July 23rd

Bikes from the big screen set to star at Donington Classic Motorcycle Festival

Motorcycles made famous on the big screen will form part of the off track excitement at this year’s Donington Classic Motorcycle Festival, as well as machines ridden by football legend David Beckham.

In an ever expanding line-up of motorcycle machinery set to appear at the festival, the latest bikes to appear, courtesy of the Dick Shepherd Triumph Factory Motorcycle Museum will appeal to film fans and all the family! The motorcycles will be available to view in the Paddock Suite at the circuit throughout the three day extravaganza.

In something of a coup for Donington Park, the Triumph Bonneville Scrambler bike seen in Jurassic World and ridden by star Chris Pratt, will make its first public appearance at the event. One of only three ever made, this is an ultra-rare machine from what has already become the third highest grossing film of all time, and the biggest box office hit of the year.

A 2002 Triumph Bonneville used at the start of Terminator 3 will also be among those on display. The bike was ridden by John Connor out of the desert and comes as seen in the hit movie, while Tom Cruise’s 2006 Bonneville, as used in Mission Impossible 3, will also be available to get up close and personal with.

Bikes made famous by David Beckham will also add a touch of glamour to the display. The 2014 Triumph Bonneville ridden by the former Manchester United and England footballer in the acclaimed documentary ‘Into the Unknown’ will make an appearance, as will a special machine he rode in the Haig Scotch Whisky advert. The machine in question is a 1962 3TA which is one of the most notable six day trials bikes in existence, famous for winning gold medals in the International Six Days Trial (ISDT) events in 1962, 63, 64 and 65, with riders including Roy Peplow, Ray Sayer and John Giles. The bike can be seen in the advert by clicking here.

The Isle of Man TT-winning Smiths Triumph 675, ridden by Gary Johnson, will also make an appearance, as well as static displays of a factory prototype Scrambler and Bobber. Many of the bikes will make appearances on track, at the hands of British Superbike racers including Billy McConnell.

The displays from the Dick Shepherd Triumph Factory Motorcycle Museum add to the already bustling off track displays, which will include over 500 machines from the Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club in the Exhibition Centre, as well as many more classic and famous racing machinery on display around the venue.

Donington Park Managing Director Christopher Tate commented: “The Donington Classic Motorcycle Festival is growing every year and is always about much more than just the racing. With this new display, we think that all the off-track showcases are better than ever this year. These ultra-rare and famous motorbikes Dick Shepherd’s Museum are all very exciting indeed – quite unique motorcycles - and we’re delighted to welcome these to join so many other star bikes and famous racers at the 2015 Festival.”

Tickets for the Donington Classic Motorcycle Festival on 7-9 August are available in advance for £12 per day or £25 for the full three day weekend. Advance tickets will go off sale on Wednesday 5 August, and tickets will be available for purchase at the circuit during the event.

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