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Local legend Derek Chatterton ready to roll back the years

Wednesday, July 30 2014

Cadwell Park hero Derek Chatterton will be reliving special memories of his local circuit at this Sunday's (3 August) 80th Anniversary Meeting, when he takes part in the Classic Racer Champions of Cadwell Parades that form the centrepiece of the event.

Derek first visited the venue as a schoolboy in the early 1960s: "My brother used to race," he said. "He was six years older than me, and I used to go with him. I was always interested in motorbikes, and he got me even more interested in them."

Sadly Derek's brother was killed in a road accident in 1962, but he developed his own successful career in motorcycle racing that became synonymous with the Lincolnshire track. Many of the sport's greats raced there, and Derek beat them:  "I suppose my best memory was when I beat Giacomo Agostini on the 500MV in 1974. Nobody had beaten him round there before."

Chatteron says it certainly helped that he was a local man: "You realised that everybody is gunning for you, so you do the best you can!

"Cadwell's a really good circuit, it's undulating and as far as I'm concerned it's not too wide, I like a race circuit that's not too wide, like road circuits. I think it's really one of the best circuits in the country. Other circuits I liked, like the Isle of Man TT, but Cadwell was my local one and it was nearer to get to, so it was mostly the one I would choose."

Derek retired from top-line racing in the late 1970s but  keeps in touch with the two-wheeled world: "I still follow motorcycle racing on television, I don't usually go to watch at many meetings, but I do follow the World Superbikes, British Superbikes and MotoGP on the television. I'm still really interested in it."

Tickets for the Cadwell Park 80th Anniversary Celebration on Sunday 3 August are available on the gate for £18, with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click here.