June 26th

Niall Mackenzie to make special appearance at Donington Classic Motorcycle Festival

Motorcycle legend Niall Mackenzie has confirmed he will attend the Donington Park Classic Motorcycle Festival as a special guest on 7-9 August.

Mackenzie is a triple British Superbike champion, and also rode in Grand Prix motorcycling (now MotoGP) for 12 seasons from 1984-1995. At the time, he was Britain’s most successful Grand Prix racer since the legendary Barry Sheene, competing in over 130 Grands Prix and scoring seven podiums, competing against and beating the likes of Kevin Schwantz, Mick Doohan and Eddie Lawson.

Moving to British Superbikes in 1996, he was instantly the man to beat, securing three straight titles, and enjoying great success at Donington with six wins in total, including a double in 1996, a unique treble in 1997 and another victory in 1998.

At the Festival, Mackenzie will participate in the on track parades while also showcasing some of his most famous motorcycles including the legendary Cadbury’s Boost Yamaha and Virgin Yamaha, as well as signing autographs and making an appearance in the Saturday night evening with Steve Parrish in the Senna Fangio suite at the Donington Park Collection.

Mackenzie commented: “I’m very pleased to be involved with the Donington Park Classic Motorcycle Festival this year. Kevin Schwantz told me how good the 2014 event was, so I can’t wait for August.

“Aside from performing on track demonstrations, I’ll also be bringing a collection of my favourite bikes including my 2500cc Carbon Fibre Armstrong, Yamaha France YZR 500, Honda NR750, Cadbury’s Boost Yamaha, Virgin R7 Yamaha, Yamaha RD350 LC and Yamaha FS1E.

“The Donington Classic Motorcycle Festival goes from strength to strength each year, and I can’t wait to be a part of it!”

The Donington Classic Motorcycle Festival is now firmly established as one of the biggest classic bike events in Europe, with 500 racing machines expected on track over the three day weekend. The racing is organised by the Classic Racing Motorcycle Club (CRMC) with the emphasis on thoroughbred Grand Prix machines. Other racing highlights include the UK round of the 2015 FIM Europe Vintage Championship, rounds of the ACU Classic 500cc and ACU Post Classic 350cc Championships.

The Wheatcroft Trophy race will see intense battles for pre-1986 machines while Grand Prix machinery from the 1950s and 60s will race in the Lansdowne Cup Series. Pre-1972 sidecars will play a starring role in the Camathias Cup, with track demonstrations of a wide range of classic machinery as well as plenty more additional static displays.

In addition to the racing, the Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club will once again be holding a motorcycle show in the Exhibition Centre, with numerous club stands providing hundreds more bikes to savour. A big ride out of VJMC bikes on the circuit will also take place over the weekend, with even more action coming in the form of grass track racing from the Burton and Leicester Grass Track Association.

The new look logo for the Donington Classic Motorcycle Festival has also been released, featuring the silhouette of a rider charging ahead on a vintage bike.

Tickets for the Donington Classic Motorcycle Festival are available in advance for £12 per day or £25 for the three day weekend. Children aged 13 and under enter free of charge.

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