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Special Event:

Celebrating the Centenary of Motocross

March 24th 2024

Scramble 100 



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Scramble 100 held on Sunday 24th March 2024, the 100 year celebration of motocross at Bagshot, GU15 1PN.

With the first-ever scramble having taken place on Surrey Heath in 1924, this centenary event looks to celebrate the genesis of all offroad motorcycle sport.

With support from Triumph, Castrol, Belstaff, the 150 competitors will started by former Motocross World Champions and the Mayor of Surrey Heath from 10am to win prizes and enjoy the day.

Machines taking part range from 1920’s Rudge’s and Velocette’s, through to 1960’s BSA’s and AJS’ on to the 1980’s Kawasaki’s and Husqvarna’s before modern day KTM’s, Gas Gas’ and Sherco’s.


We even have an all electric Stark competing as we lean into the next century!


Did you know that in March 1924 the world’s very first ‘Scramble’ took place near Camberley?

This year, on the 24th March, Witley MCC are reforming the ‘Camberley Motor Club’ and hosting a centenary event in partnership with Surrey Museum, celebrating the birth of all offroad motorcycle racing.

We are thrilled to announce the upcoming 100th Anniversary Event of the first ever Motocross/Scramble, which took place on March 29th 1924 in the Camberley area.

Organised by the Camberley and District Motor Club, this event marked the beginning of an exhilarating sport that has captivated riders and spectators alike for a century.

To commemorate this momentous occasion, Witley & District MCC has revived Camberley and District Motor Club, together with the original format of the competition for a unique, one-off event.

Taking place on the 24th March and using part of the original course, this event promises to be a thrilling experience for competitors and spectators alike.

Entries will be open for any bike, just as it was in the original event. To ensure a fair competition, the participants will be split into two groups: Classic and Modern. The Classic group will consist of machines manufactured before 1965, while the Modern group will include bikes from any year thereafter.

In addition to the competition, we are delighted to announce that the Surrey Heath Museum will be on site, showcasing a historic display of the last 100 years of MX/Scrambling. This exhibition will provide a fascinating insight into the evolution of the sport and its impact on the wider community.

We invite all motocross enthusiasts, history buffs, and adrenaline junkies to join us on this momentous occasion. Whether you are a rider or a spectator, this event promises to be an unforgettable experience that celebrates the rich heritage of motocross.

For more information, make sure you like Scramble 100 on Facebook and Instagram,
and keep your eyes on this page. Entries will open in early February so keep your eyes peeled!

We look forward to welcoming you to this historic event!

The 'Motocross 100' exhibition may also be viewed at Surrey Heath Museum, 33 Obelisk Way, Camberley GU15 3SG from March 2nd to May 4th 2024. For details visit


The whole story...

Our Camberley forebears invented an event that would become the genesis for a huge global sport.

In 1924 The Camberley Club planned an event that would be beyond challenging and decided to skip penalties for falling off and crashing as they assumed everyone would. It would be an out and out two lap race over the roughest of off-road terrain that the Army land around the north and east of Camberley could deliver. There would be no rules, just the fastest over the course would win.


After much debate as to what such an event could be called, they decided to invent a new name and called it a “Scramble”. It would be the world’s first ever Scramble. The organisers were gentlemen, so 2½ hours was naturally set aside in the middle of the two-lap race for lunch.

It would be called the “Southern Scott Scramble” as the North’s toughest event was the “The Scott Trial”.

And so, the world’s first Scramble was on. The world’s first Motocross. The world’s first Enduro.

Over 80 “Optimists” gathered for the start in March 1924 on a mix of road bikes, as dedicated off-road bikes had yet to be invented. Period accounts tells us that the terrain was spectacularly challenging, and half the bikes would disintegrate and not make the finish. Even many of the bikes that crossed the line were wrecked and had to be transported home by train. Some of the riders knew the challenge they were facing. Mr T.G. Waterhouse had the foresight to take a length of gas-piping with him so that he could straighten out his Velocette motorcycle “as the need arose”.

Period press accounts tell us that spectators could trace the course by following the trail of motorcycle debris. A few journalists took part and one who had survived the horrors of trenches summarised his thoughts on riding in the Scramble – “I was very frightened”.

Amazingly there were no serious injuries. Aided, no doubt, by the fact that they were a hardy bunch having all survived the War and the riding was slightly less perilous as nobody was shooting at them.

On site they had the local Bagshot’s St. John Ambulance and amusingly stated “They mean well and delight in practice.”

The winner completed both laps in just over 2 hours of riding. He was a local Camberley chap, Mr Arthur Blencowe Sparks. He was an ex-2nd Lt from the Royal Flying Corps. The steed he choose was a 486cc Scott Squirrel motorcycle. A 2-stroke twin cylinder machine. He averaged almost 25mph, an astonishing speed considering it was over ground so rough that most of the other competitors machines disintegrated under them.

