Scooters on the Mount 2017 Scarborough hillclimb | SPORT
Approx 70 or so motorcycles of all shapes, sizes and ages were entered into the Oliver’s Mount Race Circuit Hillclimb on Sunday 8th October. Vintage bikes, classic bikes, modern sports bikes and a few supermoto/motocross bikes thrown in for good measure make for a good spectacle!
But those of us with good taste really turned up to cheer on the four Lambretta riders competing. They were all flying the flag and helping to promote the ‘Scooters on the Mount’ side of the hillclimb events.
The competitors race up part of Scarborough’s legendary Oliver’s Mount road race circuit. It is an anticlockwise track, which is very rare in racing. The bit the hillclimb sprint uses, starts in the area normally used for the pits and finishes at the top of the main hill – the highest point on the track.
The riders go up one at a time with a 30 second or so delay, which makes for constant flowing action. The bikes go in category order – classic, then modern and in different capacity limits too.
The Scooter riders were
- No 81: Darryl Ward on his yellow 80’s style cutdown, running a reed valve converted Rapido 225. Best time 63.20.
- No 82: Paul Priestley on his blue cutdown with hybrid auto scooter front end, running an RB250. Best time 61.07.
- No 83: Pete Newbold on his yellow full-bodied (with drops) GP, running another reed valve converted Rapido 225. Best time 58.63.
- No 84: Steve Wright on his Red BSSO group 6 race RB250, which has to be heard at high RPM to be appreciated properly. Best time 54.26.
All four scooters achieved great times and were a good match, if not better, than the equivalent classic motorcycles of similar engine capacity. To put it into context, the best time of the day was taken by an 1164cc Kawasaki ZRX AT 44.09 seconds, Steve Wrights best time was 54.26 and he came 20th out of 78 entries.
When you attend a meeting that is prodominently a motorcycle race event, you will often get one or two snide or childish comments from the bikers about our beloved humble scooters, apparently getting in the way of the “Big Bikes”. But when the commentator says over the tannoy “Wow that red Lambretta has just posted a quicker time up the hill than the Suzuki 600 Bandit, the Ducati 750 and the Honda 900 fireblade that ran before it” well let’s just say the cynics go a bit quiet…
Well done to the scooterists for putting on a superb effort, and congratulations to Steve Wright for winning the trophy for the quickest Lambretta. He told me he was ever so grateful to Darren Scott from Darlington scooter club and DS Conversions fame, for setting up and tweaking his RB250 racer.
So it seems Scotty not only builds and prepares LCGB Production Class Championship winning machines, he can also make a group 6 race bike go up hills fast, all with the right nutters twisting the throttles and squeezing the brakes of course!
Ride safe Slukers
Words, pics and video: Mike Palethorpe & Adam Collier
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