The smell of smoke and burnt rubber will soon grace Worcestershire, England. The former county is all set to host the Annual Classic Charity Motorcycle Scramble at Middle Hill in Hanbury. The annually held vintage racing event is back with a bang and a number of exciting new changes. Filled with an amalgamation of different challenges, the scramble will cover several miles across the picturesque Worcestershire countryside. The rides are aimed at including all those drivers who want to take on a challenge while contributing to highly deserving charities simultaneously.
A Historic County
Speaking of vintage, the county itself is steeped in history. The early English Kingdom of Hwicce used Worcestershire as its capital. In the 7th Century, however, it became part of the Kingdom of Mercia. It was not until 927 AD that it officially came to be recognized as a part of the Kingdom of England. It is home to the Cathedral City of Worcester, which holds the status for the largest settlement and county town in size. According to a recent survey, the county currently has a population of 569,000 people.
Motorcycle Racing in the 1960s
Even though the first motorcycle was built in 1894, it still took a while for the public to shower it with as much attention as other automobiles, such as cars. Motorcycle Racing was a phenomenon that gained a lot of popularity in the 1960s due to the fast growing pace of technological advancements taking place at the time. A solid proof of this is the fact that motorcycle racing movies not only doubled but tripled in production from 1960 to 1970 as compared to several decades before.
Vintage Racing is back with a number of modifications made according to participant feedback, so as to make it as feasible for them as possible. The event will host both the British Solo Championship as well as British Sidecar Championship. Some of the most accomplished drivers in the United Kingdom will be driving some of the best automobiles manufactured in Britain between the 1950s to the 1970s. Some of these vintage motorcycle brands include Cheney, Rickman, Matchless, and B.S.A. Also present for riding will be European two-stroke machines.
The track being used is pretty much the best choice available to bring back vintage racing. It has been in use since its conception in the 1960s. The sight of racecars swishing past, accompanied by the smell of smoke and rubber, on such a well-used path is sure to inspire nostalgia in most folks. The track is ideal for such a race because it features a long fast straight and is located on a hillside. This location proves to be pretty nifty because it provides an all-round view from atop the hill, for the ease of the audience.
With such a classic line-up of both vehicles and drivers, racing against one another at such a picturesque location, this event is not one that should be missed by motorcycling fans. It not only brings vintage racing back but also makes an effort to help the local charities of Hanbury.