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TT hero John Mcguin­ness cel­e­brated his 20th year at the Scar­bor­ough Gold Cup at the week­end.

“There have been plenty of high­lights dur­ing those two decades,” the 44-year-old re­called. “One of the best was my first meet­ing in 1996 when Joey Dun­lop lent me the clutch out of his 250cc Honda af­ter I burnt mine out. He just leaned his bike over on its side and whipped the clutch out and I went on to fin­ish on the podium!”

Mcguin­ness won the fea­ture race on a 500cc Honda twin in 1999, beat­ing best mate David Jef­feries to the che­quered flag.

“DJ was win­ning ev­ery­thing at the time,” the More­cambe man re­called be­tween races on Sun­day. “He was get­ting one over on me all the time but I did him in that Gold Cup race in 1999. It was held over two legs and he beat me in the first one but I beat him by enough in the sec­ond race to get the over­all win which was mega on a lit­tle 500 two-stroke.

“I’ve rid­den all sorts of bikes around here, 125s, 250s, 500s, su­per­bikes, all sorts of in­ter­est­ing stuff.”

The unique na­ture of the steep 2.4mile Oliver’s Mount cir­cuit is one of the big­gest at­trac­tions for Mcguin­ness.

“Scar­bor­ough is like a short cir­cuit with trees around it,” he ex­plained.

“It’s not re­ally a road, it’s more a park. It’s quite smooth as far as a road is con­cerned though. I don’t know if it’s be­cause it’s up north, if it’s the his­tory of the place or if it’s be­cause I came here as a kid to watch Barry Sheene, but I have a real affin­ity with it.”

Al­though Mcguin­ness was rac­ing in anger on Sun­day on his own Bet Vic­tor-backed Su­per­stock-spec Honda CBR1000RR, he was one of a host of for­mer Gold Cup stars tak­ing part in the an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions. 15 times world champ Gi­a­como Agos­tini led the list, join­ing Phil Read, Jim Red­man, Mick Grant, Steve Par­rish, Chas Mor­timer, Nick Jef­feries and Guy Martin for sev­eral emo­tive laps of the York­shire cir­cuit.

‘Scar­bor­ough is like a short cir­cuit with trees around it’ JOHN MCGUIN­NESS

Mcguin­ness: still go­ing strong af­ter 20 years

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