A number of stars from the world of classic motorcycle racing have confirmed their attendance at this year's Silverstone Historic Festival. They will compete, as part of a 40-strong grid, in the `Mike Hailwood Memorial Trophy' race. Racing on Silverstone's International circuit, the classic motorcycles will kick start the track action on each of the Festival days.
Former King of Brands, TT and Grand Prix racer, Ron Chandler, will make his top-line comeback in the Formula 750 category riding his original Triumph Triple.
Ron says, "When I heard that classic motorcycle racing had been included in this year's Silverstone Historic Festival for the first time ever, I leapt at the chance to be a part of it. I can't think of a better circuit at which to make my international racing comeback."
Flying the flag for Ireland, ace Larry Devlin will also be on the starting grid for the Formula 750 class, riding the prestigious BMW bequeathed to him by the late German maestro Hans-Otto Butenuth.
In the unlimited 4-stroke class, sworn rivals, Classic Club Champion, `Gentleman' Phil Davenport, and Swedish Champion, Hasse Gustafson, have confirmed their places on the grid, riding their awesome machines: a 950cc Phil Godfrey-tuned Triumph Triple and Brooke Henry Ducati 900 respectively. They will do battle with Richard Peckett, who will race his own P&M-tuned Kawasaki 1000 and Dave Barrett on his 900 Ducati Vee-Twin.
Other racing motorcycle aces such as Daytona Champion, Steve Maney (Norton); German lawyer, Lasse Thoma (Triumph); Alan Windsor (BSA) and `Lanky' Barry Rodwell (P&M) have also confirmed their attendance.
"The grid is really starting to take shape now, with some of the biggest names in the sport pledging to be there," enthuses Allan Robinson MBE, Chairman of Helix Ltd, Secretary of the TT Riders' Association and organiser of the classic racing motorcycle entry list. "With the legendary American Harley-Davidson and Honda CR750 racers looking to confirm their attendance shortly, we are likely to see one of the most exciting and exhilarating classic racing experiences of recent years."
Further details will be announced shortly. For ticket information and advance bookings, call Silverstone on 01327 850204 or visit www.silverstone-circuit.co.uk.