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Oliver’s Mount Top 8: Dave Bedlington

The Oliver’s Mount Top 8 series returns this week, as we gain East Yorkshireman Dave Bedlington’s reflections on competition at England’s only closed roads course.

A top 25, top 10 finisher at the TT Races and Manx Grand Prix, his answers to the hugely popular set of Scarborough themed questions are as follows:

Q1: First memory of Oliver’s Mount?

“Phoning Jack Claxton who’s the secretary to see if I got an entry with my 125 and that would be in around 1960.”

Q2: Favourite part about racing at the mount?

“Going up the hill into the Esses at the top of the hill. Coming down the bottom straight was a bit hairy, it’s always a bit doubtful but going up the hill was the best probably cause it was the slowest part.”

Q3: Favourite section of Scarborough course?

“The Esses”

Q4: Best moment thus far at Scarborough?

“Riding the MV (Agusta) with Ago (Giacomo Agostini).”

Q5: All time Scarborough racing hero?

“Bob McIntyre”

Photo by Mike Yiend

Q6: Is there one machine in particular that you would like to race at Scarborough?

“Well I’ve got the MV (Agusta) which is the ultimate bike but I think Stastny’s Jawa from 1968.”

Q7: One word to describe Oliver’s Mount?


Q8: Most respected racing rival at Scarborough?

“Bob Heath”

Words by Stevie Rial