29/30/31 July 2016
BIKE LEGENDS ADD TO CLASSIC SHOWCASE
• World GP Bike Legends makes its UK debut at Silverstone Classic
• World Champions including Wayne Gardner, Freddie Spencer, and Phil Read
Already firmly established as the premier event on the global historic motor racing calendar, this summer’s Silverstone Classic (29-31 July) will – for the very first time – feature top class bike track action with a dazzling array of past World Champions to the fore.
“We are thrilled to be broadening the Classic’s appeal still further via the addition of these amazing bikes plus their legendary riders,” said Nick Wigley, CEO of organisers, Goose Live Events. “It’s the first time the Classic has ever served up high-quality two- and four-wheeled racers and to have heroes such as Wayne, Freddie and Phil at Silverstone is going to be just fantastic.”
In total, around ten top bikes from the golden era of GP motorcycle racing will wow the crowds when lapping the full Silverstone Grand Prix circuit on the Saturday and Sunday. Moreover, the Classic’s widely-praised open paddock policy will also enable visitors to meet and greet the star riders and see their amazing machinery up close.
The impressive motorcycle grid comes from World GP Bike Legends, an organisation set up last year with Gardner as Rider Ambassador to provide fans – both new and old – with an unparalleled experience of watching former Grand Prix stars riding original screaming 2-strokes which were so popular in the eighties and nineties.
“It’s an honour for the bikes to be invited to such an unbelievably successful car event,” admitted the Aussie ace. “We’re putting together a field of 500cc and GP bikes, and Freddie Spencer, Phil Read, Jim Redman, Didier de Radigues, Jose Cardoso have already signed up to be at Silverstone. These bikes will provide a spine-chilling spectacle when they start up and roar past on the straights – it will be an absolutely fantastic show.”
As another crowd-pleaser for motorcycle fans, Triumph will be showcasing an impressive display in the busy infield area. Over the three-day festival, the infield is also home to more than 100 car clubs exhibiting in excess of 10,000 privately-owned classic machines.
General admission tickets give access to all pits, paddock and infield displays as well as an expanded number of trackside grandstands and the majority of the family entertainment including funfair rides and live music concerts from bands such as The Boomtown Rats, Reef and The Stranglers. All tickets must be purchased in advance, and full details – together with information about hospitality packages and weekend festival camping – can be found on the official www.silverstoneclassic.com website.
13-15 MAY 2016
Spa-Classic, created in 2011, has gone from strength to strength and today it is among the major European events for historic cars. In 2015, the fifth Spa-Classic fulfilled all its promises by setting new records, both in terms of crowd figures and entries, as 20 000 spectators and 1 500 historic cars assembled for the occasion at what was one of the most prestigious meetings of the season thanks to the majestic setting and the quality of the cars on the track..
The Spa-Francorchamps circuit follows the up-and-down contours of the Ardennes foothills. The names of its corners go hand in hand with so many famous no-holds-barred battles and their history calls to mind glory and victory. The legendary unpredictable weather is part of a decor and an ambience unlike any other for an exceptional event that can only increase in stature. The sound of the cars as they plunge down into the Eau Rouge and then roar up the Raidillon calls to mind heroes and machines of a bygone age.
Homage to this ‘temple’ of endurance, which hosts the famous Spa-Francorchamps 24 Hours for Touring Cars, is paid by the Heritage Touring Cup by Peter Auto.
The ultimate accolade is conferred on the event by the reunion of the historic clubs for makes of which numbers increase every year.