Memory Lane: Motorcycle road racing returned to area in 1972...

Grantham's David Arnold (no 2) gets off to a flying start on his Yamaha in the 250cc race at Fulbeck.
Grantham's David Arnold (no 2) gets off to a flying start on his Yamaha in the 250cc race at Fulbeck.
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Motorcycle road racing made a return to the Grantham in October, 1972, the first time since the old track at Syston closed down many moons before.

Grantham Pegasus Motorcycle and Light Car Club, who held three meetings a year at Cadwell Park, organised a members only meeting at Fulbeck aerodrome.

The track employed a basic oval shape, with a double S-bend on the start-finish straight and a tight hairpin-cum-chicane on the back straight, with speeds of up to 140mph attainable in parts.

Scrutineers cast their eyes over the 180 entrants’ machines and soon the riders were out getting used to the track.

One of the two 250cc heats saw Grantham’s Dave Arnold finish second. The 350cc race was led from start to finish by Grantham’s Dave Harris, who also led the 500cc before his Yamaha shed its drive sprocket. The 250cc final was won by Arnold on his Yamaha, setting a record lap speed of 85.55mph, completing the lap in 1min 45.2sec – faster than the 500cc record held by Harris.