John, Steve, Toby, Nev, Martin & Justine met at the Grey Horse on Sunday 4th September for our planned rideout to the Auto 66 Club Bike Championships Race Meeting at Cadwell Park. We set off at 08:40, with John leading us out of Wakefield, picking up the M62 for a short distance to J34, picking up the A645 towards Snaith, then south on the A614 to Thorne, then Bawtry, Gainsborough, Market Raisen and a brief toilet stop at Willingham Woods, then the short distance from there to Cadwell Park, south of Louth, arriving around 11:00ish.
We all had pre-book tickets so got into the races for a bargain tenner. After parking up we watched a few races from one of the grandstands right in front of a hill that had most of the racers lifting the front wheel (or a more pronounced wheelie for some).
The weather turned from fine rain to more heavy, so we headed into the trees for a bit of shelter, but not before a much needed coffee from the race track cafe.
The woods gave us a nice view of a downhill section followed by a sharp right hand bend, so there were plenty of opportunities for action photos.
It was here that you really discovered how rubbish camera phones are for taking decent bike racing pictures as by the time you press the shutter, the bike is half way round the track and you have a lovely photo of empty tarmac ... Doh !!!
The weather eased off a little so we made our way to the mountain section which affords a brilliant view of most of the track. We watched a good few races from here, with a few thrills and spills along the way for some of the competitors.
We then decided to call it a day after the 2nd of the sidecar races of the meeting at 15:00, the weather consolidating our decision somewhat (i.e. it was pi$$ing it down by now with no sign of it easing up).
We decided to take the more direct motorway route home and by Brigg we had left the huge bank of grey cloud behind that was covering most of Lincolnshire, and it was bright and sunny, blue skies, fluffy white coulds and it looked like it hadn't rained at all. Just typical. The route back was uneventful and we got back to a bone dry Wakefield around 17:00ish.
A enjoyable rideout, slightly marred by the weather but it didn't detract from what had been a jolly good day.