For once the northerners had little to say, although one described it as the “worst freak course … and with the steepest hill he had ever seen”.

The event was a huge success, it was quickly copied, and similar events quickly sprang up all over the UK.

The motorcycle manufacturers realised that they had to up their game and produce motorcycles that could survive or even thrive off-road. The 1924 Camberley Scott Scramble became the genesis for all future off-road competition motorcycles and the many forms of motorcycle sport that it spawned.

Its success quickly took it global, and the French called it the “motorcycle cross-country” or in French abbreviated it to Motocross.


As the years progressed, organisers found it challenging to find courses where they could have laps of many miles long and in conjunction with making it more spectator-friendly, the laps shortened until we have a modern Motocross.



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Camberley Motor Club (website under construction)...

Surrey Heath Museum Special Exhibition...


The Motocross 100 exhibition is now open until 4th May at the Surrey Heath Museum and Gallery in Obelisk Way, Camberley – just inside the doors of the Square Shopping Centre.
Open Tuesday -– Saturday 11.00am-4.30pm, free admission


Wow! What a day 😍

Congratulations to all the riders who took part in Scramble 100 – the Centenary of Motocross.

The day dawned warm and bright, and thousands of people lined the tracks to watch both modern and classic machines in this celebration of motorcycling.

Our award winners:
• Elliot Davies
• Bryan Smith
• James Coker
• Jem Rowe
• Marc Green
• Jack Allen
• Andy Abrahams
• Tristan Robinson
• Kieron Abrahams

A huge thank you to our whole organising team. Far too many to name, but we are all truly honoured to have been able to host this fantastic day's sport.

Final Instructions
Event: Scramble 100
Organisers: Witley & District MCC
Venue: Bagshot Heath, Surrey, GU15 1PN
Date of Event: 24th March 2024
Permit No: ACU 202470
Auto-Cycle Union Ltd, ACU House, Wood Street, Rugby, Warwickshire CV21 2YX
Tel: 01788 566400 E-mail:


ANNOUNCEMENT. The team at Witley and District MCC have worked incredibly hard to bring forward this historic centenary event, celebrating 100 years of motocross.


The below rules are a reminder of key points ahead of the event, and riders should also refer to the ACU National Sporting Code and the Supplementary Regulations. All riders will comply, and the penalties for not following these rules include (but are not limited to) exclusion from the event/ disqualification/ reporting to the relevant authorities such as ACU for a penalty to be applied to competition licences.


TIME The gate opens at 0700. All competitors must be on site before 0900. The nearest postcode is GU15 1PN and follow the arrows.


PARKING You will park where directed by officials. Vehicles up to a Mercedes Sprinter size can be accommodated. Larger vehicles will not be able or permitted to enter the venue.


SPECTATORS are welcome, but must park as advised by officials and stay in spectator areas as directed. Non-motorised cycles may be used by spectators to travel from the start to the special test for viewing. If you are intending to spectate and the venue is full, please park considerately and be mindful of nearby residents.


SIGNING ON 0800-0930. You must have ID with you and your ACU Licence and our team will check you off the riders list and provide your rider numbers and transponder (you must know your number on arrival).


TECHNICAL INSPECTION 0800-0930. Checks will include ACU stamp on helmet, numbers, environmental mat, and fire extinguisher.


FORMAT OF EVENT. The format is a re-creation of the original first scramble (motocross). Competitors will be split into two groups based on the class entered. Each group will embark on a one-hour session, with riders leaving four per minute. Competitors will start as many laps as they can in the hour-long session. At the end of the session, riders will have a ‘gentleman’s lunch stop’ as was the case in 1924, heading to the paddock and awaiting their second session. A running order for the day is shown below:


NOISE. All machines must have the baffles intact. Excessively noisy machines will be excluded.


TYRES. Any tyre is permitted.


FUELLING. All fuelling must take place on an environmental mat. The penalty for non-compliance is disqualification.


COURSE. You must stay on the marked course. If you break down, please wait for the next marshall who will inform you of a safe route back to the start.


BLUE TAPE AREAS are strictly walking pace. This includes the paddock, time controls, special test approach and right of way crossings.


TRANSPONDER. When you have completed the event, please return your transponder.


MEDICAL SERVICES are provided by Team Medic. The nearest hospital is Frimley Park.


CATERING. Please support Calvert Caterers.


CLEAN UP. You must take all litter home with you and leave the venue clean and tidy. No jetwashes, no tearoffs, no body/ helmet cameras.


WARNING. Despite the organisers taking all reasonable precautions, unavoidable accidents can happen. Please comply with all instructions of marshals and notices and remain in permitted areas only. THEY ARE CONCERNED WITH YOUR SAFETY.


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