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The British Motor Cycle Racing Club, known as BMCRC or "Bemsee", is the World's oldest motorcycle racing club. Founded in 1909, it was for a long time based at the classic Brooklands circuit near Weybridge in Surrey.

Racing stopped at Brooklands for the second world war, and never restarted. Bemsee moved to a succession of locations, including Brands Hatch in Kent, and then finally to their current home at Lydden race circuit, on the A2 between Canterbury and Dover in Kent.

Ex-Bemsee members include all the famous names in British motorcycle racing history: Geoff Duke, Mike Hailwood, John Surtees, Barry Sheene, and, more recently, Damon Hill. The oldest member of Bemsee is 93 year old club President, Gordon Cobold.

Club bike racing suffered a bad spell in the early '90s, with circuit owners pushing up prices, while the recession left racers with less money. All clubs saw shrinking grids, and Bemsee was no exception.

But in 1996, there was a resurgence of interest, and while other clubs were still suffering, Bemsee - under the management of Dave Stewart, saw full grids for all classes at its meetings in '96 and '97.

With a new national series for 1998, and 24 days racing at 9 circuits, Bemsee looks set to retake its role as the leader of British Motor Cycle Racing.

New for 1998

Bemsee have pushed through changes to the ACU rules:

1998 Dates

1st March Brands Hatch
28/29th March Lydden
10th/11th April Pembrey
2nd May Snetterton
16th/17th May Lydden
30th May Oulton Park
6th June Snetterton
20th/21st June Croix (France)
12th July Brands Hatch
8th/9th August Cadwell Park
22nd August Donington Park
6th September Mallory Park
12th/13th September Snetterton
25th October Silverstone

Most of these dates will be for the Bemsee championship, but Bemsee will also be running three rounds of the new National Clubmans Championship - probably with New ERA running another three rounds.

Bemsee Classes

Superstock 400250 2-stroke, 400 4-stroke production based
Special dispensation for LC350. Tuning allowed, no overboring.
Superstock 600Production based 600 4-strokes.
PowerbikeAny motorcycle up to 351-1300cc.
TZR YamahaTo BMCRC Specs. No wets.
LC350 YamahaTo BMCRC Specs
LC250 YamahaTo BMCRC Specs
MZ 250To Formula Lightweight Specs
125 & 250 SingleSingle cylinder, up to 250cc. Includes 125 GP bikes.
Open Junior100cc-350cc open
Rookie 400Open to any rider competing in first full season.
Rookie 1300As above
SupermonoSingle cylinder four stroke
Four stroke Twins & TriplesSelf-explanatory really
Open & F2 SidecarOh no! It's the wheelbarrows. Get the cement dust ready

Notes:

  1. Scoring: Best 18 rounds to count for championship (ie. 2 rounds must be dropped.
Most of the two-stroke bikes in Bemsee races are tuned by the south-east's ace two-stroke tuner
Graham File. Here are some of Graham's winning riders.

Click here for a fuller history of the club.

Contact Details

Bemsee can be contacted at their home circuit, Lydden:
Lydden International Race Circuit
Wootton
Near Canterbury
Kent
CT4 6RX
Tel: 01304 830557
Fax: 01304 831715

1997 Season

For 1997, Bemsee intend to run 20 rounds at at least five different circuits. They have confirmed dates at Brands Hatch (club circuit), Cadwell Park (full circuit), Croix in France, and of course Lydden. Other likely venues are Pembrey in Wales, Snetterton in Norfolk, and possibly another continental circuit.

Bemsee Calender 1997

MeetingDateCircuit
Practice22 FebruaryLydden
Round 11 MarchBrands Hatch
Practice22 MarchLydden
Round 229 MarchLydden
Round 312 AprilLydden
Round 413 AprilLydden
Round 53 MayLydden
Practice23 MayCroix (France)
Round 624 MayCroix (France)
Round 725 MayCroix (France)
Round 87 JuneSnetterton
Round 921 JuneLydden
Round 1022 JuneLydden
Round 1113 JulyBrands Hatch
Round 1226 JulyCadwell Park
Round 1327 JulyCadwell Park
Round 1416 AugustLydden
Lord of Lydden17 AugustLydden
Round 156 SeptemberPembrey
Round 167 SeptemberPembrey
Round 1720 SeptemberLydden
Round 1811 OctoberBrands Hatch
Round 1918 OctoberLydden
Sidecar Burnup19 OctoberLydden
Round 2026 OctoberSilverstone

Bemsee Calender 1996
RoundDateCircuit
1 Sat 25 FebruaryBrands Hatch
2 Sat 23 March Lydden
3 Fri 5 April Lydden
4, 5 Sat/Sun 4/5 MayPembrey
6 Sat 25 May Snetterton
7 Mon 27 May Lydden
8, 9 Sat/Sun 15/16 JuneLydden
10, 11Sat/Sun 13/14 JulyCroix En Tournois
12 Sat 31st Aug Lydden
13 Sat 12th Oct Lydden
14 Sat 26th Oct Brands Hatch


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