There’s money at stake at this year’s Connor Smith Memorial, when the top quad and sidecar riders will race Dean Moor on Sunday 18th July, day two of NETT’s next double header weekend. With cash awards for the top five in both the Quad Championship class and the Sidecar class running that day, the overall winner in each of those two classes will win £660 – Connor’s race number.
The top Under-21 Championship Quad rider will also be awarded the iconic wheel shaped perpetual award which was created in young Connor’s memory for this annual event.
The Connor Smith Memorial Cup will be presented to the top quad rider and this year, in recognition that the Sidecar class is very much part of all NETT club events, a perpetual award has been commissioned for the overall winning pair.
The sidecar class on the Sunday is also counter in the Tribal MX ACU British Sidecars Championship and wildcards are welcome.
The prizemoney for the runners up in each of the two featured classes is £200 for second overall, £150 for third, £100 for fourth and £50 for fifth.
All quad support classes are running on Sunday too, both youth and adult, and they too receive specially engraved trophies. The awards will be presented on the day by Connor’s family.
The traditional Saturday night shindig in the marquee, where riders usually gather to remember Connor and fellow NETT club members Mark Watson and Bobby Carmichael, cannot take place this year because of the continuing Covid restrictions. However, the usual friendly family atmosphere around the paddock will no doubt prevail, albeit in bubbles!
Riders can enter the event on the ACU website. Day membership is available for those who aren’t signed up to the NETT club championship which means all riders in the two featured classes are eligible for the cash awards.
There is racing on the Saturday too, for all classes of quads and adult sidecars. The Saturday event counts towards the NETT club championships but, like Sunday, day members are very welcome to race alongside the regulars.
Photo: Cardenden, Scotland, 29th Sept 2013, the last time Connor raced in the UK
Photo credit: Bob Keith/QRS