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Classic Racing Motorcycle Club: Brands Hatch

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70s and 80s are often hailed as heydays of superbikes by many experts and fanatics across UK. It was the time when having motors like CR93 Honda or Pasolini XR750 Harley in the garage used to raise eyebrows and create a reputation in the community. Many cult clubs formed in those years, where participants used to bring their machines for parades, racing, or just to gloat. One such club was Classic Racing Motorcycle Club (CRMC), founded by Alan Cathcart, his wife Stella, and friend Dick Linton.

A place for bike lovers

Since its inception, more than three decades ago, CRMC has hosted various events including solo races, sidecar races, and classic bike parades. Each year, hundreds of enthusiasts takes part in the events hosted by CRMC. The events not only attract passionate folks but renowned figures as well. The summer race season held in Snetterton held this year was inaugurated by Alex George, ex TT champion and Grand Prix racer.

Some of the most prestigious companies in the motor industry are the sponsors of CRMC such as Earnshaws Motorcycles, Avon Motorsport, and Allens Performance.

Where it all started

CRMC is now back with the year’s final and most epic race of the year in its very own circuit Brands Hatch (Indy Circuit), where the club had its first event. The event called The Race of The Year is scheduled on 7th and 8th of October. It will showcase 34 Solo races, 6 Sidecar races and four Classic Parades. The meeting will include classic king of brands race, Lansdowne cup races, Camathias cup sidecar races, and classic racer syndicate UK 1300cc race. The event will also include final round of ACU UK Classic 500cc championship and CRMC Club Championships.

As always, the event will attract participants from all corners of Europe. Over 300 racers from England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Holland, Sweden, France and Belgium will be joining the race to prove their mettle. The weekend will be filled with pulse raising bouts; classic solos and sidecars dating from the 1960s 70s and 80s racing and parading. The gates of the circuit will open on 9 am, Saturday for the practice, followed by first race at 1 pm. Sidecar race will commence on Sunday at 10:15 in the morning.

For the spectators, the management has made arrangements for a comfortable stay. Offering free parking space for all public vehicles, except for the Southbank and Infield at larger events that is chargeable at £5 per day. Camping is also allowed for the audience free of charge, but families should bring their own necessary equipment for the latter. Baby changing service is provided by CRMC at Hailwoods Bar and Restaurant in the paddock and The MotorSport vision Centre by the main entrance. The paddocks will be opened for the spectators, where they can relax at the counters of café and bar.

The cost of the ticket for adults is £15 each day, and for the teens, between age 13 and 15, £12. Weekend adult’s tickets will cost £19 if purchased in advance.