Classic Racer - - PADDOCK GOSSIP -

Stan Woods, win­ner of the 500cc race when Donington re­opened in 1977, will be back at the 40th an­niver­sary meet­ing and rid­ing in the spe­cial pa­rades. Stan will also be bring­ing the mag­nif­i­cent 500cc win­ner’s tro­phy, pre­sented by the Pathfind­ers & Derby Mo­tor Club back in 1977, to present to the win­ner of the 2017 race. Donington Park has se­cured the 1976 and 1977 Barry Sheene Cham­pi­onship-win­ning bikes to at­tend the fes­ti­val in Au­gust. Sup­port­ing the 4-hr En­durance race, the ICGP races and Lans­downe Se­ries races will be a num­ber of race bike pa­rades that are re­turn­ing his­toric ma­chines to the track and re­unit­ing En­durance teams from the day. Team Bike will be re­unit­ing at the event with a se­lec­tion of their bikes, and rid­ers in­clud­ing Steve Manley, Steve Cham­bers and Ian Martin. Char­lie Wil­liams and Stan Woods will be along with the Lans­downe bikes. Just some of the amaz­ing race bike pa­rade ma­chines that will be tak­ing part in the pa­rades in­clude: Ex-roberto Pi­etri – ‘ La Meona’ – Gen­uine 1979 Yoshimura Suzuki GS1000 AMA Su­per­bike, ex-john Mcguin­ness Vimto Honda SP1, ex-james Tose­land Cas­trol Honda CBR600, ex-ed­die Law­son Ca­giva 500, ex-roger Bur­nett TT win­ning Honda RS500, 1956 Gil­era 500/4 GP, MV Agusta 500/3, MV 500/4 GP, Yamaha TZ750, Honda 6 RC174, and a num­ber of gen­uine RC45 race bikes from the Rev It Red col­lec­tion. The CRMC is sup­port­ing the Na­tion­wide As­so­ci­a­tion of Blood Bikes (NABB) as its adopted char­ity in 2017. The NABB is the body rep­re­sent­ing the 27 Blood Bikes groups and the 2870 vol­un­teers in those groups around the coun­try. Last year they made over 39,000 runs, car­ry­ing not only blood but also spinal fluid, Ra­bies serum, sam­ples, sur­gi­cal in­stru­ments and CD scans. They are most fre­quently called upon at week­ends and at night when of­fi­cial trans­port is un­avail­able. The fundrais­ing will be con­cen­trated on the Donington Clas­sic Fes­ti­val meet­ing, over Au­gust 4-6 when vol­un­teers from the Der­byshire Branch of NABB will be at­tend­ing with their ma­chines.

FIM Europe Clas­sic En­durance Cup

The open­ing round of the 2017 FIME Clas­sic 4-hr En­durance Cup will take place at Donington Park on May 6/7. Pro­moted by En­durance Leg­ends, the Donington grid is al­ready packed to ca­pac­ity with 48 teams lin­ing up for the 4-hour race. The re­main­ing rounds of the 2017 Clas­sic En­durance Cup are at Spa (Bel­gium) June 30/July 1, Imola (Italy) Septem­ber 2/3, and Aragon (Spain) Oc­to­ber 27/28. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion see the FIME web­site­tage/#1480078043771-3dc0c4ae-675f

Just a hand­ful of the racing ex­ot­ica on show, and on track, at the Donington Fes­ti­val.

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