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Mallory’s autojumble move

Mallory Park race circuit in Leicestershire embarks on a new business venture in 2022 by introducing a series of six autojumbles.

Track owner Stuart Hicken (pictured), a former road racer and lifelong bike fan who took Mallory on in 2013, has appointed Andy Warren of Past Time Motorcycles, Croft, Leicestershire, to run the Saturday series.

A trial autojumble, the first-ever stand-alone autojumble at Mallory, was held on 30 October. Heavy early morning rain didn’t help the debut, but Hicken and Warren received enough positive feedback to convince them of the potential of this new addition at the circuit.

All six autojumbles will be on hard standing, in the paddock and pit areas. Jumblers will have access to pit garages plus awnings on a first-come first-served basis. Mallory plans to erect up to 30 new mini marquees before next season to give more traders shelter.

Said autojumble organiser Warren: “We are keeping the fees down and we will give traders as much space as they need. I am an autojumbler, so I know what traders need. We want to make it a good experience for them. We are charging only £10 for cars and £20 for vans no matter how big. And traders can camp overnight free. Public admittance is £5, and they will be allowed in from 7.45am. There will be no extra charges for ‘earlybirds’.”

Said track owner Hicken: “We are planning a series of other improvements at Mallory. As well as the new mini marquees we will have new caterers – Athlone – with a wider diversity of cuisine. We are re-introducing the Vintage MCC’s Festival of 1000 Bikes on 16-17 July and an autojumble will be part of the Festival in the paddock on both days.

“The first autojumble will be held on Saturday 26 February and the last on 1 October. We haven’t set dates for the three others so far, but one will be in the summer with stalls on the circuit oval, rather like the big Eurojumble held on the track at Monza in Italy. The oval section at Mallory is one mile around and it will allow buyers and spectators to walk right round.

“We think this Monza treatment will be really popular. With Mallory being so central and with good access and exit there should be little or no queuing. And all the autojumbles will be on solid ground.”

Hicken runs his Hawk Racing Buildbase British Superbike team from Mallory. The circuit attracted its best bike crowd for five years at October’s Race of the Year.

Hicken plans on running 20 bike race meetings in 2020. He has built up Mallory based EMRA (East Mildand Racing Association) from 98 to 200 rider entries and the overall club up to 610 members. Mallory ran its first race meeting in April 1956 and the track also hosts practice and track days.

Traders wishing to exhibit and trade at Mallory autojumbles in 2022 should contact organiser Andy Warren: 07739 885523; [email protected].


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