Classic Endurance: Donington Park 4 Hour
Posted: 27th January 2018
Star riders and race entries roll in - Packed programme includes classic Races, celebrity riders, paddock show, trackday sessions, parades and more – Open for entries, tickets on sale - Official press release
The date for the Endurance Legends Donington Park 4 hour classic motorcycle endurance race has been confirmed as the weekend of 12th & 13th May 2018. The programme is taking shape and entries for the on track activities and the paddock show are rolling in.
The main event is the 4 hour endurance race for motorcycles built before 1986, the second round of the new European Endurance Legend Cup, but the two day spectacular will also feature the Lansdowne Classic Series for pre-1963 350 & 500cc Grand Prix machines and the GP Originals for 1970s & 1980s 250 & 350cc two stroke race bikes, as well as classic race bike parades from all eras, and track sessions for hundreds of pre-1995 classic machines.
On a Mission
Jamie Whitham, Steve Parrish and MCN's Michael Neeves will be reunited with the Suzuki Katana entered by Team Classic Suzuki who will be returning to complete the mission that ended before the first lap was completed in 2017. They'll be going head-to-head with the best classic endurance teams from the UK, Europe, New Zealand and possibly the USA, so there'll be no easy ride for the big names.
More star names include Terry Rymer (double World Endurance Champion, multiple Bol d'Or and Le Mans 24 Hour winner, British and European Superbike championship winner and Suzuki factory Grand Prix rider) and John Reynolds (three times BSB champion, former Grand Prix and World Superbike competitor) who will be taking part in the parades, interview and autograph sessions and maybe even joining the commentary team over the weekend!
For 2018 the paddock show will feature three Suzuki Anniversaries, for the GS1000 (40 years), X7 (40 years) and RGV250 (30 years). They'll be sharing the limelight with a host of classic bike club displays, a trade village and a live arena on the Melbourne Loop where visitors will be able to take part in the hugely popular racing sidecar ‘taxi rides’, and have the opportunity to 'Try-a-Classic-Bike’ and also sample new machines. There are plans for a rolling bike show and the atmosphere will be kept bubbling well into Saturday evening courtesy of a DJ set and live band in the Endurance Legends marquee.
Endurance Legends organiser Darin Frow: "We were completely overwhelmed by the reaction from everyone after the first Endurance Legends at Donington Park in May 2017. It was a truly unique and memorable event which has helped us go into 2018 with even greater enthusiasm. We have another amazing schedule lined up for this year, so you won't want to miss 12 & 13 May 2018!"
Entries and Tickets
Entries are open for all areas of the event; racing, track sessions, race bike parades, club and trade stands via the Endurance Legends website.
Advance spectator tickets can purchased direct from Donington Park: doningtonpark.msv.com/..Endurance
Words, Photos: Martin Gelder, Endurance Legends