Classic machines set to roar into Oulton Park

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WIRRAL 100 chiefs are gearing up for a weekend of classic heaven when they rock up to Oulton Park this month.

The club heads to the Cheshire track on Saturday April 27 for its second round, and alongside its usual classes, will feature a treat for classic and post-classic racing fans.

Oulton will mark the club’s first time hosting the popular GP Originals series for two-stroke GP machines building in the 1970s and early ‘80s.

The GP Originals championship got underway at Brands Hatch late last month as it joined Thundersport GB for its opening round.

Phil Atkinson dominated proceedings as he powered his Rose MOT Centre TZ350 to pole before claiming all four race wins across the two day event to take an early title lead, and he’s sure to be the man with a target on his back in round two.

Oulton Park will also host the annual David Swallow Memorial race for single-cylinder four-stroke classic race bikes.

David died in 2010 from the effects of carbon monoxide poisoning while camping at a race meeting. The Wirral 100 club, along with David’s father Bill and long-term friend and sponsor Ken Platt, has been running this special race in his name ever since.

Originally held at one of the club’s Anglesey events, it switched to Oulton Park three years ago and is not only an enduring tribute to David, but raises awareness to the paddock community of the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Last year’s race was won by the late Clive Ling, and previous winners have included Sam Rhodes, Harley Rushton and Gary Thwaites.

*Image: Colin Port

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