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Celebrities abound at Drumlanrig next weekend

This weekend (Saturday and Sunday, July 14/15) Graham Noyce and Brad Lackey will be going at it again. No, not a preview from the late 1970s or early 1980s, the pair are in attendance at the second Drumlanrig Castle Grand National Scramble Classic and Twinshock event, organised by the Galloway Motorcycle Club in the grounds of the stately home.

Brad Lackey, the 1982 World 500cc Motocross Champion, is this year’s Guest of Honour after Noyce undertook the role in the event’s first year in 2017. Lackey will take part in ‘Q and A’ sessions beginning Friday evening (June 13) in the marquee but unfortunately won’t be riding.

However in a huge plus for the event organisers, Graham Noyce the 1979 World 500cc Motocross Champion and multi British champion, and a man who still holds god-like status to fans of the sport of a ‘certain age,’ will compete in the over 60s Class with other former British championship riders.

Noyce will take on a Scottish favourite Willie Simpson, father of Shuan Simpson now racing for the Wilvo Yamaha MXGP team. Willie Simpson was a stalwart of the British scene throughout the late ’70s and early ’80s. Former Scottish Championship Jimmy Aird and Gavin Robertson, former British Evo Champion will also be lending their talents on the fantastic circuit.

Another ‘well kent’ Scottish face patrolling the arena will be four-times British champion Vic Allan MBE. Allan will lead a tribute to CI Sport’s Stewart Miller who sadly passed away last week. Every rider will receive a sticker with Stewart’s riding number (28) and Willie Simpson will ride with number 28 as a mark of respect.

Scotland will be well represented with Paul Chiappa, the multi Scottish Twinshock champion, (first Brit to double the Hawkstone double jump) and well known for his ‘eccentric’ riding style and race wear!

Former British Four-stroke Champion David Campbell, Club Vice Chairman John Fleming and veterans of the Scottish scrambles scene Derek Faulds and Thom Anderson will also throw their respective bikes at the countryside.

Former North of England Champion Paul Bird will re-aquaint himself with a Twinshock bike on the track as his PBM Be Wiser Ducati British Superbike Team rider and NW200 Champion Glenn Irwin shows off his factory Ducati in the paddock. Other friendly faces from across the border raid into Scotland including CCM man Keith Barnes and the ever-chatty Dave Salkeld, amongst a host of others, head north.

Teams from Ireland cross the Irish Sea headed by 2016 CZ World Champion Trevor Calderwood and reigning British Twinshock Champion Willie Burgess as Italy sends a four-man team fronted by Franco Rippa.

The weekend’s action with over 200 registered riders kicks off on Friday at 5pm with Grasstrack racing before everyone retires to the marquee for the audience with Brad Lackey at 8pm led by John Moffat. Then follows the annual ‘dad dance’ competition as the disco begins in earnest at 9pm until the wee small hours of 11pm.

A Day Entry Pass is £10 per adult with under 16s going free whilst a Weekend Pass is £15. Camping is available at £10 a pitch.

As well as the marquee there will be bouncy castles and all the usual food and trade retailers in operation, plus the club’s own stand with event memorabilia including bobble hats, T-shirts and polo shirts etc.

Saturday and Sunday’s action blasts off at 10.30am with practice for a full day of racing and family fun.

Drumlanrig Castle (map) is well signposted off the A76 Dumfries Road just north of Thornhill, with one of the most dramatic entrances to a motocross event anywhere in the world!