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2015 Classic TT set for Special Norton Race Bike Display

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The National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham have announced that they will have a special ‘pop-up’ display of Norton Racing machines at this year’s Classic TT.

The display will be located right in the heart of the paddock and will showcase 30 of the most famous and historically significant Norton race bikes.

Every decade of Norton’s racing history will be represented within the display, from the 1900’s to present day.

Director of the National Motorcycle Museum, James Hewing said: “The Classic TT is the ultimate embodiment of where past meets present and perfectly fits the museum’s philosophy of showing racing bikes as they were meant to be seen performing on a track rather than gathering dust. 

“Fans this year will get the chance to see the juxtaposition of our definitive Norton collection alongside the race team as we go about race preparations which really demonstrates our ‘where legends race on’ ethos.”

Bikes that will be on display include the Norton Twin that Rem Fowler raced to become the first multi-cylinder winner of the inaugural TT race back in 1907.

The iconic JPS Rotary Norton’s will also be present, along with the incarnations of the Rotary Race machines that were developed by Brian Crighton in 2013.

The display will include all 13 Rotary race bikes that will be taking part in the ‘Norton The Rotary Years presented by the Isle of Man Steam Packet’ parade lap as well as the two prototype Rotary race machines.

Geoff Duke’s 1949 Senior Clubman TT winning Norton International will also be included in the special display, along with the 1992 Rotary race machine that William Dunlop will compete on in this year’s Formula 1 Race.

David Cretney, Isle of Man’s Government Political Member for Tourism, believes that the ‘pop-up’ display will provide a great experience for fans at the event.

He said: “It is entirely appropriate that the definitive collection of Norton race bikes is displayed on the Isle of Man as the marques history is so closely linked to that of the TT Races and we are very grateful to the National Motorcycle Museum for bringing the collection to the Island and offering such a great experience for race fans.”

Practice sessions for the 2015 Classic TT are scheduled to get underway on Saturday 22 August, with the races themselves due to take place on Saturday 29 August and Monday 31 August.

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Josh is a Sports Journalism graduate and has been a member of the TCF team since 2015. Between 2015 and 2018, Josh focused primarily on British Superbikes and Road Racing events such as the Isle of Man TT. At the beginning of the 2019 season he became the MotoGP Reporter.
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