It’s that time of the weekend build-up when we hand over to (a very excitable) @PaddockChatter for a bit of insight into what makes Cadwell Park such a special circuit! If you’re enjoying ‘Getting your Neal down’ why not let us know with your very own memories from the Cadwell’s of past! Anyway enough from us (you’ll get plenty of that over the weekend), over to you Paddock Chatter!
In the style of the inimitable Noddy Holder, “its CAAAADWELLLLLLLLLLLL!!”
Oh. My. Days. It truly is the motorcycle racing equivalent of Christmas! My local circuit, the jewel in the Lincolnshire crown, the place where legends are born and heroes made. A truly magnificent sight to behold, nestled in the Wolds AONB (Area Of Natural Beauty dontchyaknow), the fabled ribbon of tarmac steeped in history and myth (…please stop, the readers get your point *roll eyes emoji*…)
Sorry, I get a little bit excited around this time of year.
Some 40+ years ago I watched live motorcycle racing for the very first time and you won’t be at all surprised to know where. Barry Sheene, Mick Grant, Wil Hartog to name but a few from that very first meeting and then almost everyone in between. I’ve witnessed both sides of racing in the same weekend – the highs of seeing maiden BSB wins and the sadness of the worst possible news. Make no mistake, for all its beauty, it’s an unforgiving place at times.
For viewing though it’s almost unsurpassed. Turn 1, looking down on the riders as they leave you almost speechless with their speed through the uphill left-hander. The exit of Charlies, a blind right over a crest on the back not-straight. The right/left at the Gooseneck, always a tricky place as it uses the left side of the tyre for the first time in half a lap. Hall Bends, about as close as you can get to a racing motorcycle at any UK circuit as the machines crest the rollers before hanging a right at the Hairpin. And finally, the banking on the start/finish straight, home to 1000s of fans across the weekend and as good a view of the Woodland circuit as you’ll find. Plus the BSB riders tend to spray the fizzy there and distribute winners caps and the odd knee slider in to the appreciative crowd.
That’s it I think, can’t think of any more features of Cadwell Park (oh do stop teasing and get on with it!)
The Mountain, arguably the most spectacular and daunting piece of tarmac of any short circuit in the world. Long jumps, high jumps, short hops and no air whatsoever, every rider has their own particular way to deal with the steepest of elevation changes. As for viewing, it’s a real spectacle. The grandstands sell out in advance but the natural amphitheatre in which the Mountain nestles provides its own ‘grandstand’ viewing. The further up the banking you sit, the more you see as the bikes head off into Hall Bends although believe me, it’s not for the faint of heart as not everyone gets it right every time over the top!
Lee Jackson, himself a Yellowbelly like the Lowes twins, Rob McElnea, Roger Marshall, Roger Burnett, ( we even claim Aussie Wayne Gardner as our own!) as well as the Truelove and Neave boys not mention the home of Honda Racing, just up the road in Louth to name but a few…where was I, oh yeah… Lee Jackson holds the current lap record set in race 2 in 2017 on a BMW machine with a 1m 26.478s mark.
Enjoy the weekend if you ‘re going but take a brolly as early weather forecasts say showers across the weekend and if you’re watching on the TV then I KNOW you’ll enjoy it.
Right, is it Friday yet?!