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The classic bike action at Footman James Sywell Classic: Pistons and Props, held Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th September at Sywell Aerodrome, continues to grow with a fantastic mix of motorcycles in action on the Sprint Strip and Racing Runway as well as on static display.

Amongst the 50 bikes in action is a 1974 Yamaha TZ 700cc, raced in period by American Gene Romero. This machine won the Daytona 200 in the USA in 1975 and will be ridden at Sywell Classic by Paul Cott.

Bike enthusiasts at Sywell Classic will also see ex Moto GP rider Laurant Naveau’s 1996 ROC Yamaha YZR 500cc, used in the Moto GP from 1996 through to 1998, ridden by Jack Machin.

There’s also a collection of Hondas including a 1976 works CB 500, 1985 Rs250, 1986 Rs500, as well as Freddie Spencer’s 1991 Rc30, an original Two Brothers Racing team bike, and the Rothmans 1993 Rs250 raced in period by Luca Cadalora.

Expect to see the likes of a 1974 TR500 Suzuki, 1960 500 Manx Norton, and a mix of Rudges, Velocettes, BSAs and other bikes from the Classic 50 Racing Club who join in the fun at Sywell once again.

Steve Wheatman once again brings a superb collection of bikes including Barry Sheene’s Suzuki XR14 that he rode to victory in the 1975 Assen Grand Prix for Suzuki’s and Barry’s historic first 500cc GP win. Kevin Schwantz’s 1994 Suzuki XR84 in the Lucky Strike livery will also be running. This was ridden whilst Kevin was world Champion and is still possibly the most iconic paint job in motorcycling history.

There will also be the Suzuki XR69 F1 Replica that Michael Dunlop rode to victory in last year’s Classic Isle of Man TT, the MV Augusta F4 factory bike used in the World Superbike and Le Mans 24 hour in 2001, and a Kawasaki Mach 3 500cc Sprinter from 1974.

Off the tarmac, there will be static displays from various bike clubs including the ex Jean Philippe Ruggia 1996 Works Yamaha YZR 500cc, a regular top six finisher in the 1996 to 1998 Moto GP season, and a 1977 Yamaha TZ 750cc that has been restored to its original specification.

The ‘Sprint Strip’ and ‘Racing Runway’ will also host a stunning line-up of hot rods, historic karts and classic racers, the immediate post-war UK motor racing scene.

In the air, there will be displays for the Battle of Britain Memorial Fund, two supermarine Spitfires – the Grace and Seafire –  and high octane twists and turns from the Twister Aerobatic display team.

Away from the engine-fueled action, three-piece rockabilly band The Houndogs return to Sywell Classic playing their own songs alongside covers of classics by the likes of Elvis, Buddy Holly and The Stray Cats with performances throughout the weekend.

For those that want to make a weekend of it, camping packages are available including show days and live evening entertainment from Lonnie Donegan Junior and his band take to the stage inn Hanger 1 on Saturday night.

Adult tickets for Sywell Classic start from £18 in advance with tickets for children aged 5-15 from £7 in advance and free entrance for those under five-years-old. A family ticket (2 adults, 2 children) starts from £43 in advance with all advance tickets subject to a service charge. Car parking is free. The show is open from 10am until 5.30pm on Saturday, 10am until 5pm on Sunday.

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