• Short Summary

    Motorcycle scramble racing is becoming more and more popular in the Gulf State of Bahrain, the Only Middle East country where the sport is held.

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    Motorcycle scramble racing is becoming more and more popular in the Gulf State of Bahrain, the Only Middle East country where the sport is held.

    The only organised club in the country is the Bahrain Sandblasters Club, which races every Friday during the season.

    About half the competitors in the club, which has been going three years, are Bahrainis; the other half are Americans, Britons, Scots and Dutch working in the country.

    The club has a track marked out in the desert near the capital, Manama.

    Riders buy their own special scramble motorcycles, and pay up to ???180 for their riding gear.

    The sport is unknown everywhere else in the Middle East.

    The race shown in the film was run on Friday (12 March) and was won by a Scot, Tom Davis. Runner up was Karim Mansour, half Bahraini and half Swiss.

    SYNOPSIS: Tension is high in the pits at the start of this motorcycle scramble race near the Bahrain capital of Mamama on Friday.

    These riders are members of the Sandblasters Motorcycle club, the only motorcycle scramble club in the Middle East.

    They're off in the feature race of the day. The club races every Friday at it's track in the desert. Each rider has his own special scramble motorcycle, and pays up to ???180 for has riding gear.

    Half the competitors are Bahrainis, and the other half are Americans, Britons, Scots and Dutch working in the oil-rich state. Scrambling is really catching on as a spectator sport in Bahrain, and the Bahrainis have it to themselves, as it is unknown elsewhere in the Middle East.

    The course has all the dips, jumps and hairpins of scramble tracks in other parts of the world. The winner of this race was a Scot, tom Davis, and runner-up was Karim Mensour, half Bahraini, half Swiss. Tom was given a winner';s trophy by club official Bob Button.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAALM9FU0NAIGOKF8YHNQH7COBL
    Media URN:
    VLVAALM9FU0NAIGOKF8YHNQH7COBL
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/03/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:40:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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