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Cadwell Park display celebrates rich bike history

Tuesday, August 21 2018

Cadwell Park reunited motorsport legends from across the decades with a classic race bike display that attracted hundreds of visitors during the weekend's eighth round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship

The display included iconic racing machines spanning the history of bike racing, including a faithful replica of the first Honda works entry right through to a selection of Grand Prix bikes.

It also featured a start-up zone, where race fans were given a taste of the engine notes which used to echo through the trees in the Lincolnshire Wolds.

As Cadwell Park Events Coordinator Elaine Nutbrown explained, the display was a perfect complement to the growing popularity of heritage-based events at the circuit: "Many of the fans who were at the event won't ever have seen or heard race bikes like these up close. With this display, and the recent launch of our new Vale Trail, we're connecting some of the most evocative eras of the sport with new audiences, so while they're watching their heroes out on circuit, they have an understanding of how we got to this point."

As well as the bikes themselves, the star riders were out in force with Derek Chatterton reunited with his 'Chat Yamaha', and reminiscing with BSB commentator Fred Clarke about beating Agostini at the Lincolnshire Circuit to be crowned 'King of Cadwell' in 1971.

Reigning British Superbike Champion, Shane 'Shakey' Byrne was joined by a number of other high profile motorsport names in the display area, including MotorSport Vision Chief Executive Jonathan Palmer, who even tried out some of Barry Sheene's race bikes for size.

First opened in 1934, Cadwell Park is one of the UK's most historic race circuits, synonymous with bike racing and the scene of some of the sport's greatest stories ever told. For full details of the remaining two and four-wheeled events in the Cadwell Park calendar, click here.