Knockhill Motor Sports Club – Newsletter No. 3


Welcome to the 3rd Newsletter of the Knockhill Motor Sports Club.  The MCN Scottish Bike Show is this weekend, 12th & 13th March, and we all look forward to seeing you there to discuss the season ahead. Make sure you spread the word about the four race meetings as we believe they are going to deliver fantastic racing all round.


Not many people will be aware but our Circuit Owner Derek Butcher was one of the first ever sponsors of 10 times World Sidecar Champion Steve Webster MBE, before he won his first ever Championship.  The Knockhill name was displayed on the side of his machine as he started out on his illustrious career. 

In return and to help the Club and Sidecar racing in Scotland, Steve has donated an impressive trophy, The Daily Express International Sidecar Race Trophy that he won in 1986, to the Club.  It will go to the winners of the Club’s Sidecar Championship run over June 25th  (Knockhill Club) and July 24th  (NEMCRC) meetings, with two races at each meeting. It is open to both F1’s and F2’s alike, with 2 races at each meeting. The Jock Taylor Trophy will also be awarded at the NEMCRC event too.

Club Chairman Stuart Gray said “We are thrilled that Steve is endorsing Sidecars at our events in this way. Sidecars will be run at the April 24th, May 8th and September 25th meetings, provided that there are sufficient entries, but the Webster Trophy points will go to the June and July meetings only. Thanks go to Steve for his kind support”

If you have a machine and want to race, we need to hear from you now!  Please e-mail or phone 01383 723337 and we can assess interest or speak to us at the Bike Show.  At the two Championship events (June 25th & July 24th) we hope to get near full grids with interest in the Steve Webster Trophy.



Bike Sport, indeed all motorsport, cannot happen without marshals, and the Knockhill Motor Sport Club needs assistance for its four meetings.  If you are a marshal or are interested in becoming a marshal, please contact Ian Forrest (01383 723337) at Knockhill and we would love to have your help.

You will get the best seat in the house, watching the racing from the marshal posts, and of course, you will be assisting with flag signals, lights and helping riders if they fall off and other important duties. 

Both breakfast and lunch will be provided during the day and there will be further benefits throughout the year.  So if you’re 16 or over, male or female and you fancy marshalling at Knockhill – please get in touch.

A MARSHALS TRAINING DAY is being hosted at Knockhill on Saturday 19th March with lunch provided at 1pm and training from 2pm. So why not come along and find out more. Just turn up on the day and who knows, it could be the start of a whole new interest.



Great News!  Suresafe, one of Scotland’s biggest suppliers of industrial safety clothing and equipment are supplying the very latest orange safety overalls for the marshals at our Club events.  The high visibility overalls are made of the latest durable material and are even oil resistant for ease of cleaning.   Club Clerk of the Course Ian Forrest said “We are indebted to Robert and his colleagues at Suresafe for this valued support.  Every marshal will get a set of their own and it will help them enormously to fulfil their valuable role”.

MCN SCOTTISH BIKE SHOW MARCH 12TH & 13TH                       

It’s one of the biggest dates of the motor cycling season and Knockhill and the Knockhill Motor Sports Club will be at the Scottish Bike Show at Ingliston in full force this weekend.  Come and meet, chat and if you haven’t already done so, join the Club.  We will have Honorary President Niall Mackenzie with us both days and current BSB star Stuart Easton on Saturday 12th.  On display will be the Motorpoint Yamaha BSB that one lucky racer will ride, Dennis Hobbs EVO BSB bike, and a BMW 1000RR courtesy of Motorrad Central We look forward to meeting you and chatting about the exciting season ahead. 


The next stage of the Club organising its own meetings was marked last week with our Regulations being approved by the SACU and our ENTRY FORMS will be available at the Bike Show this weekend and on line too to download. It is only SIX WEEKS to our first event, so make sure you enter in good time, before the closing date, so that we can plan the best day of racing possible. 


The track is evolving at Knockhill for the 2011 season with the installation of “hot dog” style kerbs around the circuit, the same as is being installed worldwide.

Circuit Manager Ian Forrest said “Following a track inspection, we are installing the hot dog kerbs at the rear of the existing kerbs which will stop corner cutting and make all competitors ride the track rather than short cuts. The big change of line will be at the Chicane in particular, and overall the track will be safer which is the ultimate aim. We hope that teams will take part in our special 2 day test at the start of April, prior to both the Scottish and BSB season starts”

All teams and riders wishing to try the track can do so on a bike test day

Sunday 20th March 10am – 1pm £60 2 Groups (up to 599cc / over 600cc)

Friday 1st April  9am to 5pm  £150  2 groups (up to 599cc / over 600cc)
Saturday 2nd April 9am to 5pm £90 3 groups (there is only 1 race session within this day as we are combining it with a Bike Trackday all bikes must be over 400cc limited to 30 bikes).

To book your space please at Knockhill call 01383 723337.

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