Carl Fogarty MBE has had a new honour bestowed upon him as a road has been named after him in his home town of Blackburn.
The four-time World Superbike champion opened Carl Fogarty Way in the customary fashion by pulling a whacking great wheelie through the red ribbon.
"I’ve won quite a few awards in my life but this honour is a bit different!" Foggy told the crowd.
"Having the road to myself for a moment before we let all the traffic through felt really special. It’s my road!"
Foggy gets replica LS2
Prior to receiving a road name, Fogarty also teamed up with LS2 Helmets to recreate two classic Foggy designs on the brand’s latest Challenger helmet.
The first of these liveries pays homage to Carl’s last World Superbike title, which will have occurred exactly 20 years ago, next year. The second design marks 30 years since his Formula One and Senior wins at the Isle of Man TT, which he won in 1990.
The lids were first shown to the public for the first time at the Motorcycle Live show at the NEC, in Birmingham, in 2018, after being unveiled by the man himself.
Just 50 of each replica were made available at the event at a price of £299 in sizes XXS to XXXL, alongside a multitude of £249.99 solid colour options and £269.99 graphic designs. The replicas will then be available once more from spring 2019.
Speaking in a statement about the new designs, the seven-time world champion said: "LS2 have done a fantastic job in bringing two of my classic helmet designs into the modern era. These are top of the range helmets which combine a winning performance and design."
Weighing in at around 1385 grams, the Challenger is a track-inspired helmet featuring a 3mm flat visor, complete with tear-off mounts and emergency release cheek pads, to be used in the event of a spill for easier access to the rider's head.
To combat against a misting visor, there is a Pinlock insert and multiple vents. A drop-down sun visor and quick release strap are to be included, too. What's more, there is also a removable and washable hypoallergenic lining to help keep it fresh after extensive usage.
A special CCM Spitfire
As well as signing a helmet deal with LS2 King Carl Fogarty has also joined forces with CCM to create a Spitfire Foggy Edition motorcycle. Only 300 will be built…plus one for the man himself.
Based on the Bolton firm’s tubular framed, single cylinder 600cc Spitfire platform, the Foggy Edition is inspired by the Blackburn rider’s illustrious WSB career.
Although previously having a hand in the development of factory superbikes during his racing, this is the first time he’s been given a clean sheet to craft a new machine.
Speaking to Chief Road Tester Michael Neeves about the design process, Foggy said: "It's really exciting to be so hands on. I’ve never been asked to design a bike before, so I was a bit nervous, but I thought if you’re going to relate a bike to me, it’s got to be associated with something I am famous for - riding a certain red bike, with a number one on it, during the 90s.
"CCM’s director, Austin Clews, has been one of my best mates for the last 20 years. I've been involved with them before and I'm excited to be working with them again. They’ve got a great product with the Spitfire and I’ll be a lot more hands on than previous things I've done over the last few years."
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