Road racing returns to Oliver’s Mount in 2019

Steve Rose
By Steve Rose

BikeSocial Publisher. Has been riding since before Frankie said ‘Relax’, owned more than 100 bikes and has written for, edited or published most of the UK’s best known bike magazines. Strangely attracted to riding high miles in all weathers, finds track days ‘confusing’ and describes the secret to better riding as ‘being invincible’. 

 

Road racing is set to return to Oliver’s Mount in Scarborough in July 2019. Oliver’s Mount is the UK mainland’s last surviving road racing circuit, offering a unique opportunity to get close to the action on a historic and challenging track. Race meetings planned for 2018 didn’t happen because of safety concerns at the undulating 2.43 mile circuit, but a new club, the Two Four Three Road Racing Association has confirmed two meetings; the Barry Sheene Classic on 27 and 28 July and the Gold Cup from 27 to 29 September. The new club, in partnership with Eddie Roberts (part of the team who saved Mallory Park) and TT legend Mick Grant has the backing of Scarborough Borough Council and the ACU.

Mick Grant, seven times Isle of Man TT winner and multiple winner at Oliver’s Mount said:

“I watched my first road race at Oliver’s Mount in short pants back in the 1950s and it ignited my passion for racing. We couldn’t let this historic track crumble into history. Oliver’s Mount is unique – the only road racing circuit in England. I can’t wait to hear and witness classic and modern bikes race around this demanding track once again.”

Scarborough Borough Council and its tourism partners are fully behind the new venture and like many race fans, are excited to bring racing back to Scarborough and Yorkshire. Cllr Derek J Bastiman Leader of the Council said:

“This is exciting news and I’m delighted that Eddie and Mick are committed to delivering a bright and exciting future for motorcycle racing at Oliver’s Mount. I am particularly impressed with their proposals for bringing the circuit in line with the ACU’s stringent safety requirements, their passion for the circuit’s unique character and heartfelt commitment to attracting a new generation of spectators to the sport.”

The Two Four Three Road Racing Association would like to take this opportunity to thank the 1946 Marshal Association for their continued support, especially Shaun Dalton.

 

 

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