Motorcycling icon Jim Redman leads a fantastic classic entry at this year’s Thundersprint which will be held over the weekend of May 8/9 in Northwich, Cheshire.
As six-times World Champion Jim has seen a lot of motorcycle racing and is a huge Thundersprint fan. The super fit septuagenarian looks on the Thundersprint as very much his “own” meeting – having competed in the last 12 events.
Jim says: “I have ridden in every Thundersprint except the very first one and I think it would be illegal to organize a Thundersprint without me there.
“What makes the Thundersprint special for me is that it is simultaneously one of the most laid back events in the classic racing calendar – and also one of the most intense.
“When I roll up to the start, and see the thousands of cheering spectators, it’s just like a 1960s’ GP – and yet the whole weekend is completely relaxed with everything open to the general public.
“I enjoy every event that I attend but I must admit that the Thundersprint is my favorite.”
Thundersprint organizer, Frank Melling, is delighted to welcome Jim back for the 12th. time. Frank said: “Jim is a true professional and a real gentleman. Despite being a motorcycling superstar he remains modest, kind and courteous. Nothing is ever too much trouble for fans and this is why he is so popular with everyone from Grannies to teenagers.
Backing Jim up will be an all star entry headed by European Champion Sammy Miller. Sam will be showcasing his replica of the fabulous Honda RC181 as ridden by Mike Hailwood. This bike is a wonderful tribute to the machine on which Mike Hailwood battled Giacomo Agostini during the 1967 season. Thundersprint fans will be able to step back in time to the Golden Age of Grands Prix racing and see the Honda scream past just a few feet away. Truly, an unforgettable experience.
Six-time World Champion Jim Redman is a staple at Thundersprint. He has be on the list for the past 12 events.
Sammy said: “I came to the Thundersprint last year and had an excellent day at what really is a unique event. Hammering down the start straight with the front end in the air, and the scream of the Honda engine bouncing off the spectator banking, was one of the highlights of my year. I was still learning the detail of riding the Honda last year so this year I will be having an even bigger go!”
And with a massive entry of 120 riders ranging from Dennis Price and his 1929 Velocette KNN to Jerry Ashton’s classic 350 MV Agusta and on to Barry Steels’ 750 Honda RC30 in the Post Classic class, there will definitely be something to excite anyone with a passion for motorcycle racing.