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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Ramsden Racing Wins the UK Super 2 Sidecar Masters – The Ian Bell Trophy

Last weekend’s “Steve Henshaw International Gold Cup Road Races” saw rounds 15, 16 and 17 take place of the UK Super 2 Sidecar Masters Series – The Ian Bell Trophy, the last time Oliver’s Mount will host this series in the 2016 Season.

After a successful round at Cadwell Park, Steve and Matty Ramsden had a 53-point lead over second place Lee Crawford and Sam Christie, and a 58-point lead over third place man Dave Wallis. A win in race one and Lee Crawford’s Team ARC machine finishing 6th or less on the Saturday could have secured the Championship. This wasn’t made any easier with World Champions and Southern 100 Winners Tim Reeves and Patrick Farrance in attendance.

Race 1, round 15, saw the number 77 outfit of Reeves and Farrance take the victory with the Ramsdens coming home in second. Dave Wallis and Tony Belsey finished third with Championship contenders Lee Crawford and Sam Christie back in fifth Place. Despite a solid result, Ramsden Racing would have to wait until the Sunday races to finally take the prize they have been chasing all season.

Race 2 of the weekend, round 16, saw the number 99 outfit of Ramsden Racing finally secure the Ian Bell Trophy after coming home second to Reeves and Farrance. Despite Crawford & Christie’s best efforts in finishing third there was now no way that the team from Hebden Bridge could be caught.

Steve and Matty Ramsden have taken part in every round of the Championship so far this year having only one DNF, Race three of the Cock O’ the North, Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough. They have currently taken five race wins in the series – four at Oliver’s Mount & one at Cadwell Park. They have also had success at the Isle of Man TT and Southern 100 rounds.

The confirmation of Steve and Matty Ramsden of Ramsden Racing winning the UK Super 2 Sidecar Masters Series – Ian Bell Trophy was verified by the UK Super 2 Sidecar Masters Championship Coordinator Charlie Houlden-Banks on Monday 26th September 2016.

The Ian Bell Trophy will be presented at the Auto 66 Awards night on Saturday 14th January.

Sidecar Stars Vye For International Gold Cup

The “Steve Henshaw International Gold Cup” road races are set to be the highlight of this years fiftieth anniversary celebrations of the Auto 66 Club. Coincidentally, it is seventy years since the first race meeting was held at the legendary 2.43 mile “Oliver’s Mount” public road circuit in Scarborough – to mark the occasion, a bumper entry of solos and sidecars has been received, and will do battle over the weekend of the 24th and 25th September.

Heading up the sidecars are Southern 100 sidecar champions, Tim Reeves and Patrick Farrance. The former World Champions and regular TT podium finishers need no introduction, having dominated proceedings at the 2015 Gold Cup, with four wins from four starts, and will clearly start as favourites this weekend. Patrick has been competing this season in the F.S.R.A. British Championship scene with one of the hottest prospects in the sport – Lee Crawford. However, this weekend the pair will be doing battle on circuit, as Crawford teams up with his regular Scarborough “ballast” Sam Christie aboard the “Team A.R.C.” L.C.R. Suzuki. Crawford and Christie, in only their second season of competing at Oliver’s Mount already have several fastest laps to their credit, and have not finished off the podium at the circuit in 2016. However, with Crawford having suffered a crash only a fortnight ago at Cadwell Park, this comeback meeting may prove somewhat low-key.

Steve and Matty Ramsden have been enjoying a phenomenal season, and find themselves leading the “Super 2 Sidecar Masters” championship, and will be looking to consolodate this over the weekend. With four wins already this year, including a clean sweep at the “Barry Sheene Classic”, the Ramsdens must be considered as the strongest contenders to take the challenge to Reeves on their L.C.R. Honda. Also L.C.R. mounted, but with Suzuki power, Dave Wallis and Tony Belsey cannot be ruled out, with Dave and former passenger Harry Payne showing strongly at the “Cock O’The North” meeting, where they were the winners
of the inaugural “Robin Daykin Memorial Trophy”. Dave has competed at Scarborough on three wheels for a quarter of a century, and certainly knows his way around better than most!

Looking to spring a surprise will be returnees John and Jake Lowther, on yet another L.C.R. Honda; as will Scarborough regular Greg Lambert, who now has Julie Canipa firmly established in the chair alongside him on their G.L.R. Honda. Rod Bellas and Glenn Dawson (B.L.R. Honda) and Tony Thirkell, with a yet to be announced passenger (M.R.E. Honda) will once again be taking their places on the grid, and are rarely outwith the top six. Eddy Wright and Kieran Clark are entered (600 Shelbourne Honda) – Eddy having been a regular winner at Oliver’s Mount in the 80’s and 90’s, and they will be looking to replicate their form which they have been enjoying in recent years on the classic racing scene.

Circuit debuts will be made by Paul Riley and Shaun Parker (M.R.E. Suzuki) – who have been contesting the F.S.R.A. F2 Cup Championship this season, and Andy Wilby, who has the experienced Karl Schofield alongside him (Shelbourne Honda). Both teams will be looking to quickly get to grips with the circuit. Completing the line up are: Doug Chandler and Paul Lowther (B.L.R. Honda); Wayne Lockey and Mark Sayers (Ireson Honda); Jim Noble and Shaun Chandler (M.R.E. Suzuki); and Gerry Flynn and Dave Clark (Flynn Suzuki). With fifteen outfits vying for supremacy, qualifying and the three races over the weekend
are sure to be hotly contested.

The solo entry is equally packed with quality and quantity, as is the seventieth anniversary parade – which will feature not only the stars of today, but also the likes of Giacomo Agostini, Jim Redman, Phil Reed and Mick Grant to name just four. Also parading will be Dave Lillie and Carl Bell, as a tribute to, and aboard the outfit belonging to the late Ian Bell, who won his final races at the circuit at the Spring Cup this season.

Practice begins on both days at 09.00, with racing commencing at 14.00 (Saturday) and 10.35 (Sunday). Advance tickets have all been sold, but tickets may be purchased on the gate each day.

Words By Tim Langham

Picture Credit – Dirk Wharton

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Oliver's Mount Sidecar race - Lee Crawford in the lead - One of the fans favourite Races - Picture by Dirk Wharton

Carl Bell and David Lillie to parade Ian Bell’s Sidecar at Gold Cup

Carl Bell has just confirmed that he will be doing a parade lap during the 2016 Oliver’s Mount Gold Cup in tribute to his late father Ian who tragically lost his life at the Isle of Man TT races earlier this year.

Ian Bell was loved by all the fans at Oliver’s Mount and this parade lap in the famous outfit will give the fans a chance to show the Bell family just how much Ian meant to them.

The sidecar will be driven by David Lillie with Carl in the chair. Of course the outfit will run with Ian’s number – 7

Marshal training day a huge success

On Sunday 7th August, the Auto 66 Club held a marshal training day at Oliver’s Mount race circuit in Scarborough.

Marshals are a huge part of every race that happens around the world and at the Auto 66 Club, we always want to make sure we are constantly training and introducing more people to the life of being a marshal.

Led by our chief marshal, Shaun Dalton, the new marshals were given training and information throughout the morning with some practical lessons and scenarios before receiving their certificates for the day.

Race secretary Charles Houlden-Banks commented: ‘Marshals are such a vital part of racing at Auto 66 Club we simply cannot go racing without them. It has been a great day with a fantastic turnout of new marshals. We can’t wait to get them to our race tracks now and introduce them to the rest of our ‘orange army’!

 

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