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Bumper crowds turn out for Cadwell Park’s 80th anniversary celebrations

A wide selection of classic bikes and cars were on display during the day.

A wide selection of classic bikes and cars were on display during the day.

Bumper crowds, which were bigger than expected, arrived at Cadwell Park on August 3 to celebrate the circuit’s 80th birthday in style.

The illustrious history of the venue was celebrated with a 16-race schedule, parades of famous motorcycles and riders, off track car and bike displays, live music and a classic bike trials exhibition.

The assembled masses were also able to cheer local success in many of the races, with Lincolnshire riders winning eight of the 16 contests.

Circuit manager Jon Rush said: “It was a fantastic way for us to celebrate Cadwell Park’s 80th anniversary, and the big crowd that joined us showed just how close people hold the circuit to their hearts.

“Thank you to everyone for their patience whilst we dealt with traffic delays entering the circuit.

“We hope everyone enjoyed their day.”

In true Cadwell fashion, the racing was hotly contested, with the narrowest win of the day coming for North Thoresby’s Mark Ess, who clung on to take his second victory of the day in the Formula Libre category by just 0.055s from Richard Steadman.

In three special anniversary races, George Hogton Rusling took the wins in the Classic King of Cadwell race for pre-1972 machinery and in the Charlie’s Trophy event for pre-1990 Grand Prix two-stroke bikes.

The Tommy Wood Trophy was awarded to a Cadwell Park competitor for the first time since the 1990s.

This was scooped by Ian Simpson.

Famous motorcycling names including Derek Chatterton, Steve Plater and John Reynolds helped Cadwell celebrate its anniversary, and participated in the on-track parades.

 

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