South Shields prepares for inaugural Tyneside Grand Prix

Honda outfits arrive at South Shields on July 23-24

Following a hugely successful opening round in the Isle of Man, 150hp and 225hp Honda outfits arrive at Sandhaven Beach, South Shields on July 23-24 for the third and fourth rounds of the Honda Formula 4-Stroke championship. Titled the Tyneside Grand Prix, they will be competing for the first time on a new North Sea arena. With courses laid close inshore, racing is certain offer spectacular action.
Stella Hall, Creative Director at Newcastle Gateshead Initiative, said: “It’s quite a coup to bring this world-class sporting championship to North East England for the first time.”
Councillor Jim Sewell, Lead Member for Culture and Wellbeing at South Tyneside Council commented: “We are thrilled that the Honda powerboat championship is coming to South Tyneside. This event will be an exciting enhancement to our Summer Festival line-up for the weekend of 22 – 23 July which includes a free open-air concert featuring Midge Ure, China Crisis and Altered Images.”
“Having now established itself over seven years of competition, a new venue is always exciting,” added Martin Sanders, General Manager, Honda (UK) Power Equipment. “It’s fantastic to be able to bring such an incredible event to a totally new audience.”
As well as fast-paced, high octane racing – including participation from Metro Radio’s very own Wayne who’ll be racing in H17 Emap Radio Racing – spectators can enjoy a host of other activities including the aerobatic daring of Will Curtis in the Team Road Angel Sukhoi 26 stunt plane.
Arriving in the North East for the first time and with some 62 races under its belt, the Honda Formula 4-Stroke Powerboat Series really is the embodiment of Honda’s ‘Power of Dreams’ philosophy.


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