Friday December 6th, all roads led to the sixth annual CRAP Party, (Christmas Riders Annual Party) at Wilmslow Rugby Club, Wilmslow, Cheshire, were amongst the footballers, TV stars and beautiful people, ex riders from off-road and road racing gathered to celebrate still being this side of the turf, reminisce about the old days, tracks and great battles they had through the years. Whilst virtually everyone’s hair is a little thinner and wasteline’s a bit fatter, riders who often were great rivals, jump at the chance to buy each other beers and enjoy the great banter.
The brainchild of former AMCA IMBA European Champion Rob Bentham, the popularity of CRAP soon outgrew the back room of a pub in Knutsford, to move to the spacious Wilmslow Rugby club.
Last years guest Carl Fogarty was busy winning ITV’s “I’m a Celebrity get me out of here!”, so Artist Rob Kinsey sought out Motocross legend, American Chuck Sun, former Husqvarna and Honda factory rider, 1980 AMA 500cc National Champion and member of the 1981 Trophee des Nations winning American Team at Lommel Belgium. Chuck flew in from Las Vegas, and gave a great interview, telling stories of his factory days and even racing in front of 100,000 people at Leningrad in a Russian 250cc Gp.
One of the main aims of the party is to raise money for a worthy cause, namely the Wings for Life Spinal Research Foundation, dedicated to funding research into cures for spinal injury which has affected several action sports stars. Last year we raised approx. £2300 for Wings for Life, mainly down to serious bidding on a Rob Kinsey Art canvas painting of legend Ricky Johnson and sales of vintage Motocross DVD’s.
This years prizes included VIP Hospitality package for two people to attend the 2015 MXGP at Matterley Basin, Winchester, which was won by jointly by Steve Malone and Stuart Cosgrave with a winning bid of £1300. Steve also plans to purchase additional VIP tickets for his staff at Pro-Seal, Adlington. Rob Kinsey Art put up for auction a signed David Bailey limited edition canvas which raised £700, plus Honda’s Roger Harvey donated HRC race shirts which together with Wings for Life clothing and Pro-Circuit t-shirt’s bumped this year’s figure to just over £5000 for Wings for Life. Someone even offered £100 for Chuck Sun to sign auctioneer Simon “Mad dog” Maddocks ample derriere in permanent marker. Never before have the “Sun” and the “Moon” been out at the same time!
Following a great evening in Alderley Edge upmarket bar’s Chuck was a little worse for wear when Howard Staves turned up in his Mk 2 Escort rally car to meet friends in Wilmslow.
BTCC car driver and 24 hours of Dubai race winner Tony Hughes invited Chuck and Rob to view his extensive collection of cars at home.
After the weekend, Chuck was invited to tour the Pro-seal factory in Adlington, Cheshire to see the incredible food packaging machines the company manufacture’s.
Following a tour of Hughes Motorsport and Hughes Safety Showers in Bredbury Stockport, Chuck was dropped off at Manchester airport, on route to Praque, Czechoslovakia.
The CIA have confirmed that “The package” was safely delivered to Praque, having released this spy camera photo!