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golden era of bikes relived at Goodwood

Motorcycle racing will be part of the programme for the very first time at this year’s 74th Goodwood Members’ Meeting on 19-20 March.

The Hailwood Trophy – for two-stroke 250cc and 350cc Grand Prix motorcycles that raced between 1970 and 1982 – will signal the first time that post-1966 bikes have ever raced at Goodwood Motor Circuit.

The 30-strong grid of motorcycles will be decked out in their evocative period liveries and several riders who raced the bikes in period will also be present.

As was the case in the 1970s and ’80s, the field will be populated with many Yamahas but interlopers from manufacturers as diverse as Bimota, Harley Davidson, Harris, Juchem, Rhinghini and Spondon will also be battling for honours.

Lord March said: “At the Goodwood Revival, we have enjoyed for many years the epic battles fought out on track in the Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy races, where hordes of bikes from the 1950s and ‘60s scrap for honours.

“Now it is the turn of the Members’ Meeting to welcome the leather-clad heroes. The bikes that will be featured in the Hailwood Trophy race are from a golden era of motorcycle racing, when heroes such as Phil Read, Walter Villa, Giacomo Agostini, Johnny Cecotto and Kork Ballington won numerous world titles. It promises to be a treat for the eyes and the ears.”

The famous names from the world of motorcycle racing who will be at the event include Ian Simpson, who rode works Hondas and rotary-powered Nortons during his career, as well as TT legend Charlie Williams.

The Hailwood Trophy race has been added to the Members’ Meeting programme with help from consultant and ex-GP rider, Gordon Russell. He said: “This was a truly golden era in motorcycle racing, when anyone could effectively go Grand Prix racing. These were simple bikes that pretty much anyone could work on and they were much scarier to ride than modern bikes – you had to be a real man to race Grand Prix bikes of the 1970s and ‘80s.”

Tickets for the 74th Members’ Meeting are now sold out to Goodwood Road Racing Club members and members of the public. Member attendance will be the best since the event was revived in 2014, with tickets selling out earlier than ever.

Grandstand tickets are still available to ticket-holders who wish to upgrade and those who missed out on tickets will be able to view the entire event, streamed live on Goodwood Road and Racing. Highlights packages will follow on ITV.

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