Racing returns to Oliver’s Mount
The much-loved street circuit of Oliver’s Mount in Scarborough is set to see motorcycle racing once again thanks to the efforts of a racing club.
The UK mainland’s only motorcycle road race circuit, Oliver’s Mount is a 2.43-mile track based on public roads overlooking the North Yorkshire seaside town. Dating back to 1946, a spectacular series of duels between Barry Sheene and Mick Grant on the circuit in the 1970s entered road racing legend and the 50th anniversary celebrations in 1996 saw 63,000 people in attendance.
Thanks to the efforts of the Two Four Three Road Racing Association – which includes former Isle of Man TT racer Eddie Roberts and seven-times Isle of Man TT winner Mick Grant – and the support of the local council, two race meetings have been confirmed for 2019. They are the Barry Sheene Classic on July 28-29 and the Gold Cup on September 27-29.
Welcoming the announcement, Grant said: “I watched my first road race at Oliver’s Mount in short pants back in the early ‘50s and it ignited my passion for racing; we couldn’t let this historic track crumble into the history books. We need road racing in England; it’s one of the finest tracks in the world and it’s unique. I can’t wait to hear and witness classic and modern bikes race around this demanding track once again. Today is an emotional and significant day.”
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Picture credit: The starting grid at Oliver’s Mount in 1986, by Colin Grice (Creative Commons Licence)