5th May, 22nd September, 20th October
‘SuperTwins Challenge Cup’ will be held this year at Santa Pod during Saturday RWYB events. The format will be the same as 2017 with £10 in the pot from each entry with NAST adding £100 and trophies for Winner and Runner-up on the day. This is open to any motorcycle regardless of number of cylinders. However, points at each event for Twin cylinder entries will be carried to the final where, in addition to trophies and additional cash for that day, there will be an overall Winner, Runner-up trophy and an additional prize fund for TWIN CYLINDER ‘BIKES ONLY of £500 Winner and £250 for the Runner-up (and current NAST member – £10 fee, unless you were a member in 2017 then your membership carries over into 2018). As it is the 25th year for N.A.S.T. the event will now be known for 2018 as the ‘SuperTwins 25th Anniversary Challenge Cup’. NOTE: this is open to ANY motorcycle irrespective of number of cylinders etc. and run as ET Bike (but NO ACU licence required as these are RWYB events). The only thing different from 2017 is that we require a name and ‘bike number, (some details for possible commentary) 10 days before the event – details to Robbie Dobbie email@example.com (does not commit you to appear on the day but it is a condition we have to comply with). Entry Form here As it is a RWYB you are free to use the track at any time but must complete at least one qualifier with NAST before you can run in the eliminations. Dates, 5 May, 22 September, 20 October. Overnight camping available if you pre-book (advisable as limited number available at RWYB) and arrive before 5.00 pm Friday (Note: no facilities available so bring sandwiches!) and as all dates are ‘Saturday Night Specials’ (Gates open 8.00, track open 9.30 – 8.00) camping may be available Saturday but you must have a weekend ticket if staying over.
NOTE: We plan to have eliminations completed by the afternoon, as on a normal race day, so you can make it a one day event.
The present committee were all prepared to stand and this was accepted.
It was decided that of the 6 Championship rounds at Santa Pod, because 2 would be on the weekend of the ‘Redline Rumble’ in August, the best results from 4 would count towards the NAST Championship and Fiona would collate the points. To make this easier any member in 2017 would automatically be entered and no membership fee required for 2018. Any new members this year would be required to join as normal.
It was also decided that the AGM would be brought forward and probably held in September this year.
Due to the cancellation of the ‘SpringNationals’ at SCR May Bank Holiday we have recognised that there is a 2 month break between championship rounds for many ‘bike racers. If there are events at Shakey this year with their permission we will run the ‘SuperTwins Challenge Cup’ there on Saturdays with the opportunity of SCR ‘bike Gamblers on Sunday of race weekends.
However, Santa Pod Raceway have very kindly agreed to us running the ‘SuperTwins Challenge Cup’ this year, at their newly resurfaced venue, during Saturday RWYB events. The format will be the same as 2017 with £10 in the pot from each entry with NAST adding £100 and trophies for Winner and Runner-up on the day. The dates and number of rounds has yet to be agreed but points at each event for Twin cylinder entries will be carried to the final where, in addition to trophies and additional cash for that day, there will be an overall Winner, Runner-up trophy and an additional prize fund for TWIN CYLINDER ‘BIKES ONLY (and current NAST member – £10 fee) of £500 Winner and £250 for the Runner-up.
As it is the 25th year for N.A.S.T. the event will now be known for 2018 as the ‘SuperTwins 25th Anniversary Challenge Cup’.
NOTE: this is open to ANY motorcycle irrespective of number of cylinders etc. and run as ET Bike (but NO ACU licence required as these are RWYB events). The only thing different from 2017 is that we require a name and ‘bike number before the event (does not commit you to appear on the day but it is a condition we have to comply with).
As it is a RWYB you are free to use the track at any time but must complete at least one qualifier with NAST before you can run in the eliminations.
STOP PRESS: Provisional dates, 5 May, 22 September, 20 October. Overnight camping available, details soon. No dates for Shakey but may be news in April.
Following on from the AGM was the prize-giving.
NAST winners were:-
ET Winner – Fiona Moor
ET Runner-Up – Giselle Moor
Gas Winner – Alfie Udall
Gas Runner-Up – Robbie Dobbie
FUBAR – Alfie Udall
Rookie of the year – Duncan Barron
Most improved rider – Giselle Moor
Services to NAST – Jo Clarke
Mint Bike – Mike Nelthorpe
Best Supporting Crew – Jo Clarke
Not good news about the future of our favourite track. It appears that CALA have gone begging to Stratford-on-Avon District Council for money to make the high pressure gas main safe and clear up some of the dodgy substances they have discovered on-site (didn’t affect our barbecues and don’t remember seeing 2-headed sheep!). It will also pay for some of the investment in the road network. Looks like the planning application at the end of May is a rubber stamp exercise and the implication of that, as it stands, is that current access to the strip may be denied as this is ear-marked for a cycle path to the ‘StratfordGreenway’.
We haven’t given up hope of racing at Shakey this year so watch this space and keep everything crossed.
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.
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 Ball – McDonald Racing Ireland Best Newcomer Trophy, get voting here on Eurodragster.
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.
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.
A very cold but sunny day (perfect for Super Penguins!) for the local fundraiser for the 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 on 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.