Barry Sheene’s 1976 and 1977 world championship-winning race bikes have arrived at Suzuki GB, ahead of the Barry Sheene festival at Oliver’s Mount next month and as part of the 40th anniversary celebrations of his first world title.
The bikes have been shipped directly from Australia to the UK for a number of events in the UK this year, and will be on display at the festival at Oliver's Mount to celebrate the achievements of Suzuki and arguably Britain’s greatest world champion.
Suzuki GB’s Tim Davies, said, “With it being 40 years since Barry’s first world title, this year’s festival marks a very special anniversary, which is why we wanted to be a part of this event for a second consecutive year to celebrate such an occasion.
The event at Oliver’s Mount is always a good one, but we decided to step it up a notch for this year’s event, and the display of the two championship-winning bikes is the first time that they have been displayed together at such an event in the UK.
Also on display at the festival will be a collection of classic Suzuki road bikes, including the GSX-R750F that was restored at Motorcycle Live last year, and the TL1000S that was built from brand new parts the year before, highlighting Suzuki’s commitment to its Vintage Parts Programme.
Tim Davies added, “Alongside Sheene’s race bikes the GSX-R750F and TL1000S will be displayed and information available on our Vintage Parts Programme, which now has nine bikes listed and is dedicated to helping owners of more classic Suzuki machinery restore and maintain them with genuine parts.”
Scott Beaumont, Oliver’s Mount’s marketing director, added, “Suzuki's commitment to the Barry Sheene festival at Oliver's Mount is absolutely fantastic and for them to step it up again this year by displaying Barry Sheene's actual race winning machines is every road racing fan's dream.
"This could be the only opportunity in our lifetime that we see these machines and we are very proud that Suzuki has chosen Oliver's Mount to display them.”
The Barry Sheene Festival will take place at Oliver’s Mount on 23-24 July 2016.
For more information visit www.oliversmountracing.com