Motorsport - Wheel meet again

PUBLISHED: 10:41 03 February 2006 | UPDATED: 21:39 28 May 2010

March's Adam Portwood

March's Adam Portwood

A NEWLY-formed club is aiming to revive motorcycle grass track racing in Fenland. The provisionally-named Fenland Grass Track Club has been set up by a group of enthusiasts and they hope a meeting in March later this month will be the first step in bringi

Brian Palmer, driving and Danny Hogg are stars of grass track racing

A NEWLY-formed club is aiming to revive motorcycle grass track racing in Fenland.The provisionally-named Fenland Grass Track Club has been set up by a group of enthusiasts and they hope a meeting in March later this month will be the first step in bringing the sport back to the area.Grass track racing was once a popular Fenland sport with several clubs and regular meetings, but the lack of available land and the development of other sports saw the sport virtually disappear from the Fens.However, the Fenland Grass Track Club is hoping to attract new supporters who will help to re-establish the sport.Gary Southgate, from Ramsey, a former racer and member of the ACU, the sport's national governing body, said: "There are about eight of us who have formed the Fenland club but we hope that local people will want to get involved."We are looking for riders, sponsors and helpers, as well as farmers who are willing to host races and generate some extra income."Fellow club member Phil Taylor, from Wisbech, also hopes that Fenland adopts the sport. His children, Amy, 14, Joshua, 12, and Jacob, nine, are all keen riders but are forced to travel to compete.Taylor said: "The nearest venue is in Spalding while the most convenient youth club is the other side of Norwich. I believe there are a lot of youngsters and former racers who would be interested in joining a Fenland club that will support both youth and adult racing."One such youngster is Adam Portwood, from March, who is aiming to be a speedway star. The 10-year-old is a mascot for the Peterborough Panthers speedway team and also faces long journeys to compete in races.Adam's mother Caroline Walton said: "It would be fantastic to see the sport back in Fenland and it would give other boys and girls the chance to get involved." Solo and sidecar races take place on circuits ranging between 300m and 800m and there are classes for riders aged from 6 to 60. Taylor said: "Grass track racing is relatively cheap to compete in when compared to other forms of motorsport."The public meeting will be held in March on Sunday, February 26. The venue will be decided in the coming weeks and anyone interested in getting involved with the club can contact Phil Taylor on 01945 589613 or 07795 118866, or via e-mail to cambsgtc@btinternet.com

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