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The Story Behind The Picture – Bruce Anstey, 2014 Scarborough Gold Cup

When you think of Bruce Anstey’s greatest racing achievements, you automatically relate to the TT Races, North West 200, Ulster Grand Prix, Classic TT Races.

It’s easy to forget though that the legendary New Zealander, has also shown accomplished, top class form over the years at England’s only closed roads course, Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough.

Before the 2014 Gold Cup meeting, I had the opportunity to ask the genial Anstey a few questions, one of which was whether he was Scarborough bound in September.

He stated he would be making the trip to Scarborough, competing for long term suitors Padgetts Racing, who in 2014 had acquired title sponsorship from Valvoline.

Although outpaced by Ivan Lintin, Lee Johnston and Padgetts team mate John McGuinness, he still recorded a very creditable run of top six finishes, which included a more than respectable fourth within the blue riband Steve Henshaw International Gold Cup.

I’ve got to mention as well that Anstey’s PB lap time from the 2014 Gold Cup, was sub 1 minute 48 seconds, 1 minute 47.509 seconds.

Words by Stevie Rial