Motorbikes set to race on Kirkcaldy beach

Racing on Kirkcaldy beach in 1930

Racing on Kirkcaldy beach in 1930

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KIRKCALDY’S main beach will take a step back in time when it is transformed into a temporary racetrack.

The sands between the harbour and the basin car park at the west end will play host to dozens of motorbikes, old and new, for a celebration of 90 years of the Kirkcaldy and District Motor Club on Saturday, August 11.

The event came about following discussions between Hugh Ward, the club’s long-serving president, and Fife Council.

He said: I told them that one of the earliest events the club held was the sand racing along the beach at the Prom during the 1930s.

“The Council offered us the use of the Basin car park, and we looked into the tide times and came up with the best date.”

The sand racing events, which will take place from around 3.00 p.m. will be supplemented by demonstration of MiniMoto in the car park from around noon, as well as trial bike obstacle courses and stalls selling bike equipment.

The races will be divided into three categories – one for modern bikes; a second for classic bikes from the 1950s and 60s and another for speedway or grass track bikes.

“We have restricted it to a total of 36 bikes this time to see how things work, but we are expecting a lot more enthusiasts along on the day to watch the event, and we hope it will bring lots of other people to the town to see what it’s all about,” explained Hugh (63).

“As soon as the tide goes out – around 3 o’clock – we will have to get in quickly and set up the track which will run in an anti-clockwise direction in an oval from the middle of the sands, opposite Lidl’s, and will be about half a mile round.

“We are all looking forward to it, and I can still remember being thehere at the last sand race on the beach in 1972 when I was helping out. It was very exciting and used to attract large crowds.

“If it proves a success then there’s no reason why is can’t become an annual event in Kirkcaldy.”