Bikes roar back to Beveridge Park

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Kirkcaldy’s second annual Bikes in the Park event by Kirkcaldy and District Motor Club proved a big hit on Sunday, despite dreich weather.

Hundreds of bike enthusiasts from the length and breadth of the UK converged on the site of the former racing circuit to reminisce and recount the glory days of the Scottish Road Races.

Together again, from left Bill Peatman, Mrs Whittaker, Richard Whittaker and Johnny Thompson.

Together again, from left Bill Peatman, Mrs Whittaker, Richard Whittaker and Johnny Thompson.

And some weel-kent faces from those days, including multi Scottish champion Geordie Buchan, a famous figure on the circuit and local man Bill Peatman who raced during the 1950s and 60s, proved an added attraction on the day.

Geordie had an emotional re-union with his former Norton racing bike which he last rode at the Kirkcaldy circuit in 1962 before he retired. The bike was brought up all the way from South Yorkshire by John Tetley, its current owner, while people were keen to take his photograph.

Despite the crowds being less than expected, a great day was had by all who turned up.

The widow of the late Alan Whittaker of Wakefield, who rode many times at Beveridge Park, made the trip with her son Richard to present a trophy in Alan’s memory.

Ronnie Fleming from Cardenden was a winner with his Rudge bike

Ronnie Fleming from Cardenden was a winner with his Rudge bike

Around 100 machines were on show and 18 trophies were presented.

Cardenden man Ronnie Fleming won the Motorcycle Sport Scotland Trophy, presented by editor Derek Stewart-Brown to a rider “who showed the true spirit of motorcycling” by riding his vintage Rudge machine to the event in terrible weather conditions.

Brothers Grant and Fraser Millar travelled down from Crieff with matching BSA sidecars and took home three trophies, and Tom Arnot from Peebles brought along a DMW machine, purchased in the 1950s from Peter Victory’s shop in Kirkcaldy High Street, and collected the Wemyss Firewood Trophy.

Jake Drummond, secretary of the Kirkcaldy and District Motor Club, said: “We were pleased that the event went so well despite the mixed weather.

A youngster admires one of the bikes

A youngster admires one of the bikes

“Many of the visitors who enjoyed ex TT rider Ewan Haldane’s talk in the Rugby Club on Saturday evening stayed over in the town to return to the Sunday show and we’ve been inundated with messages saying how much they enjoyed their weekend.

“The club can build on the success of the event, and given a little more local support - and some better weather - we can make this one of Scotland’s best motorcycle events.”

The Coolbikeshop sponsored raffle bike was won by Robert Conning from Stewarton.

The club thanked Fife Council for the use of the park and equipment; the exhibitors; sponsors Digby Brown and Coolbikeshop, which put up a bike for a raffle; the club and trade supporters; and the Fife Free Press for its support.