Motorcycle racing returns to Oliver’s Mount Circuit


A recently formed motorcycle racing club is helping to bring motorcycle racing back to Scarbrough this year.

Scarborough Borough Council have given their full support

The Two Four Three Road Racing Association are bringing back Oliver’s Mount Circuit to Scarborough, with the full backing of Scarborough Borough Council. Currently, two meetings are confirmed in regards to the challenging 2.43-mile public road race track.

These are the Barry Sheen Classic on 27 and 28 July and the Gold Cup from 27 to 29 September. Both of which, have been agreed by the Auto Cycle Union (ACU).

Oliver’s Mount is the only English road racing circuit

Currently, Oliver’s Mount is the only motorcycle road race in England. As you can imagine, it’s exhilarating to see the iconic event return. Both the tourism businesses on the Yorkshire Coast and motorcycle ace fans around the world have welcomed its return.

Scarborough Borough Council has agreed to a lease to GrantRoberts Ltd. The race is operated by the Two Four Three Road Racing Association.

Two Four Three have a wealth of experience when it comes to road racing

When it comes to road racing, Two Four Three have a wealth of knowledge. This includes

  • former Grand Prix and Isle Of Man TT racer
  • supplier of Pirelli tyres to the British Superbike grid
  • Eddie Roberts,
  • and seven times Isle of Man TT winner and multiple winners at Oliver’s Mount, Mick Grant.

Eddie Roberts gives his opinion on the return of Oliver’s Mount

“Behind the scenes, there have been months and months of planning to get us to this stage, and there are a huge number of people I need to thank, including Shaun Dalton and the 1946 Marshal Association. We are working side-by-side with the ACU and work is already underway to improve the safety of the track for both for riders and spectators. We know it’s a huge task to undertake, but we are 100% confident racing will take place at Oliver’s Mount this year.”

“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.”

Oliver’s Mount is the heart of motorcycle racing

For more than 70 years, Oliver’s Mount has been at the heart of motorcycle racing. The circuit was first hosted in 1946. The course itself is narrow and twisty. It boasts hairpin corners and very short straights. As a result, it has become one of the most challenging road races to date. As a result, the race attracts hundreds due to its exciting atmosphere.

Oliver’s Mount has challenged the nerves of many famous riders such as John Surtees, Giacomo Agostini, Barry Sheene and Carl Fogarty, to name a few.

The race has full support from the locals

Scarborough Borough Council and its tourism partners are entirely behind the new club and are excited to bring racing back to the Yorkshire Coast.

Cllr Derek J Bastiman, Leader of Scarborough Borough Council, said:

“This is fascinating news! I am delighted that Eddie and Mick are committed to delivering a bright and exciting future for motorcycle racing at Oliver’s Mount; their experience, knowledge and business acumen within the sport is first class.” 

Oliver’s mount is an essential part of Yorkshire

The race forms a necessary part of the Yorkshire calendar. It contributes around £1.4million annually to the local economy.

Cllr Martin Smith, Scarborough Borough Council Cabinet Member for Leisure, said:

“Racing at Oliver’s Mount has always played a valuable role in supporting the Yorkshire Coast visitor economy. Today’s fantastic news means that the role is set to continue and prosper. Many tourism businesses have been asking me for months when racing will return to Oliver’s Mount so I’m very pleased that I can finally say 2019 for certain!”

Further updates and news about this year’s events at Oliver’s Mount will follow in the coming weeks.

To view more of our articles about Oliver’s Mount, click here.

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