July 18th

Ron Haslam eagerly anticipating Donington Classic Motorcycle Festival

Donington Park-legend Ron Haslam will be making a special appearance at this year’s Donington Classic Motorcycle Festival, and admits he’s very much looking forward to the event, which is now a firm fixture in the diary for any motorcycle fan.

He commented: “The Donington Classic Motorcycle Festival is the premier event in the country for historic motorcycles, and I can’t wait for this year’s event, it gets better and better each year. It’ll be great to catch up with many familiar faces and I’m looking forward to taking part in the parades, and also Saturday night’s entertainment.”

Haslam won three world titles and four British championships, and also competed in Grand Prix motorcycling between 1977 and 1993. A renowned front runner, he scored a total of eight podiums in his Grand Prix career, with a best championship finish of fourth in 1987 aboard his Elf Honda. A local to Donington all his life, Ron is very much a part of the team at circuit, running the very successful Honda Ron Haslam Race School at the circuit.

Haslam joins other legends including Freddie Spencer, Niall Mackenzie, Jim Redman and Steve Parrish in confirming appearances at this year’s running of the popular event. He will also join with Mackenzie and Spencer in taking part in the Saturday evening entertainment with Steve Parrish at the Senna/Fangio suite in the Donington Grand Prix Collection, as well as taking part in the on track parades.

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.

For more information on the Donington Historic Festival, visit www.donington-park.co.uk. Tickets are available in advance for £12 per day or £25 for the full three day weekend. Children aged 13 and under enter free of charge.

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