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About Oliver’s Mount

The first motor race in Britain was held in 1902, at the seaside resort of Bexhill, in Kent.  Organised by the Earl De La Warr with the express purpose of attracting visitors, it was wildly successful.  Thousands of spectators thronged the promenade as 200 entrants thundered past at a barely-believable 50mph. It wasn’t long before Parliament banned street racing, and work began on the world’s first purpose-built race circuit at Brooklands, in Surrey. While racing of all sorts continued to be very popular, it wasn’t until after WW2 that an enterprising local authority asked the government for an exemption to the road-racing ban, for exactly the same reasons that Bexhill had almost half-a-century earlier – to attract visitors. It would take an Act of Parliament to allow racing on the roads but, in recognition of Scarborough’s contribution to the war effort, exemption was granted and motor racing began at Oliver’s Mount.

One of the unique attractions of Oliver’s Mount circuit is proximity to the action – for most of the course spectators can watch from just a few feet away (try that at the British GP!). Today the circuit is best-known to bikers, with legends like Mike Hailwood, Barry Sheene and television celebrity and real roads hero Guy Martin making names for themselves on the challenging 2.5 miles of The Mount. But Oliver’s hasn’t been a feature on the car scene since the fifties. The last big winner on four wheels was local hero Cliff Allison in a F3 car, in 1955. That win brought him to the attention of Colin Chapman, resulting in a contract with Lotus. The fifties saw the emergence of high-speed purpose-built circuits like Brands Hatch, Oulton Park and Silverstone and the distinctly raw, old-fashioned challenge of Oliver’s Mount failed to appeal to the car boys. Sixty years on we’re bringing four-wheeled action back to the twisting tarmac of this unique and beautiful race circuit. Don’t miss it!