Road Racer’s Adventures: GO Classic Bike Festival

Road Racer’s Adventures: GO Classic Bike Festival
Ran by the Revival Racing Motorcycle Club, the GO Classic Bike Festival has a Classic TT, Barry Sheene Classic, Goodwood Revival vibe about it.

Mixing yesteryear, modern solo races with various parade laps, tens of prestigious, iconic bikes on display, bands performing, famous names in bucket loads attend each year.

Notable purpose built, international road racing icons in attendance last weekend at Bishopscourt, included to name but a few:

Twelve times TT winner Bruce Anstey, 1998 Senior TT winner Ian Simpson, Jeremy McWilliams, Seven times Duke Road Race Rankings Champion Ryan Farquhar.

Michael Swann, Howard Selby, Phillip McCallen and making a welcome return to the saddle, reigning Irish Road Race Superbike Champion Michael Sweeney.

Race action wise, elite names were to the fore as well with Macau GP wins record-holder Michael Rutter, speediest North West 200 newcomer in history Richard Cooper aboard the Boyce Precision Engineering/Russell Racing Yamaha, securing between them five victories.

JMcC Roofing Racing’s Adam McLean, already 34 times a road race top three finisher during this decade, recorded Supersport rostrum finishes, Gary McCoy claimed opening GP 250 race success.

Kris Duncan sped to successive Lightweight Supersport race wins whilst additional roads scene superheroes racing included Stephen Tobin, Aidan Cleary, John Cliffe, Armoy Classic Superbike victor Dave Bell and Taiwan’s Roger Chen.

Photo credit: Derek Wilson

Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou
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