Mick the main man at Barbon

Mick the main man at Barbon

The Percy Duff Barbon Speed Hill Climb will bounce back into action once again this year when the go-ahead Westmorland Club stage the event on Saturday, July 22 at the popular Cumbrian tarmac track at Barbon Manor.

Speed hill climbs in the UK are relatively few in number so to have one in our own area makes this event an attractive proposition for both spectators and competitors with the entry taking part normally approaching 100 riders on a huge variety of machines from the smallest capacity up to 130cc which is dependent on the age and layout of the machine.

The club is delighted to confirm that the guest at the meeting in July will be seven time TT winner and now enthusiastic Pre 65 trials rider and bike builder Mick Grant. Mick has a long history with Barbon as back in the late ‘sixties the Barbon Speed Hill Climb was the first national event that Mick won on a 500cc Velocette and the Lincolnshire racer has located the actual machine which he is hoping to be able to bring¬† to the event, but in any case intends to ride the hill once again on his own Velo complete with his old leathers and famous lettered helmet.

For riders who intend to take part in this event, on-line entries will be available from late May/early June through The Event App (www.theeeventapp.io) once the permit application has been approved. No entries are available through the ACU Sport 80 system which apparently hasn’t yet been set up for hill climbs. Using The Event App is very easy, you simply register your details, which works easily, then select the event you wish to enter, in this case it will be Barbon Hill Climb, make your entry as normal and pay the entry fee, all in one simple session. It is the system the Westmorland club uses for their classic scrambles and have found it to work well, both for the rider and the club.

Spectators are of course very welcome at this event which promises to be another excellent day of sport in the beautiful Cumbrian countryside.