2014 set to be busy year for motorbike fans

Kirkcaldy Sand Races 2013
Kirkcaldy Sand Races 2013
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This year looks like being a bumper one for motorbike enthusiasts if plans to bring back racing to Kirkcaldy’s Beveridge Park get the go-ahead.

An exciting new event could run in May and would complement the scheduled Sand Races in August which have brought huge crowds of competitors and spectators to the town in the past few years.

Organising group Kirkcaldy and District Motor Club says discussions with Fife Council are looking “very positive”, and it has set aside a provisional date of May 11 for the event, which it hopes to be able to confirm soon.

The club is now looking to speak to anyone with an interest in racing grass or speedway machines to contact them, so they can decide what classes to run at the spectacle, which would recreate some of the excitement which enthralled the town when racing was a huge part of the park events from 1948 until they finally stopped in 1988.

If permitted, it is hoped the park event will feature grass and speedway events, a variety of demonstration events and trade stalls, as well as vintage vehicle displays, owners clubs and individual collectors.

Jake Drummond, secretary, said: “Hopefully we will hear soon if we have got the definite go ahead so we can put the plans into action.

“The works being carried out at the Esplanade, and also the tide times and the poor sand conditions experienced last year mean the races would have to be curtailed.

‘‘So, the park would be ideal.

“The competition for the ‘Ada Bemrose Memorial Trophy’, currently held by Steve Lomas, will be raced for at the grass track races in the park and we hope to see the guys who entertained us last year put in an appearance.

“We need to apply for permits as soon as possible, so we are urging anyone considering taking part to get in touch today at secretary@kdmotorclub.co.uk.”

The club is also planning a social fundraising evening in Kirkcaldy Rugby Club on May 10 and hopes to be able to offer pitches overnight for tents, caravans and motorhomes to allow exhibitors to set up beforehand.

Clubs, inviduals and traders are all invited to take part, be they vintage, veteran, classic or modern, competition or road based, and a programme detailing the history of racing at the park is also being compiled.