Thundersprint 2010 called the "Best Ever"

Bikes ranged from pre-war era machines to modern Norton 961

By Press Release, May. 10, 2010
The sun beat down, cheering crowds packed the two miles of Cavalcade route five deep and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Spitfire climbed into a brilliant blue sky to salute Thundersprint 2010. Things couldn’t get any better!

Chris Walker really has collected every t-shirt in the racing world from GPs to World and British Superbike and as he sat on his Norton 961 race bike, surrounded by hundreds of autograph hunting fans, he was amazed: “This really is a mega event. I’ve always heard stories about the size of the Thundersprint but you’d never believe it without seeing it.

“The atmosphere was great too with really good natured crowds and a huge interest in our new Norton 961.

“Winning on the Norton in its first ever race made for a perfect day. We’ll be back next year for sure.”

Chris Walker on the Norton 961.

Current GP star Danny Webb was just as enthusiastic. “I had a brilliant day. The fans are great and although I’ve been to the Thundersprint twice now I still can’t believe the numbers. It’s magic and I love every minute of the weekend.”

Chris Cook, Head of Culture and Recreation for Cheshire West and Chester Council said: “The Thundersprint has a huge impact on the local, and regional, economy with many tens of thousands of visitors staying in the area during the weekend.

Thundersprint is an important component of events Portfolio within Cheshire West and Chester. Free admission and an international reputation provide our community with the opportunity to be part of something that is unique, special and successful.”

Graeme Hardy in his "Forge Formby" alter-ego rides his Shuttleworth Snap.

Thundersprint organiser Frank Melling was delighted with the whole weekend. He said: “We could not have asked for better. We had a fantastic race entry ranging from pre-War bikes all the way to the two week old Norton 961. There was fabulous racing which gave great entertainment to the crowd and delighted traders. But best of all, there was nothing but happy faces - and that’s the reason we run the Thundersprint.”