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What’s Happening in the ‘BikeWise World’ over the next couple of weeks (17/09/2010)

18th/19th September – 60th ANNIVERSARY GOLD CUP -  OLIVERS MOUNT SCARBOROUGH                      

OMGoldCup_RRI Yet another bumper entry to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the International Gold Cup Road Races at the Olivers Mount circuit which is situated in the beautiful seaside resort of Scarborough on the Yorkshire Coast.

Two days of action packed racing and other activities are planned by the Auto 66 Club, action begins on the Friday evening when Foggy and Whit have their chat show at the Scarborough Spa, for those who are camping in the bikers village at the race circuit there will be live music, a disco and late bar on the Friday evening and also on Saturday night.

Saturdays programme includes a morning of practice with the first of the 11 races scheduled at 13.00, during Saturdays programme all classes will be catered for from 125 to Superbikes and also the very popular Formula II Sidecars. The race entry includes, Guy Martin, Ian Hutchinson, Michael Dunlop, Ryan Farquhar, John McGuiness, Ian Lougher, William Dunlop, Adrian Archibald, Chris Palmer and Michael Pearson. Heading the sidecar entry is many times TT winner Dave Molyneux.

Sundays program starts with the main gates opening at 08.00 and at 10.00 in the bikers village entertainment marquee will be the meet the riders chat show where many of the top names will be present to talk to and give autographs, not only the competitors in the racing but the many riders who will be taking part in Sundays parades.

This year sees the 21st anniversary of the Steve Henshaw Trophy and this will be the theme of the anniversary parades. Due to clashes with other major events the auto 66 club have made the decision that the 50th anniversary brought back the riders from the 50s, 60s and early 70s so it was decided to mark the 60th with riders from the mid 70s to the present day along with their machines, names are still coming in but past lap record holder Phil McCallen will be riding his Honda RC45 so will other works rider of that era Nick Jefferies, Carl Fogarty and Jamie Whitham will also be parading along with Jim Redman who can’t keep away from the place, Andy McGladdery, Mick Grant, Roger Marshall, Dean Ashton, John McGuiness and Guy Martin. The highlight of the parades will be the appearance of the John Player Norton to be paraded by William Dunlop. The first parade on Sunday will be 12.30 and the second four lap parade at 14.45. Racing on Sunday commences at 13.00 and is hoped to be finished by 18.00, there will be a total of 9 races on Sunday.

Advance tickets for the meeting are now all sold but admission is available on the gate on the day, a weekend ticket is available for £38 which does not include paddock transfer, neither do the day tickets which are on sale each day at £20 per adult, children under 15 and parking are free. For further details visit :

