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Riders/Drivers Update

A very well attended Riders and Drivers meeting kicked off with news that the Springspeed Nationals at Shakespeare County Raceway would not be taking place. However there had not been a decision to abandon (or run) any meetings at the venue. The planning application for 400 houses to be built by Cala Homes (filter Midlands) near the entrance to SCR has been delayed until 30th May (see details in previous post).

Also delayed is the new concrete strip at Santa Pod. After stripping off the tarmac it was decided to dig up the original WWII runway and use it as hardcore before laying the new concrete which should begin this week. This will take some time to cure and it is anticipated that with a lot of 24hr work should be ready for the Straighliners meeting 2 weeks before Festival of Power at Easter!

Santa Pod entry forms are now available and fees remain as last year and a trial for the Easter meeting is on-line application which will involve signing the form at the office when signing-on as normal on the day. Electric has increased by £5 but fixed until 2019.

APIRA membership will be accepted this year but will be reviewed in 2019.

ST Gas will run in 2018 but as there was insufficient entries in 2017 (minimum of 6 per round) there is no free entry to events for the champion (as last year).

No news from York Raceway but they will not run permitted meetings anyway.

Vote for Jo Clarke

Our very own Jo Clarke IMG_5314has been short-listed for APIRA/Shakespeare County Raceway Sportswoman of the Year trophy, well done Jo.

You can get your vote in for Jo on Eurodragster.

And now Dave Smart and Robbie Dobbie have been short-listed  for the Alan Wigmore Memorial Trophy (ET Bike), and Andy BallMcDonald Racing Ireland Best Newcomer Trophy, get voting here on Eurodragster.

Let’s be Optimistic

CALA and their planning application for 400 homes near the entrance to Long Marston Airfield. All this information is freely available if the pessimists bothered to look instead of listening to rumour.

Are we not surprised that a company known for building upmarket houses is asking for permission not to build affordable homes initially. Apparently due to “high level of workload” the planning application (click on important dates) has been moved from January to the end of May and a request by CALA for funding assistance due to the cost of providing services (gas, electric, water etc.) and the cleanup of toxic materials (click on Associated Documents – open APPLICATION and scroll to bottom, click on “Affordable Housing Alternative etc.”.

If these houses get built and occupied while SCR is still a functioning Drag Strip the builders will have to provide soundproofing and the occupants will have no say on the operation of SCR as they were aware of its existence before moving in due to changes in the law!

Current application, if granted, would require new access to the strip as it crosses the main access road (the part containing ticket office), slightly reduced pit area but more of a worry part of the return road would be within the boundary of the application?

Hopefully we will have at least part of a season this year, maybe more – watch this space.


2018 UK Riders and Drivers Meeting

The 2018 UK Riders and Drivers meeting will be held on Sunday 11th February at the Hilton Hotel Northampton (NN4 0XW) just off Junction 15 of the M1. The meeting will commence at 12.30. See Eurodragster for more details.

And don’t forget AGM and prize-giving 3rd March.

 (Agenda) click on link

Date –  Saturday 3rd March

Place – Warwick

Venue – Hilton Warwick – Boardroom 1 (same day and venue as Prize Presentation)

Time – 2.00 for a 2.30 start until about 5.00.

APIRA/SCR/NAST Prize Presentation. Hilton Warwick – Stratford upon Avon Stratford Road Warwick CV34 6RE Junction 15 on the M40.

Air Ambulance 2018 – Update

IMG_6492A very cold but sunny day (perfect for Super Penguins!) for the local fundraiser for theIMG_6498 Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance. A quick dash from Birmingham on my XJR I was in time to join over 300 bikers at the All Seasons Café at Billing Garden Village IMG_6494on the 7th January. At midday we were on the move on a route of over 40 miles passing through several villages where the locals were treated to a well-behaved parade of a variety of 2-wheeled machines. Dave Grundy, who was tail-end sweeper on his Triumph, reports that at least £2,000 was raised for this good cause.

Fake News?

There appears to be a lot of negative comments on the current state of Shakespeare County Raceway on social media. Although the future is uncertain rumours that a ditch around the track and the gates are locked are untrue. The position as of 5 January 2018 is that there is a ditch but it is around the section used for the Sunday market. The track is as we left it after the Halloween meeting in October and fully accessible. There was no activity on this visit although on a visit late last year a few lorries and 2 or 3 workmen were seen on site near the main entrance I have also been told, but not confirmed that the flying club is still operational?

Watch this space.

Air Ambulance Fund Raising

Dave Grundy (ETB558)

Hi Guys, I know many of you aren’t local enough to join us on this so I hope it’s ok to post as this is the crew that cover the area including Santa Pod.


Once again in January I will be marshalling on our local fundraiser for the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance. As usual we will be leaving All Seasons Cafe at Billing Garden Village on the 7th January at 12:00. The cafe is open from 10:00 for breakfasts and all we ask is a £5 donation (or whatever you can afford) to join us on the run – about 44 miles on a figure of 8 route around Northants/Beds area.

If you have put your bike away for the winter, please feel free to come along for breakfast (or lunch when we leave) and have a chat to the regular fundraisers -and last year the Air Ambulance paramedics and pilots. The last 2 years we have had well over a hundred bikes join us and we have raised over a £1000 each year for the cause.

We ride the route in advance to make sure it is ice free and marshal all the junctions to try to make the ride as safe as possible for all.

ACU Members Injury Questionnaire

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From: Ben Morphett <B.Morphett@uco.ac.uk>
Date: 14 December 2017 at 19:43:51 GMT
Subject: ACU members injury questionnaire – Ben Morphett
Dear all.
My name is Ben Morphett and I am in my final year studying to become an osteopath at the University College of Osteopathy (UCO). I am a member of the ACU and have competed in trials at national level for many years. I am very passionate about motorcycle racing and for my final year research project (dissertation) I have compiled a short questionnaire to gather information about the most common locations of pain that motorcycle racers have , both on and off their bikes.
I have been granted permission from ACU to contact affiliated clubs to help gather responses from my questionnaire, also to attend events to promote my study. I would be very grateful if you could possibly pass on the provided link to my questionnaire along with the attached information sheets to your club members.  
If you have any questions or queries please contact me via this email address or my supervisors contact details are on the attached participant information sheet.
Thank you for taking the time to read my email, I hope you have a great Christmas and wish you and your motorcycle club all the best in 2018.
Yours sincerely
Ben Morphett.
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Relaunched as the University College of Osteopathy in September 2017, the UCO is currently the only osteopathic institution in Europe to have been granted University College title and the power to award its own degrees. Our evidence-informed approach, high-quality teaching and clinical opportunities attract students from around the world; and produce graduates with the skills, knowledge and expertise to become excellent, patient-centred practitioners.
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York Raceway – Saved!


At the 11th hour the £100k challenge to resurface the strip and update facilities was met. Although the land owner was offered much more in rent by a parts manufacturer the goodwill PDRC has with the owner has produced a 10 year lease sharing the facility. Plan is to resurface the runway in January with the intention of racing again in May 2018.

Closer to home, still no news of the future of Shakespeare County Raceway but contrary to rumours of 2 foot ditches and much activity the facility is accessible and fully intact. There is some work in the area of the Sunday market but no building as yet.