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Motorsport: Donington Park to host second Classic Motorcycle Festival

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 05, 2014

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DONINGTON Park hosts its second Classic Motorcycle Festival this weekend with a huge range of motorcycles from across bike racing history and some legends of the track.

The festival is once again set to have an impressive range of historical racing machines, spanning GP bikes, Superbikes, two strokes, four strokes, multi-cylinder and single cylinder.

In addition, it will welcome the new Hesketh 24 bike, the first Hesketh model to be produced in 30 years by the British manufacturer, which will be taking part in both parade and demonstration laps.

Sammy Miller will also showcase bikes from his museum, which will include a 500 GP Konig similar to the one successfully raced by Kim Newcombe.

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Team Collins and Russell Kawasaki are also attending for the first time, bringing their collection of historic racing machines such as the ex-Hurley Wilvert Kawasaki H2R two-stroke triple.

Across the weekend, there will be a variety of races including more than 40 CRMC Championship races and Lansdowne Series races.

As well as the Wheatcroft Trophy race, there is the new Robert Fearnall Trophy, which will be presented to the team who best represents the spirit of the festival.

Alongside the Classic Bike Clubs Show, the crowd will also be treated to the rare appearance of a Lancaster Bomber as it takes to the skies at noon on Saturday.

Texan Kevin Schwantz, a Suzuki legend, is set to join in the celebrations at the circuit.

Schwantz (pictured) has won a number of Grand Prix and Transatlantic races at Donington, so his return to the circuit is much anticipated.

Over the course of the weekend, he will be demonstrating a number of bikes, as well as holding an autograph session, and an 'evening with Kevin Schwantz' on Saturday evening.

It has been 20 years since Schwantz's last win at the circuit, so in honour of this, Donington Park has teamed up with Team Classic Suzuki owner Steve Wheatman to reunite Schwantz with his favourite 1994 XR84 Lucky Strike Suzuki no 1 plate.

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