Category: Road Racing

Stan Dibben

Stan Dibben

From Mark Dibben.

A quick note to let you all know that Stan Dibben, my Father, passed away this evening peacefully with family by his side.

I will write more in the coming days with Dad’s wishes re celebrating his life.

All best in the meantime, and thanks indeed for all the love you have shown him over many, many years,

Mark

click continue reading for Stan on Sidecar Radio with Slow Phil and the short film “No Ordinary Passenger”

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Team A.R.C. Retain The Ian Bell Memorial Trophy In An Immaculate Showing At Scarborough

Harrison & Winkle Get The Holeshot From Crawford & Hardie

Words – Tim Langham / Photographs – Dirk Wharton

Exactly a year had passed since the last “real road race” for sidecars in the U.K., and it was the Oliver’s Mount International Gold Cup meeting, hosted by 243 Racing which had the honour of being the only such meeting to run in 2020.

A full grid of sidecars had entered, and some excitement prior to the event had been generated with the news that multi world champions and TT winners Ben and Tom Birchall had entered, and were to make their racing debut around the 2.43 mile North Yorkshire parkland circuit aboard their LCR Honda. However, they were to face stiff competition from regulars Lee Crawford / Scott Hardie (LCR Suzuki); Conrad Harrison / Andy Winkle (Bellas Honda) and Steve and Matty Ramsden (LCR Honda).

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Jock at TT

Jock Taylor’s 1980 Sidecar will remain in Scotland

FROM BORIS STROUD

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Marin Motorsports Announces Jock Taylor’s 1980 Sidecar will remain in Scotland to Honor the Scottish Sidecar Racing Hero

It is hoped we have saved a little bit History which supports the Future Sidecar Racing Community for Generations to Come. ‘’ Quotes the Consortium chairman ‘’.

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by Paul Deighton

Record Breaking “Battle Of Britain” At Croft

Words – Tim Langham Photographs – Paul Deighton

Croft Circuit served up some first class racing over the weekend of the 5th and 6th September, with a full grid of sidecars ranging from classic to F600, with a number of the top teams in the U.K. in attendance.

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Croft To Host Annual “Battle Of Britain” Races

Words – Tim Langham (FSRA Press Officer)
Photographs – Dirk Wharton

North Yorkshire’s Croft Circuit once again plays host to the annual “Battle Of Britain” race meeting – a unique weekend catering for two, three and four wheeled racing machines. The sidecar events have attracted a grid of over twenty teams, ranging from classic to F600, promising some entertaining racing right through the field.

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MoTeC ECU – Know what you are buying

An article from Andrew ‘Angus’ Brooke

MoTeC is a fairly expensive bit of kit, so do your research in what you are buying. I will be telling you rough prices of new kit, and things to keep eye out for with second hand.

THIS IS NOT A SALES PITCH, instead I want to inform. I have no issues with other systems, or second hand kit, but sometimes deals aren’t as good as they appear.

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Molson British Sidecars

Gary Bryan appointed Paddock Manager for RKB-F1

When crews arrive at Cadwell Park for the opening round of the 2020 season, there will be a new face responsible for all Sidecar Paddock disciplines and behaviour.

Gary Bryan

The vastly experienced Gary Bryan has enjoyed a long sidecar association, with Isle of Man TT success to his name, as well as F1 and F2 Championship honours.

Stepping back from active short-circuit competition to care-take and manage his stepson Todd Ellis, Gary has accepted the role of Paddock Manager for Roger Body’s RKB-F1 organisation. This wealth of experience, combined with Gary’s “no-nonsense” manner, will be ideally suited to the many challenges facing him on every race weekend

The role has been officially recognised by MSVR with whom he will be working closely on BSB weekends, ensuring the Sidecar fraternity maintains its high standards.

All crews are therefore reminded that Gary is working on behalf of them and the sidecar family in general to maximise and maintain the good reputation we have earned over many seasons.

We all wish Gary all the best in this new venture and give him our total support. 

Media Matters Barry Nutley

Press Release from the Rob Vine Fund – 25/03/2020

Press Release from the Rob Vine Fund – 25/03/2020

Following the cessation of Motor Sport on the Isle of Man in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic the Directors of the Rob Vine Fund, Registered Charity No.954 (Isle of Man) wish to inform the public of the Isle of Man that they have unanimously decided to make all our equipment available to support the Manx community. This means we can supply the DHSC with:

1. All of the medical equipment in storage for motor sport events on the Isle of Man. The list includes:

• 4 Patient ventilators, suitable for Intensive Care use

• 4 Multipurpose Patient Monitors for use on wards or Intensive Care

• 5 Suction Units

• 8 Adult Advanced Life Support Bags

• 3 Paediatric Advanced Life Support Bags

• 130 Immediate care cases (prepacked with lifesaving medical equipment)

• 130 Scoop Stretchers

• All extra medical equipment currently held in stock

2. We have made available our three frontline ambulances should they be required. These assets have a total value of £750,000

3. The unpaid volunteers of the Hogg Motorsport Association are currently on standby to assist the Isle of Man Ambulance Service in any way they can. We remain committed to supporting the Health Service and the Manx community while the Covid-19 Pandemic continues in any way we can.

