Mallory - A new chapter begins
It's been almost a year to the day since the future of historic race circuit Mallory Park was thrown into doubt. Local residents had put in noise complaints and the local council fined the circuit for breaching the noise level laws. The previous owners were forced to put the circuit into administration and saw no way of making it profitable with restricted event days due to the noise restrictions.
The circuit closed its gates and cancelled all remaining track activity and the future looked bleak. Just at the moment when all hope seemed lost MCE BSB's Buildbase BMW team owner Stuart Hicken stepped in with tyre manufacturer Eddie Roberts and bought the circuit, saving it from certain doom.
A few months have passed since then and tomorrow is the grand re-opening weekend. Dubbed as a 'meet the team' event Hicken will reveal his Buildbase BMW team of Ryuichi Kiyonari, James Westmoreland and their 2014 bikes. It's also been said that riders John Cooper, World Superbike Champion Tom Sykes and World Speedway Champion Tai Woffinden will be attending. There will also be a huge collection of motorsport memorabilia featuring classic and vintage vehicles from the famous track's past, including machines ridden by Mike Hailwood and F1 champion James Hunt's Hesketh. Finally the future looks bright for the circuit and the new owners have plans to use it for non-motorsport events such as Equestrian, triathlon and mountain biking to keep the calendar full but not infringe on the noise restrictions.
If you're interested in heading down for the day it's a free event and things kick off around 10am.
28.02.2014 - MCE Insurance