Motorcycling legend Giacomo Agostini has confirmed his place at the brand-new International Classic, which will be held at Cadwell Park.
The Italian is considered to be the greatest racer of all time after winning 122 races and 15 World Championships throughout his illustrious career.
Agostini will ride a 500c MV Agusta at the two-day Lincolnshire circuit event which takes place on 25-26 July.
The International Classic has been introduced following the success of last year’s 80th Anniversary celebration at the circuit, which brought in a bumper crowd to Cadwell. Three races from that event will once again appear at the International Classic, with The Charlie’s Trophy, Tommy Wood Trophy and Classic King of Cadwell all taking place.
The Charlie’s Trophy features pre-1990 Grand Prix 2-strokes, from 175cc to 750cc, with the Tommy Wood Trophy featuring pre-1992 Superbikes, from 400cc to 1100cc.
The International Classic, which has been organised by the MCE Insurance British Superbike operators MotorSport Vision Racing (MSVR), will also feature a host of unique races of its own.
These include the Landsdowne Classic Series for pre-1963 bikes and the International Historic Racing Organisation race for 1946-72 single-cylinder Grand Prix motorcycles.
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.”
Agostini will be joined by the likes of Phil Read, John Cooper, Jim Redman and Alex George at Cadwell Park, with many more stars expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
Along with all of the action on the track, there will also be plenty of stuff going on off-track with historic vehicle and classic bike displays from collectors and owners clubs along with air displays and live music.
Fans wanting to attend the International Classic can purchase tickets now from the Cadwell Park website.