August 3rd

Donington Classic Motorcycle Festival returns this weekend

The Classic Motorcycle Festival returns to Donington Park for a fifth year this weekend (4-6 August) with a thrilling mixture of races, huge display areas, star guests and special anniversary celebrations.

This is Europe’s biggest racing event for historic motorcycles, with bikes in action from as far back as the 1950s, courtesy of 49 top class races across the three days from the Classic Racing Motorcycle Club (CRMC).

Hundreds of machines are expected to do battle on track, recreating the evocative sights and smells of some of the legendary eras of motorcycle racing. Headline races include Sunday’s Wheatcroft Trophy event as well as the final round of the 2017 FIM Vintage Road Racing European Championship.

Many more bikes will be around the venue on display, allowing spectators to get up close and personal with endless famous bikes, including two Barry Sheene Suzukis that powered Britain’s hero to back-to-back world championships in 1976 and 1977. These fabulous machines will be located in the Paddock Suite area, while hundreds more will be on show at the Melbourne Loop section of the circuit, thanks to the Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club.

A number of stars from the world of motorcycling are confirmed to attend, including former Grand Prix racers Simon Crafar (who has winning history at Donington Park) and Alex George, multiple Isle of Man TT winner Phillip McCallen and festival regular Steve Parrish. All will make multiple appearances on Saturday and Sunday across the venue.

The 40 year anniversary of the re-opening of Donington Park will also be celebrated, with a number of bikes and riders from the very first race event in 1977 returning to the circuit.

This year’s event has also attracted a number of competitors from overseas, with Team Rennkollektive Simson from Germany bringing a selection of extremely rare machines to compete in the races and parades, while a team of eight Norwegian riders are also expected, racing in the European Vintage Championship with a selection of Triumphs, Yamahas, Hondas and a Trident sidecar.

Donington Park Sporting Director Bob Adams commented: “The Classic Motorcycle Festival is the ultimate event for any bike racing enthusiast. Nowhere else will you see such variety of bikes, either competing on track or on display.

“Thanks to our friends at the CRMC, there’s an unrivalled package of almost 50 races to enjoy, while we’re also looking forward to welcoming so many star guests from the world of motorcycling, who will be more than happy to mingle with the fans and talk about the days gone by. With free open paddock access, all visitors will be able to get up close and personal with hundreds of rare and priceless bikes.”

Tickets are available in advance until 5pm tonight (Thursday), offering significant savings compared to on the day prices. Individual day tickets are available in advance for £12 (gate price £20), while a weekend ticket covering all three days is just £25 (£35 gate). Children aged 13 and under go free all weekend. For more information, click here

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