One of the oldest motorcycle racing events in the UK – The Lord of Lydden and Sidecar Burn Up at Lydden Hill has always been one of the biggest events on the motorcycle racing calendar, attracting top level riders and thousands of fans from around the country.
This year it will be held over the weekend of 23rd &24th October. First held back in1966 it was won by Charlie Sanby on a Manx Norton with British Superbike Champion Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne winning in 1997. The first Sidecar Burn Up in 1970 was won by Chris Vincent. This annual event took place every year from 1966 to 2009, before taking a break until it was revived in 2018.The two events, Lord of Lydden and Sidecar Burn Up were originally held separately but are now combined into one motorcycle racing weekend extravaganza.
Last year despite the Covid 19 pandemic the event went ahead without spectators, Dawid Krawiecki became the new Lord with multiple world sidecar champion T. Reeves – K. Rousseau winning the Burn Up, unfortunately the Junior Lord was not run, but the youngsters are back for 2021. The junior “Lord’s” competition features Fab Racing Mini GP70SP and GP50 machines, with riders as young as 8-years-old lapping the circuit at an average speed of 80mph.
Also expect wheel to wheel action from the other classes including the Classic Sidecars, Desmo Ducati’s, Pre 86 production 600cc, Open 400cc/MZ’s, and the British Scooter Sport Organisation (BSSO) championship final for Stock & Super scooters
Aside from the track action, past “Lords” will be present in our hospitality area for autographs and a chat, several motorcycle legends are also expected. Over the last three years Phil Read MBE 8x world champion, BSB rider Bradley Ray, BSB legend Shane “Shaky” Byrne and TT multiple winner John McGuinness have all visited the circuit. There will also be classic and vintage bike displays, exhibits from bike clubs and dealerships. Look out for the youngsters from the Kent Youth Trials Club (KYTC) who will be giving demonstrations on their own track. With several food outlets a licenced bar, evening entertainment Saturday and prize presentations after racing on Sunday why not spend the whole weekend here, camping available.
This event is not to be missed, make date in your diary now, 23rd &24th October 2021.