Aberdare motorcycle road races enjoyed by thousands at Aberdare Park this year was subsidised by the cash strapped Rhondda Cynon Taf County borough council.
AberdareOnline under a Freedom of Information Request to RCTCBC received the following response.
The amount of funding provided to Aberaman Motorcycle Club by RCTCBC is as follows:
2013 - £18,750
2014 - £18,000
It is estimated that over 5,000 people turned out to watch the event most of them paying £11 each at the gate for entry.
Or as advertised on http://www.aberdarepark.co.uk/news.html you can have a go at 6 laps of the circuit on your own bike for £45-00.
Lets hope the motorcycle club made enough money this year not to impose so much on the local ratepayer next year.
There will be many who will say the £18,000 would be better spent on keeping the paddling pool open all summer rather than just spending on a 2-day event.
There is a history about the motorbike racing at the park, I remember going to see the legendary Mike Hailwood and John Surtees a few years back now.
The above photograph May 2003