Prepare for the motorcycle chaos in Lancashire

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Get ready for motorcycle action at Leighton Hall
Get ready for motorcycle action at Leighton Hall

After the 2020 hiatus, fans were gearing up for 2021 when news broke that organizer Ian Sherrard, a mainstay of such events for many years, was retiring for health reasons.

Thankfully, Marshals North West secretary Michael Clear, who was Ian’s right-hand man for many seasons, volunteered to take over the reins or rather the handlebars.

One of the most popular and competitive events on the off-road motorcycle calendar, the track follows 268m of hilly climb, including an exciting 60-degree turn just 50m from the start line, a tough challenge. for runners speeding up to 100 miles per hour.

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Describing himself as a ‘new kid on the block’, Michael actually brings many years of experience to his job! This non-profit organization is run and managed by volunteers and raises funds through events like this for the North West Air Ambulance and North West Blood Bikes (among others).

Visitors can expect to enjoy a full day of action, including around 150 competitive sprints, as well as practice runs and races. The event is open to all bikes, including modern, classic, vintage, retro, 3 wheel, super bikes – even mopeds, if you’re feeling really lucky!

The invitation to “race with what you bring, provided there is a MOT! can see avid bikers bringing weird and wonderful machines, especially with reduced fees for multiple entries. This category offers some great amateur close-up photo opportunities, although with winning times of just under 10 seconds it’s worth being quick on the shutter!

There’s something for the whole family at the event, as tickets include entry to the acres of Leighton Hall grounds, beautiful gardens and, of course, welcome tea rooms. While gas lovers and restaurateurs browse the automobilia for sale, kids can let off steam by running around the playgrounds, Woodland Walk and Tree Face Trail.

The event opens at 9:30 a.m., with practice in the morning before the races start at 1 p.m. Advance tickets can be purchased online, £ 10 for adults including an events program, and free for those under 16 accompanied by a paying adult.

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