Oliver’s Mount Cock O’The North 2018 Cancelled

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 23rd/24th 2018 have had to be cancelled.

Auto 66 Club and its team of volunteers have been working with Scarborough Borough Council for the last 6 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 and rectify the current situation and will update with any news in the coming weeks.

Oliver’s Mount Spring Cup Cancelled

It is with great sadness that we have to confirm the unfortunate news that the 2018 Oliver’s Mount Spring Cup event is cancelled.

For the last few months, many changes have been made around the circuit in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, to aid rider and spectator safety in preparation for us obtaining the required permit from the ACU to allow us to hold this event on April 21st/22nd.

New fences have been built, road signs moved, course markers purchased, additional marshals posts built and additional harris style fencing installed. The main problem however, remained with the amount of recticel that the Auto 66 Club would have to purchase to allow them to comply with the requirements of the ACU to obtain the necessary permit. The total of all recticel needed for the circuit is £90,000.

Peter Hillaby has worked tirelessly trying to obtain the required amount of recticel that would need to be added at key areas of the track. Sourcing recticel to hire has proven very difficult and the club simply could not afford to purchase the amount of recticel needed.

Our first club race at Cadwell Park was a chance for the Auto 66 Club to make some money to help fund the purchase of recticel. However, the weekend was tainted by a poor weather forecast and even worse weather on the day which actually caused day two of the event on Easter Monday to be cancelled. Rider numbers were extremely low and on a weekend that was supposed to help us raise funds, we actually lost money.

This week, we have continued to appeal to both the ACU and Scarborough council to give us more time to find a solution, one which we now feel we have with the kind gesture of the Ulster GP organisers offering us the required recticel; but it has just come too late to save this event with the permit and insurance needing to be in place already.

We are truly sorry to the race fans, riders, teams and media who have planned to attend our Spring Cup event. Postponing an event is something we do not take lightly, and we have fought as hard as we possibly could to get the Spring Cup Road Race event the permit it needs, but unfortunately it now has to be cancelled with a new date to be announced soon.

In the coming days we will be issuing another statement detailing the future plans for the Spring Cup event.

Thank you all for your messages of support. Oliver’s Mount is England’s only road race circuit. The history that has been created at this unique venue means we will not be ending the journey in this way. This is not the end, but the start of a new, safer Oliver’s Mount road race venue.

 

JIM ADAMS 1936 -2018

The Auto 66 are sorry to report the passing of Jim Adams who has been a valued club member for many years.

Jim was a hardworking member, spending all his spare time at Oliver’s Mount, decorating and repairing the equipment etc.
Jim’s job at Oliver’s Mount was in charge of the grid gate at the start line.

Jim was a real gentleman who will never be forgotten by the club for his integrity and professionalism.

Our thoughts go out to his widow Anne, who for many years has helped out in the paddock office at race meetings, and son Stephen and daughter Leslie.

The funeral will take place on Monday 12th February at the Scarborough crematorium which is just past the main entrance to Scarborough Hospital on Woodlands Drive, postcode YO12 6QN.

No flowers please (by request), donations should be left at the chapel or sent to Auto 66, Circuit Office, Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough, YO11 2YW. All donations will be divided between St Catherine’s Hospice and Marie Curie Nurses

THE SPRING CUP TO BE TITLE SPONSORED BY SPADA

We want to thank Spada for their continued support of Oliver’s Mount. For 2018 they have become the title sponsor of the Spring Cup which is fantastic news.

Entries are filling up very fast for the Bob Smith Spring National at Oliver’s Mount, apart from the sidecars which are very slow to come in as usual.

This event has attracted a lot of Irish competitors as this will be the first Road Race of the season. A lot of riders are using the ‘Mount’ to warm up for the TT including several French riders.

If you have not got your entry in, please do so as soon as possible to avoid being disappointed. Entry forms can be found on this web site

The highlight of Saturdays racing will be the Steve Henshaw Gold Cup, which was postponed from last September, the same invited riders and grid positions will be used as posted last September, the Bob Smith event will be the prominent event on the Sunday.

