Belfast Telegraph

McCallen driving force behind first ever Classic Bike Festival


By Robert Jones

The first Classic Bike Festival Ireland will take place at Bishopscourt in Co Down on August 3 and 4.

The two-day festival, the first of its kind in Ireland, is expected to attract 400 classic and vintage road and racing motorcycles.

Dating from the 1930s to the 1990s, the displays and parades will include the largest collection of Joey Dunlop's race bikes ever assembled.

The Dunlop family will also exhibit the full collection of Joey's race memorabilia, including helmets, leathers, trophies and toolbox of the famous Ballymoney racer.

Go Fuels, involved in two-wheel sport through its support of the McAdoo Kawasaki Racing team since 2007, is going to be the title sponsor of the new classic motorcycle event organised by 11-times TT winner Phillip McCallen and co-promoter Robin Titterington.

"Go are very proud to be the title sponsor of the inaugural Classic Bike Festival Ireland and, as fans of classic motorsport, getting involved really was a no brainer for us," said Patrick Kelly from Go.

"Go are now one of the main fuel networks in Ireland with over 50 24-hour forecourts and also one of the leading electricity and gas suppliers to businesses.

"We have experienced rapid growth since launching into the commercial market across Ireland.

"We have further expansion plans to open more forecourts and later this year we will begin supplying electricity direct to the domestic customer.

"Go sees the attention the Classic Bike Festival Ireland will provide as the perfect vehicle to broaden our company's exposure.

Festival fever: Classic Bike Festival Ireland promoter Phillip McCallen launches Go Fuels title sponsorship
Festival fever: Classic Bike Festival Ireland promoter Phillip McCallen launches Go Fuels title sponsorship

"The Classic Bike Festival Ireland is a new initiative for this part of the world and we hope to make it as popular an event as the Goodwood or Jurby festivals."

There will also be special displays of race bikes and memorabilia of Grand Prix legend Tom Herron, who sadly lost his life at the North West 40 years ago.

Machinery ridden by the two famous road racing quartets of the 1970s - the Armoy Armada and Dromara Destroyers - will also be on display, with a host of motorcycle racing stars from the past and present appearing during the festival.

Tickets for the festival will be on sale soon from and watch out for more announcements on classicbikefestivalireland Facebook page.

• MotoGP Austin winner Alex Rins is expecting a fierce scrap on his home Jerez turf this weekend due to the tight and narrow nature of the track.

Rins, who snatched victory from Valentino Rossi in the closing stages of the Texas races, reckons Jerez should suit the characteristics of his GSX-RR well.

"I think Jerez can be a good track for us, it suits the GSX-RR's characteristics pretty well despite the fact that it's a very demanding layout," Rins said.

"There are some hard-braking areas which will require us to have a perfect set-up.

"There will be some patches with new tarmac, which may give us some extra benefit, although it will be the same conditions for everyone."

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