Motocross demonstrations are running the Lanark Show until midday, and quite a spectacle they are too. The course measures half a mile and there are plenty of vantage points...
We spoke with organiser David Hillis and Richard Winn, press officer of the Scottish Classic Racing Motorcycle Club, who focus on and promote classic scrambling or ‘pre-65’ as it’s often called.
Classic scrambling is currently attracting more devotees and this is mainly because of the prohibitively expensive cost of modern machinery. It’s as much fun as the modern but more affordable, as you can pick up a typical bike for £1,500.
Some specialist kit is required, of course: body belt, heavy duty boots, gloves and body armour, and you’ll notice most riders use a peaked helmet and goggles, so they can dodge mud thrown up from bikes in front. But it is still an affordable and enjoyable sport.
The choice facing new competitors is whether to go for a Seventies two-stroke, which are cheaper to maintain or a British four stroke, the latter having a more forgiving spread of speed, but both are competitive. Bike engines can use methanol – wood alcohol – to gain an immediate 30 per cent power advantage, assuming you have the larger carb which is necessary. It’s also an ‘all-age’ sport, for competitors and machinery.
We watched one of the races over the half-mile course and it’s a visual treat. Commentary from Richard was helpful to the novice. Editor of Classic Dirt Bike Tim Britton managed a couple of laps as a travelling marshall on the Can-Am 250cc competition prize. Act fast if you haven’t seen the demonstrations at Lanark!
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• Trials Demonstrations/riding 9am until 4pm (interval when Trials stage interviews are on)
• Motocross/Scramble 9am until 12 noon
• Paddock Machines Demos 10.30 – 11am
• Stunt show with Kevin Carmichael 11am
• Trials Rider Interviews on stage 11.15 – 11.45
• Fire Service Demonstrations 11.30
• Paddock Machines Demos 12.45 – 1.15pm
• Road Race interviews on stage 1.15pm – 1.45pm
• Stunt show with Kevin Carmichael 1.30pm
• Fire Service Demonstrations 2pm
• Motocross interviews on stage 2.30pm – 3pm
• Stunt show with Kevin Carmichael 3pm
• Paddock Machines Demos 3pm – 3.30pm
• Awards 3.30pm
Show venue is the spacious Lanark Agricultural Centre, Lanark ML11 9AX. It’s a huge indoor and outdoor complex and makes for a relaxed and varied day out. The Show closes at 5pm this afternoon.
Directions to Lanark's Agricultural Centre from M74
At junction 12 of the M74, take the A70 exit to Edinburgh/Ayr, 0.3 miles
At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto A70 heading to Edinburgh/Glasgow/B7078/Lanark/Coalburn
Go through one roundabout, 7.0 miles
Turn left onto Hyndford Rd/A73
Continue to follow A73 Go through one roundabout
Lanark Agricultural Showground will be on the left