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21 July 2011
Aintree Sprint 2011
ON 17 July
2011, the North West Section of the Vintage Motor Cycle Club hosted
the Aintree Sprint, at the world famous racecourse. The event was a
straight line sprint down the tarmac track in front of the Start
Finish Line and the highly distinctive grandstands. The event was
run to raise money for the club and the North West Air Ambulance.
Unlike the Samba
event, who sheltered indoors, this event was fully exposed to the
elements and meant the unbelievable awful conditions kept
speeds down, as well as the crowds. Despite the lack of none
competitive visitors and the torrential downpours, there was a good
buzz in the paddock and around the trade stands. It was interesting
to see professional and ammeter competitors from
all over the UK mixing with each other and with the spectators, who
had come out, braving the elements to see what a very entertaining
day’s action. On and around the course, spectators could see many
motorcycles and 3 wheelers. All the machines taking part where
sorted out into make, model, age, size and officials made notes of
modifications before they whizzed down the straight. Also on show,
hidden within tents and in other public areas where lots of static
displays of classic motorbikes, some as old as 85 years old! In all
this was an enjoyable day out for all enthusiasts, as well as for
families who wanted to see something different, despite the
challenging conditions for the riders. We spotted quite a few
children enjoying the event, just as much as the adults. Let’s hope
they can do one again in 2012, as this event is well worth
attending as a spectator. There are more details available about the
sprint on the VMCC
website. Well done to all who
took part! Click
here to see our
and video coverage of this fantastic event.
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