Ideas for an idyllic summer of classics
Get up close to some of the best classic race bikes, then see them in action
The Donington Classic Motorcycle Festival marks its fifth birthday in the same year the circuit celebrates the 40th anniversary of its re-opening. Once again the CRMC organise a packed programme of 50 races at what’s claimed to be the biggest classic race meeting in Europe. Classes cater for machinery as diverse as classic era (pre-72) GP bikes, post-classic superbikes and post-classic production machines – as well as sidecars – while some of the top classic racers in the UK will be giving it their all over three days of hectic track action.
There's plenty to see off-track too, with a display of 100 GP bikes and club and trade stands galore. There’s open access to the paddock all weekend, so you’ll be able to get up close to some of the best classic racing hardware in the business as well. A host of former race stars will be appearing in the parade sessions and New Zealander, Simon Crafar – who won the 1998 British Grand Prix at Donington (can that really be almost 20 years ago?) – is guest of honour. Advance tickets, £12. Weekend pass, £25. Camping £20.
Europe’s biggest classic race meeting: a day won’t be enough to see it all