Monthly Archives: June 2016

Win Tickets to Knockhill BSB

Courtesy of the guys and girls at SGR racing we’ve got two weekend passes to give away for the next British Superbike meeting at Knockhill (June 25th and 26th) which even at 160 miles away is technically our local race. There’s no question to answer, funny caption to write or amount to guess. All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is head to our Facebook Page and give the competition post a like. The winner will then be drawn at random this Wednesday , the 22/06/15, at 9pm and we’ll make sure the tickets reach you in time.


If you’re not familiar with SGR racing have a read of our Geordie Racer article where we spoke to team owner Stephen Kinghorn. Better still check out their website or give them a like on Facebook.


Images courtesy of Tim Keeton For high res images or any further information on SGR Racing or Tom Oliver please email Louise Stewart-Young at Please credit Tim Keeton when using images.

Coast to Coast on a Trials Bike

Greg Villalobos Creative


Yes, you read that right. The thought alone is enough to make your leg muscles ache but that’s the challenge that local film maker, greenlaner and all round creative person Greg Villalobos and a partner set themselves. They were to travel from Whitely Bay across the country by green lane to Morecambe Bay on trials bikes; possibly the least appropriate two wheelers imaginable.


Luckily for us Greg (the poor guy without the saddle) filmed it all in a video that bagged him “Best Short Documentary”  at the 2015 Motorcycle Film Festival. It’s one of many great films featured on his website so if you like what you see check out the links below and give him a like on Facebook.




Fore More videos check out or his Facebook Page.




Sad Loss of Local Racer Ian Bell


I was shocked and saddened yesterday to hear that local racer and business owner, Ian Bell had died racing at The Isle of Man TT with his son Carl who, thankfully, is reported to be uninjured. Understandably the passing of the well-known and successful racer has resulted in heartfelt tributes from bikers and non bikers alike and I’d like to take this opportunity to offer my sincere condolences to Carl, Trudi, his family, friends and the staff at his dealership.


I first met Ian when he came to pick me up after my first ever bike broke down in Cramlington just days after buying it off good old Ebay! I knew of Ian but had never met him and didn’t realise it was him that had come to pick me up. In my head a successful racer and dealership owner would be sat in his office next to a coffee machine dressed smartly but here he was in oily overalls wheeling my knackered old CBR into the back of his van. It was only after the journey when speaking to my dad that I realised it was Ian that had picked me up. If only I’d known who it was I’d have asked him all about his racing, sidecars and the TT but Instead it was him asking the questions, eager to find out about my “new bike” and how I was getting on as a new rider.


It only took that ten minute van ride to realise he was a friendly and genuine guy. A fact further reinforced a year later on a sunny Saturday morning when a planned days riding was in jeopardy due to a dodgy tyre valve. All the other bike shops were too busy but Ian said if I was able to ride it down he’d sort it. I hadn’t bought the bike from him, it wasn’t a Yamaha and I didn’t visit enough to be classed as a regular customer but he fixed it there and then and refused to take a penny for it. In an effort to say thanks I bought twenty quids worth of Go Pro mounts even though I didn’t need them; I still haven’t used all of them. The last time I properly spoke to Ian was last spring when I was toying with the idea of buying the new Tracer but still felt lured towards the speed, exhilaration and bum clenching thrills that sports bikes could offer which he said he could understand. Of course he could understand, he raced the TT!


Ian Bell Sidecar Racer

My girlfriend and I loved watching Ian and Carl race around Oliver’s mount; their immaculately turned out outfit seemed to be on another level compared to everyone else’s. It’s an overused term but that thing really did look like it cornered as if it were on rails. At the last Spring Cup we watched as the father and son duo waited for the restart of a red flagged race, Ian chatting away to a Marshall for a good while and letting her sit in his sidecar. The fact she was easier on the eye than her bearded, beanie hat wearing brethren may have had something to do with her getting a try, but in my  experience Ian was happy to chat away to anyone, bearded or not. As one customer brilliantly summed up in their tribute to him last night; “he made you feel like a friend, not a customer”

World Stage Yields Top Ten for Oliver

SGR Racing

The fourth round of the Pirelli National Superstock 600 Championship, at Donington Park, supporting WorldSBK Acerbis UK, was the setting for Tom Oliver’s third top ten finish of the season, coming over the line on his SGR Racing Yamaha in ninth place.



Images: Tim Keeton. Words: Louise Stewart-Young


The family run team from Morpeth, was thrilled at the opportunity to be supporting a World series, and got to work preparing the SGR Racing Yamaha for the flowing bends and tight turns of Donington Park. During the singular qualifying session, Oliver and the team worked hard and qualified in 12th place, ahead of what turned out to be another dramatic race.


When the lights went out the drama began with a start line crash, this lead to the Safety Car being deployed for two laps. Once the Safety Car pulled in Oliver was able to settle into his race and worked his way into the leading group.

Unfortunately, a small mistake at the Melbourne Loop cost the Colchester rider some time and he dropped off the back of the leading group. However, he kept his consistent race pace to bring the SGR Racing Yamaha home in a healthy ninth place, and scored more points.


The team would like to thank:


Images courtesy of Tim Keeton For high res images or any further information on SGR Racing or Tom Oliver please email Louise Stewart-Young at Please credit Tim Keeton when using images.

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