• BikeBanner


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

Download (DOCX, 12KB)

Download (DOCX, 14KB)

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.
Formerly the British School of Osteopathy, the University College of Osteopathy has been a leading provider of osteopathic education, research and healthcare for over 100 years.
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.
To find out more about the UCO, including our undergraduate, postgraduate and CPD programmes, visit www.uco.ac.uk.
The University College of Osteopathy Clinic is the UCO’s teaching clinic, and provides high-quality, affordable osteopathic healthcare to the local community and beyond. The largest of its kind in Europe, it delivers nearly 40,000 appointments each year through its general clinic and award winning specialist and community clinics, with the majority of treatment heavily subsidised or delivered free of charge.
To find out more about the UCO Clinic or to make an appointment visit www.clinic.uco.ac.uk.
The University College of Osteopathy is an Exempt Charity under the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).
Registered in England & Wales. Company Number 146343.

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.

APIRA, SCR, NAST Trophy Night


Avon Park International Racing Association, Shakespeare County Raceway and the National Association of Supertwins [NAST] are pleased to announce details of their combined Championship Trophy Presentation Evening to be held on Saturday 3rd March 2018 in the Avon Room of the Hilton Warwick, Stratford Road, Warwick CV34 6RE located on Junction 15 of the M40.

The evening will commence at 6:00 pm with pre dinner drinks at the bar followed by a full sit down dinner which will be served at 7:00 pm. The Championship presentation begins at 8:30 pm. There will be a disco till late provided by Kenny’s Bar resident DJ Jamie, and making the presentations will be track announcer Shaun Wilson and Angie Woods. There will be the usual raffle as well during the course of the evening.

Tickets will be £25 per adult and £15 for under-twelves which includes a three-course sit-down meal finished with tea and coffee. A vegetarian option will be available on request but please tick the box on the booking form. Children’s meal will be Creamy Tomato Soup, Chicken nuggets chips and beans followed by Chocolate torte with Irish cream sauce. If you wish to book a complete table for your team or group then please indicate this on the form. Tables seat a maximum of ten.

APIRA have negotiated a preferential rate for rooms in the hotel. These are priced at £90 for a double or £80 for a single. All rates are inclusive of breakfast, car parking and VAT. To book your room please call the reservations team on 08008 568000 or visit the website at www.hilton.com/warwick quoting reference code ASRAS. Cut off point for bedrooms on the special rate is twenty eight days prior to arrival.

You can download your booking form (PDF format) from the Downloads page of the Shakespeare County Raceway web site https://www.shakespearecountyraceway.co.uk/docs/2018_APIRA_SCR_Pres_Booking_Form.pdf

Halloween Gamblers – Chairman’s Report



Pumpkin We arrived about 1pm Friday to an already busy pits. Robbie arrived mid-afternoon and by the time we had set up the signing on for the Halloween Gamblers, lit the Pumpkins we already had enough entries to run the event on Saturday. Saturday morning was busy in the pits with many late arrivals having to pit on the remaining grass areas. With scrutineering passed and a few late entries signing on for the Gamblers 11am arrived in a blur. I would just like to apologise to the 3 racers who wanted to enter but didn’t realise the cut off time was 11am. We will endeavour to make the details clearer for future events. There was a great spread of bikes considering the relatively short turnaround time. With entries from Comp Bike, 8.50, 9.50, ET bike (as you would expect) along with Road and RWYB’ers and even a Twist n go. With terminal speeds ranging from 75mph to 175mph, it was going to be an exciting days racing.

