EVENTS

HORSES FOR COURSES – THE AINTREE SPRINT

JOHN NEWMAN PAID A VISIT TO THE MOTORCYCLE SPRINT EVENT AT AINTREE


It was quite strange turning into the the famous Aintree race course for a motorcycle event. You are straight away confronted with the array of grandstands, bars and restaurants – the Queen Mother Stand and County Champagne Bar to name but two - which are thronged with horse race goers for the Grand National.

There was a Grand Prix race circuit here at one time, built in 1954. In the early sixties they ran world championship GP races, and the drivers included Stirling Moss, Jack Brabham and Tony Brooks. A 1957 Grand Prix attracted 150,000 spectators.

There's still a small circuit here, and the Aintree Motorcycle Racing Club run a five race series over the summer, keeping the motor racing memory active. But on a Sunday in early August it was an entry of enthusiastic motorcycle sprinters that claimed the quarter mile of tarmac in front of Aintree's main grandstand as their own. The Mersey air was filled with a glorious diversity of bike engine sounds, from 1940's Velocettes and Ariels through to a Ducati Streetfighter, a Triumph Speed Triple and an array of supersport machinery such as CBR 600's and R6's. Mustn’t forget the sidecars too.

The Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club had laid on a display in the Irish Bar and Betting Hall. Not just Japanese bikes; a few British and Italian examples too.

We hope you enjoy our picture story of the days racing and paddock activity:

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179cc ProSprinter

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200cc and 50cc Suzukis

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AJS rear end with a hat on (looks a bit like Uncle Bulgaria)

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1924 AJS with picnic basket
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1929 Matchless
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1947 BSA B31 and 1938 Velocette MOV being kicked

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1948 Triumph Thunderbird 650
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Triumph Thunderbird Flat Track Style

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1965 BSA
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1972 Norton Commando

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1972 Westlake 900 - Rare
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1979RD Yamaha Sprint Trim

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Ducati Streetfighter
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Beezer Geezers

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Bikes in the bar
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BRA kit car with Honda CX5000 engine

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Finishing line
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Greeves Frame, Villiers engine

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Harley V Rod
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More V rod


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Honda RC163 replica

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Thunderbirds Are Go!

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Yes it did run!



John Newman

for Wemoto News
Posted by John Newman
for Wemoto News on 08 August 2013 in Events

Edited By: Lucy England

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