Awesome racing, Barry’s old mates and some awesome bikes make Festival a fitting tribute
The Barry Sheene Festival enjoyed sun, stars and stunning racing at the Oliver’s Mount track last weekend. Steve Parrish, Mick Grant and Phil Read led the parade laps around the track Sheene enjoyed much success on. MCN captured some magic moments.
Forty years after Barry Sheene clinched his first 500 world title, Oliver’s Mount paid tribute to the man who once made the Yorkshire circuit his own. Sheene’s old rivals – Steve Parrish, Mick Grant and Phil Read – paraded on Suzukis from the 70s and 80s, while a dominant Dean Harrison won both legs of the Barry Sheene Trophy over the two-day meeting.
Suzuki displayed the XR14 that Sheene took to victory in three Grands Prix in 1976 as well as the XR14A he rode in 1977, his second championship-winning year.
“This is a special track and it meant a lot to Barry,” said Read, who rode the RG500 Mk1 he campaigned a as privateer in 1976, Sheene’s first winning year.
On his FZ750 David Bell leads the F1 race pack Bump-starting his 1976 RG500, Read pulled the crowds