2015 will see Mick Grant and his record breaking 1975 750cc Kawasaki back at the 2015 North West 200 race week. It is 40 years since Grant set a new lap record of 122.62mph for the sea side circuit, establishing the famous Triangle course as the fastest in the UK. Such was Grant's pace that he added 7mph to the standing record!
It is 30 years since the Yorkshire man last raced at Portrush but he still has the bike from his 1975 exploits and he can still fit into the leathers that he wore that day! The road racing legend and his speedy machine will take part in a celebration parade lap during race day and will have a special place in the paddock to meet the fans and reminisce about that incredible day of 40 years ago.
Plans are also well advanced to have a series of evenings with top riders during Race Week in the paddock marquee. So far both Eugene Laverty and John McGuinness have agreed to take part, giving race fans the lowdown on their racing careers. Laverty, now racing in MotoGP, will take a break from his busy schedule to give a behind the scenes view of what's it like to be mixing it up with Marquez, Rossi and Lorenzo in the blue riband series.
Honda legend John McGuinness, who is celebrating his 25th year in racing this season, will give his unique and hilarious take on his rivals and his exploits from a glorious road racing career.
"No one enjoys getting the inside story of all the paddock gossip more than me and it is always great to hear our heroes tell their own stories about the races they have won and lost." Event Director, Mervyn Whyte said.
"I can't wait to meet Mick, John, Eugene and all the rest of the riders again at these special events and we are working hard to make the 2015 Race Week a very special occasion for everyone who loves road racing as much as we do."