The annual Regent Street Motor Show in London is one of the world’s largest free motor shows, which attracted 400,000 visitors in 2013.
The event on Saturday, November 1, will be the site for the announcement of the 2015 World GP Bike Legends event to be held in Jerez, Spain, June 19-21. That announcement will be made by some road racing royalty - former World Champions Freddie Spencer, Wayne Gardner and Christian Sarron.
The three former World Champions will announce the new European classic and racing motorcycle festival, which will see Grand Prix motorcycles dating from 1980 to 2000 in 125cc, 250cc and 500cc classes racing against each other once more – many piloted by the legends of the period.
The World GP Bike Legends event was inspired by popular classic race meetings such as the Silverstone Classic and the Goodwood Revival. It will offer bike racing fans a unique opportunity not only to see the incredible machines back together and racing flat-out, but also to get up close and personal with their Grand Prix motorcycle idols.
On display at the Regent Street Motor Show will be some of the bikes that took the legendary riders to victory as well as a chance for fans to meet the riders, get some autographs and snap some pictures.
The array of machinery includes two Rothmans 500cc Hondas and a 1991 Sonauto Yamaha which will be roaring down Regent Street in several live demonstrations. In addition, there will be a display of static bikes including Kevin Schwantz’s stunning 1993 World Championship-winning Lucky Strike Suzuki RGV500. The bikes will be ridden by Spencer, Gardner and Sarron, who will all be on the World GP Legends stand at 11am on Saturday to talk about the exciting new event.
“We’re so thrilled to be able to announce World GP Bike Legends this weekend. To have three superstar ambassadors at the official launch on Regent Street is certain to be a major draw for all bikers and bike racing fans, and we’re sure the event in June next year is going to be something very special,” said Nick Wigley, CEO of Goose Communications, the company that organizes the Silverstone Classic, the Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run and the Regent Street Motor Show.
"The feedback we've had from everyone is that this is going to be a massive motorcycling event – it was a brilliant period of racing on two wheels and the chance to see the bikes and riders reunited and racing again will be a unique spectacle."