World first for Ca­giva Rac­ing

Classic Racer - - PADDOCK GOSSIP -

For the first time in the 40 year his­tory of Ca­giva a stun­ning col­lec­tion of 11 of the fire en­gine red rac­ers will be displayed in one place – at the Ca­role Nash Clas­sic Mo­tor­cy­cle Me­chan­ics Show. The ma­chines, part of the col­lec­tion owned by Dean Simp­kins and his fa­ther Mar­tyn, are all gen­uine fac­tory rac­ers, rid­den by some of Grand Prix rac­ing’s great­est rid­ers in­clud­ing the Eddie Law­son and John Kocin­ski 500cc race win­ning bikes. The en­thu­si­as­tic fa­ther and son team have gen­er­ously agreed to dis­play the bikes at the show, the first and pos­si­bly only time they will all be on show to the pub­lic. Along with the rare ma­chin­ery will be two former Ca­giva fac­tory rid­ers, Jon Ekerold and Pier Paolo Bianchi. South African Ekerold won the 1980 350cc world cham­pi­onship on a pri­va­teer Bi­mota Yamaha against the might of the Kawasaki fac­tory team and their ace rider An­ton Mang. An ‘old school’ all­rounder, Jon also won the Ul­ster Grand Prix and fin­ished run­ner-up in the Isle of MANTT twice. He was a fac­tory Ca­giva rider in 1982 and the ma­chine he rode forms part of the dis­play. Pier Paolo Bianchi is a three­time world cham­pion, win­ning the FIM world ti­tle in the 125cc class in 1976 and 77, and for the third time in 1980. He was a fac­tory rider for Ca­giva in 1988 and the ma­chine he raced is also part of the stun­ning col­lec­tion. All three world cham­pi­ons will be on stage dur­ing the weekend and avail­able to sign mem­o­ra­bilia for vis­i­tors to the show. This is the amaz­ing list of rare Ca­giva race bikes, rid­den by some of the great­est Grand Prix rid­ers in his­tory, which will be on dis­play:

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