2016 has been a good year for road racing, the MotoGP season was a nail biter and we saw Troy Bayliss jump back on a Ducati at the Phillip Island round of World SBK, but it also marks the end of an era in motorsport for some lesser known faces.
If you’ve raced a motorcycle on a Road Race track in Queensland anytime in the last forty years, there’s a high chance that Nancy and Graham Castledine were the people keeping track of your lap times. Now, the timing duo have announced their retirement from the Queensland racing scene.
Graham has been involved in motorsport timing since the late 1960s and Nancy joined a few years later in 1972, and since that date they have been involved in timing all types of motorsport events, from Club days to national championships, including Road Race, Supermoto, Motocross, karting and car racing, travelling the length and breadth of the state and sometimes clocking up to forty events per year!
Nancy and Graham have given a lifetime of service to motorsport in Queensland and their influence stretches far and wide, many other timekeepers have learned from them and they are held in high regard by their peers and competitors alike. They have seen all the advances in motorsport timing, from stopwatches and, tickertape measured in seconds per yard to today’s electronic timing systems accurate to 1/1000 of a second.
It is difficult to overstate the level of importance that their services mean to all of us in racing and there is no doubt that their departure leaves a big hole in motorsport timing. Thankfully Nancy and Graham have always been willing to pass on their skills to others and the next generation of timekeepers will surely be grateful to have learned from the masters!
All of us in Motorsport wish Nancy and Graham all the best in their retirement.