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Donington gears up for another Classic

Sunday, July 28 2019

The Donington Classic Motorcycle Festival returns this weekend (3-4 August), with the circuit transformed into one of Europe's biggest celebrations of all things biking.

Hundreds of racing motorcycles from the 1960s, 70s and 80s will hark back to some of the sport's glory days, when names like Sheene and Agostini were still in their prime, with some of their bikes likely to be among the racing roster at the event.

Up to 43 races are expected on the busy schedule, with highlights being the Lansdowne Cup contests for ex-GP machinery, The Wheatcroft Trophy race on Sunday afternoon and the ACU Classic 500 Championship. As well as that, there's a huge number of additional races for a variety of classic solo machines and sidecars too.

Further on-track action comes from a number of parades for classic race bikes and Grand Prix machines, with many of these coming from the huge display areas, including the large exhibit from the Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club on the Melbourne Loop.

The range of display bikes will be just as diverse as the racing line-up, with machines from as far back as the 1930s expected to be at the event, as well as a gathering of modern MotoGP bikes as ridden by Colin Edwards and Sete Gibernau. The bikes will be on show primarily at the Melbourne Loop, providing an easily accessible area for this showcase of motorcycling magnificence.

As well as the amazing selection of bikes both on the track and off it, there's a number of star guests too. Festival regular Steve Parrish will again be in attendance, while Bruce Anstey will make his long awaited racing comeback after recovering from illness. Finally, legendary local rider John Cooper will be in attendance on Sunday, and will be signing copies of his new book 'Moon Eyes' at the Mortons Media stand.

Tickets for the Donington Classic Motorcycle Festival are available in advance until midday on Wednesday (31 July) priced from £15 per day for adults, with discounts for teenagers aged 13-15 and free entry for under-13s. For more information and to book, click here.