WILTSHIRE will once again host the West Country’s biggest motorcycle racing meeting when the Castle Combe Grand National runs on the weekend of July 8th and 9th, 2017.
In addition to a packed programme of racing organised by the NG Road Racing Club, as well as the now traditional Classic and Tribute parades, one of the highlights will be the 60 year commemoration since the legendary Mike Hailwood® made his debut at the circuit back in 1957.
The organisers have been granted special permission by Mike’s widow Pauline to run some of Hailwood’s iconic machinery at the track where the nine-times World Champion and 14-times TT winner rode in only his second ever meeting.
Taking to the track over the weekend will be many of the same exact machines ridden by ‘Mike the Bike’™ including ones he raced for Ducati, Honda, BSA, Suzuki and Norton.
Further information on the motorcycles and star riders who will parade them will be announced in the near future, but the organisers are keen to hear from any owners of ex-Hailwood machinery who would like to display or demonstrate them at this historic meeting- please contact Rodney Gooch as detailed below.
Graham Marshallsay, Managing Director of Castle Combe Circuit, said, “This is a fantastic gesture of the Hailwood family to allow us to commemorate Mike in this way at a track he was always welcomed at.”
“In my view, and in the eyes of many, Mike Hailwood® was simply the greatest ever racer and I’m sure in true Castle Combe tradition, we’ll do him proud.”
Pauline Hailwood expressed her gratitude: “Thank you to Castle Combe Circuit and the organisers for honouring Mike in this way, it sounds like a great idea.”
For further information please contact Rodney Gooch at the Circuit on 01249 782417 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Photo: Robin Jung-Burton
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