Bob Harris, Tony Blackburn, Johnnie Beerling,
Paul Burnett, Uncle Bulgaria...
September 1973, Radio 1 organized 'Fun Days' which took place at a UK race meetings
during the summer. Additional events were put on, races sponsored, star guests invited. Ticket proceeds went to a registered
charity. The action was broadcast live on-air. Publicity Trailers were broadcast
on R1 for two weeks beforehand, calling it 'a day out for all the family'. All
the Radio One presenters wore T-shirts/anoraks bearing the famous '1' logo.
The first event took place at Brand's Hatch
with the D.J.'s driving souped up Ford Escort Mexico's.....
Above - 1974 Poster
Event programme for later 1974 event
There was a relay race of two teams of D.J.'s, using a plastic gold record as a 'baton'. They drove either a car or a
childs' scooter! One team consisted of Noel Edmonds (head driver), Simon Bates,
Paul Burnett and Anne Nightingale. The opposing team included Paul Gambaccini
and Rosko. The players had to run the final 25 yards to complete the race. Noel
Edmonds' team won, since all the team gained time by cramming into one car!
The following year there was another Brands Hatch
meeting, where Johnnie Beerling had the idea that Eddie Kidd would drive a
motorcycle up two three-foot planks and leap over 12 Radio One D.J.'s.
Unfortunately for Tony Blackburn, he lost a draw so was placed furthest away from the ramp!
The presenters took part with the knowledge that 2 weeks
previously, a stunt motor-cyclist had been killed whilst attempting to clear a
line of double decker buses. The D.J. jump was a success of course, with every
national newspaper carrying the picture the following day. Races were also
held at Thruxton, Ingliston in Scotland and...
.....May 18th 1975 - 'Fun Day' at Mallory Park with Guests
The Bay City Rollers and Three Degrees
This was the largest attended Fun Day event
with a crowd of 47,000 and was very much over-subscribed! In fact by 12 o'clock,
Paul Burnett was broadcasting appeals for the public to stay away!
middle of the race track Mallory Park near Leicester there is a lake. In the centre of this
lake there is a small island (accessed by a wooden bridge) which is used as a
marshalling point and for observation.
On this Fun Day, a hospitality marquee and tower (housing
live Radio 1 announcer David Hamilton from 3pm) had been erected. A 'tartan army' of thousands of
Bay City Roller fans had turned up for the event. The D.J.'s were driven around
the track, waving to the crowd, accompanied by a 'Womble'!
The Three Degrees were airlifted to the island by
helicopter, then the Rollers, with only just enough space to land due to too
many fans on the island. When the thousands of fans across the water saw the Bay
City Rollers being dropped off, they all screamed with delight. However, they
didn't stay put and instead ran across the race track (where a race was going
on) and started jumping into the lake in an attempt to get closer to their
control it ain't
got a live one
The police began to get hold of these girls and
threw them back on to the bank. The Bay City Rollers had been scheduled to drive
around the track as a 'lap of honour' however, this had to be abandoned due to
the risk of their personal safety. The helicopter was unable to land on the
island to retrieve the Rollers due to lack of ground space, who were then put
into a small boat on the lake.....the problem then was that fans were wading
over to them, pulling the side of the boat! They were then moved back to the
island (see photograph above) and into the tower. It was some time later
before the helicopter could land and the BC Rollers could finally escape the
madding crowd, and didn't perform at all.
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Fun Day - Live
from Mallory Park, May 1975
Mallory Park is now Closed
DJs by helicopter, and
Injuries next to Radio 1
Tony is gives speedboat
Positions from Brian Jones
of Racing School
Cozy Powell wins
Interview with Bay City
Amazing swimming Scenes!
Noddy Holder is worried
Rollers marooned plus
excited Annie Nightingale
Congrats to Cozy.. plus
thanks to the Police!
Fun Day - Live from Brands Hatch, August Bank
Rosko welcomes You to Brands
Jensen complains about Simon Bates
Edmonds Expected to Win!
it to You - All Afternoon
Brings the Stars to You
with David Essex (4 mins)
Trail for Mallory Park Fun