Donington Classic hots up

Classic Racer - - PADDOCK GOSSIP -

For­mer Grand Prix star Si­mon Crafer is to be the guest of hon­our at Donington Classic Mo­tor­cy­cle Fes­ti­val, on Au­gust 4-6, 2017, where he will cel­e­brate his 500 Grand Prix vic­tory at Donington in 1998. The list of ma­chines planned for dis­play over the week­end, and in many cases which will get track time in the spe­cial pa­rades, is al­ready im­pres­sive. Top­ping the bill has to be the gen­uine Barry Sheene Cham­pi­onship win­ning Suzukis from 1976/77, which have just been re­stored by Barry’s orig­i­nal me­chanic Mar­tyn Og­borne. George Beale will dis­play two of his 297 Honda 6 repli­cas along­side Peter Fox’s beau­ti­ful, and very noisy 500 MV3. A rare sight will be not one, but two ex­am­ples of the Foggy Petronas race bikes. One not to miss will be the stun­ning Al­pha Cen­turi, re­cently fea­tured in this mag­a­zine, which was lov­ingly re-cre­ated by Roy Kirkby in mem­ory of his late brother John. Add to this a rare Bianchi 500 Grand Prix racer, and from the Mike Braid col­lec­tion a Har­ley-david­son XR750, Du­cati 1098 WSB ma­chine, a GP3 2003 Du­cati, Mono­coque John Player 750cc Nor­ton and the MZ RE250 Grand Prix bike. Col­lec­tor, Chris Wil­son, will show an equally rare 500 Square Four Grand Prix San­ven­ero, and lo­cal man, and custodian of a col­lec­tion of evoca­tive Ca­giva race bikes, Dean Simp­kins will pro­vide an im­pres­sive line-up. Stan Woods, who won the first 500cc fi­nal when the cir­cuit re­opened in 1977, will pa­rade his RG500 and also present the 1977 tro­phy to the 2017 500cc win­ner. The CRMC team are work­ing hard to assem­ble a full set of Honda pro­duc­tion rac­ers from the 1960s, which will in­clude the 50cc CR110, 125cc CR93, 250cc CR72, 350cc CYB350RSC and the 750cc CR750.

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