Classic Bike Festival
Sat 5th - Sun 6th August 2023
Bishopscourt Racing Circuit, Downpatick
The GO Classic Bike Festival Ireland, the largest track-based motorcycle event in the country is set to be bigger and better with the largest entry the festival has received. Fans can expect to see over 230 riders on 280 bikes on track over the festival weekend.
With a packed weekend programme of classic racing, sidecars, parade laps and for the first time featuring modern race bikes; with the Bayview Hotel Superbike and AJ Plumbing supplies Supersport races there promises to be something for all motorcycle race fans to enjoy.
Racing and Parade Laps on both Sat & Sun to include
Open Superbike Invitation Race
Supersport Invitation Race
Classic Superbike Race incorportating 250GP
Classic GP250/350 Race incorporating Supersport 400 and Twinshock machines
This year the focus is on the magnificent GP500 machines with Yamaha YZR500’s Suzuki RGV500’s, Cagiva GP500 and well as TZ500’s and TZ750’s taking centre stage in one of the three packed parade classes featuring classic racing machines from the 60’s to the 90’s that many will remember fondly as the mainstay of Irish racing.
Lightweight - 2 & 4 strokes machines up to 250cc - YamahaTZ250's etc.
Junior - 2 & 4 Stroke machines up to 600cc - Yamaha TZ350's - Honda 350/500 Classic Supersport machines
Senior - 2 & 4 strokes unlimited - Yamaha YZR500's Suzuki RG and RGV500's Cagiva 500's Honda RS500' Yamaha TZ500/750's Classic Superbikes MotoGP machines
As always, it’s not just about the bikes and again this year the festival marquee features fantastic live music on evenings of Friday 4th and Saturday 5th August, fans can also see the greatest collection of bikes in the country, some never seen before in one of the many display marquees around the paddock and festival areas.
Many Motorcycle clubs will be in attendance with their own motorcycle displays including the local and Irish VJMC and the Island Classics Club. Plenty more to see and buy with trade stalls selling merchandising and motorcycle related products.
Riders’ past and present are yet again set to entertain the fans and can confirm that Bruce Anstey, Jeremy McWilliams, Michael Rutter, Ryan Farquhar, Brian Reid, Trevor Steele to name but a few, along with the very best UK and Irish riders such as current ACU 250GP Bobby Varey, classic riders Andy Hornby and David Bell taking up the challenge across the 5 races classes featured over the weekend.
Among the leading entries for the Invitation Superbike and Supersport races are Derek Sheils, Richard Cooper, Jason Lynn, Caolan Irwin, Korie McGreevy, Christian Elkin, Gary McCoy, Ryan Gibson, Ross Irwin and Kyle Cross. Ireland’s latest world championship points scorer and 2023 BSB winning rider Rhys Irwin will participate in the Invitation Parade.
YOUR WEEKEND ENTERTAINMENT
FRIDAY NIGHT - THE WELCOME PARTY!
THE BROKEN STRING BAND
These guys have been entertaining Northern Ireland audiences for the last twenty years with their unsubtle blend of Bluegrass, Old Time, Swing, Rock and humour!. They’re an ideal intro to the weekend when campers, caravaners will have settled in and are ready for a pint and a tune or two in the Entertainment Marquee beside the Food Village.
SATURDAY PARTY NIGHT
Playing on Saturday night in the Classic Bike Festival Marquee. Based on the north coast Cellar Door’s talent and enthusiasm in the area has made them local legends. That said, persuading them to venture out of their usual comfort zone by playing at the Classic Bike Festival last year and the reaction they received gave them an appetite to return.
The ladsare delighted to be asked back and are already planning a few surprises!
YOUR HOST AND DJ
Host and DJ Brian Moore will be on hand throughout the weekend to lend music as and when appropriate and he’ll also dovetail into the performances by the bands. As Northern Ireland’s most experienced DJ he has a reputation for always conjuring up a party and his years behind the decks have taught him how to read the audiencein front of him.
We think we’ve pretty well achieved the perfect mix of acts to entertain the incredible and rich mix of people who attend the Classic Bike Festival and with other promotions to complement the above programme we’re confident that this year’s event will set the bar very high indeed for the future.