Donington Classic hots up
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.