Once again the meeting will include the first round of the Road and Track series. Unfortunately a sponsor this series has not yet been found, so we are keeping our fingers crossed. The second round of the series will be at Cookstown in Northern Ireland with rounds at the Southern 100 in the Isle of Man, Armoy, Croft, and Cadwell Park with the final round at the Gold Cup, Oliver’s Mount.

The only change is that the Ultra Lightweights have been dropped, but machines in this class can still enter the Lightweight also the 400’s can enter this class. Super Lightweights is for Supertwins and Minitwins, The Junior class is for 600cc 4 cylinder, 675cc 3 cylinder and 750 twin cylinder machines and the big class is the Senior for 700cc to 1100cc.

More news on the championships will be available in the next two weeks including the Cadwell Sidecar Bonanza, including the Super 2 Masters series

NEW START FOR SUCCESSFUL SEASON AHEAD

After two years of backroom problems the club is having a fresh start coming under the banner of Auto 66 Racing from 1st March, with PMH coming out of semi retirement and taking control of everything once again. This is the ideal time with Peter’s P.A. Alice Robinson’s contract coming to an end.
Alice is pursuing a new career to become a personal trainer. The club wish her all the best, but Alice has already said that she is available if we require her on race days.

PMH’s first job is to sort out the regulations for the coming season and the car events.
Secondly we are making sure that the web site is up to date. By then we will be into the race season.
Keep an eye on this site for the latest news as the season goes on.

The club are now on the lookout for a circuit manager come handy man to fill the void left by the death of Jim Adams. Anyone interested in this position should ring Peter Hillaby on 07970441104 for more details, this is an ideal position for someone who has taken retirement. All candidates must have a full, clean driving licence.

NEW ROAD RACE CHAMPIONSHIP FOR DUCATI’S

This championship will be run at all Cadwells and Croft, there will be a minimum of two races at each event, plus all the Ducati’s will be eligible for other classes. The machine eligibility will be published in due course.
More information is available from
Caroline Owen on 07376865609 or Dave Croft on 07921375158

ENTRY REGULATION BOOKLETS

This year there will be no regulation booklets printed, everything is now on this web site, once again you will have to download the entries, fill them in and send them back to the office. Unfortunately the ability to enter on the web site is not going to be completed for this season.
To help the club, it is essential that you enter, well in advance of the closing date, also it would be a great help if you could pass on this information and the dates to any rider who has not competed with us before.

NEW SPONSORS FOR 2018

As already mentioned SPADA are the main sponsors for the Oliver’s Mount Spring Cup, also the Festival of Speed on the May bank holiday weekend will be supported by St Catherines Hospice, and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance have come on board to run the helmet park at Oliver’s Mount race meetings. It is hoped that Suzuki will support the Barry Sheene week end as in the past.
We are now on the lookout for a major sponsor for the Cock O’ the North and the Gold Cup. Anyone interested should contact Peter Hillaby on 01723 373000, when we will be able to design a package to suit all concerned parties

COMPETITION SECRETARY REQUIRED

Now is the time to find a replacement for PMH at the end of this season. Anyone interested in this post should have knowledge of the sport and have a clean driving licence. If you are interested please contact Peter Hillaby on 07970441104

WANTED MOTO 3 & 125 GP RIDERS

The first round of the new UK Road and Track Ultra Lightweight Championship will take place at Oliver’s Mount at the Bob Smith Spring Cup on 16th 17th April.

Everyone is guaranteed two practice sessions and two races per day plus prize money, £400 for first place £300 for second, £200 for third, £150 for fourth, £100 for fifth and £50 for sixth. There is also an end of season championship awards.

The supplementary regulations and entry forms are available to download from www.auto66.com. There are still 5 or 6 places left on the grid for this class. Entries are closing very shortly so we advise that you enter quickly.

