9:26 PM 28th February 2020
Oliver’s Mount 1st Anniversary
Mick Grant. Pictures by Lee Davis
This time last year Oliver’s Mount was resurrected from the history books. It has been both a hectic, but rewarding, 12-months since it was confirmed racing would return to the historic Scarborough track; the last remaining road race in England. Following on from two successful meetings in 2019 we can now look forward to an action-packed 2020, with four race meetings planned plus many more exciting ‘special events’.
Before the new season starts, we thought we’d look back at our maiden year.
After the demise of the company running motorcycle race events at Oliver’s Mount in 2017, a working party got together to formulate a rescue plan. This included Andy Kershaw, Ian Lougher, Nick Jefferies, George Beale, Shaun Dalton, Mick Grant and Eddie Roberts.
Numerous meetings were held with Scarborough Borough Council (SBC) during 2018 and finally, an agreement was reached in February 2019. Oliver’s Mount Racing Ltd was established with former international racers Mick Grant and Eddie Roberts as Directors. A lease was signed with SBC to run four motorcycle race meetings each year and other smaller events.
Grant and Roberts raised the capital to bring safety standards up to and beyond the requirements of the Auto Cycle Union (ACU), which included a £90,000 investment. A partnership with Duke Marketing was struck with Peter Duke, son of the late great Geoff Duke, handling the promotion and ticketing of events.
The 1946 Marshals Association was formed, headed by Chief Marshal Shaun Dalton, which gave Oliver’s Mount a unique group of dedicated volunteers whose expertise and dedication proved invaluable.
The 243 Road Racing Association was formed to take care of running events, this again was headed by Shaun Dalton with assistance from Hayley Colebrook. Overall it has taken a great many individuals, with passion and dedication, to form an amazing team to keep racing at “The Mount”.
Eddie and Mick (both in their 70s) were always aware that they needed young blood in the camp to go forward. They were fortunate to bring Andy Hayes on board as a Co-Director. Andy is a former competitor at Oliver’s Mount and a successful businessman who’s proven to be an invaluable addition to the team. Also included in the new organisation is international journalist, TT, and Oliver’s Mount competitor Adam (Chad) Child, plus Bryan Bayes, again a former competitor and enthusiastic trials rider; he’s the man that can make things happen.
Two race meetings were run in 2019 launched with the very successful Barry Sheene Classic in July. Despite challenging weather, eager spectators witnessed some great racing. The enthusiastic crowds were treated to a full program including sidecars, classic superbikes and parades which boasted famous riders such as Carl Fogarty, James Whitham, Mike (Spike) Edwards, Dean Ashton, Steve Parrish and of course the legend Mick Grant.
The Gold Cup was run in September, but again Mother Nature threw in a curveball, and Sunday witnessed biblical rain. Thankfully the officials including Mark Jessup (Clerk of Course) did a fantastic job to get all races run under extremely challenging conditions.
Oliver’s Mount Racing Ltd, 243 Road Racing Association and the 1946 Marshals Association are working harder than ever in 2020 and beyond to keep racing at England’s only road race circuit. During a difficult time for road racing, the future is looking bright for Oliver’s Mount and we are looking forward to seeing the enthusiastic crowds line the track once more.
This article was written by Adam Child.
Advance tickets are available from Duke on 01723 333322 or online https://www.oliversmount.com/