Glasgow Streets - racetrack for a day


Wednesday 6 August, 5.30 – 8pm

An estimated 20,000 spectators will descend on Glasgow’s George Square on Wednesday (6 Aug) when City streets are closed and the square is converted into a high-octane race track. 

Some of the fastest racers from around the world, the very elite of British motorcycle and saloon touring car racing, along with their phenomenally powerful machines, will wow crowds with demo laps from 5.30pm to 8pm.  Warm-up action starts at 4pm.  Fans will also get the chance to meet riders and drivers who’ll be signing autographs and showcasing their race prepared machines in the ‘pit and paddock’ area.

The free event heralds the build up to Scotland’s two biggest and most exhilarating motor-racing weekends of 2008.  The Scottish rounds of the prestigious Bennetts British Superbike Championship (9 & 10 August) and the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship (16 & 17 August) will be fought out in back to back weekends at Knockhill racing circuit in Fife.

Only days ahead of the Superbike event, 20 of the fastest bikers in the world will bring the glamour and excitement of their sport to the heart of Glasgow at the City Centre event.  And with the Touring Cars meeting just one week later (16 & 17 August), Scottish home favourite Gordon ‘Flash’ Shedden will be burning rubber in his Honda in George Square too.

Jillian Shedden, managing director of Knockhill racing circuit said:

“Scotland has a proud motorsport history.  It’s a huge feather in the country’s cap for Knockhill to host rounds of the elite of British motorcycle and saloon touring car racing, which until the mid nineties were always fought out only on tracks south of the border.  Creating a preview event in one of Scotland’s major cities is no mean feat but it’s certainly set to be even bigger and better than last year.”

Kicking off the carnival atmosphere with an awe-inspiring is Texan Eric Scott, better know as ‘go fast jet-pack man’.  He will literally fly high above the track and right over the square powered only by a jet pack strapped to his back.

Scottish motorcycling legend and three-time British Superbike champion Niall Mackenzie will also appear and said:

“I was here in Glasgow for the very first Superbikes in the Square last year and loved it.  The energy around the square from the crowds and the machines makes the hairs on your neck stand up.  This is an absolutely unique event in the UK and Glasgow should be proud to host some showboating by easily the best riders and drivers in the world.”

Niall’s son Taylor, aged only 14 is following in his famous dad’s footsteps racing in the 125mph series at Knockhill during the Superbikes weekend.

The racecar of sadly missed Scotsman David Leslie will be on show in a fitting tribute to the Touring Car star who lost his life in a light aircraft crash earlier this year. 

Councillor Ruth Simpson, executive member for Land and Environmental Services said:

“I’m delighted that we are able to bring back this superb event for a second year.  Last year’s inaugural event was a huge success and once again showed our city’s ability – and commitment – to host major event for the people of Glasgow.”

Tickets for rounds 18 & 19 of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship (9 & 10 August) are priced from £5 - £30.  Tickets for round 8 of the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship are also priced from £5 - £30.  All tickets available from

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