fun as well.
We raced about 16 times a year on some very nice road racetracks, some very fast, some dangerous.
In 1980 we had a lot of bad and fatal accidents here in Holland an we were not allowed to race on dangerous roadtracks, so there were not so much races anymore.
In 1981 the NMB joined with the KNMV the other Dutch union, and we had the choice to retire or to join the KNMV, i raced for another season with them, but it was nothing like the old days, so at the end of 1981 i rettired from racing.
The best years i had were with the NMB and i will always remember those days.
But like Barry, the racevirus got me again and now i am building a replica Suzuki TR500 for racing in classic events, see the page TR500 replica in which i will keep you posted.
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