Riders and Machines

ETB130 20171028_094717 Pete Harrison  Ducati ST2  





ETB33 Dave Smart Suzuki SV1000S    




ETB125 Robbie Dobbie Honda VTR1000 SP1  




398  Pete Austin  Kawasaki ZZR1400  




SB1 Richard Sawatski  Suzuki Hayabusa GSXR1300  




ETB421 Paul Adams Suzuki GSXR1000  




ETB59 Leo Lester  Yamaha YZF1000R1  





71 Joe Elliott Italjet Dragster 180  




ETB521 Chris Mott  Harley Davidson FXDX 88ci  




ETB17 Fiona Moor Yamaha TRX850  




SC491  Louis Davies  Yamaha FJ1200  






CB2 Mick Winyard  Suzuki Hayabusa GSX1300R Turbo  





ETB117 Duncan Barron Kawasaki ZX9R  





SB2  Brett Cordelle  Suzuki Hayabusa GXR1300  





ETB11 Phil ‘King’ Cordelle  Suzuki TL1000R  




B17 Dave Baugham Suzuki Katana 1400 Turbo  





B14 Vern Rottum  Kawasaki ZRX1100

Round One Qualification

Paul Adams, Smelliott and Pete Harrison (all ETB riders) are right on their dial in’s straight out of the van. Dave “The Hat” has a real nightmare, snapping the chain and causing damage to the engine casings and clutch push rod, looking like he is the first to withdraw.

Order for Qualifying 1st Round

Psn         Entry                   Rider                       Dial-in                  ET                  Speed              Ov/Un

1             421               P. Adams                   9.80                    9.84              147.66                    0.04581

2             71               J. Elliott                    14.63                 14.68              83.83              0.05578

3             130               P. Harrison                10.99                 11.04              122.58            0.05926

4              17                F. Moor                     11.60                  11.74            117.99            0.14572

5          521                 C. Mott                    13.31                13.48             103.13           0.17844

6        SC491                L. Davies                        9.40                    9.63            136.78             0.23133

7        SB2                  B. Cordelle                  9.38                    9.65              145.50            0.27302

8       398                  P. Austin                      9.60                    9.98            144.36            0.38074

9          SB1                 R, Sawatski                9.45                10.08              143.38           0.63061

10          59                  L. Lester                       9.20                    9.86              146.91          0.66582

11        CB2                   M. Winyard                  8.51                    9.46              172.01              0.95946

12          11                    P. Cordelle                 10.88                   12.62             107.60             1.74110

13         117                   D. Barron                   11.00                  14.26              126.68              3.26543

14           33                   D. Smart                      9.28                   49.97                  0.00            40.69578

15         125                   R. Dobbie                   10.10                  10.08              135.60           – 0.01372

16         B17                  D. Baugham                9.90                     9.75              145.15           – 0.14107

Just after the first round they had a major incident on the track, a car had crashed into one guard rail and bounced into the opposite rail causing substantial damage and it looks like that’s end of play for the day. Sometime later Jerry announces that the rails have been repaired and racing will resume at 3.30pm. Big Thank you to all Track Crew, Staff and racers that were involved with getting the track up and running again you are all Stars.

Round 2 Qualifications

Chris Mott has retired as he was only trackside for the day and the competition is going to run into Sunday. Vern Rottum on the Kawasaki ZRX1100 is in as a replacement allowing us to retain a 16 bike field, Leo Lester (The Sunday Specialist) has decided to sit it out until morning. Dave “The Hat” has managed to purchase a new chain (thanks to Pete, Black Dragon Motorcycles) and repair the other damage (thanks to Whizz and Nigel). So it’s 15 bikes out for the second run with a stunning run from Vern Rottum going straight into number 1 slot with 11.408 on an 11.40 dial-in, Dave Baugham on the Katana 1400 Turbo smokes up the top end of the track not to be seen again.

Order for Qualifying Round 2                

Psn          Entry                Rider                   Dial-in                  ET                     Speed                           Ov/Un

1               B14                V. Rottum             11.40                11.408               125.19                          0.008

2               421                P. Adams                 9.80                  9.845                    147.66                            0.045

3                  71                 J. Elliott                 14.64               14.685                     83.83                            0.055

4              130                P. Harrison            10.99               11.049                   122.58                           0.059

5              CB2                 M. Winyard            8.51                  8.590                156.22                           0.080

6                17                  F. Moor                 11.60                11.745                  117.99                           0.145

7           SC491              L. Davies                9.40                  9.631               136.78                          0.231

8              SB2                 B. Cordelle              9.30                  9.569               146.16                           0.269

9              125                 R. Dobbie              10.05                10.349               137.64                          0.299

10           398                  P. Austin                  9.60                  9.980               144.36                          0.380

11             33                  D. Smart                  9.28                  9.709               145.40                          0.429

