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See Barry Sheene’s bikes at Prescott this June

Two of Barry’s own TR500 race bikes will be on display and running up the famous hill climb course

TWO TR500’s owned and raced by Barry Sheene, will be joining the fabulous line up of Paddock Specials at the Prescott Bike Festival on June 15th and 16th, courtesy of their owner, Stuart Newton. Both bikes will not only be on display but will also fire up and run the famous Hill.

The monocoque (above) has a dedicated chapter in Colin Seeley’s biography, the bike was ridden by Pat Mahoney, Barry Sheene, Stan Woods and Dave Crockford. The bike was stolen, found in a ditch, returned to Colin Seeley and kept in his loft for years. Andrew purchased and restored the bike and it passed to Phil Morris. It was ridden years ago at Scarborough by Barry Sheene. Andrew bought it back a few years ago and it is now mostly used at meetings on the Continent, rarely seen in the UK because of the noise, although Peter Crew rode it last year at Donnington at the Classic GP.

The tubular bike (above) was owned by Barry and Frank Sheene, ridden by Barry and eventually sold to an old friend of theirs, Dave Goddard along with Barry’s Bultacos, when Barry was contracted to Suzuki Japan.  The bikes remained in Goddard’s ownership for many years until the collection was sold to avid collector, Steve Wheatman. Steve owns the largest collection of factory racing Suzuki’s in the world.

 The bikes were restored by Nigel Everett (ex Kawasaki factory mechanic), the Bultacos featured in a TV program hosted by the comedian Vic Reeves and Andrew bought back the Suzuki from Steve last year. Andrew has a large picture collection of Barry and Pat Mahoney riding the bikes, books, factory drawings and Seeley articles; to support the bikes as part of his display at the Prescott Bike Festival in June.

As ever, Prescott Bike Fest will feature an extensive display of historic, custom builds, race bikes, factory bikes, prototypes, shed builds to record beating machines - literally everything from Salon Privé class winner 1903 Royal Sovereign, to the ‘Warhorse’ – the World’s Fastest Monowheel and everything in between.

 Unlike a static bike show, Bike Fest’s excellent showcase of Paddock Specials features over 100 examples of rare machinery where you can meet the owners, watch them fire up and tackle the historic hill climb course.

 New for 2019 is Kickback, the National Custom Show and U.K. Championships, displaying the best of custom and shed builds all under cover! A superb exhibition and showcase for contemporary customs and modified classics featuring the 80 finalists competing for the National Custom Championships with “Butchered Classic” and “Young Builder” just two of the prized titles up for grabs.  Kickback is a platform dedicated to young, emerging and experienced custom engineers, both pro and non pro, a true celebration of engineering and design excellence which embraces the modern custom scene and the new wave.

For 2019, Prescott Bike Festival have teamed up with the National Motorcycle Museum and every visitor will get a 50% off voucher to visit the NMM!

The perfect Father’s Day gift, which keeps on giving. . .

Date: Saturday 15 June 2019 (preview day, 12pm-5pm) and Sunday 16 June 2019 (main show, 8.30am-5pm)

Venue: Prescott Hill Climb, Gotherington, Cheltenham, GL52 9RD

Admission Tickets: £12 (advance) for adults on Saturday, £15 (advance) for adults on Sunday, under 16’s free when accompanied by a paying adult.

For further information and tickets visit: www.prescottbikefestival.co.uk

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