Tim Reeves/Mark Wilkes (UK)
Tim Reeves is an English sidecar racer from Tenterden, Kent. He is a seven times Superside FIM World Sidecar Champion, IOMTT winner, current BSB Sidechair Champion and a Suzuki Series Sidechair champion. Mark is a Southern 100 sidechair winner and 3rd in World Sidechair champs with John Holden. This will be 3rd time lucky for Mark to race at Cemetery Circuit! In 2015 after winning the first 2 rounds of the Series (with Tim) he broke his neck in a freak accident in Tauranga. 2016 they returned but had machine problems in practice and were unable to race… so lets hope he finally gets to race Cemetery Circuit safely and successfully!
Lee Johnston (Ireland)
North West 200 winner, 2008 Super Stock 600 champion, Dundrod 150 winner, 3 Ulster GP wins, various podium finishes at IOMTT & Classic. A podium finish, in the opening Superbike race, topped off what was overall an extremely positive 2017 Vauxhall International North West 200, for six times international road race winner, Lee Johnston. Finishing third in the first of the NW200 two premier Superbike races, General Lee produced an accomplished performance aboard Jackson Racing’s CBR 1000 Honda Fireblade, in what where ultra tricky wet/damp conditions. Alongside his big bike exploits, he also enjoyed a trip to the rostrum in the opening Superstock encounter, where he wrapped up an impressive second place finish on East Coast Racing’s S1000RR BMW. After breaking his back, coccyx and fingers at IOMTT this year Lee recovered to gain 2 3rd placings in Superstock at the Ulster GP!
Kees Endeveld (Netherlands)
2010-2012 Dutch Sidecar champion (with Tim Reeves), Sidecar Trophy Champion 2016. Swinging for him in NZ is Kiwi Steve Bryan.
Eckart Rosinger & Steffen Werner (Germany)
2016 3rd in F2 World Trophy class in FIM World sidecar champs
Sam Watson (Australia)
I come from a family of Road Racers. Dad (Gary Watson ‘Dec’) and Uncle Clive Watson raced sidecars in both NZ and Australia. I started racing Motorcross and moved to Supermoto in 2015. I finished in the top 10 in the 2017 QLD Supermoto championship and am currently holding 4th position in the WA Supermoto Championship. This year I have also started racing our Family F2 sidecar. Looking forward to racing on circuits my Dad raced on in NZ.
Greg Lambert & Julie Canipa (UK)
Greg is a manufacturer of GLR Sidecars and has been racing for 30 years enjoying numerous podiums and top 10 results from IOMTT. He is also Southern 100 past winner and record holder, a Scarborough Road Race Champion, 4th F1 Eastern Airways, and European F1 championship contender. A near fatal crash at Scarborough July 2014 didn’t prevent him building a new F2 sidecar and competing in the 2015 TT and winning the F1 EMRA Championship!
Julie Canipa started passengering 2011 on IOM and various UK circuits at club level and started Road racing in 2014 at the Southern 100 and Scarborough. She is currently the fastest lady passenger around Scarborough and is the 3rd fastest lady passenger around the TT course.
Greg and Julie teamed up together to race in 2017 starting with a 3rd F2 BSB at Brands Hatch, 8th & 14th at IOMTT, 7th at Southern 100, finished 2nd in Auto 66 championship and urrently lying 4th in the Road Race Championship.
DES HARVEY & GARY CUSHNAHAN (Australia)
Gary and myself teamed up in 2012 winning the WA State F1 championship in our first season together. 2013 turned out disastrous as we blew a motor at the first round of the Australian championship which put paid to our season. 2014 we had a new F2 built by Clive Watson on which we finished 3rd in the State Championship against F1 machines. 2015 we finished 2nd in the championship. I also rode at the NZ Suzuki Series with Dirk Jeal (as Gary had commitments that go with becoming a new dad). I then retired while Gary took over the F2 for the 2016 season finishing 3rd in his first season behine the bars. The urge to race again returned and with the help of Clive Watson I purchased a F1 LCR and decided to have a crack at the Suzuki Series again with Gary in the chair. Hopefully with the guidance of Clive and the confidence of having Gary in the chair again we can put up a good showing!