12           SB1                  R. Sawatski             9.45                 10.080              143.38                          0.630

13            59                    L. Lester                9.20                   9.865              146.91                         0.66514

14            11                    P. Cordelle            10.88                12.621              107.60                           1.741

15           B17                D. Baugham            9.70                11.507                 89.56                          1.807

16           117                  D. Barron               11.00                14.265                 126.68                          3.265

  Round 3 Qualifications

It was decided to get a 3rd round in before the end of the day, unfortunately not everyone made it back out on track due to prep. for the nights festivities. 12 bikes made it and Vern’s top spot was short lived as Joe Elliott on the Italjet went up against Pete Harrison on the ST2, amazingly close race with Joe going 14.644 on a 14.64 dial-in and Pete going 10.997 on a 10.99.

Order for Qualifying Round 3

Psn            Entry                 Rider                   Dial-in                ET                        Speed                        Ov/Un

1                    71                J. Elliott                 14.64                  14.664                  83.71                          0.004

2                 130                 P. Harrison           10.99                  10.997                 121.71                         0.007

3                 B14                 V. Rottum            11.40                  11.408                 125.19                         0.008

4                421                  P. Adams              9.80                    9.845                  147.66                         0.045

5                 CB2                 M. Winyard           8.51                    8.576                  168.44                        0.066

6                 SB1                 R. Sawatski            9.35                    9.456                  146.43                         0.106

7                   17                  F. Moor                11.60                   11.74                   117.99                         0.145

8                   33                  D. Smart                 9.40                   9.627                   145.13                        0.227

9           SC491                   L. Davies                9.40                   9.631                   136.78                        0.231

10              398                   P. Austin                9.50                   9.763                  146.15                         0.263

11            SB1                  B. Cordelle             9.30                   9.569                  146.16                        0.269

12           125                    R. Dobbie             10.05                10.34                  137.64                      0.299

13              59                    L. Lester                   9.20                  9.865                  146.91                        0.665

14            11                    P .Cordelle            10.88                11.556                  116.53                        0.676

15            B17                     D Baugham            9.70                 11.507                   89.56                         1.807

16            117                     D .Barron               11.00                14.265                 126.68                        3.265

The track closes at 5.30pm in order to get ready for the Halloween celebrations which included flaming burnouts followed by a massive bonfire and fireworks display, kid’s fancy dress, pumpkin competition and adult!!!! Fancy dress, another cracking night in Kenny’s Bar.

Sunday Round 4 Qualifications

Up and out early for a 4th and final qualifier, both Cordelle boys sit this one out as they have another toy to play with. Louis Davies goes up to 4th and Leo Lester goes up to 7th position.

Order for Qualifying Round 4                        

Psn            Entry                 Rider                   Dial-in                 ET                        Speed                        Ov/Un

1                  71                J. Elliott                 14.64                  14.664                  83.71                          0.004

2                 130                 P. Harrison           10.99                  10.997                 121.71                        0.007

3                 B14                 V. Rottum            11.40                  11.408                 125.19                         0.008

4             SC491                  L. Davies                9.28                    9.323                   136.86                        0.043

5                 421                 P.Adams                9.80                    9.845                  147.66                         0.045

6                CB2                 M. Winyard           8.51                     8.576                168.44                        0.066

7                  59                  L. Lester                 9.50                     9.590                  142.01                        0.090            

8                 SB1                 R. Sawatski          9.35                     9.456                  146.43                        0.106

9                 398                 P. Austin               9.60                     9.712                  143.49                        0.112

10                 17                  F. Moor               11.60                   11.74                   117.99                        0.145

11                 33                  D. Smart                9.40                    9.627                  145.13                        0.227

12            SB1                   B. Cordelle            9.30                   9.569                  146.16                         0.269

13             125                    R. Dobbie             10.05                  10.34                 137.64                        0.299

14               11                    P .Cordelle           10.88                11.556                 116.53                         0.676

15            B17                     D Baugham           9.70                 11.507                  89.56                         1.807

16            117                     D .Barron              11.00                14.265                 126.68                        3.265

It had been one of those weekends where the track has been really busy and due to the rumours that this was to be the last meeting at Shakey, everyone wants one last go. With all the oil downs the track crew and staff have been excellent and kept it running time after time (Well done guys & gals thanks so much).

