The In­ter­na­tional Fes­ti­val of Speed is born

Old Bike Australasia - - • BATHURST TRACK • FESTIVAL OF SPEED • 2017 AHRRC -

For­merly known as the Barry Sheene Fes­ti­val Fes­ti­val of Speed, the 2017 In­ter­na­tional Fes­ti­val of Speed springs into ac­tion from 23rd March, 2017 and runs for four full days at Syd­ney Mo­tor Sports Park. Tick­ets are now on sale on-line from their web­sitte at­­ets and for 2017, all ad­vance ticket hold­ers will have ac­cess to an Ex­press En­try point, op­po­site the Al­pha Ho­tel near the main grand­stand. This also gives im­me­di­ate ac­cess to the in­field and pits via the tun­nel un­der the main straight. Or­gan­iser Peter Macmil­lan also says a new sys­tem will be in place on the main en­try to en­sure the frus­trat­ing queues that formed in 2016 are not re­peated. The IFoS will see for­mer World Cham­pion Troy Bayliss take to the track dur­ing the Le­gends Clashes aboard his 2001 cham­pi­onship-win­ning In­fos­trada Du­cati. Kiwi le­gend Graeme Crosby will be back, this time aboard the Steve Wheat­man-owned ex-works Suzuki XR35. “The XR35 was lower and lighter than the XR34, plus it had the new full floater sus­pen­sion which later be­came the norm across the Suzuki range, in­clud­ing the GSXR750s”, says Croz, adding, “it’s the same model that I rode at the Bri­tish GP at Sil­ver­stone and ru­ined Eng­land’s chance to have a Bri­tish 500cc World Cham­pion that year, at least ac­cord­ing to the dodgy tabloid journos!”. For­mer MV Agusta works rider and GP win­ner Gian­franco Bon­era will bring his fac­tory Har­leyDavid­son/Aer­ma­c­chi RR250 on which he fin­ished third in the 1976 world ti­tle. Glo­be­trot­ting jour­nal­ist and OBA reg­u­lar contributor Alan Cath­cart will also be on hand to act as MC for the social side and in­ter­preter for the huge in­ter­na­tional con­tin­gent. Ticket prices: Fri­day – Adult: on­line: $20.00 Gate: $25.00; Satur­day – Adult: on­line $25.00 Gate $30.00; Sun­day – Adult: on­line: $30.00 Gate: $35.00; Fam­ily 2 + 2 – On­line: $50.00 Gate $60.00; 3 Day Pass – On­line: $65.00 Gate $80.00; Camp­ing + 3 Day Pass – On­line: $100.00 Gate: $115.00; Chil­dren Un­der 15 free.

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