Bikers recall life in the fast lane in Kirkcaldy

A youngster in the trials display

A youngster in the trials display


Kirkcaldy’s Beveridge Park was transformed at the weekend as hundreds of motorbikes, modern and classical, took over.

The event, organised by Kirkcaldy and District Motorbike Club, was blessed with better weather than organisers expected, and the main complaint from visitors was difficulty in finding space to park.

An estimated 1500 to 2000 bikes converged on the town for the event, parking in the park, at Balwearie High School and the streets around the area, as well as at the Basin car park.

There were around 5000 visitors to the display area, which was laid out as it was in the racing days, recreating the ‘paddock’ atmosphere, and lots of old friends met up again after attending a special film show in the Rugby Club on Saturday night, some after more than 40 years!

Many of the racers who competed at the Park races right up to the final event in 1988 were there to relive the days of the ‘Scottish Road Races,’ some seeing the bikes they once raced on on show in the hands of collectors.

Local man Ron Todd met three friends who had raced his machines over a 30 year period, with his 250cc TD1C Yamaha on show alongside George Simpson’s Adler and Montesa racers. George’s German built Adler, raced at the Park during the 1960s, won the ‘Best European’ Trophy.

Many former riders took the walk around the old circuit and really enjoyed seeing what they missed out on when they were here in their racing days.

Mose Hutchison, an ex sidecar racer, was on the mic all day interviewing the riders and keeping the crowd entertained and encouraging former riders to recall their exploits.

Hugh Ward, KDMC president, said: “What we’re doing with our Sand Racing and the ‘Bikes in the Park’ can only be good for Kirkcaldy and for the Club. People travelled from as far north as Elgin and as far south as Gloucestershire for this event and brought with them some very rare motorcycles such is the fame of the Road Racing at Beveridge Park and the esteem in which our Club is held.

“We have a fantastic band of enthusiasts in these exhibitors and in the traders who came along on the day, and in the club members and supporters who helped run what turned out to be an excellent and very enjoyable show.

“Everyone enjoyed the show, and we’re already being asked what the date is for the next one – and will it be bigger?”

The Dunedin Harley Owners Group scooped three of the 18 trophies on offer, while Kirkcaldy man Ian Watters took the ‘Best Classic British Bike’ award for his AJS.

The oldest bike on show, Steve Crichton’s lovingly restored 1927 Big Port AJS which raced on Kirkcaldy’s sands in its time, was winner of the Willie Templeton Trophy.

Willie was a famous local speedway and grasstrack rider and the Trophy was presented by his daughter Marie.

The oldest competitor Allan Seggie (91) travelled from Blairgowrie to see the show and present a trophy in the trials display by Bob Scott Bikes and the East Neuk Wobblers.




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