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Castle Combe celebrate their 60th anniversary with Avon Tyres

Published: 24 August 2011

Updated: 20 November 2014

Castle Combe are holding a special race event on September 3rd to honour the Wiltshire track’s 60th anniversary.

The circuit was originally opened in the summer of 1950, making it one of the oldest established circuits in the UK. It held its first dedicated motorcycle race in 1951 and to honour this 60th anniversary the circuit will be hosting a special race meeting – the Fowlers Pro-Bike National.

The Fowlers Pro-Bike National will feature plenty of action, including a round of the Rapid Solicitors Ducati 848 Challenge, two races each for the British F2 Sidecars and the British Historic Grand Prix Championship and the Simply Saab Castle Combe Trophy.

This 60th anniversary coincides with Avon Tyres’ own 100th anniversary of manufacturing motorcycle tyres. With Castle Combe just 12 miles away from Avon Tyres in Melksham, both companies have a long and close relationship. Castle Combe has been used in the development of Avon Tyres throughout the last 60 years. Recently, Avon Tyres unearthed rare film footage of the firm testing Geoff Duke’s Manx Norton racer on Avon tyres.

Avon Tyres will be there with a unique static display showing their 100 years of history in the manufacture of motorcycle tyres.

Joining Avon at the event will be a host of stars including Carl Fogarty, Michael Rutter and his father Tony Rutter, Martin Jessop and Mike Hailwood’s son David Hailwood, all taking part in a one-off 'star parade' on the circuit after which they will be on hand to sign autographs for fans.

Avon’s Global Motorcycle Sales Manager Graham Matcham said, "We have a very close working relationship with Castle Combe and with both companies being so near it is understandable that we have used our 'local' circuit almost constantly over the last 60 years to help develop our world-beating tyres.  We are delighted to be taking part in this exciting event and are looking forward to showing Castle Combe’s visitors our 100th anniversary display."

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