Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Tony Harvey MCUI-UC DCAL Briefing - Part One

Motorcycle Real Road Racing Blog by Barbiegirl Northern Ireland
Interesting bedtime reading can sometimes be found in the most unlikeliest of places, MCUI-UC documents for instance where we discover that at one particular MCUI-UC meeting, Tony Harvey allegedly provided a short summary of his discussions with the Senior Coroner, Mr John Leckey and representatives from DCAL, including Colin Watson and Ciaran Mee regarding the video and photographic evidence from the 2007 Tandragee 100.

They made the following points:

Generally they wish to express their concern about the close proximity of many people to Racing Motorcycles.

They do not understand how it could have been logical to allow the speed of a safety chicane to increase from approximately 60MPH to around 100MPH.

Interested to learn that all chicanes will be built to standard format in future.

Concerned that key groups such as the RIC and Safety Committees can change en masse after each AGM.

Voiced their opinion that every effort must be made to ensure that persons acting on these committees should be completely detached from any gain.

They find the speed of the modern day Racing Motorcycle almost incredible.

After replaying the footage of the John Donnan accident in 2007, Tony asked the meeting how it would be possible to make road racing safer and suggested that this could be helped by placing spectators in safe areas and reducing the HP of the machines.

Billy Rodgers suggested that it would be impossible to reduce the HP on machines and to impose that level of control on all the spectators. Tony replied that this would be difficult but we must start now and be seen to be improving safety. Tony went on to say that DCAL are most keen to see that steps are being taken to provide an external assessor and it is likely that they (DCAL) will use him to assist them with the information they require.

Tony Harvey reminded all present that DCAL had expressed their opinion to him that persons acting on the RIC should not be perceived as having anything to gain from their position.

Part two of the aforementioned document is even more interesting although it has to be admitted most interesting, and damning, is Tony Harvey repeating the point regarding 'gain' in the foregoing paragraph which reads: 'Tony Harvey reminded all present that DCAL had expressed their opinion to him that persons acting on the RIC should not be perceived as having anything to gain from their position.' Surely it is not being inferred by DCAL that MCUI-UC officials have in the past somehow made gains from their privileged positions of trust!

Obviously Barbiegirl should not have access to such lurid documents therefore moi may not have in her possession the mentioned document, and none of the foregoing is actually true, but as indicated, a most interesting Part Two will follow tomorrow.


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