1st round Elims.

First up is “The Hat” on his SV1000s against Vern on his ZRX1100, “The Hats” 0.441 light against Vern’s 0.162 should have given the Kawasaki an easy win but it breaks the transmission so the win goes to the Suzuki. Next up 5 time 9.50 bike national champion Rik Sawatski on the Busa against Duncan on the ZXR900, Duncan has form for pulling a cherry but to everyone’s surprise he goes green but the experience of the 5 time champ comes through and Rik takes the win. Fiona on the TRX850 verses Pete on the Ducati. A really good race this one with Fiona’s 0.174 reaction to Pete’s 0.103, Fiona goes 11.760 on 11.70 dial-in to take Pete out. Then it’s the only man in the pits that can make a scooter look BIG!! Joe Elliott on the 180cc Italjet takes on Pete Austin on the 1400cc Kwack (Thanks again for the donation to the prize pot Pete). Pete is old, cold, and tired by this time as he was up Dad dancing late into the night and his reaction really showed it, 0.519 to the little man’s 0.167. An easy win for Joe even managing to shut off the mighty 180cc scooter at the end. Anyone who knows Joe knows he has quick scooters but out of the 5 that raced there was only 1 slower than his. Pull your finger out Joe Elliott!! The slick and bar Honda SP1 of Robbie up against Paul Adams on his GSXR1000 Suzuki, Robbie pulls a zero light 0.081 against Paul’s 0.156 but Robbie shuts off too early allowing Paul back in running 9.615 on 9.60 dial-in to Robbie’s 10.434 on 10.25. Paul goes through to the next round. Leo Lester on the R1 gets a bye due to Dave Baugham’s no show. Brett Cordelle on his Busa to take on the FJ1200 slick & bar of Louis Davies, not much in the reactions Brett 0.183 to Louis 0.219 but Brett is off the dial-in and runs 9.706 on 9.45. Louis shuts off early to go through 9.487 on 9.32 dial-in. The turbo Busa of multiple ACU 8.50 bike champion (amongst a lot of other things usually on his GSXR1100 turbo) Mick is up against Phil “King “ Cordelle. Mick who is a great racer takes the win on a big shut off going 8.941 at 125.93mph on 8.51 dial-in, the “king” will not be taking the trophy this time.

Psn                 Rider                       Dial-in              R/T                     ET                            Speed

1                  J. Smelliott                 14.95              0.167               15.199                         78.61            W

9                  P. Austin                       9.70              0.519                 9.931                        142.86


5                  P. Adams                      9.60              0.156               9.615                        142.42            W

13                R. Dobbie                  10.25               0.081             10.434                        120.52


3                  V. Rottum                11.30              0.162                 16.144                        47.75

11                D. Smart                     9.90               0.441                11.945                         66.43            W


7                 L. Lester                       9.40               0.129              10.141                       110.21              W

15              D. Baugham               No Show


10               F. Moor                        11.70             0.174                 11.760                      114.27              W

  2                P. Harrison                   10.99             0.103                 11.151                      117.43


6               M. Winyard                     8.51             0.336                    8.941                        125.93            W

14             P.Cordelle                     10.88            0.254                  11.855                        110.42


4              L. Davies                          9.32            0.219                   9.487                          117.69               W

12            B. Cordelle                       9.45            0.183                   9.706                          133.52


8              R. Sawatski                       9.50            0.203                  10.035                        122.56                W

16            D. Barron                        10.50            0.395                  10.863                        131.91

Round 2 Elims.

Joe on the Little but Quick dragster has 0.072 light against Paul’s 0.818 reaction but the Italjet twist & go is little but “too” quick breaking out to see Paul through to the semi’s on the GSXR. Good mates Leo and Dave are next up, 0.067 for “The Hat” against Leo’s 0.37 should have made it an easy win but was real close. “The hat” shut off to 109.68mph and Leo shot past at 140.57mph, Dave goes through by 0.05 into the semis. Fiona on the Yam is up against Mick on the Busa, unlucky for Fiona she goes -0.01 cherry (maybe the TRX thought Duncan was on-board)? The Busa breaks out but is through. Louis on the FJ1200 against the 9.50 champ Rik, a really close race with Louis’ slightly better reaction of 0.196 to Rik’s 0.223. Looks like Rik shut off a bit but Louis was bang on, great ride Louis.