We wish to thank everyone who has donated to the Rob Vine Fund which makes this gesture possible. The Directors of the Rob Vine Fund.

ISLE OF MAN STEAM PACKET COMPANY SOUTHERN 100 ROAD RACES 2020

by Phil Edge

Southern 100 Racing held a meeting of its senior race officials on Wednesday evening 18th March to discuss the running of the 2020 Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Southern 100 Road Races either on the scheduled dates of 6th, 7th, 8th & 9th July or possibly postpone them until later in the year.

It was decided after discussion regarding the present and on-going situation regarding the Coronavirus 19 crisis and the announcement by the Isle of Man Government’s Chief Minister earlier today that the current situation could continue for at least a further six months and after consultation with the club’s Chief Medical Officer regarding the availability of Doctors and Paramedics to cover the races, many of whom travel from the UK, that it is unlikely that they will able to leave their respective positions, we would have insufficient cover to run the races on the scheduled dates or any other.

The Doctors, Paramedics and other medical people who live on the Island will be similarly occupied at Nobles & Ramsey Cottage Hospital and other Medical practices and will like their UK counterparts will be involved with the COVID-19 cover and unlikely to be allowed to take leave.

Added to the lack of medical cover there is also the likelihood of a shortage of Race Marshals due to travel restrictions presently in place which may well be increased between now and July and could result in less than the required number of marshals available to man the 4.25-mile Colas Billown Course.

It was therefore decided by the Race Committee, very reluctantly to announce the cancellation of the 2020 Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Southern 100 Road Races.

The Committee left it was better to take this decision now, rather than defer on a monthly basis in the hope that Medical cover would become available at the ‘last minute’.

Whilst it is major disappointment for the race organisers, we know that the announcement will be met with a similar response from competitors and race fans who enjoy attending the ‘friendly races’ year on year and Southern 100 Racing look forward to welcoming you all back to the Billown Course in 2021.

This also means that the postponement of the Blackford’s Pre-TT Classic Road Races announced in a Media Release on Monday 16th March are now also cancelled. Competitors who have entered will be contacted by the Race or Club Secretary in the next few days.

The dates of the 2021 Road Races on the Billown Course are:

Blackford’s Pre-TT Classic Road Races

Friday, Saturday & Monday 28th, 29th & 31st May 2021

Silicone Racing Post TT Road Races

Saturday 12th June 2010

Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Southern 100 Road Races

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 12th, 13th, 14th & 15th July 2021

Coronavirus (Covid-19) – ACU Statement Update 17/03/20

Statement on Covid-19
On behalf of ACU    

It is with regret that the ACU are suspending all competition and social activity until 30th April 2020, but this will be constantly reviewed. This is in response to the emerging guidance issued by HM UK Government in response to the outbreak of COVID-19.   

All permits for events during this time will be cancelled and reimbursed in full to the organising club/ promoter.    As the National Governing Body would ask all ACU Members to act responsibly and follow the Government’s guidance during this difficult time. We have a responsibility and duty of care to our staff who will be working from home, so please be patient with any queries you may have.   

As of writing (17th March 2020) HM Government have advised: 

  • – Persons to work from home where possible 
  • – People over the age of 70 to minimise social contact 
  • – Emergency services will not support mass gatherings 
  • – Stop non-essential travel  
  • – Avoid pubs, clubs, restaurants and cinemas  

This statement is supported in its entirety by AMCA

Up-to-date information on COVID-19 can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

Joint Oliver’s Mount Racing / 243 Road Racing Association Statement re Coronavirus.

Due to Government advice regarding the avoidance of mass gatherings, slowing the spread of the virus and not tying up essential NHS resource during the current situation, we have taken the unavoidable decision to postpone the Spring Cup from 18th / 19th April and we will be seeking approval from The ACU and Scarborough Borough Council to run the event as The Summer Cup over the weekend of the 15th / 16th August 2020.

All Spring Cup and Season tickets will be valid for the new dates and if anyone purchasing advanced or season tickets cannot or does not wish to attend the Summer Cup, they will be able to receive a refund.

At present, the Oliver’s Mount Festival, Barry Sheene Classic and Gold Cup events remain in the calendar as planned, but will be subject to further review as the situation progresses.

A further post will be released to update how those wishing to obtain a refund on tickets already purchased should progress once we have established a refund process with our ticketing partners, Duke Marketing Ltd.

We are very sorry for the inconvenience, especially for those that have booked accommodation etc. but hopefully it is apparent that we have tried our best to go ahead with The Spring Cup until postponement became inevitable.

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