Ideas for an idyl­lic sum­mer of clas­sics

Get up close to some of the best clas­sic race bikes, then see them in ac­tion

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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

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