One of the leading two stroke specialists of his generation, vastly respected ‘Mini TT’ exponent Phil Stead is the next racer to take part in Road Racing News, growing in popularity Oliver’s Mount Top 8 series.
Stead who has outpaced at the Mount stars such as David Jefferies, Ian Lougher and John McGuinness, answers to the Scarborough themed set of questions, are as follows:
Q1: First memory of Oliver’s Mount?
“Going to watch the races, in particular, watching (James) Whitham & (Phillip) McCallen battle it out and Lee Pullen on the 250.”
Q2: Favourite part about racing at the mount?
“Well, I’m a Yorkshireman and it’s in Yorkshire, what more could I ask for?? Plus it’s so unique, no other circuit like it.”
Q3: Favourite section of Scarborough course?
“Has to be into the Cafe/Memorial, although I’ve nearly ended up in the cafe a few times!”
Q4: Best moment thus far at Scarborough?
“Winning the Lee Pullen & Phil Mellor trophy’s, beating McGuinness (John) & Lougher (Ian), all in the same weekend.”
Q5: All time Scarborough racing hero?
“I don’t know if I really have one, everyone that races there is a hero in their own right! I could reel off names of the classics like Lee Pullen but, it’s people like Paul Owen that you really admire.
Paul never gives up, I’ve watched his commitment and support to fellow racers over the years, including myself, his enthusiasm and spirit is so refreshing!”
Q6: Is there one machine in particular that you would like to race at Scarborough?
“My reverse cylinder TZ 250 Yamaha is a hard one to beat, but a ride out on a TZ 250 5KE Yamaha would be interesting!”
Q7: One word to describe Oliver’s Mount?
Q8: Most respected racing rival at Scarborough?
There’s been a few over the years but John McGuinness would have to be the ultimate, we’ve certainly had some fun over the years!”
Words by Stevie Rial