Amongst the leading names set to battle it out for Classic Superbike honours at the 68th Scarborough Gold Cup, include eight times International Road Race winner Lee Johnston.
As at the Barry Sheene Classic, Ashcourt Racing’s Johnston will pilot an exotic, immaculately turned out RC45 Honda within the eight lap yesteryear Superbike encounters.
More known for his exploits on modern day four stroke machinery, Johnston’s ability on steeds from years gone by is also highly prodigious, illustrated by six Classic TT podium finishes and his recent Goodwood Revival success.
Others like the former World Supersport Championship exponent, that are capable of battling for class successes at the weekend include Graham Turnbull Racing’s David Bell.
2017 Barry Sheene Trophy, Bell and his white, red, blue liveried OWO1 Yamaha mount have proven a formidable combination in recent times at Scarborough and it wouldn’t at all be a surprise to 100’s of road racing aficionados if he scoops this week multiple class triumphs.
Added contenders for top calibre results include the versatile Pete Boast, Bradford’s Adrian Harrison, 2016 Senior Manx GP winner Tom Weeden.
Bishop Castle’s Barry Furber, who is set to pilot a Gary Gittins supplied 750 Suzuki, ‘Tommy Club’ member Dan Ingham and welcome roads returnee, Team York Suzuki supported Russ Mountford.
Further depth to the entry is provided by the likes of Whitby’s Kristian Didelot, Brian Clark, 900 Ducati mounted Denzyl Waevill, Michael Bampton and Mistral Racing team mate, Scarborough newcomer Paul Jordan.
Steadily growing in popularity within the real roads scene throughout the past 10 years, the bulky, great sounding, powerful Classic Superbike steeds add something different to the schedule for the 68th Gold Cup meeting, which reminder takes place from the 28th-29th of September.
Words by Stevie Rial