The founders of Two Four Three Racing, the company behind the return of racing to Oliver’s Mount will appear live on stage on Wednesday, March 20 to discuss plans for the beloved road racing venue.
As announced in March 2019, the Barry Sheene Classic (July 27-28) and Gold Cup (September 28-29) have been scheduled and two hill climb events are also in the pipeline.
Seven-time TT winner, Mick Grant will appear on stage to answer questions from the audience and take a few trips down memory lane alongside TT winner and Grand Prix racer, Eddie Roberts and head of the new 1946 Marshals Association, Shaun Dalton.
There will also be an auction of a Valentino Rossi print by Billy Art (for the Marshals Association) and a raffle that will include a pair of passes for the four events at Oliver’s Mount as top prize.
The venue is the Golden Lion Hotel, Northallerton (DL7 8PP) Entry on the door is £10 (£5 for members of the NYRRSC and 1946 Marshals Association, please bring relevant cards).
All funds raised will go to helping racers sponsored by the NYRRSC. Doors open at 7.15pm for an 8.00pm start.
For more details please check out the NYRRSC Twitter and Facebook pages or go to www.243racing.co.uk.
Racing returns to Oliver's Mount in 2019
Ticket prices have now been confirmed for Oliver’s Mount, after it was announced last week that road racing would return to the Scraborough circuit in 2019.
Entry to both the Gold Cup and Barry Sheene Classic will be the same price, with on the gate admittance costing £20 on Saturday, £25 on Sunday, or £40 for a full weekend ticket.
Those wishing to camp in either a tent, caravan or motorhome will have to pay a charge of £10 per night on the gate, too.
If you would like to purchase an advanced ticket, then prices are the same as above, however camping is free. What's more, children under 15 may enter and camp for free.
Paddock passes will be available at £10 each on the gate, however have a limited availability. Details on how to purchase advanced tickets will be available soon and MCN will bring you more details as soon as we have them.
The racing comeback
The team behind the return, Two Four Three Road Racing Association, have the full backing of Scarborough Borough Council and have confirmed to MCN that two race weekends are planned: the Barry Sheene Classic on July 27-28 and the return of the legendary Gold Cup on September 27-29.
Both meetings have been given the go-ahead by the ACU, once again giving the green light to racing on the challenging and undulating 2.43-mile public road race track; something they say could never have been possible without the additional support of the 1946 Marshal Association and Shaun Dalton.
Eddie Roberts, the event’s joint licencee with Mick Grant, has been instrumental in getting Oliver’s Mount back on the racing map, and told MCN: "Behind the scenes there’s been months and months of planning, but finally we can confirm road racing is set to return to Oliver’s Mount.
"We are working side-by-side with the ACU and work is already underway to improve the safety of the track for both riders and spectators. We know it’s a huge task to undertake, but we are 100% confident that racing will take place at Oliver’s Mount this year."
Mick Grant, seven times Isle of Man TT winner and multiple winner at Oliver’s Mount, who has been working with Roberts to bring racing back to Scarborough, added: "I watched my first road race at Oliver’s Mount in short pants back in the early 1950s 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; it’s unique. I can’t wait to hear and witness classic and modern bikes race around this demanding track once again."
Key to Roberts' and Grant’s success has been convincing the council that racing can safely return to the track, but Scarborough Borough Council leader, Cllr Derek J Bastiman, is confident that the team will deliver what’s needed.
"I am particularly impressed with their proposals for bringing the circuit in line with the stringent safety requirements set out by the ACU," he said.
The safety updates are in response to two serious incidents at the 2017 Gold Cup, which saw riders and spectators suffer injuries when bikes left the circuit, striking fans.
This led to a comprehensive risk assessment of the Scarborough circuit being carried out, the findings of which led to the ACU requesting a list of additional safety improvements that the event promoters couldn’t deliver in time to save the 2018 fixtures.
This year's news sees that racing ban overturned and the start of a whole new chapter for the world-famous road circuit.