"Fast" Freddie Spencer makes Race Retro debut
Motorcycle racing champion ‘Fast’ Freddie Spencer will make his debut at Race Retro, the international historic motorsport show, held at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, from 24-26 February. Acting Show Director Lee Masters said: “We are thrilled to have Freddie joining the line-up for our 15th anniversary super show. Not only is he a motorcycle legend, but he’s also nominated for this year’s Motor Sport Hall of Fame. Visitor will be able to vote at the show for him to become the next motorcycling inductee – and no one deserves it more!”
Appearing on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th, American-born Spencer began racing at the age of four, competing in dirt track events near his hometown in Louisiana. After winning the 1978 250cc US National Road Racing Championship, he became part of the Superbike team, competing in Transatlantic competitions which saw him face off against the likes of Kenny Roberts and Barry Sheene.
After joining Honda’s Grand Prix team, he won his first 500cc World Championship in 1983 aged just 21-years. A frustrating season in 1984 was soon eclipsed by his best ever in 1985 when Spencer began the season by winning the prestigious season opening Daytona 200. He also won the Formula 1 and 250cc classes, making him the only rider to win all three divisions in a single year. Spencer also competed in both the 250cc and 500cc Grand Prix World Championships, winning both titles in the same year.
Spencer will join other guests including Hall of Fame inductee Tom Kristensen and rally legends Ari Vatanen and Markku Alén on the Motor Sport Live Stage where they will be interviewed before signing autographs for fans. He will also be part of the judging panel for the Retro and Café Racer Competition, which sees private owners enter their racing bikes into a display, with prizes given for the best in show.
Tickets are now on sale for Race Retro, held from 24th to 26th February 2017 at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, with free parking and a free show guide for all visitors.