Pad­dock Gos­sip

Classic Racer - - WHAT’SINSIDE -

Mal­colm’s mis­sives from the four cor­ners of the classic rac­ing pad­dock. Just as you’d ex­pect.

The sole re­main­ing English road circuit, Oliver’s Mount, is in grave dan­ger of be­ing lost to the sport fol­low­ing months of spec­u­la­tion, with news on so­cial me­dia that sug­gests all this year’s planned events have been can­celled. The pub­lic park on the out­skirts of Scar­bor­ough with a sports field and foot­ball pitches on the large grass area at the top, saw mo­tor­cy­cle rac­ing take place on the perime­ter road for the first time in 1946 and races and hill climbs have con­tin­ued with­out a break un­til this sea­son. Dur­ing last sea­son’s Septem­ber meet­ing two sep­a­rate ac­ci­dents, when mo­tor­cy­cles went into the crowd, in­jur­ing nu­mer­ous spec­ta­tors, caused the ACU to re­view the circuit’s li­cence, which was sub­se­quently with­drawn un­til cer­tain safety mea­sures were im­proved. To date the or­gan­is­ers, the Auto 66 Club, have failed to make the changes re­quired. After sev­eral months of si­lence, caus­ing un­rest among rid­ers and spec­ta­tors alike, many of whom had pre-booked tick­ets and paid for ho­tels and are still wait­ing for re­funds, the Auto 66 Club put out a state­ment on so­cial me­dia. “It is with ut­most sad­ness that we have to in­form road race fans, rid­ers, teams and the me­dia that the 2018 Oliver’s Mount Cock O’the North road races on June 23/24, 2018 have had to be can­celled. “Auto 66 Club and its team of vol­un­teers have been work­ing with Scar­bor­ough Bor­ough Coun­cil for the last six months try­ing to bring the circuit up to the new strict, safety stan­dards that will en­sure not just the road races in 2018 con­tinue, but also fu­ture events at Oliver’s Mount. So far, the new re­quired safety lev­els have not been achieved and so it is with a heavy heart that we have to can­cel the 2018 Cock O’the North road races. “With re­gards to ticket re­funds we will con­tinue to try and re­solve this com­pli­cated sit­u­a­tion as soon as pos­si­ble. We con­tinue to work closely with Scar­bor­ough Coun­cil to try to rec­tify the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion and will up­date with any news in the com­ing weeks.” The long-time pro­moter and driv­ing force be­hind the Auto 66 and Scar­bor­ough races, Peter Hil­l­aby, is in ill health and with­out some­one else step­ping for­ward to in­vest in the changes needed it is dif­fi­cult to see mo­tor­cy­cle rac­ing re­turn­ing to Oliver’s Mount.

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