Road Racing News Barry Sheene Classic preview series about the first UK roads event of the 2020’s, concludes today with a focus upon the Classic 350, 500, 750 all-comers classes.
Ones to watch on yesteryear 350 machinery will include proven Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough specialist Phil ‘Steady’ Stead.
Stead who’s enjoyed various wins at England’s only closed roads course, machine of choice for the upcoming competition is a great sounding TZ 250 Yamaha.
Joining him in piloting TZ Yamaha steeds include Jamie O’Brien and Scarborough debutants John Hannaford, former Newcomers Lightweight Manx GP winner Chris Moore.
The only non Yamaha mounted racer is the evergreen Bill Swallow (450 Ducati), who makes a welcome to the ‘Mini TT’.
There’s a great mix of yesteryear racing specialists, Oliver’s Mount stalwarts, up coming roads talent all set for 500 Classic race action at Scarborough.
Photo by Mark Corlett
Standout entrants amongst the 17 strong entry include reigning TT Privateers Champion Jamie Coward. A regular contender for Senior Classic TT honours, expect the Hebden Bridge racer to contend strongly for honours with the trusty Ted Woof/Craven Manx Norton.
The versatile Pete Boast, 2015 Lightweight Manx GP winner Mark Purslow, Keith Clarke, David Tetley, yesteryear racing giant Alan Oversby will all be contenders for strong results as will debutants Leon Murphy and the highly respected John Leigh Pemberton.
Whilst the entry for the 750 all-comers class may be small in numbers, it’s still filled with quality.
2018 Junior Classic TT victor Dominic Herbertson, former Davies Motorsport team mate Alan Oversby, Liverpool’s Jamie O’Brien, Neil Lloyd are all entered as is improving Oliver’s Mount exponent Alister Chadwick.
Chadwick who last raced at Scarborough in 2017, recently stated the following about his upcoming return to one of pure road racing’s most iconic courses.
“Since I last raced at Oliver’s mount back in 2017 I took a year away from road racing and concentrated on the ACU 50cc Championship on my Kawasaki AR50.
I came 3rd overall in the Championship. I’d won the ACU road frame championship on the little Kawasaki, went to some different circuits IE 3 sisters, Lydden Hill, Aberdare, Mallory in that championship.
I now have moved over to the classic racing scene and now race a 1972 Honda CB450 and our new bike 1972 CB175. Last year we went to Chimay in Belgium and entered the classic event on the CB450 and the following weekend with the IRRC on our VFR 400.
This coming Barry Sheene we are entering our CB450 and are very much looking forward to be getting back to this iconic circuit.”
Words by Stevie Rial