Another racer who epitomises the term ‘Scarborough Racing Stalwart’, prominent 350 machinery exponent Ray Hutchison is the next racer to take part in Road Racing News growing in popularity, Oliver’s Mount Top 8 series.
Over three decades a competitor at North Yorkshire’s very own ‘Mini TT’, his answers to the Scarborough themed set of questions are as follows:
Q1: First memory of Oliver’s Mount?
“The first time I remember being here was watching in 1977, think Sheene (Barry) was racing then.”
Q2: Favourite part about racing at the mount?
“My favourite part about it was the fact that it was a roads circuit, a narrow circuit, cause I like road and street circuits the best.”
Q3: Favourite section of Scarborough course?
“The favourite section that I raced on, was the part coming through just before the start finish, which they’ve changed now, but that used to be my favourite part flat in top gear through the start-finish.”
Q4: Best moment thus far at Scarborough?
“I did win a race in the 80’s on a 350. I raced all types of bikes, but I raced 350’s the most around here.”
Q5: All time Scarborough racing hero?
“Well there was so many people good around here, anyone really who’d come here and race and challenge the circuit. I respect everyone who comes here.”
Photo courtesy of Ray Hutchison
Q6: Is there one machine in particular that you would like to race at Scarborough?
“I’d like to get on a 350 again, say for a parade lap or something. I like the 350 TZ Yamaha, it was good fun around here.”
Q7: One word to describe Oliver’s Mount?
“Hard-work, two words!”
Q8: Most respected racing rival at Scarborough?
“Anybody really, who would ride around here. Anyone who’d keep coming back to this circuit, I respect them.”
Words by Stevie Rial