How many motorcycle events are there where you can watch professional racers line up against amateurs, see old clunkers do battle with modern machines and watch three people try to down six pints of warm milk to win a prize?
Well there’s only one... and it’s DirtQuake.
If you’ve never been, DirtQuake is best described as a motorcycle rac- ing event invented by Benny Hill. The central theme is flat track racing with bikes of all shapes and sizes fighting it out in various classes.
The chopper race always draws a crowd, mainly due to the presence of Guy Martin riding a Krazy Horse-built, heavily-raked Harley- Davidson. Guy Martin wasn’t the only biking celeb keen to get sideways either – Gary Johnson, Neil Hodgson and Carl Fogarty were all there, although some had more success than others...
One of the fieriest races of the day was the Harley-Davidson race, which was overrun by riders on custom- ised Street Rods. MCN’s man Glyn Pocklington put up a spirited fight but couldn’t quite match the speed of Pete Boast although as Boastie is a former national champion, we’ll give Glyn a break.
The scooter class was also a riot as a suited and booted man on a tiny Vespa attempted to chase down the 750cc ‘sort-of-a-scooter-but-not’ Honda X-Adv.
One of the closest races was the Women’s as Toria James got to grips with the Indian Scout only to be pipped in a dash for the line by Zoe David.
A special mention is also in order for the riders of the inappropriate road bikes: those riders who think noth- ing of sending a GSX-R750 sideways, It’s also got us thinking about what we could enter next year.
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