Conor Cummins (Isle of Man)
The eighth fastest rider of all time with a lap of 131.767mph, Cummins has taken six podiums during his TT career, the last of which came in 2014 when he took second and third respectively in the Senior and Superbike race. He also posted new personal best laps on those particular machines with 126.620mph and 129.739mph in the Supersport and Superstock classes respectively. Cummins, who has ridden for the official Honda Racing team for the last three years, also enjoyed successful meetings for the team at the Classic TT and Ulster Grand Prix
Murray Stronach & Steve Marshall (Australia)
Murray Stronach Born: Collie, Western Australia. Raced Solos from 1977 then ventured into Sidecars 1981. Multiple Western Australian Sidecar State Champion with Steve Marshall 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991,1992, 1993, 2001. Won Kings of Country Sidecar street circuits WA – 1990, 1992, 1993. Won Sidecar Kings of Wanneroo 1985, 1990, 1992, 2001, 2002. Raced at Bathurst NSW solo’s twice and sidecars 2 years. Raced regularly all over Australia 80’s through to current in the Australian Sidecar Championship Series. 2002 to 2012 semi-retired from racing to mechanic and pit crew for both of my sons in WA Superbike Championship Series. Western Australian Sidecar State Champion 2014. Runner up Western Australia Sidecar Championship 2016.
Steve Marshall Born: Masterton New Zealand. First race passenger 1976 Marlborough Series Gracefield New Zealand. Moved to Australia and to Perth Western 1978 carried on Racing with the Late Gary Watson. Passenger for various riders until teamed up with Murray Stronach 1982. 6 time State champion with Murray in Western Australia. Raced with Murray all over Australia. Race Passenger Bathurst NSW 4 years. Retired 1995. 20 Years later teamed up with Murray again. Runner up Western Australian 2016.
Tony Baker & Shelly Smithies (UK)
A sidecar and classic solo chassis constructor Penrith man Tony Baker won a silver replica for ninth place in the 1999 Sidecar races and took a bronze replica home for a 14th place the same year. In 2000 he again won a silver and a bronze – this time for 6th and 8th placings. In the 1999 UK F1 Championship he finished fourth.
I started sidecar racing in 1967. as a swinger for 6 years.I then constructed my first chassis and it went on from there to be my business.I had 5 years doing GP`s also about 8 years doing European championships winning it in 2006 with my daughter Fiona.
We have lapped the IOM at 110- 6 mph in 2015. last year we were 8th and 6th at the TT .Also I was 4th at the Southern 100 with Shelly as the swinger .
Graeme Evans(Australia) & Eamon Mulholland(Ireland)
Graeme Evans was born and bred in New Plymouth NZ and grew up watching sidecars at Cemetery circuit. He didn’t start racing them himself however until he moved to Perth Western Australia in 2011. He came third overall in his first state series on a Kawasaki F2 at Barbagallo Raceway and just missed out on a podium finish at Phillip Island at the Australian Championship in 2012. The past year Graeme has been riding between Barbagallo and Collie Raceway with Passenger Jarrod Scott on a Kawasaki F1 short bike but will be riding the Suzuki Series with passenger Eamon Mulholland on a brand new Rick Hanger F1 long bike.
Eamon Mulholland was born in Ireland however also had his first race in Perth WA in 2015 both driving and being passenger on a Kawasaki F2. Eamon and Graeme teamed up for part of the 2015 State Championship at Barbagallo Raceway with Graeme driving and Eamon as passenger. After moving back to Ireland in 2016 Eamon continued racing, riding passenger on an F1 long bike and has just finished 2nd in the Irish Sidecar championship.
Both are looking forward to racing the famous Cemetery Circuit and taking on the kiwis in the Suzuki Series.
YOSHI KISHIMOTO (Japan)
Yoshi was here 3 years ago and is back again riding an Electric Bike in F3. He won the famous Pikes Peak hill climb on this bike. He has raced in Japan and has been very successful. We welcome Yoshi & his team back and look forward to how he goes. This will be the first time New Zealand will see anything like this here!