Simon Crafar set to star at 2017 Donington Classic Motorcycle Festival
The Donington Classic Motorcycle Festival will return on 4-6 August 2017, with New Zealander Simon Crafar already confirmed as a star guest for the festival’s fifth running.
Crafar was the winner of the 1998 500cc British Grand Prix at Donington, and was also a podium finisher in British and World Superbikes. He began racing in 1981, and moved up to the world stage in 1989 in World Superbikes, before making his Grand Prix debut in 1993.
He scored 10 podium finishes in World Superbikes, and took three podiums and a victory from 32 starts in Grand Prix motorcycle racing.
The New Zealander will take part in the star parades as well as making appearances across the venue.
Crafar commented: “I feel lucky that I experienced riding some very special machinery on some fantastic circuits during my career. Riding a factory 500 at Donington is one of my best ever memories and it makes me smile knowing I have the same opportunity to do it again next August.”
The festival will is set to again feature up to 50 races across the three days courtesy of the Classic Racing Motorcycle Club (CRMC), as well as parades and massive display areas, with event regular Steve Parrish also confirmed to return again.
Donington Park Sporting Director Bob Adams commented: “We are delighted to confirm the first details of next year’s Classic Motorcycle Festival. It’s fantastic that Simon Crafar will be joining us, he has a very special piece of Donington history to his name and I’m sure he will be a big attraction. We’re all looking forward to the event and its continued growth after four successful years.”