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Donington To Host Major 3 Day Summer Classic Motorcycling Festival

Published: 8th November 2012 14:39

August 9th/10th/11th 2013 date announced for an exciting summer weekend of Classic Bike racing on track, major club displays, trade stands, grasstrack and scrambles for historic motorcycles, and opportunities to get on and try new motorcycling experiences - something for all the family!

classic motorcycle festivalClassic Motorcycle FestivalThe Directors of Donington Park have announced an all-new event for summer 2013, a major motorcycle festival with appeal for racers, riders, off roaders, traders, suppliers and manufacturers all based in and around the famous race circuit at Castle Donington, just off M1 at Junction 23A.

Working in conjunction with the established market leaders in organising race meetings, the Classic Motorcycle Racing Club - CRMC - which enjoys a strong following among owners and racers at the pinnacle of classic motorcycling, and with support from Bauer Media's market leading title, ‘Classic Bike', Donington Park expects to build this new event over coming years into the country's premier festival on the country's best bike racing circuit.

In summer 2012, CRMC ran a successful 2 day event of races, with over 400 riders competing in 30 different, dramatic races. As well as the classic racing regulars, visiting superstars of the 2 wheel world past and present included Carl Fogarty, Phil Read, Steve Baker, Jamie Whitham, Chas Mortimer, and Pentti Korhonen. Visiting teams came from over 10 different countries, and the Yamaha Classic Racing Team brought over a wide selection of iconic racing machines. It is upon this solid and experienced basis of high quality racing, bikes and riders that the partners in this new joint venture look to build a 3 day weekend of spectacular action, enjoyable club meetings, trial ride outs, side shows and an auction, music, food and biker friendly camping - with new attractions looking to join the Festival over the coming months of planning and preparation.

Donington Park's Managing Director, Christopher Tate, said:

"Classic motor cycle racing will provide the exciting, spectacular core of this wonderful Summer Festival weekend. And onto that great base, with our friends from CRMC doing their usual excellent job, we will be building a wide range of other attractions for everyone from the dedicated bike enthusiast to a family on their first ever visit to Donington. This is set to be a minimum 3 year plan to create and build up a special Summer Festival of Motorcycling here at Donington Park, and we have every expectation that we can amply fill an existing gap in the annual calendar by providing something ‘different' and fun, at great value prices".

Tickets will be on sale in time for Christmas 2012, and a Donington Gift Voucher will be launched at the same time, so early booking for what is expected to be a very popular event is advised.

The Chairman of the Classic Motor Cycle Racing Club, Ian Johnson, said:

"After the amazing success of our Classic Motorcycle Event at Donington Park this year the CRMC is delighted to partner Donington Park and Bauer Media to put on an even bigger and broader event in 2013. For 2013 we are going to focus on, ‘Glorious Era's of Grand Prix Racing', especially the 60's and late 70's so expect to see Honda, Gilera and MV multi's, plus good old British iron in the shape of Manx Norton's, Matchless G50's and so on, the sort of bikes ridden by Mike Hailwood, Giacomo Agostini, Phil Read and Peter Williams.

"Also for the 2013 Festival, the later era will feature Suzuki RG500's, TZ Yamaha's and the like as ridden by Barry Sheene, Kenny Roberts and Chas Mortimer. Displays of these bikes will be very accessible and many of the same bikes will parading round the circuit with stars from the classic period. Our racing will feature all sizes of Classic bike from 125cc to 1300cc and of course the ever exciting sidecar brigade. You will be able to see bikes like the original Manx's and G50's right through to AMA type Superbikes like the Eddie Lawson Kawasaki's and Graham Crosby type Suzuki's. If Classic racing bikes interest you at all then Donington Park, one of the greatest short circuits in the world, next August is the place to be - I can't wait."

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