September arrived and with it something I’ve been looking forward to for months. Another trip to Scarborough and Oliver’s Mount for one of the final road racing events of the year, the 2015 Steve Henshaw Gold Cup. Once again I pre ordered a 2 day pass, which allows access to the paddock where you get to see the wonderful beating heart of road racing. My ticket arrived just over a week ahead of the event, and as always if you pop your name on the back they’ll return it after the event after it has been swapped for a wristband when you enter the paddock.
I arrived early in Scarborough to a lovely sunrise, and a really promising day looking very likely.
The weather didn’t disappoint, By mid morning lovely blue skies and warm sunshine accompanied the wonderfully warm folks of Scarborough. So a trip along the front, to get a few photo’s and enjoy the vitamin D on my creaky old bones.
Once again, I’d booked into the Airedale Guest House for my stay, after such an enjoyable time here in April for the Spring Cup I just had to return for the wonderful service and that amazing full English breakfast each morning. I checked in early afternoon to drop my bags and a short nap to recover from the early start.
Back out again to enjoy the rest of the sunshine, as the afternoon wore on and time to grab a few pictures as the sun began to sink and the prospect of a nice sunset.
Saturday arrives and predictably after yesterday glorious sunshine, its raining. So after the wonderful breakfast its off to Oliver’s Mount for the first day.
The rider line up for this years event is stunning, with many of the top road riders here for the weekend and despite the rain the atmosphere in the biker village and around the circuit was good. I headed from the Biker Village down the “Stairs of Doom” as I’ve christened them. With the RA they’re a nightmare to navigate ohh for a cable car! ;)
Grabbed a few photo’s on the way down, it was great to be able to actually catch the action this time with the new camera instead of the shutter lag which had resulted in some fab shots of a rear wheel and a nice tree back in April.
Once again the atmosphere in the paddock is fantastic, a real energy to the place not often found elsewhere, as adjustments are made, and the public, riders and crew chat and everyone is so approachable.
I’ve always had amazing respect for anyone who races motorcycles, especially on the roads and with that in mind I try to be careful when I ask for pictures of riders. If a rider is working on their bike, just about to go out on track or has just returned I leave it until later, and don’t forget a please and thank you always helps too! But sorry to Lee for interrupting his sandwich! :)
I was also lucky enough to get one of my books signed thanks must go to TT Legend John McGuinness :D
As the afternoon wore on the weather was really changeable, with it looking like it was brightening up only for a thunderstorm to unload a hailstorm on to everyone. The conifers by the grid became a place to shelter with people leaning back into them as it hammered down. Oliver’s Mount Closer to the Hedge!
One of the advantages at Oliver’s Mount is the track seems to dry quite quickly (apart from under the trees of course) this can lead to problems as the afternoon wore on and drier weather meant that wet tyres were ending up like this on the drying track.
Despite the highly changeable weather and flooded sections of track the sun came out to give a great end to a full day of racing. For a round up from Saturday, head over to the Olver’s Mount Racing page.
You can find the results for practice and the races for both days on the Auto66 Gold Cup results page