Those with long memories may recall Flat-Out’s attempt at some madcap flat track racing last year, when we underwent a gruelling training regime and raced a ridiculously unsuitable Harley-Davidson Street Rod 750 in the Hooligan class of the 2017 competition.
The event was bigger and better this year, with a new location at the larger Arena Essex Raceway, free camping for those wanting to stay on Friday evening and a fresh, condensed schedule that saw everything done in a day.
As always, the oval racing was fast, furious and utterly ridiculous, thanks to some extremely unsuitable machines hitting the loose surface in arguably the most relaxed (and silly) motorsport you will ever clap eyes on.
“I think there’s always a bit of a worry when things start to get more popular, and with DirtQuake now broadcast on TV, I thought it could lose its spark, but it still boasted that fun, informal atmosphere that I’ve always loved,” explains photographer Chloe Baker-Cooper, who was on hand to capture the action for us this year.
“The highlight of the day for me was without a doubt the Hooligan final, as it was probably one of the most intense races I’ve ever watched.
“They all absolutely thundered it around the track and everyone was so captivated by it,” Chloe explains.
A larger arena attracted a larger crowd this year and they were spoilt for choice in terms of motorcycles on display, with Chloe highlighting Sam Neville’s YZ490 chopper totally due to its elongated front forks and two-stroke engine.
“There was also an impressive podium finish from a 1950s Vincent in the inappropriate road bike class, which hadn’t been ridden since around 1956 but managed to best a couple of modern machines,” Chloe explains.
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