Don­ing­ton Clas­sic Fes­ti­val

Classic Racer - - PADDOCK GOSSIP -

Si­mon Cra­far will be a spe­cial guest at the fifth run­ning of the Don­ing­ton Clas­sic Fes­ti­val, which takes place over the week­end of Au­gust 4-6 and cel­e­brates the 40th an­niver­sary of the cir­cuit re­open­ing in 1977. Si­mon has had soft spot for Don­ing­ton ever since win­ning the 500cc Grand Prix there back in 1998. Rid­ers who were at the first meet­ing back in 1977 are be­ing in­vited to join the cel­e­bra­tions, and first to get in touch was Stan Woods, who won the 500cc race at the first meet­ing. Stan has of­fered to present the beau­ti­ful tro­phy he won in 1977 to the win­ner of this year’s 500 race and he will be out on track him­self in the pa­rades. The fea­ture race and high­light of the week­end will be the Wheatcroft Tro­phy race, which is spon­sored by Clas­sic Racer, and is open to any Crmc-reg­is­tered ma­chine. Mak­ing the trip from Ger­many to race at the Don­ing­ton Clas­sic Fes­ti­val are around seven Ger­man en­thu­si­asts who have rarely seen Sim­son AWO 425 race ma­chines from the 1950s. The group have a mix­ture of 250cc and 350cc vari­ants, all sin­gle cylin­der shaft drive ma­chines in­clud­ing one with a full dust­bin fair­ing. Don­ing­ton Park has se­cured the 1976 and 1977 Barry Sheene Cham­pi­onship win­ning bikes to at­tend the Fes­ti­val in Au­gust.

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