The history of the moto-cross circuit at Golding Barn spans way
back to the early 1950’s when the Beamish family first had
races at the natural valleyed track. Run mainly, then, by the Brighton
and District Motorcycle Club events included open to centre race
meetings and also the famous Sunbeam Point to Point race was twice
For those interested in a quick trip down memory lane, riders gracing
the circuit with their presence included Geoff Ward, Brian Stonebridge,
Johnny Draper, John Avery, Graham Beamish, Geoff Smith, Brian Martin,
John Giles, Gordon Jackson, The Rickman Brothers, The Sharp Brothers
and many many more top names of the time. Spectators back then would
even have seen the great Dave Bickers riding as a junior!!
has been used ever since with all sorts of events being held on
many different track layouts. There were numerous Schoolboy National
events held during the 70s and 80s with such names as David Thorpe,
Kurt Nicol, Andy Nichols, Kelvin Tatum (multi-World Longtrack Champion
since then), Steve Beamish and again many more top names racing
at the front of the pack.
has hosted the 250cc British Championship during the mid to late
80s with the likes of Jeremy Whatley, Rob Herring, Dave Watson,
Mark Bennett, Mark Banks and Perry Leask all battling for the honours.
There has been some very sucessful evening meetings and many smaller
events since then with some great races.
The most radical changes at Golding Barn
Raceway have happened in the last three years when Dan and Steve
Beamish, Grahams sons, have taken on the full time job of turning
the venue into a professionally run practice and race centre. The
circuit has come down off of the steep hillsides in a bid to fit
in with the environment a little better and a massive effort has
been made to grass all non track areas and literally hundreds of
trees have been planted around the site. With lots of further improvements
planned both on and off the circuit it is hoped the legacy of the
Golding Barn Raceway will continue for many more years.
1933 - 2006
It is with great sadness that we inform you of the
unexpected passing away of Graham Beamish.
Graham had spent the last few years bravely fighting off some serious
illnesses and setbacks, his final farewell still came quite unexpectedly
passed away on the evening of Thursday 7th September 2006.
leaves behind an amazing life which he lived to the full and has
been a great role model and huge inspiration to many, many people,
not least his wife Joyce and three children Julie, Steven and Daniel.
the most fantastic memories we bid this great man a final goodbye
and pray that he can now forever Rest In Peace, with all our love.