ONE OF BRITAIN’S greatest motorcycle racers, the legendary Barry Sheene, will be commemorated at the West Country’s biggest motorcycle race meeting, the Castle Combe Grand National, at the Wiltshire track on Saturday, August 31 and Sunday September 1.
Sheene, who went on to win the 1976 and 1977 500cc World Championship, took victory at Castle Combe aboard his Bultaco back in 1969, so plans are afoot to celebrate his 50-year association with the circuit, as well as his extraordinary career with displays and parades exclusively to do with Barry and his bikes over the years.
As well as his closest friend Steve Parrish, who is hoping to return to Castle Combe after being a guest of honour at this year’s event, various members of Barry’s family, along with colleagues, friends and rivals, hope to attend the unique celebration, with lots of initial interest being shown. There will also be a packed programme of racing organised by the NG Road Racing Club and featuring several major championships.
Classic racing fans should also make a date in their diaries for April 6 & 7 when the Classic Motorcycle Racing Club (CRMC) makes a first visit to Castle Combe. With a rich heritage over the past 65 years, the 1.85-mile track is delighted to be hosting such a meeting, which will see packed grids for the various classes featuring machines from the Classic era (1945-1972), Post Classic (1973-1986) as well as sidecars.