MARSHALS TRAINING DAY – ROYAL HOTEL

The Auto 66 Marshals Association are holding a training course at the Royal Hotel in Scarborough on Sunday 12th February. Due to the over whelming response, the original location where training was going to be held,  at Oliver’s Mount,  is to small so the committee have decided to move to a larger venue. The Training starts at 10.30 and will last around 2 to 2 & half hours. Anyone is welcome to attend this course, which is a basic training course for new marshals. for more information please ring the office on 01723 373000.

Oliver’s Mount and Yorkshire Air Ambulance Join Forces

Auto 66 are delighted to announce that Yorkshire Air Ambulance will be their recognised charity for the forthcoming race season here at Oliver’s Mount. One of the main events in our 2017 calendar is the ‘Scarborough Festival of Speed’ which will take place over the May bank holiday weekend. A Car and Bike Hill Climb is scheduled for the Saturday and Sunday, including a Classic Car Rally on the Bank Holiday Monday. We are hoping to attract a great number of spectators as their attendance will not only support Auto 66, but the Yorkshire Air Ambulance too, as this is where all of our gate money will be donated.

This weekend will be made even more memorable, as we plan to officially open the Mount’s brand new helipad, something which has been a work in progress for some time now. Although we admire the great work carried out by the team at Yorkshire Air Ambulance on a daily basis, we hope that we will not require them to attend any of our meetings in the future. However, we are all aware of the dangers that come with road racing, particularly around the beast that we call Oliver’s Mount, therefore the helipad will provide a safe landing place should we ever need it.

Yorkshire Air Ambulance will remain as our recognised charity for the whole of 2017. Their representatives will be in attendance at our meetings with collection buckets, so if you see them out and about, please dig deep and support this brilliant charity.

SPRING CUP TICKETS SELLING FAST!

Tickets for the 2017 Spring Cup have been on sale for well over a month now and they are selling out quick! There are now only 190 tickets left and a few camping spaces available. Visit www.oliversmountracing.com to book your tickets or call 01723 373000

Auto 66 Awards Dinner

What an amazing weekend we just had in Scarborough at the Royal Hotel for the annual Auto 66 Club’s Gala Awards evening.

As well as the Auto 66 Championships the Duke Road Race Ranking were presented by Peter Duke, son of the legend Geoff Duke, with the top award going to Dean Harrison and the newcomers award went to another Auto 66 member Brad Vicars.

With top road race stars, Peter Duke to present the Duke trophies, club officials, marshals, friends, family and fans, the evening will go down as a brilliant start to the 2017 season.

A fabulous meal was served with Oliver’s Mount commentator Tony Coupland MC’ing the awards ceremony along with Scott Beaumont, Alice Robinson and Peter Duke presenting the awards.

Some great performances by Auto 66 members in road race, track and hill climb were awarded alongside the various championships organised by PMH Promotions including the UK Road and Track.

A raffle was held for the Auto 66 Marshals Association with various prizes where over £350 was raised

A collection was held for the YORKSHIRE AIR AMBULANCE where Steve Ramsden, Sam Christie and Charlie Houlden Banks had their heads shaved to her raise money for the charity. The Auto 66 Club have supported this charity for over 2 years with money still coming the total at the moment is just over £505.

The provisional date for the 2017 Awards dinner is 19th/20th January 2018 with a similar format as this year. Tickets will go on sale from the 1st April so make sure you book early to avoid disappointment as many where this year.

A fantastic night and now we can’t wait to get racing again.

Congratulations to all the winners.

Oliver’s Mount 2017 Press Conference and Rider Chat Show – Friday 13th January

On Saturday January 14th, the Auto 66 Club are hosting their annual Gala Dinner Awards at the Royal Hotel in Scarborough. With all the stars of road racing attending the evening awards, we thought it was the perfect weekend to organise a press conference to let all our media friends know what our plans are for 2017 with our race events at Oliver’s Mount in Scarborough.

The press conference will be held at the Royal Hotel at 19.30 on Friday 13th January. Scheduled to appear are star riders: Ivan Lintin, Lee Johnston, Dean Harrison, James Cowton and Daley Mathison. Plus Conrad Harrison, Mick Grant and others to be confirmed.

We will be chatting to these riders about heir plans for 2017 and talking about our plans at Oliver’s Mount.

Admission costs are £5 per person. Auto 66 Club members are free on production of their membership card.

Event Schedule:

Doors open 19.00
Press Conference 19.30
Break 20.30
Rider Chat Show 20.45

Event Details:

• The press conference will take place on Friday 13th January at 19.30. Arrival anytime between 19.00 and 19.15.

