June 18th

Steve Parrish to host special evening entertainment at Classic Motorcycle Festival

Steve Parrish is the latest star name to confirm his appearance at the Classic Motorcycle Festival at Donington Park on 7-9 August, and will hold a special evening of entertainment on Saturday 8 August at the Donington Park Collection.

Parrish, a former motorcycle racer, competed in the 500cc World Championship and also raced in Britain, and was fifth in the 1977 World Championship as team mate to Barry Sheene. Known affectionately as ‘Stavros’, he is now renowned as one of the voices of motorcycling, having commentated on MotoGP and road racing around the world.

On his travels he has picked up many unforgettable and hilarious stories, which he has successfully taken on tour in theatres around the country in recent years. A special version of his tour show will take place at Donington Park, with the opening 45 minutes being extracts from the usual show, and then after an interval, Steve will then be joined on stage by several star guests who will also be at Donington during the weekend, including motorcycle legend Freddie Spencer. Further names are to be announced soon. Food and drink will also be provided, with a barbecue and a soft drink included in the entry price.

Steve will play a major role in the festival, and will provide commentary during the races on the circuit PA system and through the Donington Park smartphone app, as well as riding in the star parades.

Steve Parrish

Parrish commented: “I am really looking forward to the Classic Motorcycle Festival at Donington Park, especially as a few of my old sparring partners will be there on and off the track.

“The Saturday evening show at the Donington Collection will be a chance to reminisce the days when PC stood for pulling crumpet, and health and safety hadn’t reared its head. Those days will never happen in sport again!”

Tickets for an evening with Steve Parrish & Friends at the Senna/Fangio suite at the Donington Park Collection on the Saturday of the Classic Motorcycle Festival (8 August) are now on sale, priced at £20.

About the Classic Motorcycle Festival

The 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.

Tickets for the Classic Motorcycle Festival at Donington Park 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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