31st March 2010
If you'd like to take to a race track on your classic bike this year, then you need to register now for Beezumph and the Festival of 1000 Bikes...
Superstars of the classic racing scene will be on hand at the two major circuit-based festivals of the 2010 classic motorcycling season. The TR3OC's Beezumph Rally moves from the east to the west coast of the UK, and will take place at Anglesey International Circuit on the 16th and 17th of July. The event's 'Grand Marshal' will be racer Gary Nixon, who rode a Triumph to back-to-back AMA Grand National Championships in 1967 and 1968 and represented his country on a number of occasions in the Trans-Atlantic Match Race series of the 1970s. In 2004 Nixon was still racing a triple at Daytona in vintage racing, beating Jay Springsteen on a Harley XR-750.
The latest news is that Rob North will also be attending the Rally, and plenty of original and replica Rob North racers can be expected to keep him company. The TR3OC will also be welcoming back ex-factory racers Don Emde, Paul Smart, Percy Tait, Mick Grant and Steve Jolly, plus many members of the BSA-Triumph factory workforce including Arthur Jakeman, Les Williams, Steve Brown, Fred Swift, Ron Barrett, Martin Russell and Bill Fannon.
Bill Crosby is bringing a collection of bikes from the LMM, George Pooley will be bringing his latest creations - last year George ran his OHC triple on track - and Gary Bryan has confirmed that he will bringing the RGB Weslake first built in 1978 and ridden by the late Bob Smith in the Battle of the Twins with many wins.
Beezumph will for the first time be held at a new venue, Anglesey Circuit. The circuit has had a major investment over the last few years and has a choice of four tracks. For Beezumph the Club we will be using the full International Circuit of 2.1 miles.
The Rally format remains similar to previous years, with the track action taking place on Friday for British, European and American bikes, and British pre-84 only on Saturday. Away from the track there will be plenty of interest for the fans of the 1960s and 70s with displays of classic road and race bikes, talks by guests, merchandise tents, famous personalities from the golden era of British racing and evening entertainment for rally ticket holders.
For details of the different classes, track and rally tickets prices and such, see www.tr3oc.co.uk
Meanwhile, the Festival of 1000 Bikes returns to Mallory Park on July 9th, 10th and 11th 2010. The VMCC's very special guest for this packed weekend is World Champion 'Fast' Freddie Spencer, who will be riding a Honda NS500 in the Past Masters track feature on Sunday 11th July. Fast Freddie last tackled Mallory some three decades ago as a member of the American Trans-Atlantic team. He'll be joined on track by Jim Redman MBE, Phil Read MBE, and four-times WSB Champion Carl Fogarty MBE.
This event is now so popular with riders wishing to enter their own machines in the weekend's track sessions that the VMCC have created an extra paddock for road-going machines. Track participants and spectators can mix with all the star riders, in the paddock making this the friendliest event of its type in the world. Track sessions in which the public can ride their own road or race machine take place over both days. Machines will be grouped according to type with road machine sessions on Saturday 10th and race machine sessions on Sunday 11th July.
The Past Masters parade also features bikes from the National Motorcycle Museum with four of the original Norton Rotary racers on track with their original star riders aboard. Phil Morris Racing will be displaying 25 Honda RC163 machines. A new feature for 2010 is a showcase of competition bikes from the famous Brooklands circuit including the Brough Superior 'Works Scrapper'. Among the stars you can expect to see on track will be John Cooper, Mick Grant, Sammy Miller MBE, Stan Woods, Ron Chandler, Chris Vincent, Trevor Nation, Steve Spray, Terry Rymer, Ian Simpson, Charlie Williams, Tommy Robb, Colin Seeley, Tony Rutter and Nick Jeffries.
Then if you turn your attention to elsewhere, the Festival also features a Pre-65 Trial on the Saturday; grasstrack competition on the Sunday; spring displays at lunchtime and on Sunday afternoon; the Avenue of Clubs with displays around 50 organisations; autojumble and trade stalls; live music and evening entertainment and more.
Spectator tickets are available directly from Mallory Park on 01455 842931; camping is available (payable at the event).
Entries for the public to ride on track close in June and the event is usually sold out before then, so see www.vmcc.net to download an entry form.
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