Steve ‘old moods’ Moody
Steve started his career in schoolboy Moto-X at the age of 9. During his 6 years in the sport Steve managed to secure 3 club championships and over 200 trophies to his name.
In 1995 Steve decided to try his hand at road racing competing in the East Midlands 400cc club championship. Not only did Steve manage to gain his national licence in that season but he also finished 2nd overall in the championship.
1996 saw Steve catapulted into the British National 400cc championship. Steve rode his Kawasaki ZXR400 to its limits at every meeting and with numerous podium positions, Steve finished 3rd overall in the championship.
In 1997 Steve entered the British Superbike Championship as a privateer on a Kawasaki ZXR750.
In 1998 Steve raced for Team Moto Solo and competed in the British Super Sport 600 championship and as a privateer in 1999.
Dilliagf Racing was born in 2008 to compete at the Manx Grand Prix. In his first year on his Triumph 675 Steve finished 11th in the newcomers race with a 100mph lap.
Having caught the Isle of Man racing ‘bug’, Steve returned to the TT Mountain Course in 2009 with Dilligaf Racing and successfully finished 16th in senior race with an average lap speed of 108mph earning himself a replica for that race.
In 2013, Steve once again returned to racing and despite only completing in three rounds of the EMRA club championship he came runner up in the Formula 600 series. In 2014, Steve and the CBR once again competed in the pre-injection championship; the aim…..to win!
Steve was not only was crowned the 2014 EMRA Pre-Injection undefeated champion with 10 wins from 10, but also earned himself a silver replica trophy for his outstanding performance in the Junior Manx Grand Prix.
In 2015, Steve expanded his road racing career competing for the first time at the tight tree-lined technical circuit at Oliver’s Mount, Scarbrough and Wales very TT, Aberdare Road Races. Steve also returned to the Isle of Man Manx GP gaining another silver replica, finishing 25th in the senior race with a 113mph lap after a very difficult fortnight plagued by poor weather and technical problems.
2016 saw the team return to Mallory Park and the EMRA Championships. Steve and the new Moody machine, the CBR1000RR Fireblade SP kindly supplied by Branson’s of Yeovil, competed in the Buildbase Superbike Championship and Superstock 1000’s. Steve was lying in third in the Buildbase trophy and first in the Superstock championship when a crash at Keppel Gate at the Manx GP put an early and unfortunate end to the 2016 racing season.
In 2017, Steve finished 2nd in the EMRA Superstock championship on the CBR1000RR SP following her winter refit and transformation including full Nitron suspension. Steve also returned to the Manx GP with the CBR600RR after his crash last year at Keppel Gate that nearly put an end to his racing career which resulted a winter of rebuilding both man and machine!
2018 saw a return to the roads where Steve, the CBR600RR and the new addition to the family, a Honda CBR400RR NC29, named Erin after her town and the place the team call there second home, try their hand at the Southern 100 where little Erin and Steve were the fastest newcomers revisit the Manx GP where the aging pair finished 5th in the ultralight weight class!
In 2019 Steve competed in the EMRA lightweight championship but a crash early on in the season sadly stopped any championship hopes. However after rebuilding himself and the bike, Steve returned to the Isle of Man competed in both ultra lightweight races winning two replicas, and also entered the Classic TT superbike race, gaining himself of medal for his success on a Honda VFR 750.
2019 saw the start of a whole new chapter for Dilligaf Racing as Mrs Moods, Steve’s wife, gained her ACU licence on her 50th birthday and took the grid alongside Steve, riding her own Honda NC 29, named Bessie May, named after her grandmother who had passed away in earlier in the year, a fitting tribute to courageous lady. This would be dawning of a new era for the team……….
2020 will be best remembered for COVID-19 and the impact it had on everyone and the lives that were lost. Racing like most things stopped although Elaine did manage to gain enough signatures in 2019-2020 to gain her clubman’s licence and embarked into the 2021 season with a new bike too, Tom the R3 named after her Grandfather Thomas George and Sir Captain Tom, two very inspirational men of immense courage and determination which is what Elaine would need to gain her national licence and take to the roads with husband Steve!
Despite another difficult year with Covid still causing some issues at the race track and few mechanical issues, Steve finished 3rd in the EMRA Formula 400 championship on his Honda CBR400RR NC29 and Elaine was runner up in the Senior class at Darley Moor RRC and fourth, losing out to third place by a mere point, in the EMRA 125-450cc championship on Tom the Yamaha R3.
Elaine also experienced her first Freetech Endurance race which was a baptism of fire as 123 teams lined up on the grid at Mallory Park. As part of an all female team with Dawn, Sam, Iona and Joy, the ladies raised over £2600 for the charity Ovacome and finished 93rd out 123 teams
In 2022 Steve will be returning to the roads on his new Aprilia RS660 competing on the Irish roads for the first time and returning to the Southern 100 and Manx Grand Prix. Elaine will continuing her racing journey onboard the new Kawasaki Ninja 400