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John Lowther is looking for a passenger this coming weekend at the N.E.M.C.R.C. meeting at Croft, on board his LCR R6 Yamaha (lwb). If you are in a position to assist, please click "read more".

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The A.C.U. / F.S.R.A. Formula Two Sidecar Championship enters it's thirty fifth running in 2019, and an enthralling year of racing is on the cards - with thirty six teams registered to compete (the largest number for over a decade).

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Cranfield University Motorsport Msc students are being set a sidecar based design challenge this year. Are there any crews, Milton Keynes/Bedford area - or further afield - who would be able to take an outfit to Cranfield to discuss sidecar design and racing with the students. Please contact the Motorsport MSc Programme Director Clive Temple if you can help. Thanks. Click read more for Clive's contact details. 

Clive adds "Also I would like to have some outfits on display for the 15th May event" linked here.. 

Group Design Project Presentation Day: MSc Advanced Motorsport Engineering / MSc Advanced Motorsport Mechatronics

Saltire Racing have decided to hold a fundraiser for their 2019 season! The prize up for grabs by the lucky winner is a fully exclusive sidecar passenger experience day at Teeside Autodrome!!! ALL contributors names will be part of Saltire Racing’s 2019 paint scheme!! So yes your name will be on the sidecar!

To be in with a chance of winning all you need to do is choose a number(s) between 1-59. When we have sold all numbers we will then use the national lotteries lucky dip bonus ball; to pick the winner!! (If the number is not allocated then the person nearest will win).

Each ticket is £25 which will be contributing towards Stewart & Michael’s 2019 race season; tires, fuel, entry costs etc. All money contributed is greatly appreciated and will go far in helping 2019 become a big success! You can purchase more than one number at a discounted rate of £30For the two.

In order to be eligible for this prize, you do need to be above 18 years of age & competent around bikes etc. YOU DO NOT NEED YOUR PASSENGER RACE LICENSE. So this is a brilliant opportunity for anyone wanting to experience the thrill of sidecar racing, without any significant cost!!

Please bear in mind you will require your own leathers, boots & helmet on the day!! Also bring with you money or food to keep yourself happy!! Your own transport to and from the venue will be required. The date set is also most likely to be a Monday! So a brilliant start to any adrenaline junkies week!

All donations will be collected via bank transfer to our race account! Details provided via direct message. We will retain all donations until the prize is drawn.


Have you ever watched sidecar racing and thought “I’d like to have a go at that?”

The “British Historic Racing Club” at their practice day (Mallory Park 22nd March next) is offering a few lucky people that very chance!

You need to ring me David Sykes 01162876119 and persuade me that you genuinely want to start sidecar racing; if I’m convinced your ambitions are real then you’ll be turning up at Mallory with your leathers and lid looking forward to your racetrack experience. . .

.  . and if you realise it’s not for you then at least you haven’t forked out for a race outfit to find out the expensive way! Give me a call.


Maria Costello MBE is aiming to become the first woman to race both sidecar and solo machinery at the same Isle of Man TT meeting after announcing her partnership with Julie Canipa for the 2019 season.

The Northamptonshire racer celebrated International Women’s Day by securing acceptance to race the sidecar at this year’s TT with Julie Canipa as her new passenger, who last year was awarded the Susan Jenness Trophy by the TT Supporters’ Club for her fantastic efforts in the event.

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The pair will form a formidable duo as an all-female team. Costello made her sidecar road racing debut at the Southern 100 road races on the Isle of Man last year while Canipa started her TT career alongside Doug Chandler in 2015 and teamed up with Greg Lambert in 2017 to claim her best IoM finish of eighth.


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Birchall Racing are incredibly honoured to have been awarded the prestigious Fred Craner Trophy. The trophy is presented to a British driver within the ACU Midland Centre area for outstanding achievements on the international stage in racing.

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If the name Craner rings a bell it is because the tough Derbyshire man was responsible for the legendary Donington Park Circuit becoming a reality, back in 1931. The former Isle of Man TT competitor and secretary of the Derby & District Motor Club approached the then owners of the estate to use the land for motor racing. Fred’s name lives on in the iconic ‘Craner Curves’ section of the track.

Listen very carefully, I shall say this only once (ha!).
On your first visit to East Fortune this year, as you turn right along the road to the car park, and onto the circuit, you will note fenced compounds for the dogs from the kennels to play in....... The one on the left is accessed by crossing the roadway.....
So it's not that SAFE or CLEVER to be going faster than the 10mph requested by the signs......
Please be aware that East Fortune has other users, it is people's homes. Drive carefully. PLEASE 

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Bemsee have all the info you need for the first round at Brands Hatch online  here now 

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The TT Supporters’ Club is delighted to announce that Julie Canipa is the recipient of the Susan Jenness Trophy for 2018.

Succeeding Estelle Leblond and Melanie Farnier – hard acts to follow – Julie receives this prestigious award for her consistent high-speed performances around the Mountain Course as passenger to Greg Lambert. Now approaching lap speeds of 110mph, the pair set off as one of the highest starters after the seeded crews in the 2018 races to finish in 10th position on their Honda GLR at an average of 107.368mph in the first race. Sadly, mechanical gremlins beset the pair in the second outing for the class.

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Daryl Gibson is looking for a committed and experienced passenger for the 2019 season, and beyond.

Meetings will include the full A.C.U. / F.S.R.A. British F2 Sidecar Championship, selected club meetings and possibly some B.S.B. meetings, with a view to competing at the T.T. in 2020.

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It’s all change for Sleaford sidecar racer Gary Horspole with passenger Jimmy Connell as the new season heralds a change to the British Sidecar championship.

The new regulations that apply to the 2019 British Championship dictate that competitors will no longer be able to use the big 1000cc engines as in previous years but will switch to 600cc powered outfits.

With this in mind Horspole has made adjustments to his long LCR chassis to accommodate a new Yamaha R6 engine which is in the process of being prepared by Keith Whiting.

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With five months still to go before the second running of this unique event, plans are well underway to ensure the 2019 Sidecar Revival sets new levels of professionalism and entertainment.

Many former World Champions have already pledged their presence over the weekend with their legendary machinery, along with the current crop of contemporary World Championship regulars.

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Silicone Engineering and Barnes Racing are proud to announce their amalgamation for the 2019 Sidecar racing season with the newly formed team to be known as SBR.

SBR will be running two sidecar teams for the 2019 season with Isle of Man TT race winner John Holden again being partnered by Manxman Lee Cain whilst the Lancastrian pairing of Lewis Blackstock and Paddy Rosney will be alongside them in the impressive looking squad.

SBR are a Lancashire-based team with deep roots in racing sponsorship going back some 35 years and spokesperson for SBR Ian Barnes said “We are very proud to have put the two teams together and are looking forward to a very exciting season with our two outfits.”

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