Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Barry Sheene Festival of Speed

Today I'd been a good boy and the missus let me out to the Barry Sheene Festival of Speed and what a fantastic day it was for it too, not to hot and not cold. There was a great spread of GP & TT legends in attendance. Yeah like who I hear you say. Well how's this sound

  • Fast Freddie Spencer - 1985 250cc & 500cc GP World Champion
  • Kevin Schwantz - 1993 500cc GP World Champion
  • Graeme Crosby - 1982 500cc GP 2nd Place in championship
  • Steve Parish - 1977 500cc GP 5th in Championship
  • Jeremy McWilliams - 2001 250cc GP 6th in Championship
  • Kevin Magee - 1988-89 500cc GP 5th Both Years
  • Chris Vermeulan - 2003 World Supersport World Champion
  • Maria Costello - Fastest Women at the Isle of man until 2009

Yes sirree it was a good day of classic bike racing with some mega stars. For those that don't know what the Barry Sheene FoS is about here's a quick run down. It is run by the Post Classic Racing association of NSW and the racing consists of the following classic race classes.

Period 1 - VETERAN (up to 31st December 1919)
Period 2 - VINTAGE (1st January 1920 – 31st December 1945)
Period 3 - CLASSIC (1st January 1946 – 31st December 1962)
Period 4 - POST CLASSIC (1st January 1963 – 31st December 1972)
Period 5 - FORGOTTEN ERA (1st January 1973 – 31st December 1982)
Period 6 - NEW ERA (1st January 1983 – 31st December 1990)
Legends - Where the legends on Grand Prix cut a few laps.

Some of our good friends here at the Road to Nowhere were racing at today's event and some went better than others, some engines were still running at the end of the event and others were not, bad luck Dr Kwok
 you missed out on that trophy.

Anyway here are some photo's I took at today's event. I will be back next year as I had a blast. I even got to do some pit crewing for Stu on his AMA spec GSXR 750. Both Stu and Rick got their bikes signed by Kevin Schwantz on the Saturday. and I got to meet him on Sunday and get him to sign my t shirt and poster, yeah total fan boy moment.

Stu's signed bike by Kevin Schwantz


Wayne Rainey Replica

Dr Kwok
Ricks's bike signed by Kevin Schwantz

Gentlemen, who am I kidding Start your engines

They have a race where just the legends get out on the bikes. Schwantz was riding the RGV500 around looked like classic schwantz with his lanky legs sticking out.

500cc Goodness

Chris Vermuelan

Kevin Schwantz - Racing Legend

Slomax in action

Stu's tyre after the last race

K is for kewl

Maria Costello's bike

Sidecar lunatics
All in all a great day out at the race, yes they might not be the fastest machine on the planet but it is all heart and just classic racing. The crowds were much bigger than the Formula Xtreme racing which is the modern super bikes which says a lot. You can wander in and out of every pit garage practically nothing is off limits to the spectator, as I said I even did some pit crewing for Stu. Barry Sheen Festival of Speed - I'll be back!


  1. Nice. You must have worked up a powerful thirst after drooling over those swanky....machines.

    1. Yep I did so I had a couple of beers by the end of the day.
      I was like a kid in a candy store.

  2. Seems you had a lot of fun. What i would give for a day filled with mega stars and motorcycle :)

  3. Awesome! Could you tell Mr Schwantz to bring his toys over here please...

  4. great pics of a good weekend by the looks
    had a friend that does some magazine writing go there and he had some pics as well as interviews with a lot of the riders