With just 4 weeks to go to what is promising to be the biggest motorcycle race meeting in the West Country since the non-championship Superbike meeting of 2004 there is still time to snap up advance tickets for this special meeting.
We are getting very excited about next month’s Grand National with the line-up of riders and bikes getting better almost by the day. Organised by the NG Road Racing Club and featuring 18 races each day there is action aplenty. The meeting is unique in blending just about every solo class with a strong classic mix of the British Historic Championship and the Classics and Specials parade so appealing to just about all enthusiasts, and with the British 125cc and 250cc National championship rounds 2-stroke fans get to see their favourite bikes as well. Dan Cooper and Josh Day head up a class entry in the big solo classes while quality screams out in just about every entry list.
But the big talking point for many fans is the "Mikes Bikes” parades where we commemorate the legendary Mike Hailwood. Just the other day John McGuinness said on TV that equalling Mikes 14 TT wins gave him his biggest thrill –such is the esteem that Mike is still held. His 2nd ever meeting was here at Castle Combe Circuit and we were thrilled when last Autumn the Hailwood family gave us permission to pay our respects to Mike 60 years after he started racing. The line-up of stars and bikes gets better all the time and we are delighted to announce that Bruce Anstey will now be joining us riding the 750cc Yamaha TZ that Mike rode in 1977 to ensure he could still ride the TT circuit at speed for his later comeback. But star bikes will clearly be the 1978 TT winning Sports Motorcycles Ducati, and when you have one why not have two? so we also have the genuine Roger Nicholls bike, identical to Mikes on circuit. Two famous Ducati’s and now 2 famous Martin’s as joining Guy on the amazing Honda six is Dad Ian Martin who is being reunited with his actual Rob North framed Triumph Triple.
The list of special bikes is too long to show here but it includes examples of just about every make that Mike rode from the little 50cc Itom though his British singles, to his MV and then Honda, Ducati, Yamaha and Suzuki years. David Hailwood will ride the 125cc MV that Mike rode at Castle come in 1957 to open the parade before switching to the ’78 TT winning Ducati. Star names include Freddie Spencer, Stuart Graham, Stan Woods, Steve Plater, Rex Butcher as well as Bruce Anstey, Guy and Ian Martin and in attendance John McGuinness while TV’s Henry Cole will be here riding and filming for his TV show, The Motorcycle Show.
It’s not just the bikes and riders queueing up to be part of the weekend as we are delighted to welcome new event partners Protint UK, Orchard Computers, and WMB Pride joining established supporters Fowlers, Dymag, Mr Blast and Turner Racing while providing a taste of luxury for the stars is Empire RV
British Moto 2 GP challenger Spirit will be displaying the new GP Sport bike which is being ridden in the British Supersport Championship at the meeting. Event partner Dymag has supplied the wheels for this new British challenger and will give race fans the chance to see the bike up close on the DYMAG stand.
Fans will flock to the Triumph display where the latest range of bikes will be on display plus a unique show of the last Triumph to win a British Championship and the last to win a TT and the actual TT110 on which Mike Hailwood won the Thruxton 500 race in 1957. Glen Richards who took Triumph to victory in the 2008 British Supersport Championship will be reunited with his bike.
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