Bringsty Grand Prix 2018

bringsty grand prixAN HISTORIC motorcycle event, Bringsty Grand Prix, which was run in the Herefordshire countryside after the Second World War will return next year after a 70-year absence.

In 1946-47 rural Herefordshire was trying to recover from a hard six years of war, rationing was even tougher than in war time but there was a new found optimism that life could get back to normal despite the shortages.

The county had a long tradition of hosting both car and motorcycle events with miles of unsurfaced roads and open countryside. The motorcycle clubs in the area, including several from the recently disbanded Home Guard, decided to run an off-road meeting which they called the Bringsty Grand Prix.

Supported by local landowners, whose families are still there, the clubs organised an event that would appeal to the new generation of military motorcyclists with experience of travelling cross country at speed.

The event with its steep up and downhill, ledges, bogs and water-splashes was intended to test rider and machine.

Petrol was rationed, new machines and tyres unobtainable so the event format was for two lap heats and a 15 lap final with prizes including one for “Best performance on road tyres”.

The event was a success but after two years the external pressure of war was growing, conflicts in Palestine, Greece and Korea meant that shortages became greater and the Bringsty GP was a casualty.

Now, 70 years later Bromyard Speed Festival are to run the Bringsty GP on April 7 as part of their programme of 2018 events.

The meeting will revive the original races run in 1946 and 47 reflecting the optimism felt after the privations of the Second World War, including petrol rationing.

A small pilot event was held earlier this year to test the format but next year (2018) sees a full scale motocross meeting for vintage and classic motorbikes recalling the motoring heritage of this area.

Julian Garness, landowner and clerk of the course said: “This year’s Bringsty Grand Prix will be run on practically the same course as the 1947 event.

“We are extremely lucky to have several local residents that attended the original meeting as children and can remember where it went. A full entry is expected of machines from the golden era of British motorcycling and, hopefully, some bikes as old as the original Bringsty Grand Prix.

“We are hoping for local riders to come along and ride in the special exhibition class to showcase their classic bikes without competing. Racing will be run by an established local motorcycling club guaranteeing a great day out for all the family.

“The sights, sounds and smells of the bikes will evoke happy memories of a bygone era.”

Visit our home page for more info on the Bromyard Speed Festival.

49 thoughts on “Bringsty Grand Prix 2018

  1. Colin Hales

    Please consider a professional Trumpet fanfare at the presentation of prizes, it will undoubtedly enhance the occasion and make it even more spectacular for all.

    Herefordfanfaretrumpets.co.uk covers every base. Contact Colin for mor information and to discuss your options. Thanks

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  2. Mrs Susan L Hadley

    My son wishes to ride in the Bringsty GP 2018. Where can he find the regs and entry form.
    Many thanks.

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  3. Mrs Susan L Hadley

    My son wishes to enter the Bringsty GP 2018.
    Where does he find the regs and entry form.

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  4. Graham Ashcroft

    Hi, I’m really interested in doing the Bringsty Grand Prix later this year. Could you let me know when it will be held?

    Thanks

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  5. Ian

    If there are any queries regarding the online booking system leave a message on here and I will repond to it asap
    Please note you have to register first on the site before you can book in. Thanks, Ian

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  6. Ian Hope

    If you have any queries or questions regarding the online booking in system please leave a comment on here and I will get back to you asap, thanks Ian

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  7. Arthur Edge

    Bringsty GP and a day at Shelsley, what a fantastic idea..

    With the Counties links to Grass Track, and Speedway (Riders) what could be better..Well done Bromyard Speed Festival for bringing us a classic motorcycle and car event in one weekend.

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  8. Allan Corder

    Dear organisers. I must point out to you that there is strong local opposition to this event. Last year’s event was extremely noisy (in this otherwise quiet neighbourhood) and this event promises to be worse. I and other local residents are asking you to be “good neighbours” and to cancel this event. We hope that you will feel able to do this.

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    1. Anthony Burt Post author

      We have had some objections and are sorry that you feel this one day event will distub you. Please bear in mind that we have also received a lot of support from locals too. We have made sure the GP is safe and legal.

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  9. Claire Hall

    I am writing to voice my disapproval at the proposed “Bringsty Grand Prix” on Tiblands land.

    I am astonished that a reputable organisation like yours is planning to hold an event so close to so many residential properties. Quite frankly it is anti-social and irresponsible.

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    1. Anthony Burt Post author

      We are a serious organisation and support the motoring heritage of Bromyard. We have made sure of the safety and legality of the event. We are sorry that some residents object but have also received great support from other residents.

