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Classic Suzuki Track Day roars into Cadwell Park

Published: 29 June 2019

Updated: 29 June 2019

Classic motorcycle enthusiasts from across the country took over Cadwell Park today for the second annual Suzuki Classic Track Day.

With temperatures nudging 30-degrees and entry free to spectators, the Lincolnshire circuit played host to a roster of four and two-stroke road and race bikes produced before the end of the year 2000.

Exceptions to this ruling could be made if your bike features a late registration, or began production prior to the cut-off point, such as the TL1000 range.

A total of 238 machines took to the 2.2-mile circuit in four trackday groups, two race bike sessions and a lunchtime parade, to give riders a taste of the circuit in controlled conditions. The trackday groups consisted of: Novice, Two-strokes, Under 750cc and Over 750cc. 

Alongside Suzuki enthusiasts, a number of the manufacturer’s former racing stars were also present; riding a variety of ex-competition bikes, as well as posing for pictures and signing autographs. These included Steve Parrish, Terry Rymer, Danny Webb, John Reynolds and more.

Created off the back of the success of Suzuki’s Vintage Parts programme, the event is run in tandem with Classic Bike Track Days. Alongside on track action, there were also a number of trade stalls selling spares and a dyno, which could be heard measuring performance outputs all day long.

"This is engaging with the customer and Suzuki have got such a good heritage of bikes," Suzuki’s parts aftersales coordinator, Tim Davies, told MCN. "It’s great seeing these old race bikes going around the track."

This was echoed by three-time British Superbike champion, John Reynolds, who said: "To see the crowd here, it just shows that Suzuki are doing something right by putting on this great display of history and people love it!

"I was here at last year’s event and I wasn’t expecting a big event, but when I came through the gates it was absolutely rammed and like a proper race meeting."

Away from the racers, feedback from visitors was also positive. Les Mumby, 61, rode over to the event from his home just outside Brigg with his 15-year-old son, Leon.

"I’ve been coming here for 45 years," Mumby told MCN. "I’m used to seeing the racing on these classic bikes and I saw a lot of these bikes competing the first time round.

"There are a lot of bikes I recognise here and the smell of Castrol R over the mountain brings back some memories!"

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