Oliver’s Mount Top 8: Phil Harvey

Oliver’s Mount Top 8: Phil Harvey

Overall Lee Pullen Trophy winner at the 2012 Gold Cup meeting, renowned 250 stalwart Phil Harvey is the next racer to take part in Road Racing News, growing in popularity Oliver’s Mount Top 8 series.

The Goole racer, who’s secured no less than 24 TT replica finishes, answers to the Scarborough themed set of questions are as follows:

Q1: First memory of Oliver’s Mount?

“I have some very early vague memories of going when dad raced, and there’s me been a little pest in Barry Sheene’s camper van and being oblivious to the superstar he was and later.

But my main memory was turning up as a newcomer in a little Van in ’95 with my wife and having to sleep on an air bed in freezing weather, then me being up in the night sick due to the nerves, can’t remember the race though!”

Q2: Favourite part about racing at the mount?

“The fact it’s a fantastic local course were everyone at all levels, is just about racing out the back of a van and in the paddock together, but nowadays I travel to it each day, need my home comforts.”

Q3: Favourite section of Scarborough course?

“I’m terrible at the names around any track, but I enjoy the section as you blast past the monument and pass on the brakes into the blind left, it’s either Loughers or Palmer’s, but definitely that section.”

Q4: Best moment thus far at Scarborough?

“It has to be winning the Lee Pullen trophy in 2012, with Lee’s dad with us that weekend, it was very emotional and a young Faye handing out the trophy, but I should have won that second race, but full wets just gave up on me for another 2nd place behind William Dunlop.”

Q5: All time Scarborough racing hero?

“I just like Barry Sheene”

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

“I’m okay really, I’ve been lucky to run my own 125’s and 250’s, but I just miss the real heyday of the 250’s.”

Q7: One word to describe Oliver’s Mount?


Q8: Most respected racing rival at Scarborough?

“After following him for so many years, his dedication to two strokes it has the be Chris Palmer, as a younger rider back in the day I just wished he would retire so some of us could get a look in!”

Words by Stevie Rial

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