FORMER World Super-bikes rider Steve Mainwaring made a full-throttle - but all too brief - comeback at Mallory Park.
Now eclipsed by his son Howie, who will be contesting the British Superbikes for the rest of the season, Steve managed to get in the action himself at the Mallory Park Classic Bike Races.
And he admitted afterwards racing still gave him a buzz.
'It would be great to come back to racing and I could get used to it again very easily. The bug is certainly still there to race. I enjoyed that immensely,' he said.
But Weaverham man Steve, a contemporary and rival of Barry Sheene, ruled out a comeback, preferring to dedicate himself to Howie's career.
Howie, a 20-year-old former Verdin High School, Winsford, pupil, was in the parade aboard a special factory machine, the Yamaha ROC 500 Marlboro, owned by his sponsor Jim Gibson, which would have been previously ridden in the 1970s in the 500GP Series.
'It must have been awesome to have raced this machine back in the GP days, it's easy to learn and felt really good. I would have loved to have ridden it competitively.'
Two-stroke veteran Steve rode Howie's current superbike, and the parade turned out to be anything but a procession. Spectators were all around the circuit and filled the paddock to watch their heroes like Giacomo Agostini, Phil Read, John Cooper and John Surtees.