Classic Bike Festival Ireland is a new venture scheduled for Bishopscourt Race Circuit on Sunday, August 4, a project that promoters Phillip McCallen (Phillip McCallen Motorcycles) and Robin Titterington anticipate becoming an annual event on the calendar.
McCallen, 11 times an Isle of Man TT winner and the only rider to win five North West 200 races in one day, said: "This is a day where owners and riders of classic racing motorcycles can enjoy track time and for spectators a long-awaited opportunity to see riders and machines from previous forgotten eras.
"There will also be covered static displays, other motorcycle performances, club displays and an auto jumble."
The festival is being organised by the Revival Racing Motorcycle Club - whose directors are McCallen and Titterington - and their objective is to promote and encourage the sport of classic motorcycle racing for machines from other eras, bringing back what are described as the halcyon days of racing in the '70s, '80s and early '90s when two-strokes ruled the smaller classes and battled with the big four-strokes in the larger classes.
In its first year, the festival will be offering parade and track laps for all riders and machines, while in future years - when there is enough interest - races will also be included.
Just imagine the TZ Yamahas, RC30s, RC45s Hondas, all makes of Rotax-powered machines (Cotton, EMC, Waddon, Kimoco etc), RG 500 Suzukis, RS Hondas Greeves, NSU and Aprilia that have been restored and hidden away in sheds, garages, lofts or outhouses across the island and beyond that haven't seen the light of day in many a year.
This is a golden opportunity to get these machines out and let the public bathe in nostalgia of sights and sounds of yesteryear, plus the memories and stories that go with them.
Other special and important machines from back in the day will be more than welcome, and riders will also be encouraged to take part - although they will require an MCUI race licence or a parade licence which can be obtained through Revival Racing MCC.
Regulations and entry forms will be available for online completion or download soon from websites and social media.
Revival Racing MCC are encouraging all riders and supporters to join in and get involved in the Classic Bike Festival with the intention to run further events and future races. Visit the Revival Racing MCC website for more information.
Any motorcycle club or other vehicle clubs are welcome to attend Classic Bike Festival Ireland, static displays for owners of classic motorcycles who wish to display their machines are welcome while auto jumble and dealers of classic motorcycles and parts are also welcome.
Spectators' tickets will be on sale through the Classic Bike Festival Ireland website and opportunities to win tickets in free monthly draws will be available through social media.
There are opportunities for partners and sponsors, businesses and individuals to support the organisers in driving forward what is hoped will become one of Ireland's premier motorcycling events. If interested, contact Phillip McCallen or Robin Titterington for further discussion.
For more information, go to revivalracingclub.com or classicbikefestireland.com, email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to facebook.com/classicbikefestireland and twitter.com/classic_bikes_
Meanwhile, Norman McKeag's Annual Motorbike Show is this weekend in Comber First Presbyterian Church Halls on Friday, January 25 from 5pm to 10pm (auction 8pm) and Saturday, January 26 from 10am to 5pm. Admission is £3. For more information, contact David on 07845513133.