Well the weekend for the Spring Cup has gone, and I have to say I enjoyed every minute of it! This was to be my first visit to Scarborough and to the Oliver’s Mount circuit for some road racing. I’d booked the tickets and accommodation during early March and have been looking forward to it ever since.
As Friday morning arrived it was such a lovely start to the day I decided I’d get a train 2 hours earlier than I’d planned, so I could have some extra time in Scarborough. I headed into Brum and caught the 09.03 train to York, unfortunately it was comprised of a voyager, and while I may have rose tinted specs, I think they’re worse to travel in than the almost 40 year old Inter City 125 trains (HST) they replaced. Not only do they have half the number of coaches, but there’s nowhere to store any reasonable sized luggage and the constant noise from the under floor engine makes travelling on a HST a luxury in comparison. As I was sat in a coach without a toilet, I don’t know if they’ve finally cured that sewage smell often associated with the voyagers. Heading up through Derby, Chesterfield, then up to Leeds and finally over to York and a change of trains, a connection of 10 mins onto the Transpennine Express service to Scarborough. With the great weather, and the kids being off school the 3 car unit was full and standing leaving York, fortunately the journey isn’t too long. On arrival at Scarborough, the sun was shining, it was a little windy but a lovely day for sure. As I was earlier than planned I decided to head down to the front before heading over to guest house.
After some vitamin D and some chips on the front I headed over to the guest house I’d be staying at for the next few days. The Airedale Guest house is located in an attractive square, with a large garden area in the middle of the row of houses either side. I headed over and was greeted by the owner and two small dogs wagging their tails and demanding some fuss. A really nice welcome. I was shown to my single room, and found it just right, even more amazing for the price of the 3 night stay. The bed was comfy with crisp clean linen, tea/coffee making facilities a TV and a sink for a wash. The bathroom and toilet were separate for the single room, but you do have exclusive use of it. I popped out to some nearby pubs on the evening, a really nice friendly atmosphere in both of them before heading back to the guest house. Saturday Morning came, and with sun streaming through the windows I had a few cups of tea (as I’m powered by it) before heading down to breakfast. The owner was there along with some other guests, a cheery good morning, then a full English breakfast, a great start to the day and considering the room price fantastic value for money too. As the other guests headed off I finished my breakfast and was chatting with the owner for a while, again have to say how homely it is and a really nice atmosphere. After breakfast I got my things together and headed in towards town, got some cash, and eneded up back by the railway station, from there I got a taxi up to the bikers Village at the top of the circuit. The taxi driver was a really friendly chap, who gave me his card, (and became my Scarborough chauffeur for the next few days) Though it was quite windy, I had been warned in advance to bring a clothing option for very type of weather, and when in the sunshine it was quite warm. I headed through the gate and picked up a programme before heading into the bikers village.
The biker village was comprised of food and drink stalls, Clinton Enterprises, with clothing, stalls with bike parts and a few charity stands. Prices were reasonable and a good variety of food on offer too. One of the stalls was for the Joey Dunlop Foundation whose aim has always been to create specialist accommodation that will open up the Isle of Man to visitors with disability. They were selling raffle tickets for £1 each for a chance of winning a Valvoline Honda 600 Bruce Anstey replica (pic below), A cracking prize, and even if I don’t win its money going to a damn good cause so a few pounds spent on tickets.