South west’s wealthiest man re-unites legendary riders with Essex track

LOOKING BACK: Entrepreneur Chris Dawson (red coat) and former MX champions Bryan (Badger) Goss (fifth left) and Dave Bickers (third left) cast their eye over how Little Loveney Hall's circuit used to be
LOOKING BACK: Entrepreneur Chris Dawson (red coat) and former MX champions Bryan (Badger) Goss (fifth left) and Dave Bickers (third left) cast their eye over how Little Loveney Hall's circuit used to be

A successful entrepreneur fulfilled a lifelong ambition by visiting Wakes Colne’s motocross track alongside two former British champions.

DIY and home store owner Chris Dawson, with an estimated fortune of more than £380 million, flew into Halstead and District Motorcycle Club’s Little Loveney Hall circuit in a private helicopter with Bryan (Badger) Goss and Ipswich’s Dave Bickers.

The trio met with club officials and members to pore over memorabilia from the heyday of the sport, when Goss and Bickers used regularly appear on television and roar round the renowned Wakes Colne circuit during the 1960s and 1970s.

Club chairman Keith Weavers was on hand to welcome them to the track as they compared it to photographs taken 50 years ago.

Plymouth-based Dawson, named the wealthiest person in the south west of England, is an aficionado of motocross and said of Goss and Bickers: “They were the Beatles of British Motocross.

“It was a dream day for me because I was with the world class riders who rode at this very track in the 60s, and they were telling me the exact lines they took and how they remembered the race. This was as close as I will ever get to being as great as them.”

The Range owner added: “I would like to thank the club secretary Anthony Adams and chairman Keith Weavers for putting on such a great event and still having such a passion for a sport that I love.”