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  10. Helen Corder

    People living near this proposed event live here because it’s beautiful and quiet. Please consider the impact your event would have on us and cancel it.

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    1. Anthony Burt Post author

      Although there have been objections many others have welcomed the revival of this hiistoric event. We have taken all necessary steps to ensure the event is safe and legal.

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  11. Graham Chapman

    There has been no consideration to the local residents, this event should not take place

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    1. Anthony Burt Post author

      There has been consultation with local residents and although there are some objections many local residents have welcomed the event and have helped prepare the course and will also be volunteering on the day.

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  12. Paul Friend

    Regards the So called Bringsty Grand Prix.

    I live adjacent to the proposed field for the event, we have had to suffer the noise from the mx practice and events.

    Totally amazed that Holden/Morgan companies wish to inflict such intimidation on the community of mainly senior residents.

    P.

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    1. Anthony Burt Post author

      We cannot comment on any issues other than the 7th April event; that is the only event supported by Bromyard Speed Festival. Any other use of the land is the domain of the land owner.

      I can however say that a number of local residents do support the event to the extent of helping to prepare the course and offering help on the day. We have been made aware of some local objections and have borne those in mind in ensuring the event is safe and legal.

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    2. Steve

      Do you not feel intimidated during the biking season when bikes come through in the early morning on sunny weekends as I’m sure you can hear them if you live near the A44?

      I find it disappointing that considering the Grand Prix is part of the Bromyard Speed Fstival that the event is not open for the public and locals alike to actually get near to the action.

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        1. Steve

          Totally agree with people being allowed to have fun! The sound of the Ducatis as they come through on the A44 is heavenly.

          Let’s hope the Bringsty GP becomes an annual event.

          Would the owner of Tiblands allow locals to use their MX bikes on the track, say ever other Sunday for practice and fun do you think?

          Three cheers for Anthony Burt!

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          1. Anthony Burt Post author

            Hi Steve

            Thanks for the support. It will be a shame if some local people find it intrusive but the event is lawful and will be run professionally so let’s hope it’s not as disruptive as they assume and that the majority have a great day.

            You’d need to speak to the landowner regarding any other use of the course. Nothing to do with Bromyard Speed Festival.

            Rgds

            Tony

  13. S Warr

    We enjoyed the Bromyard Speed Festival last year but note that a motorcycle event is being organised in an entirely inappropriate location at Tiblands. Why organise an event which is poorly serviced by a narrow lane from both sides of the entrance. Why organise this event in this secluded area when there is already a well used Motocross circuit on land adjacent to Mr Harris’s farm on the Bromyard to Malvern road!

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    1. Anthony Burt Post author

      Hello
      Part of the remit of Bromyard Speed Festival is to celebrate the motoring and motor sport heritage of Bromyard. This explains our close links with Morgan and Shelsley Walsh among many well known names. Bringsty Grand Prix last ran in 1947 and was in its time an important regional event and this year’s revival will largely follow the original 1947 course. We have also made sure that the event will be run safely, professionally and within the law. We recognise that some local residents object to the event but many others have embraced it, helping to prepare the course and looking forward to an enjoyable event. We hope you will not be as disturbed as you fear but also hope you will take some comfort in the fact that a number of local people will have a really good time on the day.

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  14. Steve

    I am not sure who the local people are welcoming this event? There has been strong opposiion to the ad hoc events which have been held in the proposed field for several years. Is it possible that the people welcoming the event are the family who own the field?
    We live in a quiet area of the countryside and to impose this sort of event without consulting the local residents is quite frankly irresponsible and bad
    manners!

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    1. Anthony Burt Post author

      Hi Steve

      I can assure you the event is being supported by a number of local people. I cannot name them for data protection reasons but there are several and I have spoken with them. I know that one of my co-directors has been talking to Bringsty residents over the past year or so and have seen several emails where he has tried to respond to your concerns. As I stated before the event is lawful and will go ahead. We are sorry we cannot allay your concerns and hope you are not disturbed as much as you fear.

      Rgds

      Tony

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  15. Allan Corder

    I do at least congratulate those who run this website on their honesty in publishing adverse comment. Sadly though, they have completely missed the point.
    There are some local residents who are extremely badly affected by the noise of this event (I am not one of them but I have walked over and can vouch for the excessive noise of last year’s event). The field in question acts as a sound reflector towards Bringsty Common and residents’ homes. In fact it is on the border of the common. Excessive noise from transistor radios etc is not permitted by the common’s bye laws so why should we have to put up with it just over the fence?
    The fact is that there are some people who are very badly affected indeed by the noise level of this event. It is in an entirely unsuitable location, close to houses. I really don’t know who you consulted with but it was certainly not the people who are now complaining. This is very poor indeed. Have you no consideration for the residents affected?

