Rare Honda gets fired up for Race Retro
Race Retro's tribute to the Honda Racing Corporation's thirty-year involvement with motorcycle sport will include a fantastic array of rare and stunning Hondas, with some of the motorcycles being brought back to life in the Fire Up Paddock.
The centrepiece of the Honda celebrations will be the late Mike Hailwood's RC 173 500/4 cylinder motorbike, the only known remaining example of the two built at the time, which Mike won every GP he rode it in during the 65/66 seasons. This motorcycle alone is valued at £1 million.
There will also the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade Superbike as ridden by John McGuiness to win the 2011 TT and the CBR600RR raced by Steve Platter to victory in the 2009 British Supersport Championship. There will also be a replica of the George Beale RC 174 300/6 and up to ten Honda RC 163 250cc four cylinder replica GP bikes.
The interview stage will be hosted by Moto GP presenter Steve Parrish who will be joined by the 'forgotten champ' Roger MarshalL Roger has many accolades under his belt including winning 11 Championship titles throughout the 70s and 80s and his brilliant circuit battles with Barry Sheene but one of the achievements he is still most recognised for is playing David Essex's biking double in the cult motorcycle movie classic Silver Dream Racer. Roger will join Steve Parrish on the interview stage on Friday and Saturday to talk racing, filming and much more.
But its in the popular Fire-Up Paddock, hosted by the charity Road Racing Legends, which supports former TT riders and their families, where the fun starts as the bikes are fired into action so visitors can enjoy the roar of the engine.