FOGGY’S BIG CRASH ‘I’ll never race again’

Dirtquake has gone from a small in­die event to a world­wide brand but it’s lost none of its charm

Motorcycle News (UK) - - FRONT PAGE -

How many mo­tor­cy­cle events are there where you can watch pro­fes­sional rac­ers line up against am­a­teurs, see old clunkers do bat­tle with mod­ern ma­chines and watch three peo­ple try to down six pints of warm milk to win a prize? Well there’s only one... and it’s Dirtquake.

If you’ve never been, Dirtquake is best de­scribed as a mo­tor­cy­cle rac­ing event in­vented by Benny Hill. The cen­tral theme is flat track rac­ing with bikes of all shapes and sizes fight­ing it out in var­i­ous classes. The chop­per race al­ways draws a crowd, mainly due to the pres­ence of Guy Martin rid­ing a Krazy Horse-built, heav­ily-raked Har­ley-David­son. Guy Martin wasn’t the only bik­ing celeb keen to get sideways ei­ther – Gary John­son, Neil Hodg­son and Carl Fog­a­rty were all there, although some had more suc­cess than oth­ers… One of the fieri­est races of the day was the Har­ley-david­son race, which was over­run by rid­ers on cus­tomised Street Rods. MCN’S man Glyn Pock­ling­ton put up a spir­ited fight but couldn’t quite match the speed of Pete Boast although as Boastie is a for­mer na­tional cham­pion, we’ll give Glyn a break. The scooter class was also a riot as a suited and booted man on a tiny Vespa at­tempted to chase down the 750cc ‘sort-of-a-scooter-but-not’ Honda X-adv.

One of the clos­est races was the Women’s as To­ria James got to grips with the In­dian Scout only to be pipped in a dash for the line by Zoe David.

A spe­cial men­tion is also in or­der for the rid­ers of the in­ap­pro­pri­ate road bikes: those rid­ers who think noth­ing of send­ing a GSX-R750 sideways, It’s also got us think­ing about what we could en­ter next year.

Adam Brinkworth steals the prize for best dressed with his se­quined num­ber Glyn Pock­ling ton put in a valiant ef­fort for MCN

Is it a bird, is it a plane? No it’s a tri­als bike dressed up as a horse

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