Oliver’s Mount poised for thrilling Sheene festival

Barry Sheene Road Race Festival''Picture by Neil Silk  1126120a'03/07/11
Barry Sheene Road Race Festival''Picture by Neil Silk 1126120a'03/07/11

THE annual Barry Sheene Classic Festival has been scheduled at take place at Scarborough’s Oliver’s Mount later this month.

A whole host of action will be available for spectators, with the event running from Saturday June 16, to its climax on Sunday June 24.

The festival kicks off in rocking style with a music event in the Bikers’ Village on Oliver’s Mount over the weekend of June 16 and 17. Admission to this is by ticket only.

It is swiftly followed on Monday June 18 by a run-out of the bikes in the Bikers’ Village from 10am, then on Tuesday the action moves to Dalby Forest for a hill climb.

Wednesday sees the bikers return to Oliver’s Mount for a speed hill climb and a sprint follows at the Scarborough venue to following day.

Friday is a free day, before the main events take place over the weekend, with a classic gathering of bikes along Scarborough’s Seafront and a full day of action on Sunday.

The likes of Mick Grant and Steve Parrish will lead the way in Sunday’s classic parades, while regular Mount winner Ryan Farquhar will be planning more honours on the classic and modern machines.

The classic sidecar entry will be topped by Eddy Wright and Ian Bell, who are both vistors to Oliver’s Mount on regular occasions.

Farquhar hit fine form in the sun last year as he bagged four victories on a mixture of modern and classic bikes.

He sparked a thrilling rivalry with Keith Pringle and John McFarlane.

This is one of a number of events that take place each year at Oliver’s Mount.

It follows on from a busy April, which was capped by the Ian Watson National Spring Cup.

After the Sheene festival, there is still plenty of top action to come.

The Cock o’ the North Continental Road Races are scheduled to take place towards the end of July, followed by the Oliver’s Mount Hill Climb, which is held in August.

A great season of biking action is then concluded in mid-September by the Steve Henshaw International Gold Cup, which always attracts some top quality competitors to the Mount .