Chris "Popper Bear" Sculley

Chris Sculley

It is with great sadness that I share the news of the recent passing of Chris "Popper Bear" Sculley, after a brief battle with cancer.

Chris was a former BRA member who had the reputation of not only being a fierce competitor and a very respected and accomplished tuner with numerous race wins attributed to his expertise, but more importantly one of the nicest persons you could meet and one who was always keen to help fellow competitors.

Post BRA, with his competitive spirit somewhat subdued, Chris turned his love of Bucket racing and tuning to that of going on road rides in the countryside of the Southern Highlands and Blue Mountains. He was accompanied on these rides with both old and new friends as his personality quickly formed new relationships.

Chris decided in his last few weeks that he didn't want to have a funeral, he always was a "stubborn bastard", (or should I say a strong willed person with dogged determination). However, a memorial road ride is organised for those who want to celebrate his life, catch up with old friends and reminisce.
I'm sure there are many of us that would love to share a special story or two about Chris.

Russell Barker

Details of the Chris Sculley Commemorative Ride

When: Sunday March the 31st. 2019 at 9 AM – 10:30 AM
Where: Oran Park Dr, Oran Park NSW 2570, Australia

Round One of 2019 Bucket Racing Championship

Round One Wakefield Park 2019.

First meeting for 2019 was held at the ever popular Wakefield Park circuit. With a good entry everyone was keen to get a good start to their championship year.
Weather looked dodgy early in the morning but cleared up to a warm sunny day.
A big welcome to the newcomers to bucket racing this year. They are mostly in the Commuterlite classes and the Motolite class.

MOTOLITE:

Newcomer to Motolites #75 Glenn Kelliher wasted no time making his mark with three wins on his four stroke RS CRF150r. Shane Wilcox riding injured was runner up followed closely by #83 Edward Marsden both riding Honda RS CR85s Next up came #57 Stuart Ellis (Yamaha YZF150) followed by #11 Michael McLean (Honda CBR150). Out of luck pair #171 Mike Child and #94 John Olip had 2 DNFs and languished at the bottom of the table with 15 points each.

#38 Junior Murphy Superlite PRO Class

SUPERLITE PRO:

Junior Murphy (BBR Honda CB185) got his year off to a great start winning the three races but #169 Ian Gregory (Honda CB185) made him work hard for the wins. Ian finished second with #62 Jim Murphy (Honda XL185)Third. #65 Tim Smith (Honda CB185 )was looking good for third overall but discovered his rear tyre was punctured when getting ready for Race three and despite frantic efforts to fit another wheel he ran out of time. He finished fourth with #98 Zac Perrington (Kawasaki KH100) next.

COMMUTERLITE PRO:

Leanne Nelson #172 won the three races from #11 Barry Young, #30 Garth Olsson was third with #66 Andy Lewer fourth all riding Honda CBR125s. #4 Martin Kraaymaat on the sole Yamaha YFZR125 kept the Yamaha flag flying to finish fifth followed by #67 Richard Draper CBR125.

COMMUTERLITE AM:

Once again another rider to win all three races #149 Brent Dawson laid down the gauntlet with the three wins. #73 Daniel Florance Had his best results to top off the day in second. #29 Craig Hitchcock finished third with the fast improving #37 Luke Young fourth. #76 Craig Dawson fifth. Newcomer #222 Andrew Hollier got into the swing of things to finish sixth ahead of #48 Ben Hamer and another newcomer #102 Kim Watt. All above riding the ubiquitous Honda CBR125s. Next along came the sole Yamaha YFZR125 of #93 Jason Davies.

And so a great days racing ended. Many thanks to the flaggie’s, scrutineers, the PCRA and MA officials who make it all happen.

Round One Results

Round One Podiums


Bucket Racing at it's best
Typical of the dicing in Bucket racing, always close and a lot of fun. Here #78 Mark OToole (Honda CBR125) leads #23 Blair Briggs (Honda CBR125), #40 Richard Cook (Honda CBR125), #131 Rez Pulido (Honda CBR125) and #3 Peter Lindsay (Honda CBR125). Racing is always close with positions changing corner to corner.