AN EXPERIENCED sidecar racer has found the perfect replacement for his usual passenger. . . his son.

Colvin Denholm will be joined at East Fortune race track this weekend by son Ross after his usual passenger, Geoff Hickie, pulled out.

The father-and-son duo are racing together for the first time and Colvin told Courier Sport he would be “chuffed to bits” with a top-10 finish.

Twenty sidecars are set to line up on the grid over the weekend and 60-year-old Colvin, who used to be a sidecar passenger for more than 15 years, explained what made a good passenger.

Colvin, who lives in Haddington and works at Windymains Timber, near Humbie, said: “Basically, anybody that is brave enough and silly enough to do it!

“You have got to be kind of agile and ideally not tall.

“He is almost six-foot-six-inches but curls up into a ball phenomenally well.

“There have been some great tall passengers in the past and there are still one or two who do it.

“It is a bit of bravery and stupidity mixed into one to do it!”

Ross, who is studying at Edinburgh College and works in Haddington’s Tesco store, got his licence for the sport at the beginning of the year.

He has quickly picked up experience and the duo hope to be battling in the middle of the field.

Action begins at 9am tomorrow (Saturday) and Sunday and it is £10 entry for adults, with under-16s getting in free of charge when accompanied by an adult.