Journalist, road tester, Scarborough enthusiast, road racer, all round good guy, Adam ‘Chad’ Child is the next racer to take part in Road Racing News growing in popularity, Oliver’s Mount Top 8 series.
Multi times a race winner, top three finisher at North Yorkshire’s TT, ‘Chad’ who has piloted at the Mount iconic steeds such as the Tsingtao Racing MV Agusta, Ken Irwin Motorcycles Kawasaki, answers to the Scarborough themed set of questions are as follows:
Q1: First memory of Oliver’s Mount?
“First memory of Oliver’s mount? “As misguided teenagers we used to ride our 125 road bikes around the track on a Sunday, pretending to be road racers.
I had a RG125 Suzuki at the time and it would hardly get up the hills. The first time I watched the racing at Scarborough was in September 1996 for the anniversary celebrations.”
Q2: Favourite part about racing at the mount?
“It’s my local track, where I grew up. I always wanted to race it, I love the history and now I’ve played a very small part which makes me proud.
I’ve always enjoyed the simplicity of racing at Scarborough, sleeping in the van, having a few drinks, racing good friends.”
Q3: Favourite section of Scarborough course?
“Everyone says the jumps and yeah they are fun, but they can be scary on a big bike. Slightly odd but I really like turn one, on the first lap with all the elbow bashing.”
Q4: Best moment thus far at Scarborough?
“I’ve won a few B finals, top three on the twin in the lightweight class, but for me my first big race was my highlight.
I was on the grid, all be it at the back, with all my racing heroes. Up front was Archibald and Ryan (Farquhar), Dunlop, Lougher etc, even Guy I think.
And there was me on my very slow GSX-R. I think I finished last in my first year, but I made the final and I couldn’t have been happier.”
Q5: All time Scarborough racing hero?
“Everyone says Joey (Dunlop) I guess. But as a kid we used to cheer on Dean Ashton and DJ (David Jefferies).
Ryan (Farquhar) was always very special too. To be honest anyone who races around there deserves the respect, and the label hero. It’s not an easy track.”
Q6: Is there one machine in particular that you would like to race at Scarborough?
“I rode the Britten in New Zealand, my all-time favourite bike, I’d love to ‘parade’ the Britten around Oliver’s. I’ve never raced a two-stroke around there, hopefully I will one day.”
Q7: One word to describe Oliver’s Mount?
Q8: Most respected racing rival at Scarborough?
“To be honest anyone who steps up and gives it a go. You must dedicate so much time, money, and put your family on hold just to start.
It takes commitment, you can’t just ‘give it a go’. You need a national licence for starters. I respect the guy working all winter, prepping is own bikes and sleeping in his van, just as much as I do the guys at the front.”
Words by Stevie Rial