by JohnNicholas on 01/13/2009
This meeting is the brainchild of Remy Aust. A Dutch racer with a preference for 500cc two strokes. In his collection of bikes are two Honda CR500 motocrossers.
As an introduction to Remy, it’s a good idea to watch these two short videos from a beach race in Holland. The first one is from 2005 and the second one is from 2007. Remy is riding bike number 43 against a field consisting of mostly 450 four strokes.
The following is what Remy shared about the annual 500cc meeting.
This day it’s all about the big fat 2-strokes. Older bikes, new bikes, monoshocks, twinshocks.. everybody with a 400cc (or more) dirtbike is welcome!
So no KTM 380?s, 360 CZ’s etc. Big pistons, large strokes and big transfer ports are obliged.
It’s not a race, just a pleasant meeting of enthusiastics! The first edition of 2006 was a big succes. Therefore we decided to make it an annual returning event.
The intention is making 2 groups (A and B, depends on the amount of riders. 3 Groups is also an option). The faster riders (A) and of course the little less faster guys (B). We also ride together (A + B) of course, but some want to ride their own pace without thinking about getting lapped or something. And the faster guys don’t want to zigzag through the pack.
The gates of our track will open at 8.00am. That will give you some time to change and talk a bit with other riders.
At 10.00am the home-ground’s open for training (all together), followed by subjoined scheme:
10.00am – 11.00am > group A+B
11.00am – 11.30am > break
11.30am – 12.00am > group A+B (combined start + free riding)
12.00am – 12.30am > B group
12.30am – 01.00pm > A group
01.00pm – 01.30pm > break
01.30pm – 02.00pm > B group
02.00pm – 02.30pm > A group
02.30pm – 03.00pm > B group
03.00pm – 03.30pm > A group
03.45pm – 04.00pm > group A+B (combined start + free riding)”
So it’s not really a competing event (not really).
The first year I organized it we had 1 supermanche for all people who would like to race each other for a trophy. Last year we didn’t because we are obliged to put marshalls on every jump and almost every corner. Impossible for me to get done because it’s during the summer..
The idea of organizing an 500 2-stroke event was brought up on a forum.. everybody loved to ride with each other but no one knew where and how etc. I’m a panel member at a local motocross track so it wasn’t hard for me to set it all up. And so the first ‘treffen’ was born in 2005
It ain’t no big event.. every year like about 30-40 participants.. Nothing fancy, but very cosy though. Last year we also had some former GP 500 riders participating and as spectators. Very fun
Some people bring their (homemade) stuff to sell it to oneanother. CNC alu stuff or original Honda, Maico, Kawasaki, Yamaha etc. parts.
Thanks for posting !
There is a site for the Annual 500cc meeting http://www.500treffen.nl/