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    1. Anthony Burt Post author

      Hello Allan

      We don’t hide from adverse comments and never will. We really do take note of all criticism.

      I can’t really add much to what has already been said other than to repeat that we note the fears of some residents, and take them seriously, but still believe this lawful event should go ahead.

      Rgds

      Tony

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  16. Steve

    Dear Mr Burt

    I understand from one of your comments that you live on Bromyard By-pass and I assume when you decided to live there, you must of been aware of the traffic and the noise that is made by the vehicles! We purchased our property for its location and the tranquility it affords. You were aware of the environmental consequencies of living in that location, with regards to this proposed event, we did not expect our locality to be blighted by noise which is not natural in the countryside!

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  17. Steve in Favour

    Hi, I’m the other Steve, the one who is in favour of the event. It seems a bit odd that there is another Steve with conflicting views but there you go :).

    I read further up the thread that the ‘other’ Steve feels that the only local people welcoming the event are the family who are hosting the event. The family in question already have a field with an MX circuit in it next to the road. I spoke to a member of the family last night and they have MX bikes but don’t use them very much. How would the locals feel if the family used their field for riding in frequently? Would there be uproar?

    Maybe those that are going to be intimidated by the noise on the day of the racing could go somewhere quiet for the day? A walk to the top of The Malvern’s possibly? Should be nice and quiet up there then they could rest in peace for the next 364 days!

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  18. Richard McGowan

    I live locally, walk and appreciate Bringsty Common daily, and I am in favour of the event.

    In response to Steve’s comments about the responsibility one takes in choosing a place to live- assuming one is fortunate enough to have the choice: Locating on or near common land has implications that go beyond beyond tranquility. This ancient status grants the right to roam, to graze, to ride, and interestingly a customary right to hold public festivities. In many respects he has chosen to live in a public space.

    As a local I feel fortunate that attempts to erode these rights by incoming property owners have been resisted by councils even to this day, as we see.
    We should feel fortunate that were it better known this little unspoiled corner would be far busier all year round. Although regrettably a few people seem to have slipped through the net in the consultation, in the end it is only one days fun and good humour that will bring life and prosperity with it as part of the wider Bromyard Speed Festival.

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    1. Anthony Burt Post author

      Thanks for holding such a reasonable view of the event. We think it will be great fun and have taken what measures we could to mitigate the disruption. The event is legal, safe, and approved by Herefordshire Council. Hope you can get along and enjoy it yourself.
      Rgds
      Tony

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    2. R Andrews

      From what I gather the Bringsty Grand Prix is to be held on private land, on one day out of the year. One solitary day…

      I find it a sad indictment of today’s society that a few people feel the need to complain so vociferously about something that will have such brief and negligible impact on them.

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  19. Cllr.Nigel Shaw

    I can confirm that Herefordshire Council’s regulatory services neither support not object to this event. Whether planning, noise regulation, highway safety or licensing, it has simply ensured that the proposed event is compliant with the various legislative controls that covers such events.

    I request that you modify your published comment?

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    1. Anthony Burt Post author

      Hi Nigel
      We found your colleagues at HCC most helpful and supportive in our efforts to organise this event correctly. That was the tone and intent of my statement. Not, as you make clear, that the event relies on HCC support, being fully compliant with all regulations. It’s just nice to acknowledge a job well done.
      Tony

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  20. Jack

    I find it amazing that the Bromyard Speed Festival can hold and event in Bromyard Town and inconvenience 4,700 persons through road closures etc – without any objections. Hold it on private property in area with a population of 200 and all the NIMBY’s come out. The people of Bromyard share the town with all comers (even people from Bringsty!!) and yet the inhabitants of Bringsty can’t share their common land just for one day – shame on you.

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    1. Anthony Burt Post author

      Hello Jack
      We have had adverse comments from a small number of Bringsty residents; positive support from a few and no reaction from the majority. Please don’t assume all the residents object to the event.
      Rgds
      Tony

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  21. Allan Corder

    Hi Tony. According to the website below, the Brinsgty Grand Prix (date Sat 9th June) has now been cancelled.

    https://www.goracemx.com/event.php?eid=994

    Please can you confirm if this is the case, as this information was not available on the Bringsty Grand Prix website when I looked this morning. Thank you.
    Allan.

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  22. Lee kelly

    Hello.. is this event still running on the 9th june? As i will get my entry sent in.
    Cheerz lee

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