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Cadwell International Classic opens with glorious display

Saturday, July 25 2015

Cadwell Park rolled back the years today (Saturday), as the inaugural International Classic got underway in style, with an evocative combination of racing and parades on track, plus guest appearances and historic displays in the paddock.

Headlining the parades were multiple World Champions Giacomo Agostini and Phil Read, who joined guest interviewer James Haydon on the paddock stage and entertained the crowd with tales from their days as team-mates at MV Agusta in the early 1970s. Also parading with the legends were Finnish rider Teuvo Lansivuori, who was Barry Sheene's team-mate at Suzuki in 1976, and local hero Derek Chatterton, who famously defeated Agostini at Cadwell Park over 40 years ago.

CPICSat1Throughout the day spectators were entertained by historic racing from a variety of bike classes. Multiple champion and veteran racer Mike 'Spike' Edwards won both Lansdown Classic races for Pre-1963 Group 1 and 2 motorcycles, and received one of the trophies from Agostini. Meanwhile Alex Sinclair won the International Historic Racing Organisation race for GP bikes from 1945-1972 by just two seconds, and George Hogton-Rusling won the special Charlie's Trophy race.

Away from the track there was a huge display area full of classic motorcycles from road and track, whilst the Poachers Pre 65 Classic Trials Club entertained with a display of off-road expertise opposite the main stage, where Haydon and Steve Plater interviewed a succession of riders and collectors.

CPICSat2Haydon said: "It's always a pleasure to chat to the legends, especially Ago, 'Mr Bike', and what a lovely cool chap he is, he still has all that charisma and is a witty and funny man, so it was a pleasure to interview him. We've had some great riders, including Phil Read, and there was great banter between him and Ago - it's amazing to think of the World titles between them. The weather's been great and the bikes - I felt like a superfan today and I'll be spending some more money soon!"

The day ended with a preview of tomorrow's Battle of Britain Memorial flypast, and the action will step up a gear for day two, with more races and guests, including Jim Redman, Sammy Miller, Chris Walker and more.

Tickets for the Cadwell Park International Classic are available on the gate for £30, with free entry for children under 13. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click here.