NEW LEASE OF LIFE FOR AUTO66

As you are aware we have had major problems. The first issue has been access to the web page. The second one of course is the problem at Scarborough.

If you have read the spring newsletter, Peter Hillaby has announced he be will retiring at the end of the year. Due to the amount of stress caused in the last three or four months he has been advised to take early retirement from the end of June. This will allow for him to go into hospital in July. A major factor in this decision is the stress endured by his wife Jan, brought on by false rumours circulating on social media of which 98% are completely wrong. We would prefer if people asked the Club directly for the true turn of events rather then just hearsay.

The true facts are simple which we will not we go in to now but the main factor was three years ago a well known sponsor was coming on board to sponsor all the meetings. The club was asked to spend all of its finances on updating the equipment. This seemed a very good deal at the time but unfortunately the guy in charged sadly died 3-4 weeks later leaving the club with very little finances.

At this moment we would like to thank all the members that have rallied around helping to organise things. Without this support I am afraid the club would not have survived.

Things are now slowly getting back to normal. Unfortunately we no longer have any paid staff so we are asking you to contact us by email if possible or call the office between 10 am- 12 pm Monday-Friday

What we need is all your help Marshall/Competitor wise for our next big meeting at Cadwell which includes cars, bikes, sidecars and karts We really would appreciate all the help we can get at this meeting! The next big meeting after Cadwell will be the Bank Holiday 25th/26th Battle of Britain meeting at Croft.

Regarding the hill climb at Scarborough taking place on the 19th of August. If Oliver’s Mount is not available we have another venue in mind so we would be grateful if you keep an eye on the web page.

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.

Car and Bike Show cancelled at Festival of Speed

Unfortunately the Car and Bike Show this weekend at the Oliver’s Mount Festival of Speed has had to be cancelled.

The hillclimb events will continue to run as per the schedule but due to a lack of uptake from car and bike clubs we have unfortunately had to cancel the displays we had planned.

With a record entry the hill climb is set to be a great event and we look forward to getting racing going again at Oliver’s Mount this weekend.

Record Entry for Festival of Speed Hill Climb

With just 1 day to go, the 2018 Oliver’s Mount Festival of Speed is looking like being one of the biggest hill climb events ever to be staged at Oliver’s Mount.

With over 110 bike entries and 50 car entries, there will certainly be plenty of action to watch.

The Festival of Speed compliments an amazing weekend of sport with Scarborough once again hosting a stage of the Tour De Yorkshire cycle race. If you are in town for the cycling, why not come and watch 2 wheels going just a little faster!

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.

 

Wet start for Auto 66 at Cadwell Park.

The season began for Auto 66 Racing at the famous Cadwell Park on Sunday 1st April. With a good entry of solos, sidecars and go carts, the meeting was all set for a great 2 days of action.

However mother nature had other ideas and once the rain started Saturday morning it was a very wet affair all weekend. After some torrential downpours throughout Saturday, the Club were extremely proud to complete a full programme of racing – even after taking an hour and a half break to clear standing water from the track. Hats off to all the staff and marshals for some amazing teamwork.

 

 

Unfortunately though Day 2 of our meeting had to be cancelled due to adverse weather.

The club had no choice but to take this decision, along with Circuit Management with the safety of riders & drivers taking priority.

Points & awards are being awarded based on Sunday’s dramatic season opener. 

Full results are available now through our timing provider – Sports Timing Services: 

http://www.sportstimingservices.com/?page_id=3593

 

 

Images – Graham Stevenson, Cadwell Park.

CADWELL PARK 1ST & 2ND APRIL 2018

There are places still available for this meeting.
If you would like to enter, please get your entries in as soon as possible, to the Sue Micklethwaite, The Circuit Office, Oliver’s Mount. Scarborough. YO11 2YW. Sue is willing to forgo any late entry fee for this meeting
There will definitely be 2 x 8 lap races both days with the Count of Cadwell on Sunday being 10 laps, so you will be getting plenty of track time for your entry fee, please see the time table below
Cadwell Timetable

We look forward to seeing you there

CADWELL PARK TEST DAY CANCELLED

The test day at Cadwell Park on 18th March has had to be cancelled due to lack of interest.
There is more interest shown for the first meeting of the year which will be Easter – 1st and 2nd April, which will include the following championships
UK Road & Track Championship
Northern Clubmans Championship
Count of Cadwell
Ducati Cup
Super 2 Sidecar Masters
If you intend attending this meeting, please get your entry in A.S.A.P to avoid disappointment
Just to remind you, only members of Auto 66 will be eligible for points in the Northern Clubman’s Championship. All other Championships are open to any grade of licence holder from Novice up, and you don’t need to be an Auto 66 member

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