World GP Bike Legends are returning to the Silverstone Classic this weekend with a stunning showcase featuring world champions, TT legends, British champions and some of the most famous names in motorcycling history.
This year’s Bike Legends line-up consists of three of the most respected World Champions – Freddie Spencer, Wayne Gardner and Phil Read MBE. Gardner lifted the 500cc trophy in 1987, with Spencer winning the same title just four years earlier in 1983 and again in ’85. He made history by being the only rider to ever win both the 250cc and 500cc championship in the same year – an accolade that is admired by motorcycle racers and fans worldwide.
Read has one of the most impressive motorcycling records to date, as he won seven world championships between 1964 and 1974 and was the first rider to win 125cc, 250cc and 500cc titles. Spencer, Gardner and Read will be joined by Niall Mackenzie, Steve Parrish and Maria Costello MBE, plus international ex-GP riders Didier de Radiguès from Belgium and Swiss star Niggi Schmassmann.
The Bike Legends squad will be impressing the crowds with some high speed demonstration laps, riding 500cc two-strokes which are sure to ignite a spark of nostalgia in some. They’ll then swap their two-strokes for new Yamaha YZF-R1’s painted in iconic liveries. If that wasn’t enough for the bike lovers amongst the crowd, attendees will be able to meet the riders for autographs and pictures, and drool over the gorgeous machinery they will be parading on track, up close. The famous London Ace Cafe will also be on hand in Silverstone’s ‘Ace Corner’ (located in the National Paddock), providing a mods and rockers themed scooter display.
And on top of all that Gardner, Spencer, Parrish and Costello will head up the Bike Legends team in the Celebrity Challenge Trophy, which features personalities from sport, TV, music and showbiz all racing Austin A30s and A35s.
Tickets may be on the pricey side for some, but you will certainly experience good value for money in your basic admission £43 ticket, which includes access to the paddock, grandstand seating, live music on Friday and Saturday evenings, air shows and much more to get you into the racing spirit.