MOTORCYCLING: Legend Agostini to headline new International Classic at Cadwell Park

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Motorcycling legend Giacomo Agostini will join a host of two-wheeled stars for a major new event, the International Classic, at Cadwell Park on July 25/26.

The most successful rider in World Championship history will meet fans and ride a 500cc MV Agusta at the venue’s two-day celebrations of its long and distinguished association with motorcycle racing.

The International Classic will feature guest appearances from legendary riders, with parades, demonstrations, live music, air displays and a packed programme of two-wheeled competition.

The event builds on the success of last year’s 80th Anniversary celebration meeting at Cadwell Park which attracted a huge crowd.

The most popular elements of the anniversary event have been retained, but with the racing programme substantially strengthened and much more off-track entertainment introduced.

Returning to the track where he once battled contemporary rivals in front of adoring fans, 15-time World Champion Agostini will be joined by Phil Read, John Cooper, Jim Redman, Derek Chatterton, Alex George, Mick Grant, and many more stars to be announced at a later date. These heroes of the sport will take part in track parades on classic motorcycles.

On-track action will feature three special races from last year’s anniversary meeting: The Charlie’s Trophy (pre-1990 Grand Prix 2-strokes, from 175cc to 750cc), the revived Tommy Wood Trophy (pre-1992 superbikes, from 400cc to 1100cc), and the Classic King of Cadwell (pre-1972 machinery, from 251cc to 750cc).

Also on the bill are International Classic Grand Prix and Superbike races: the International Historic Racing Organisation for 1945-72 single-cylinder Grand Prix machinery, Landsdowne Classic Series for pre-1963 machines, and the Camathias Cup for classic sidecars.

The racing, demonstrations and parades will be organised by the highly experienced MotorSport Vision Racing (MSVR) team that operates the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship.

Off-track entertainment will include historic vehicle and classic bike displays from collectors and owners’ clubs, motorcycle trial demonstrations, question and answer sessions with guest stars, live music, air displays, and plenty of purchasing opportunities at trade stands.

Jonathan Palmer, Chief Executive of circuit owner MSV, said: “Last year’s 80th Anniversary Meeting at Cadwell Park met with a hugely enthusiastic response, which proved just how popular classic bike racing at Cadwell Park is.

“I decided to build on this and create the best historic motorcycle event in the country for 2015.

“I am thrilled that an amazing cast of bike racing legends have jumped at the chance to be involved and absolutely delighted that one of my childhood heroes, Giacomo Agostini, has accepted my invitation to head our list of stars.”

*Tickets for the International Classic at Cadwell Park on 25/26 July are available from £20 with free entry for children under 13. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or visit www.cadwellpark.co.uk.