One of Lydden Hill’s most historic events first run in 1966 will return to the Kent track later this year. The Lord of Lydden motorbike event to be held over the weekend of 20/21 October has previously attracted some of Britain’s best motorbike racers.
The first event back in 1966 was won by Charlie Sanby on a Manx Norton. In recent years six-time British Superbike Champion Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne (1997), and Isle of Man TT rider Steve Mercer have had their names added to the Lords of Lydden trophy.
The event has been off the calendar since 2009, when Mercer took the win, his second in the event, but it returns for 2018 and is being billed as one of the biggest motorcycling extravaganzas in the country. Lydden Hill is steeped in motorsport history and the Lord of Lydden was always one of the biggest events on the schedule, attracting top level riders and thousands of fans from around the country.
The grid for the Lord of Lydden motorcycle race will be formed from the fastest 32 qualifiers from the Supertwins and Open categories. Alongside the Lord of Lydden and Junior Lord of Lydden races, other solo classes will include Yamaha past masters, MZs and scooters. Sidecar enthusiasts are also well catered for with F1 and F2 Sidecars, and a Sidecar Burn Up formed from the fastest 20 qualifiers. Previous winners of the Burn Up trophy include World Sidecar Champions Tim and Tristan Reeves.
Interested riders are invited to register at www.lyddenhill.co.uk/events/lord-of-lydden
Aside from the track action, organisers are arranging classic and vintage bike displays, exhibits from bike clubs and dealerships. There will also be a Trade Village and Food Court, children’s entertainment and evening entertainment with a band and bar.
“We’ve been working hard over the last nine years to bring this historic event back to Lydden Hill and we’re all very excited to confirm that this fabulous event, with so much history, will take place in October,” confirmed Pat Doran.
“The Lord of Lydden used to attract the top riders in the country, and we’re very much hoping to have some of the sport’s biggest and best names back again, whether that’s competing or as guests of honour. We’re putting on an extensive schedule of races to keep the motorcycle fans entertained, but away from the track, we’ve also got a load of displays and entertainment lined-up, something for everybody.”
Pictured: Tim Bourne and te late Tony Harris