KIRKCALDY beach will be tranformed into a race track next month when the Kirkcaldy Sand Races return to the town for the first time in 41 years.
The annual event was huge in the motor racing calendar from the late 1920s until 1948 when the Kirkcaldy Motor Club started up the Grand Prix event in Beveridge Park, but it did continue in various forms until 1972.
Now the smell of the diesel and the roar of the engines will be heard once more as it is resurrected, after a very successsful demonstration event held on the beach and esplanade area last year, which saw around 6000 people flocking to see the various events.
This year’s event on Saturday, May 18, will have an official opening at 10.00 a.m. and Fife Police will close off the Esplanade for most of the day to allow crowds to move around safely.
There will be minimotos for youngsters aged seven years and over to try on a track around the Basin car park at the west end of the Esplanade, and motor cycle trial obstacle course at the same end, with bikes riding through the burn and up the steep embankment next to the old bus garage.
Fife Kustom Klub, a group of motorbike enthusiasts who have customised their bikes and who regularly do rideouts and organise events for local charities, will also be in attendance at the event to show off their machines.
Members of the group went along to the demonstration event and the Kustom Klub was invited to get on board with the Sand Races.
It has made the race event the venue for its first Custom Show, and there will be ten trophies up for grabs on the day, with riders from all over Scotland expected to attend.
There will also be a display of classic bikes on show and anyone with any old bikes is invited along to take part.
The actual sand racing is expected to start around 1.00 p.m. when the tide goes out, leaving enough sand to mark out the tracks for the motocross, speedway and grass track bikes to compete.
There will also be trade stalls and information stalls from other biking groups in and around Fife.
Jake Drummond, one of the members of Kirkcaldy Motor Club, said: “Last year was a demonstration year and it was such a success that we decided to go for it for real this year with real races.
“We had to test it to prove to the Council that we could organise and run an event like this, which we have done, and we also ran Scottish Championship events at Knockhill for many years.
“Last year we had around 6000 people attending, and that was without a lot of publicity, so hopefully the weather will be kind and we will get a lot more this year.”