Suzuki is set to bring the Barry Sheene Classic to life with huge display and demo rides at this year’s event at Oliver’s Mount from Friday 14th to Sunday 16th August 2020.
Returning as title sponsor of the event, Suzuki will bring with them several Sheene bikes including the 1976 and 1977 world championship-winning XR14s, the 1984 XR45 (the last GP bike raced by Sheene), and a 652cc XR23A raced in the Trans Atlantic series. All four were recently restored to their former glory thanks to Suzuki’s Vintage Parts Programme. Other Sheene machines to be featured include a 1978 XR22 and a rare 125cc RT67 that Sheene took to 2nd place in the 1971 125 World Championship.
Suzuki plan to display the Team Classic Suzuki RG500 that took part in the Classic TT, the F1 Classic TT-winner and their Katana endurance racer.
From their classic fleet, they are showing a 1985 GSX-R750F, a 1990 GSX-R1100L, a 2001 TL1000S built from brand new parts in 2014, a 1992 RGV250, a 2000 GSF600 Bandit, and a DR Big from 1990.
“The annual Sheene festival at Oliver’s Mount is always a good event, but this year it feels like it’s going to be a real celebration of arguably this nation’s greatest ever racer. I don’t think there’s ever been a greater assembly of bikes raced by Barry in one place, and it’s going to be great to not only see so many on display, but so many paraded around a circuit that he enjoyed racing at. I, personally, am really looking forward to it.”Suzuki GB Aftersales Marketing Coordinator, Tim Davies
“To see the greatest gathering of Sheene bikes ever assembled will be spectacular. I’ve got so many great memories racing with Barry around the ‘Mount’, it will feel like stepping back in time again. I’m looking forward to getting back in my leathers and riding some of Barry’s bikes.”Mick Grant, Oliver’s Mount Racing Director and multiple TT winner
Tickets for this year’s Barry Sheene Classic are available from the Oliver’s Mount website.