Thousands enjoy beach racing event

Two of the riders race down a straight during last week's event. Photo by John Crossland.
Two of the riders race down a straight during last week's event. Photo by John Crossland.

THOUSANDS of spectators were treated to the mighty roar of engines during a thrilling two-day beach racing event in Ingoldmells.

Over 4,000 motorsport enthusiasts journeyed to the Xmas Sandfest event, held last Thursday and Friday (December 29, 30) along the privately owned stretch of beach at Joe’s Beach Bar.

Enduroland, the UK’s number one enduro, trail bike and quad practice club, showcased some of the biggest names in the motorsport. They were able to test their moves on the specially-designed race courses, which stretched over three miles of sand.

Simon Adderley, joint owner of Joe’s Beach Bar, said: “The event went really well and we had around 4,000 spectators come down to the beach over the two days.”

And the event has been so successful that Simon is planning to make it an annual fixture, as well as hosting another event earlier in the year.

“The event has been so successful for us that we are planning to do it each year now. We also want there to be two events, one in December and one in June,” added Simon.

Fans were also able to attend the event for free and get the chance to look at the professionals as they tore around the track at gut-wrenching speeds.

Some of the more adventurous visitors were also able to hire buggies and have a go on the tracks themselves.

Organisers were also keen to provide lots of courses to suit all ages and abilities so they could thoroughly enjoy the day. The event gave families the chance to see over 200 of the best beach racers in the country and enjoy some pre-New Year entertainment.

“It was brilliant, we had racers from all over the country come down. Enduroland were impressed with Ingoldmells and there is massive potential for the future here and we have had other traders come forward looking to take part in future events,” added Simon.

There was also an indoor beach party held at Joe’s on Thursday night where all guests were treated to live music from local group, Dave The Band.

“They were absolutely fantastic and they’ll be used again for future events,” explained Simon.

It is hoped the event will help mark the beginning of a major winter sporting attraction for the East Coast as the popularity of the events continue to soar.

“Beach racing is very popular and we have massive opportunity here with great conditions,” continued Simon.

“Usually racers only have the chance to compete against each other during competitions but this event gives them the perfect opportunity to race in a practice environment.

“We were the first to bring beach racing here [Ingoldmells] and we want to build on the opportunities for the future.