2016 Celebrating 65 years of Motorcycle Racing at Castle Combe Circuit

The very first ever race at Castle Combe Circuit was a motorcycle race which opened the circuit’s history back in 1950 and a year later in 1951 the first dedicated bike meeting took place, but it is possible that motorcycling actually allowed the circuit to progress into the popular track it now is. Safety issues forced the circuit to close in 1956 and that might have been it except that bike racing was continued and by 1962 cars were reintroduced with new safety facilities. So motorcycling plays an important part in the circuit’s history. During that journey the majority of the major names in motorcycle racing have competed around the demanding 1.85 mile circuit. Names like Surtees, Hailwood, Sheene, World Superbike riders Carl Fogarty, who set the first ever 100 mile an hour lap here, James Toseland and Neil Hodgson have all added their tyre prints to the circuit. British Superbike Champions Shane Byrne, Ryuichi Kiyonari, Tommy Hill, John Reynolds and others have competed here, so the circuit is steeped in history and excitement. 

You can come and watch, our race meeting is considered one of the best outside of the BSB, or you can ride in the tyre tracks of so many famous riders at our popular track days.

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Harley Joins Parade

Exotic as the 4 cylinder Honda’s are, as fast as the 500cc Ex Team Roberts 500cc Yamaha GP bikes are, as technically advanced the Norton Monocoque is, a crowd favourite will be a humble twin cylinder racer, the Harley Davidson ZR750.  Fast, light with great handling the bike caused a major upset in the now legendary UK/USA match races in the late 60’s and early 70’s.  Around the Daytona bowl it was well known but here in the UK we had never seen anything like it as the bikes took to the tracks at Brands Hatch, Mallory Park and Oulton Park. And now race fans can enjoy it during Sunday's Tribute Parade presented by Avon Tyres ridden by Steve Veasey. It’s a sight and sound not to miss.

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