• The venue is the Royal Hotel, St Nicholas Street, Scarborough, YO11 2HE.

• Coffee, tea and refreshments will be available in addition to a full licensed bar.

• Journalists will be required to check in at the entrance.

• Press Conference will take no longer than 1 hour.

• Riders will also be available for individual interviews and photos after the press conference.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Royal Hotel on the 13th January.

CADWELL PARK CLASSIC MEETING TO RETURN

Auto 66 are looking to hold a classic meeting at the iconic Cadwell Park Race circuit on the 2nd & 3rd September 2017. This following on from the hugely successful Anniversary meeting Auto 66 held at Cadwell 3 years ago.

 

More information will be realised in a couple of weeks time.

ASSEN TRIP A STORMING SUCCESS

At the start of 2016, the Auto 66 Marshals Association setup a competition for its members to win a trip to the British Superbike Round at Assen, Netherlands. The way to win the prize was simple – the marshals who had attended the most meetings between March’s Cadwell Park meeting and the Barry Sheene meet in July would be put into a draw to win one of the 18 places on the trip. After the Barry Sheene meeting and once all attendance lists had been checked and verified, the draw took place and we had our 18 winners.

Stuart Higgs at MSVR had kindly donated weekend tickets and paddock access passes to our completion winners. The trip took place Fri 30th September to Tuesday 4th October, allowing our hardworking marshals to enjoy a race-filled weekend in Assen. One of our long-serving marshals summed up the weekend…

 

“It was absolutely brilliant! What a great weekend, full of racing and lots of laughs.”

Sue Micklethwaite

 

Head of Organisation, Peter Hillaby, had similar positive remarks about the weekend…

“With it being our 50th anniversary of the Auto 66 Club, we felt it was only right to thank the ‘Orange Army’ for all of their hard work as without them, racing is just not possible. It was a fantastic weekend enjoyed by all who attended and we hope to run similar competitions in the future.”

Below, you can see a picture of the competition winners, alongside Head of Organisation Peter Hillaby.

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We are always on the lookout for new marshals so please get in touch if you are at all interested – Who knows, you could find yourself on one of these fun-filled trips in the future!

Cadwell Park Sidecar Bash – 22/23 October

The third running of the hugely popular “Sidecar Bash” will once again be the focal point of the Auto 66 Club’s traditional end of season “Bonanza” meeting, held over the weekend of the 22nd and 23rd October on the full circuit at Lincolnshire’s Cadwell Park.

This meeting has fast become one of the highlights of the calendar, and is now the largest sidecar-orientated event in the U.K. in terms of entry numbers. In excess of seventy outfits were raced last year, and the ambition is to surpass those numbers this time around. Catering for all classes of three wheelers – from Scooters to F1 – there is sure to be a plethora of exotic and unusual machinery to interest all fans of the sport.

2015 saw a number of debuts from drivers and passengers, including none other than top solo racer Dean Harrison, and anticipation is growing with regards to “surprise” entries once again. Already confirming an appearance is Maria Costello MBE, fresh from a podium finish in the Senior Classic TT. Maria will be teaming up with British Championship regular Harry Payne to make her sidecar driving debut in the F2 class, which is sure to generate a lot of interest. Entries have already been received from a number of front-running F.S.R.A. teams, including Lee Crawford / Patrick Farrance, and newly crowned “Super 2 Sidecar Masters” champions Steve / Matty Ramsden. Further news will be made available closer to the event.

The meeting is also one which is renowned for its social gatherings, and the entertainment put on in previous years is also set to be repeated on the Saturday evening in the paddock.

Now is the time to submit entries – forms are available to download from – http://auto66.com All competitors will receive practice/qualifying, plus two races each day. Cost of entry to the first event is £245, and a second machine may be entered for an additional £60. Grids for older machinery (Scooters, F350, Vintage, Classic, Post Classic, BEARS, Cyclecars/Morgans etc) will be split and divided further than in previous years – BUT – only subject to recieving acceptable numbers in each class to make an exclusive race viable.

Entrance tickets for spectators can be purchased in advance from www.cadwellpark.co.uk at a discounted rate, or on the gate on the day.

For further queries please contact Charlie Houlden-Banks during office hours on 01723 373000 (Mon-Fri) or alternatively e-mail: office@auto66.com

Words by Tim Langham

2016 UK Super 2 Sidecar Champions & Winners of the Ian Bell Trophy Steve & Matty Ramsden - Picture by Alan Horner

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