Ten reason’s to head to Cornwall and the British Pre 75 Grasstrack Champs this weekend!
It’s the British Pre 75 Championships this weekend and Gareth Bemister or our friends at Grasstrack Banter has listed 10 reason why you should be there. The meeting is hosted by the Mid Cornwall Premier MCC at their unique venue in Cornwall. Lots of you might think Cornwall is closer to America than where you live, but this event is set up to be a belter…and here’s ten reasons why you simply must be there!
Images courtesy of Tracey Bree, Methanol Moments Photography
1. ITS IN CORNWALL!
Hang on….bear with me…I know it seems a long way from home. But Cornwall in the sun (this weekend is forecast plenty) is one the most beautiful places on Earth. Make a weekend of it! Come down Friday, beer tent Saturday, racing Sunday. The track is within walking distance of a big soft play area for kids, a premier inn, and even a McDonald’s! It’s not too far into Cornwall either, and about 2 minutes from the main road in and out of Cornwall.
2. ITS A BOARDED CIRCUIT
Two words when uttered will play on nostalgic sore ears. ‘Boarded Circuit’. On the continent,they are a norm but in the UK it’s the only one. For some reason, the boards just add a little something. You’re virtually sat on top of the action.
3. A BRITISH TITLE IS UP FOR GRABS
This title means everything to the Pre 75 lads. They will be doing everything to win. And the older machines have provided great racing in the past at this venue.
4. SIDECARS ARE AWESOME AT THIS PLACE
I’m not sure why, but for some reason sidecars are just brilliant here. The big 1000cc sidecars are great, and then little old and new outfits are equally as entertaining. Some of the racing here has been outstanding. Check out this clip to see what I mean.
5. THE TRACK KEEPS ON GETTING BETTER
The club work tirelessly on this venue. Every time we visit the circuit, the racing surface gets better and better. Over the winter, even more modifications have been made to the track to make it safer and faster.
6. IT HAS LOTS OF CORNERS
I guess it’s a bit like a triangle, but not quite! When you ride it, it feels like two corners, one enormous bend and one 90 degree bend. But really it is perhaps four or five bends. It provides great racing, and something completely different than anything else anywhere.
7. STARS ARE BORN IN CORNWALL
Chris Harris? Benjamin Barker? Gary Lobb? Will James? Mark Simmonds? Richard Thomas? Kenny Hammill? Phil Pitman? Myles Simmons? All learnt their track racing craft in their home county of Cornwall. Who’d have thought they’d go onto such great things. And presently a young Cornishman named Kieran Hicks is making waves in the 1000cc sidecar class. He’ll be in action on Sunday, no doubt relishing the opportunity to go racing after a rare lie in On the morning of the meeting! So come and see another Cornish star born!
8. SOCIAL GATHERING
Grasstrackers in Cornwall have been starved of action for the last few seasons. When racing does come to the county, they make sure that they enjoy it. The beer tent is open on Saturday and Sunday. You’ll get a warm Cornish welcome, and maybe even a pasty!
9. VALUE FOR MONEY
It really is. Practice starts early at 10am. A whole days action will unfold in front of you on a purpose built racing facility. And it will cost just £10…and kids are free!
10. BEST OF BRITISH
The line-up of riders in each class really is the best that the country has to offer. The Pre 75 250cc championships includes Phil Ranson, who won the British Upright title here at this venue last season. Reigning champio Antony Worrall isn’t available to defend his title, but has given his machine to Gradings List champ Tim Greig to ride, making him one of the favourites. With former champion Giles Dismore and RTS supremo Roger Taylor also in the class, it is wide open. A similar story can be seen in the other two pre 75 classes too. More reviews to come on these other classes.
So if you weren’t sure what to do this weekend, pack your tent, pack your caravan, or get online and book your room at Premier inn Bodmin Roche right now and come and join us at the Boarded Circuit.
All details on the poster.