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Crowds down but spirits up at Kirkcaldy sand races

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Blustery weather and rumours of no racing due to works on the sea wall meant there were fewer spectators than last year at Saturday’s Kirkcaldy Sand Races.

But the brave 3000 or so who ventured out into the Scottish summer, which in the main stayed dry if very windy, were treated to a whole lot of thrills – and a few spills at the event organised by the Kirkcaldy and District Motor Club.

With some of the country’s top riders competing for five trophies the racing was predictably fierce, particularly as the Scottish Twinshock Club was able to lay out a track to suit bikes big and small.

The oldest racer on the day was 55-year-old Johnny Rutherford who was there both to race and to support his son Ross, five times Scottish Champion and a current top ten British contender.

Ross was pushed hard by Gavin Robertson, an ex Scottish 125cc Champion and current Scottish and British Evo Champion, but water in the works for Gavin put paid to their battle in the Bob Gourlay Memorial Trophy race, sponsored by Bob’s widow Sharon and Alan Duffus Ltd, both long time supporters of the Kirkcaldy Club.

Ross’s win was popular with the knowledgable crowd, as were second and third placed Chris Inglis and Alan Thain.

The Ada Bemrose Memorial Trophy winner Sean Finlay worked hard to keep ahead of James Laurie and Mark Dempsey, and Kirkcaldy companies Mac Tools, CB Auotos and Coolforce were generous in their support of the rider’s prize funds throughout, as were the many club and trade stall holders from as far afield as Muir of Ord; a reflection of the influence the event is having.

The Motor Club members ensured that riders who were unlucky not to make the cut for the ‘big’ races didn’t miss out by presenting trophies to the top three in the last of the competitive classes where current over 50s Champion Davy Pullar beat youngsters Scott Ogilvie and Davy Gibson to the honours in the Jim West Trophy Race, while ex Road Race Champion John Crawford won the Christine Drummond Trophy, heading the field from Mac Tools rider Phil Harrison and fellow Kirkcaldy lad Shaun Robertson.

The JK Swanston Memorial Trophy, in honour of one of the KDMC founding fathers, was presented by JK’s son John and Swanston family members. Last year’s winner James Laurie from Catrine handed the cup to his successor.

At a slower pace, but no less skillful, the Bob Scott Bikes East Neuk Wobblers trials demonstration put on a stunning performance of balance and bravery, with youngsters and their adult mentors balancing their way around a superb man made mini trials section.

Brian Castle, partner in Digby Brown Solicitors, one of the main sponsors of the event, said: “For Digby Brown it’s a pleasure to be be involved in an event which is local to our Kirkcaldy office and is focused on motorcycling, one of our specialisms as a law firm. Even on a blustery day, it was great to see so many people come along.”

Jake Drummond from Kirkcaldy and District Motor Club, added: “It was a really great event thanks to the local businesses which supported us, and we hope it will continue to grow and become an established annual event on the Kirkcaldy calendar.”

 

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