Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd July sees an additional two days of action from the Autocycle Union’s (ACU) Motorbikes and Combinations. This time there are some of the regulars but some new comers too!
The riders and their machines always produce a fabulous display of skill and spectacular racing. They will be running in the second batch again so if you are planning to come and watch, they will start practice around 08:45 and have their first timed run at 13:30 each day.
If you would like to see what it is really like on a solo motorbike or on a motorbike and side-car combination check the videos posted on our Facebook page!
The Solo Motorbikes run first and are separated in to classes based on engine cubic capacity, just like the cars are.
Solo Motor Cycles 100cc to 250cc class
Saturday has just tone entry, Paul Winch on his BSA and Sunday sees Tristan Anderson on his KTM.
Solo Motor Cycles 251cc to 350cc class
Mike Tilley on his Honda CR will go head to head with Isaac Warren on his KTM. On the basis of previous experience it’ll probably be Mike Tilley who’ll grab the win.
Solo Motor Cycles 351cc to 500cc class
There is a good entry both days in this class. Not only will there be some of the regulars but there are a number of new riders. On Gurston experience, it will probably between Chris Keates on his Honda CRF, Simon Hocking on the KTM and Rochard Bowker on his Honda CFR. But there are new riders here too, that’ll make the competition especially stiff!
Solo Motor Cycles 501cc to 750cc class
This class brings three riders to the hill on both days. Looking at Gurston form and experience, the man to beat will be Guy Ursell on his KTM.
Solo Motor Cycles 751cc to 1300cc class
Saturday’s class has five entries and Sunday five. Allan Jolly (Aprilia TZV) looks a likely winner both days. Not only does Allan have form and he is always quite. Allan could well be produce the Fastest Time of the Day.
It’s a while since we have had a trike at Gurston Down. We have just one entry, Jon and Isaac Warren go on their Suzuki 1000cc trike. They are expected to run in batch which is a little later than the rest of the bikes.
Then it’s the turn of the motorbike and side car combinations! The side cars are a proper spectacle! The pillion (passenger) only stays on by holding on buy their feet and hands, no seat belts or harnesses. The pillion hanging on or sometimes out of the combination!
It will probably between Patrick and Paul Keates, on the baker F1 and Simon and Jayne Foster on their Honda F2. These four were separated by a few hundreths at the last meeting in July.
Then at the end of the meeting, if time allows, there bikes will have a Top Ten Run-off. The Ten fastest motorbikes and combinations will compete again to score additional points.
Why not come and join us?
Don’t miss it!
Location: 1 mile west of Broad Chalke, 9 miles SW of Salisbury, Wiltshire. Turn off the A354 at Coombe Bissett on the unclassified road to Broad Chalke, follow AA signs.
Dates: Cars Saturday 21st and Motorbikes and Cars Sunday 22nd July
Times: Competition from approx. 1300, practice from 0830 both days.
Admission: Only £10 for adults each day, accompanied under 14s free, free paddock entry, free parking.
Anthony Record – Press Officer – BARC SW, Gurston Down Speed Hill Climb