Ulverston ex-pat Sid Ormrod, who now lives in Silverdale, is equally at home on two wheels or three.

He`s been competing for many years in British Sprints Hill climbs and Vintage races on mainland circuits with many successes to his credit.

His opening event this season took place at the Hoghton Tower Speed Hill climb for motorcycles near Blackburn.

The 220-yard straight line uphill course proved ideal for his 500cc Daytona Triumph engine squeezed into a Greeves frame, as it again took him to victory in the Classic/Vintage event.

The following month, he contested the revived Barbon Hill Climb, meeting the course that hadn’t been used for motorcycle competition for over eight years.

Armed with his 1938 350cc Rudge, he easily won the Vintage class on the 81-year-old machine and just missed out on collecting the award for the Pre-War event too by a mere micro second.

Last season, he campaigned his Mini Cooper-powered three-wheeler to many victories around the country, but now having finished a four-year project to restore a 1965 Curley Trike, he’s raced that alongside his solo machines this year.

Older readers will recall the controversial Owen Greenwood Mini Cooper engine three-wheeler, which caused such a stir in the sidecar racing world in the sixties when he raced it amongst them, although it did comply with the current regulations.

Sid’s Curley Trike is based on the Greenwood outfit, and it too is powered by a Mini Cooper engine.

In its maiden outing this year at Mallory Park, despite a couple of small teething troubles, he came home with awards for second, third and fourth placings amongst the established Morgan three-wheelers and BMW and Vincent-powered Sidecar outfits etc.

Next time out in May at the Darley Moor Circuit in Derbyshire, ‘Curley’ had its first win and a second place despite losing a tooth off the final drive.

The long haul in June down to the tight Lydden Hill circuit in Kent netted him his best result yet; four wins and a new lap record.

Last weekend, a bit nearer to home at the Historic Racing Club’s meeting on the tight and twisty Three Sisters Circuit near Wigan in atrocious weather conditions, he continued his winning streak with another two wins and a couple of second places and set the fastest lap.

He’s now preparing for the forthcoming Leighton Hall Speed Hillclimb near Carnforth on September 22, where he`s looking forward to competing with Barrow’s Malc Cookson, who’s just completed a two year project building a 1000cc supercharged BMW three-wheeler… I`m looking forward to seeing that one.

*The Westmorland Motor Club ran their annual Kendal Classic Revival, meeting near the Westmorland County Showground, last weekend.

As expected, it attracted riders from all over the country. Wellies were the order of the day but it was well worth the effort to see classic scrambles machines and their riders back in action.

Local competitors included Barrow’s Mike Walker, who’s cut back on his road racing activities to compete in classic scrambles on a 250cc DOT.

After winning the first Pre-65 race, the gearbox gave trouble but he did manage to finish second overall.

Martin Reid, also from Barrow, had creditable fifth and sixth placings on his 250 Yamaha in the muddy conditions, while Dalton’s Craig Preston, who last rode a scrambles bike way back in 1979, has just returned to the sport after a 40-year lay-off and grabbed a seventh place on his Suzuki.

*There’s some great news for motorcycle enthusiasts, as the Hartside café on the summit of Hartside (1,903ft) on the Penrith to Alston road could be open again as early as May 2020.

Its stunning views of South Scotland, and the Yorkshire Moors, was a mecca for car and motorcycle enthusiasts, attracting thousands of visitors each year until it burned down in 2018.

Local property developer Dawn Dixon plans to build a new café catering for both ‘petrol heads’ and visitors with her two sons Tom & Rudy.

They plan to demolish the remaining buildings and replace it with a modern environmentally friendly one in steel and glass, subject of course to planning permission being granted by Eden Council.

Dawn has asked Hairy Bikers Simon King and Barrow’s Dave Myers to create a new burger for the new café. It will be great to see this popular bikers venue open again.

*The Ready Steady Go Scooter Club celebrated their 40th anniversary with a two-day rally in Barrow.

Scooter enthusiasts descended on the Hawcoat Park Sports and Social Club recently to mark the event.

Last year, the club donated over £1,000 to charities. If you have an interest in scooters of any age and would like to meet up with like-minded enthusiasts, get in touch with the club via email on readysteadygo12@gmail.com for full details.

*If you missed the Ulverston Charity Bikers Group ride-out last Sunday, don’t forget it’s party night with them tomorrow night at the Ulverston Sports and Social club on Priory Road.

Admission is a mere £5 with live music, disco and raffle. Members of the public are welcome too.

It’s always a great night and a chance to support local charities. For full details, call 07811 460486 or email charitybikers100@gmail.com.