Pad­dock gos­sip

Classic Racer - - PADDOCK GOSSIP - Com­piled by Malc Wheeler // Send your clas­sic rac­ing news to: mwheeler@mor­tons.co.uk

Fred­die Spencer, uni­ver­sally known as ‘Fast Fred­die’, will be the guest of hon­our at the Ca­role Nash Clas­sic Bike Guide Win­ter Clas­sic, bring­ing a real in­ter­na­tional flavour to the sea­son starter. Af­ter a hugely suc­cess­ful ca­reer in his na­tive USA (the 1978 AMA 250cc Cham­pi­onship be­ing his first big se­ries win), Fred­die pro­gressed through AMA Su­per­bike and got his first taste of in­ter­na­tional rac­ing as part of the USA team in the 1980 Transat­lantic Tro­phy Match Races, win­ning two races at Brands Hatch and beat­ing world cham­pi­ons Kenny Roberts and Barry Sheene in the process. By 1982, Fred­die was a full-time Honda Grand Prix rider and in just one year in Europe he won his first 500cc world cham­pi­onship, at that time giv­ing him the distinc­tion of be­ing the youngest ever rider to se­cure the ti­tle, aged just 21. The fol­low­ing year pro­duced a bat­tle royal be­tween fel­low Amer­i­can Kenny Roberts and Spencer, with the lat­ter snatch­ing the ti­tle by just two points. How­ever it was the 1985 sea­son that ce­mented Fred­die’s name in the his­tory books when he did the un­think­able and won both the 250cc and 500cc ti­tles, be­com­ing the only rider in Grand Prix his­tory to pull off such a feat. The show, which takes place over the week­end of Jan­uary 5/6, 2019 at Ne­wark Show­ground in Not­ting­hamshire, fea­tures a huge au­to­jum­ble, trade stands, packed scooter halls, and new for 2019 an in­door Clas­sic Racer Grand Prix Pad­dock and start up area. Fred­die will be on stage twice a day and will be on hand all week­end to meet fans and sign mem­o­ra­bilia. For more in­for­ma­tion and to buy ad­vance tick­ets go to www.clas­sicbikeshows.com or call 01507 529529.

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