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Jun 29, 2013

Freddie Spencer To Do Parade Laps On His 1987 Rothmans Honda 500cc GP Bike At Classic TT

Classic TT: Freddie Spencer (12) . Photo courtesy of Classic TT Press Office.
GP Legend Freddie Spencer Joins Star-Studded Line Up for Classic TT

Three time motorcycle Grand Prix World Champion Freddie Spencer is the latest star name to be added to a glittering cast list for the inaugural Classic TT Races due to be held in August this year.

The American will ride his 1987 500cc, 3 Cylinder Rothmans Honda that he is currently parading in Europe at the Festival of Jurby on the 25th August and again in the Classic Racer Magazine Lap of Honour on Monday 26th August.

He will also be a guest in the official VIP Hospitality Club and will host a table at the Classic TT Legends Dinner on the evening of Sunday 25th August.

'Fast Freddie' first came to prominence in 1978, winning the 250cc US National Road Racing Championship and gained international recognition at the 1980 U.S. versus Britain Trans-Atlantic Match races when he won two legs, defeating World Champions Kenny Roberts and Barry Sheene in the process.
He was promoted to Honda's Grand Prix team in 1982 and in 1983 he won his first 500cc World Championship at the age of 21, becoming the youngest person to win the title, a distinction previously held by Mike Hailwood.

The 1983 season is remembered as one of the most dramatic title chases in the history of Grand Prix racing; Honda's Spencer and Yamaha's Kenny Roberts fighting for the points lead throughout the championship with each of them earning six victories. The season culminated at the penultimate round in Sweden when Roberts ran off the track on the last lap leaving Spencer to sprint to the finish line and victory. Roberts won the last race but Spencer finished second, securing his first world title by two points.

Teething problems with Honda's radically new V4 NSR500 coupled with injuries from crashes hindered Spencer's title defense in 1984 but 1985 proved to be an historic year for him. He won both the 250cc and 500cc Grand Prix World Championships, the last rider to achieve such a feat. His career was cut short by wrist injuries and he retired from Grand Prix racing at the beginning of 1988.

Commenting on his appearance at this year's Classic TT he said: "The Isle of Man TT is one of the great event's in motorsport and to get the chance to be involved in the inaugural Classic TT is a real honour. I'm really looking forward to experiencing the place where so many great names have competed and to meeting the fans."

Other legendary names from the past already confirmed to attend the Classic TT include Giacomo Agostini, Phil Read, Mick Grant, Phillip McCallen, Kork Ballington and Steve Baker.

To book tickets for the Classic TT Legends Dinner, Platinum or VIP Hospitality places or Grandstand tickets for the Classic TT Races go to or contact Duke Marketing on +44 (0) 1624 640 000.

More, from another press release issued by Classic TT Press Office:

Stunning Line Up of Motorcycling Legends Confirmed for TT Heroes Dinner at Classic TT Races

TT fans will get the chance to meet some of the greatest names in Motorcycling history at the 'Classic TT Heroes Dinner’ on Sunday 25th August during this year's inaugural Classic TT Races event.

The evening will take place in the prestigious new TT 'VIP Club' facility, situated at the heart of the race paddock. It will be 'sandwiched' between the two race days for what is already building up to be the World's leading Classic motorcycle race meeting.

With a plethora of World Champions, national champions and a stunning line up of TT riders past and present with over a hundred race victories and numerous podiums, it promises to be an unforgettable and exclusive evening.

The 'Who's Who' of motorcycle racing includes modern TT stars John McGuinness, Conor Cummins, Ian Lougher, Bruce Anstey, Dave Molyneux, Conor Cummins, Cameron Donald, James Hillier, Michael and William Dunlop and Gary Johnson - all of whom raced at this year's TT.

Joining them will be some of the most successful Mountain Course competitors of yesteryear including Mick Grant, Phil McCallen, Brian Reid, Ryan Farquhar and Phil Read while Italian legend Giacomo Agostini, fresh from his parade lap with John McGuinness recreating the unforgettable '67 Senior TT duel with Mike Hailwood, will also be at the event.

Other World champions due to appear include four time GP title winner Kork Ballington, American Freddie Spencer, Venezuelan Carlos Lavardo, the double 250cc title winner, Steve Baker, the first American to win a road racing world championship and Australian Kel Carruthers, a double Lightweight TT Race winner including his victorious 1969 World Championship winning year.

Former British and World Superbike champion Neil Hodgson will be compering the evening and interviewing each of the stars during the evening. Every table will be hosted by one of the legendary names so you'll also get the chance to ask your own questions and get memorabilia personally autographed. The riders will be switching tables after each of the three courses so you'll get your own experience and interview with many of the greatest names in racing history.

Tickets are £100 each plus VAT which includes a three-course meal and complementary, limited edition gift or you can block book tables of eight for £800 plus VAT. Tickets are available on the official website or by phoning Duke Marketing on +44 (0) 1624 640 000.