Psn              Rider                       Dial-in              R/T                     ET                            Speed

1                Smelliott                   15.13             0.072                15.060                       78.73

5                P. Adams                    9.60              0.818                  9.959                       146.82           W

11              Hat                               9.60              0.067                9.997                       109.68           W

7                 L. Lester                      9.60             0.372                   9.741                       140.57


10              F. Moor                     11.70          – 0.010                    11.73                       112.93

6                M. Winyard                8.51             0.192                    8.42                         174.63           W


4                 L. Davies                    9.32             0.196                    9.324                       138.70           W

8                 R. Sawatski               9.50             0.223                      9.53                         131.78

  Semi Finals Dave Smart’s SV1000 verses GSXR1000 of Paul Adams, Dave has 0.02 reaction and runs 9.59 on 9.60 dial-in but he goes through as Paul runs – 0.22 cherry somehow “The Hat” makes it to the final after all the hassle of the chain breaking on the Saturday. Mick on the Turbo Busa verses Louis’ FJ1200 slick & bar, Mick’s bike wheel spins most of the track going 9.42 @ 176.43mph on 8.47 dial-in to give Louis an easy win to the final.

Psn              Rider                       Dial-in              R/T                     ET                          Speed

11          Not so Smart                 9.60              0.020                 9.594                       142.68          W

5            P. Adams                        9.60            – 0.226                 9.708                      146.10


6            M. Winyard                   8.47               0.115                 9.426                       176.43

4             L. Davies                       9.30               0.195                  9.413                      117.88         W


Considering the National Association Supertwins Halloween Gamblers was scheduled to run on the Saturday and it was now getting dark on Sunday we were very pleased to run the final. There was not much between their dial-ins with Dave on 9.60 to Louis 9.30 and Dave’s 0.92 to louis 0.11 reaction but “The Hats” luck had run out, the bike would not change out of first ( wire came off the shift button). So Louis cruised home for the victory. Congratulations to the winner Louis Davies on his Yamaha FJ1200 and to runner up Dave Smart on his Suzuki SV1000s. IMG-20171030-WA0005IMG-20171030-WA0004    






Thanks again to all at Shakespeare County Raceway without you great people this would never have happened, we would also like to thank Robbie and Jo for your hard work.

Well not only is it the end of the meeting, the end of the season but possibly the end of the track. Thanks to Jerry Cookson for doing our presentations, donating extra trophies and goody bags and letting us run the events. If that is it for the track then I for one will really miss it as I’m sure will a lot of other racers. If it is to open next year then roll on next season as we National Association Supertwins will be there to support any meetings that are run. If not then it will be one of the saddest days in sportsman racing, it’s been a privilege to race at Shakespeare County Raceway.  

Chairman Capture2

Not to be missed – Halloween at SCR


The National Association of SuperTwins will be holding a Gamblers meeting at Shakespeare County Raceway on Saturday 28th October 2017.boo-halloween

Open to anything on two wheels, £10 to enter but must be able to turn the bike around in half an hour. It’s to be run over a day (Saturday) unless the weather decides otherwise then we will endeavour to finish on Sunday.

The prize money will be split 60/40 to the winner/runner-up.

The Supertwins will be supplying the trophies.

Mr Pete Austin will kindly be donating £100 to the prize fund to which we, the SuperTwins will double, so the starting prize fund will be £300.

Not forgetting flame burnouts at 6.00 and Shakey’s Bonfire lit at 7.00 and fireworks before the fancy dress competitions in Kenny’s Bar for both adults and children.

Let’s hope for a 16 bike field or more! Don’t forget your pumpkins!

Also SCR Bracket Gamblers on Sunday if NAST concluded on Saturday.


Gambler entry forms available at NAST caravan or download here https://www.shakespearecountyraceway.co.uk/docs/2017_SCR_Bracket_Race_Sign_Up_Form.pdf.

Return forms with £10 to Jo or Robbie on Saturday (NOT race control).