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William dunlop to compete on Rotary Norton

William Dunlop has joined the newly-formed Team National Motorcycle Museum Racing for the 2015 Classic TT Races. The museum, in Birmingham, is home to the largest collection of British motorcycles in the world, with over 100 marques including BSA, Ariel and Norton.

Dunlop will ride one of the museum’s original and iconic Rotary Norton bikes from the 1992 British championship season in the Motorsport Merchandise Formula 1 Classic TT Race on Monday 31 August.

The Rotary Norton really came to the fore in Steve Spray’s 1989 British Championship winning campaign and the 1990 TT campaign that saw Trevor Nation and William’s father Robert achieving podium positions in the Formula 1 TT Race with Robert also winning the North West 200 in the same year.  However, the bike is most famous for Steve Hislop’s 1992 Senior TT win when he rode it to victory against the might of the work’s Yamaha of Carl Fogarty.

Museum director James Hewing said: “The founder of the museum, Roy Richards, had a huge passion for British bikes, particularly Nortons, and he always liked to see the bikes actually running rather than just being displayed. I’m sure that he would have approved of this campaign and his two sons are right behind us.”

The museum will also be supporting the ‘Norton the Rotary Years’ parade lap.  Scheduled for Monday 31 August, it will see 15 Rotary Nortons appearing on the Mountain Course ridden by some of the original riders associated with the brand including Trevor Nation and Steve Spray as well as riders who will represent some of the other great names who rode the bikes including John McGuinness representing Hislop on the 588 NRS Norton.  All of the bikes will also be on display throughout the four days of the Classic TT festival.

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