The UK Championship also includes a Lightweight class with machines up to 450cc, Super Lightweight, 400cc – 650cc Twin Cylinder 4 stroke Machines, Junior 600 and Senior which is 700cc – 1100cc

UK Super 2 Sidecar Masters Series will hold its first round at the Bob Smith Spring Cup which also has spaces left on the grid.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS 2016

Friday 22nd January – Steve Parish ‘One Night in Scarborough’ The Royal Hotel, Scarborough

Saturday 23rd January – Annual Presentation Evening 2016 Season Launch – The Royal Hotel, Scarborough

19th – 20th March – Cadwell Park Season Warm up Road Races Louth, Lincolnshire

16th – 17th April – Spring Cup Bob Smith Road Races Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough

30th April – Classic Car Rally – Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough

1st – 2nd May – Festival Speed – Oliver’s Mount Scarborough

18th – 19th June – Cock O’ the North Road Races European Bike Rally – Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough

2nd – 3rd July – Count of Cadwell Road Races Leg 1 – Louth, Lincolnshire

3rd July – Cadwell Bike Twisty Sprint – Louth, Lincolnshire

23rd – 24th July – Barry Sheene Races & Japanese Bike Rally Festival Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough

21st August – National Hill Climb – Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough

10th – 11th September – Count of Cadwell Road Races Leg 2 Louth Lincolnshire

24th – 25th September – 66th Steve Henshaw International Gold Cup Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough

8th & 9th October – Oliver’s Mount Bike Hill Climb – Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough

22nd – 23rd October – Cadwell Sidecar Bash & Final round of UK Road & Track Championships – Louth, Lincolnshire

2015 FIXTURES

March
21st Cadwell Park Sprint & Club Road Races
22nd Cadwell Park Pre TT Warm Up Road Races
April
11th Oliver’s Mount Spring Cup Road Races
12th Oliver’s Mount Spring Cup Road Races
May
2nd Scarborough Festival of Speed Bike & Car Hill Climb
3rd Scarborough Festival of Speed Bike & Car Hill Climb
June
20th Oliver’s Mount Barry Sheene Road Race and Rally Festival
21th Oliver’s Mount Barry Sheene Road Race and Rally Festival
July
18th Oliver’s Mount Cock O’ the North Continental
19th Oliver’s Mount Cock O’ the North Continental Road Races
August
1st Cadwell Park Anniversary Road Races
2nd Cadwell Park Anniversary Road Races
16th Oliver’s Mount National Car & Bike Hill Climb
September
12th Oliver’s Mount International Steve Henshaw Gold Cup
13th Oliver’s Mount International Steve Henshaw Gold Cup
October
11th Dalby Forest Bike Hill Climb
24th Cadwell Park Road Races Bonanza & Sidecar Bash
25th Cadwell Park Road Races Bonanza & Sidecar Bash

Road Championship Starts at Oliver’s Mount

A number of Championships have been put together by PMH Promotions after requests by many Road Racers who can’t afford to do the short circuit Championships. The first one has been run successfully for 2 years by the Auto 66 Club and for 2015 becomes the “UK Road and Track Championship” with rounds at Oliver’s Mount, Armoy in Ireland, the Southern 100 in the Isle of Man and the Ulster Grand Prix, counting towards this Championship.

The Championship is being supported by Silkolene and Bridgstone and will cater for Super Lightweights ie minitwins etc – Junior 600ccs and Senior 700cc-1100cc classes. There will be 14 rounds with 12 to count and there is already £1000 in the pot for the end of season Champions with hopefully more to come.

Another new Championship being run at the request of many riders and entrants is the UK Classic F1 and F2. These events will be run at Oliver’s Mount and Cadwell Park with 2 rounds at each meeting. The formula for the classes is the same as the Classic TT regulations which can be found on the Isle of Man webpage.

Already there is £2500 in the kitty for the end of season prize fund and talks are carrying on with a possible sponsor to increase this series.

The Sidecars have not been forgotten – work is in progress to put together Formula 2 Road Masters Series. More details on this in the next few weeks.