CRMC Donington Classic Festival  4 - 6 August 2017 

Once again, the CRMC return to fabulous Donington Park for the fifth Classic Motorcycle Festival, which has now become the largest classic motorcycle race event in Europe, and possibly the World. 
 
If you are interested in older classic racing motorcycles, the Donington Classic Motorcycle Festival is the place to be
 
More news will be published here and on the CRMC News Blog as it happens, but it looks like an exciting line up (we'll tell you more as soon as we can, we really will!).  
 
One of the stars already announced is Simon Crafar, the popular World Superbike and Grand Prix racer from New Zealand. Simon Crafar won the 500cc British Grand Prix at Donington in 1988 and was also a podium finisher in British and World Superbikes. He started racing in 1981 (a year after the CRMC started!) and moved up to World Superbikes in 1989, before making his Grand Prix debut in 1993. 
 
He scored 10 podium finishes in World Superbikes, and took three podiums and a victory from 32 starts in Grand Prix motorcycle racing. 
Simon Crafar will be at the CRMC Donington Classic Motorcycle Festival in 2017
The New Zealander will take part in the star parades as well as making appearances across the venue. 
 
The festival will once again feature up to 50 races across the three days, as well as parades and massive display areas, with event regular Steve Parrish also confirmed to return again. 

More about the Donington Classic Motorcycle Festival  

And to get a taster of what it is all about, here are some pictures from the 2016 event. 
 
The CRMC Donington Classic Festival has established itself as the premier celebration of classic racing motorcycle. Thousands of spectators were treated with lovely weather to admire the exceptional displays of bikes and racing. 
 
There were static displays, club stands, trade stands, special parades of special bikes in addition to the usual exceptional CRMC championship races and parades.  
 
World Champion Steve Baker was Guest of Honour and kindly handed out the prizes at the prize giving ceremony on Saturday evening. 
 
There was also a repeat of the popular sidecar "taxi rides" on Saturday evening, which raised £900 for the CRMC's nominated charity, the National Association for Bikers with a Disability - well done all! 
 
Here is a small selection of photos from the weekend, for on track pictures please visit the Sports Pics website.  
Sammy Miller brought along this fabulous Brough Superior Pendine Racer, which was on track on Saturday 
The Paddock Suite started to fill up with some impressive motorcycles... 
This rather special Lynton 500 comprised half a Hillman Imp engine and disc brakes, innovative in 1968! 
Triumph's GP prototype bike, which won the first post-war Manx in 1946 in Ernie Lyons hands 
Close up of Triumph's GP prototype bike 
Hundreds of people enjoyed the Paddock Suite display 
Two special bikes from different eras - Brough Superior from the 1920's and a Honda 6 from the 1960's 
Paddock 1 was full 
The (full!) paddock was bathed in sunshine! 
Hot work pushing a bike in the sunshine 
There were lots of trade stands to browse 
Sorry we didn't get sound to go with this picture! It sounded fantastic! 
Sammy Miller's Brough Superior ready for the off 
This Gilera sounded as good as it looks 
Six times World Champion Jim Redman next to the Brough 
Jim Redman gets ready for a few laps of Donington 
Sammy Miller and Jim Redman  
The pit lane crowd get ready for a treat as the Brough Superior and Honda set off 
The Brough Superior gets a helping hand 
John Cronshaw gives the fans a treat as the Honda 6 fires up and laps Donington 
Phil Read enjoying the sights and sounds of CRMC Donington 
Classic racing exotica getting ready for the off...  
...and away they go 
The new engine in the ex Eddie Lawson Cagiva sounds good 
Sammy Miller after lapping Donington... 
....and talking about the lovely 1925 Pendine Racer 
"Young apprentice"(!) Dave Davis takes a break from scrutineering to help sell regalia 
Exquisite Suzuki machinery sounded as good as it looks  
The first Harris F1, which Steve Parrish rode on Sunday and had an 'exciting' lap!  
MV Agusta are good at exquisite machinery too... 
Brute power contained in the Harris frame 
See Sports Pics for pictures of the racing