New pro­moter for Syd­ney Speed Fes­ti­val

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The Clas­sic Mo­tor­cy­cle Rac­ing Club Inc. will take over the pro­mo­tion of the big­gest His­toric rac­ing event in New South Wales, which be­gan in 1998 in the hands of Bob Blythe, who called his event the In­ter­na­tional For­mula Four Stroke. Blythe con­tin­ued as pro­moter un­til 2004, after which the Post Clas­sic Rac­ing Club of NSW took over, re­nam­ing the event the Barry Sheene Fes­ti­val of Speed. In 2017 the event be­came the In­ter­na­tional Fes­ti­val of Speed, as much a cel­e­bra­tion of all as­pects of his­toric/clas­sic mo­tor­cy­cling as a race meet­ing. A sim­i­lar meet­ing will con­tinue un­der the stew­ard­ship of the newly-formed CMRC, with Peter Macmil­lan as event or­gan­iser. “We (the CMRC) hope that the Syd­ney event will be just one of the events on our sched­ule in the fu­ture,” says Peter. “We hope to be able to or­gan­ise or as­sist with at least one other meet­ing, pos­si­bly in Queensland or Vic­to­ria. “We are talk­ing to a ma­jor spon­sor for the 2020 event and un­til that is de­cided we can­not an­nounce an ac­tual name for the meet­ing, but the date will be 19th to 22nd March at Syd­ney Mo­tor Sport Park. 2020 is ac­tu­ally the 30th an­niver­sary of SMSP (Eastern Creek) so we will be work­ing hard to make it a mem­o­rable event. We hope to make more out of the Pe­riod 3, 4, 5 and 6 classes, as well as Two Strokes up to 1997, and con­tinue the TT theme as the fea­ture event.”

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