Kirkcaldy's Sand Races back in the 1930s
Kirkcaldy's Sand Races back in the 1930s

THE organisers of the first Kirkcaldy Sand Races in over 70 years have been overwhelmed by the support from the town.

The Sand Racing event on Saturday, May 18 is getting a lot of interest from potential backers with local companies showing their faith in the venture by offering sponsorship.

And those taking part are pulling out all the stops to ensure an eye-popping display of motor power – both old and new.

Organisers, Kirkcaldy & District Motor Club, are also tapping into the event’s rich history.

It will dedicate the ‘JK Swanston Memorial Trophy’ to the best sporting performance at the event. This was originally a County Motors Trophy from the 1930s and bears the famous Kirkcaldy racer’s name as winner.

Named in memory of Dr James nKelly Swanston, the Kirkcaldy GP and founding member of the club who died recently aged 104, his son, John, will travel from his home in England to present it - and the club hopes to have the Velocette motorcycle JK used to win the trophy at the event.


Other links with the event heritage include a trophy donated by the widow of the late Bob Gourlay from Freuchie, well known to many riders in the area, and who has sons racing on the day.

It will be presented in the invitation race.

The Scottish Classic Motorcycle Racing Club is also attending to add to the numerous stands on the Promenade, and it hopes to bring along Brian Richard’s Gilera 500cc four-cylinder machine, a replica of the bike ‘The Flying Scot’ Bob McIntyre raced to the first 100 mph lap of the Isle of Man TT.

Dial A Tow and CB Autos will sponsor the Twinshock class riders and put up trophies to promote the class for which riders are restoring and racing some rare and quite valuable machinery.

Kirkcaldy Kawasaki is sponsoring the 250cc Motocross class, Pro-Scot the Open Motocross class, and the club hopes to find a sponsor for the Speedway riders class.

A representative of the famous Edinburgh Monarchs has expressed an interest in getting some of its riders involved.


The trophies and prize money will encourage riders to have their entries in early as numbers will be limited.

East Neuk Wobblers will be organising the trail at the Teil Burn end of the Promenade and riders from there and the Dunfermline Club will be showing off their skills, with some Scottish Championship riders promising to ride with the novices.

Kirkcaldy company Kartstart has agreed to bring along a MiniMoto demonstration again following its huge success last August.