A PAIR of pensioners with a need for speed have made Castleford their pit stop as they prepare for one of the world’s fastest motorbike races.
Robin Daykin, 74, and wife Annette, 62 – who took to the world of TT motorcycling racing eight years ago – visited friends Janet and David Rogers at their home in Castleford while gearing up for the famous Isle of Man races which start on Saturday.
Mr and Mrs Rogers, of Airedale Drive – who are keen spectators of the superbike sport – met the racing team at a competition in Scarborough in 2009 and they have been friends ever since.
Mrs Rogers said: “We had great respect for the couple as soon as we saw them on the race track and we were asked if we wanted to meet them in the racing paddock.
“We instantly hit it off so we wanted to support them in their passion and we really enjoy being part of the team.”
Mr and Mrs Rogers will be going to see the daring duo compete on their 600cc superbike with sidecar in the Formula Two circuit in this month’s Isle of Man races.
The Daykins – who race under the name Past It – live in Aberdeen but are sponsored by a number of Castleford companies including Lockside Motors and Mr and Mrs Rogers’ Wheldale Lodge Nurseries.
Mrs Daykin added: “We are so lucky to have a base in Castleford and a place where we can stay when we are travelling around in between races.
“We have to cart all our equipment across the country and Aberdeen is not a very easy place to get to when you have races just a few days apart.
“Janet and David are so very generous and it really shows the camaraderie of the sport.”
Team Past It has travelled around Europe racing their 600cc Yamaha R6 with sidecar after upgrading from a classic Royal Enfield motorbike – which they bought eight years ago to compete in the Classic Club races.
The couple have now left for the Isle of Man practice week to prepare for the race which consists of three 37.7-mile laps around the island at speeds reaching more than 130mph.
Mrs Daykin added: “We are very excited about the race, it will be the second time we have competed and it is very, very fast and exhausting.
“You have to have total trust in each other because Robin will not have time to check that I’ve even made it round the last corner!
“It is an awesome sport and there is nothing in the world like flying around a track together.
“I would encourage anyone of any age to go out and do something that they maybe thought wasn’t possible for themselves but that’s exactly how we got in it.”