rattiebike The Black Rat Fund is holding a Black Rat Charity Rideout which will take place on Sunday, 19 September 2010 in Catterick Garrison
The biking community in the UK has consistently shown incredible support for the Armed Forces.  Events such as the Allied Memorial Remembrance Ride, the Mother’s Day Ride through Wootton Bassett, and the mass gathering at the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, Staffordshire all clearly illustrate the biking community’s desire to show their solidarity with, and respect for serving, veteran, wounded and fallen members of the Armed Forces.
We at the Black Rat Fund would like to ask you to join our Black Rat Charity Rideout to help support the serving soldiers of the Black Rats, as well as their immediate families. 
Currently there are 16 different Regiments and Units that form the 4th Mechanized Brigade during the period of their deployment - this means that the Fund is trying to provide support to over 9,300 serving soldiers and their families.  Elements of the Black Rats began deploying to Afghanistan in January 2010, with the rest of the Brigade following in March and April.  The Brigade will still have soldiers from a number of Regiments out on tour until December 2010.
The Black Rat Fund assists through direct welfare and compassionate grants to individuals or families in need or distress, as well as supporting community projects, events and activities which aim to improve and enhance the lives of soldiers and families who are part of the Brigade.
With the Black Rats recent deployment to Afghanistan we want to make sure that the Fund is able to provide whatever assistance is needed to any injured soldiers, both now and in the future.
To make sure that we have funds in place to provide as much support as possible the Black Rat Fund is inviting members of the biking community from all over the United Kingdom to come and take part in the Black Rat Rideout.  Bikes will meet at Marne Barracks, which is part of Catterick Garrison, and will then set off in groups to do a great circuit of the Garrison and some parts of the surrounding area.   The ride circuit is about 22 miles long and will take approximately 45 minutes to complete.
The ticket price for each person taking part (whether a rider or passenger) will be £2.00.  However, because we’re sure that our Ride Out will be a very memorable occasion and a great day out for everyone who attends, we are suggesting you make an additional voluntary donation of £3.00 each for all registered riders and their passengers, making your total outlay £5.00 per person.  All registered riders and their passengers will receive a Black Rat wristband which they can wear on the ride to show their support for the Black Rats.
If anyone does want more than one wristband we will have additional wristbands available.  You can either pre-order these when you complete your online Registration Form, or you will be able to obtain one on the day.  We will also be commissioning souvenir tee-shirts which can be pre-ordered by making an additional donation during registration.  Tee shirts will, wherever possible, be posted to you once we receive your order, so that you can wear it on the day.
The Black Rat Fund website has a Rider Registrations Page for riders to register online for the Rideout.  Places are limited so early registration is encouraged.    Further information will be released about the details of the event as they are finalised.
For further details visit here :

Sunday  19th September 2010 - The Beamish Trophy Trial

now run by South Durham Vintage Motorcycle Club, was run originally for 27 years by The Friends of Beamish, then by Durham Classic Motorcycle Club from 1998 until handing over to South Durham VMCC in 2008.

The trial covers just over 100 miles of Northern Dales in Cumbria, Durham & Northumberland and has a number of testing off-road sections.

The start and finish is at The New Board Inn, Hill Top, Esh, Co. Durham.

Entry Form & Regulations are now available here :

Layout 1  The Great North Air Ambulance Mystery Ride Out will be held once again from Police HQ at Aykley Heads, Durham on Sunday 26th September, at 1000hrs.

Registration will start from approx 0900hrs and it costs £5 per person.

The event is based on a treasure hunt and starts and finishes at HQ.

Please bring maps with you for N/Yorks & Cleveland area’s

Further details can be obtained from the GNAA on 01325 – 487263 or by

visiting their website at

To download the event poster, click on the image to the left.




GNAAMystery Ride Out



Photo’s from last years event can be viewed by clicking on this image : 




Durham Advanced Motorcyclists

28th September at Bowburn Hall Hotel

Meet at 1900hrs for a 1930hrs start.
Winter months - Guest speakers
Summer months - ride outs.....
Contact the secretary : Bill McCready on 01325 311 426 for further details

Visit their website for further details :

BikeWiselogoc2c2c2 BikeWise Mini Bike Club is being held on Sunday 3rd October at Carrville Park & Ride, Durham.

1000hrs for a 1030hrs start.

John Bownman & Ali Bonar will be running this event as Bob & Mick are on holiday. Please ring 0191-3752136 on the morning of the event if you have any doubts about the weather. The website will NOT be updated on the morning of the event

Visit the website for more details of the venue / club :

image001 Adelaide Insurance - register on their site and you could win a prize in their monthly draw (like Mick Alder did...), you might also get a pleasant surprise when it comes to renewing your insurance, quite a few who have completed a BikeWise Training day are reporting that they have now insured with Adelaide……

You will be able to select BikeWise Training from the drop down boxes and will get a discount as a result of attending your BikeWise Training day.. They are a specialist Motorcycle Insurer,provide IAM’s Surety Insurance and support motorcycle Road Racing events in Ireland -

Hein Gericke at Darlington are open everyday, have a shop full of clothing and accessories and you will get 10% off any non sale items in the store if you have attended a BikeWise Training day and produce your card (or ACU license for Mini Bike Club members.)
The team of Alison, Sue, Tim & Craig will look forward to seeing you.

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