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The Sheene Run - June 27th 2005


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    Neil Hellings, Chief Executive Auto Cycle Union is pleased to confirm the latest, but still growing, line-up of racing motor cycles being displayed or ridden at The Sheene Run in Rugby on 3rd July 2005.

    The Sheene Run has managed to secure 13 motor cycles ridden by Barry Sheene, 7 of these bikes are due to be ridden around the 1 mile closed public road 'circuit' through Rugby's Town Centre.

    Barry's 1976 and 1977 World Championship winning Suzuki XR14 (RG500) Grand Prix bikes have been brought over from his Australian home, the first time in over 20 years they have been in this country and will be ridden at the event by Steve Parrish and Mick Grant.

    The latest addition to the collection is a 1975 RG500 with the engine used by Barry at Assen, Netherlands to give Suzuki and himself their first 500cc Grand Prix victory.

    Other Sheene bikes include; Bultaco TSS, 2 x Seeley Suzuki TR500, 3 x Fred Walmsley Manx Norton's and a further 4 of Barry's Suzuki RG500's, a XR05 from 1974, a 1975 XR14, a 1983 XR40 and a1984 XR45.

    In addition to the superb Sheene Paddock there will be a collection of 20 racers from the 1920/30's on display in the 'Brooklands Paddock'. A further race bike paddock will be home to over 50 race machines, taking part in cavalcades throughout the day including;

  1. Bakker Suzuki GSXR Manx Norton 350
  2. BSA 500 Sidecar Matchless G50
  3. Dresda Honda 750 Rickman Metisse Kawasaki
  4. Dresda Kawasaki 900 Rudge 350
  5. Ducati 900 SS Rob North BSA Rocket 3
  6. Franco Morini Special 50cc Royal Enfield GP5
  7. Honda 250/4 Seeley 500 Sidecar
  8. Honda 400/4 Seeley Suzuki TR500
  9. Honda CR 93 Replica Suzuki GSXR 600
  10. Honda CR110 Suzuki GSXR 750
  11. Honda CYB 72 Suzuki RG 500
  12. Honda Fireblade Suzuki TR500
  13. Honda RC 145 Replica TriBSA T650
  14. Honda RC 171 Replica Triumph Thunderbird
  15. Honda RC 181 Replica Triumph Thunderbird Outfit
  16. Honda RS125 Triumph Thunderbird Outfit
  17. Honda RS 250 Yamaha RD 350
  18. Kawasaki 250 Yamaha TZ 250
  19. Kawasaki AR50 Moped Racer Yamaha TZ 350
  20. Kawasaki H1R Racer
  21. Kawasaki Z1000
  22. Plus Mike Hailwood's TT winning Honda 250/4 and Mick Grant's Kawasaki 750.

    With this huge variety of machinery taking part and the many different sounds produced by the bikes will create an awesome atmosphere in the close confines of the Town Centre.

    Away from the paddocks there will be bands and solo artists performing a variety of music throughout the day on the stage alongside the Clock Towers Shopping Centre. On the same stage there will be an auction, with all proceeds going to MENCAP, items to be auctioned include many racing memorabilia, from both 70/80's and modern day era.

    The day will start at approximately 1030hrs when riders participating in the National Rally are shown the chequered flag for completing their set distances and will then embark on a 'lap' of the Town Centre.

    Kevin Carmichael will be entertaining the crowds with his stunt display around part of the closed public roads circuit. In Caldecott Park, adjacent to the Sheene Paddock, Martin Crosswaite and his Team will be demonstrating their skills in the X-Treme Trials Display.

    On Saturday Evening many members of the public will be dining with friends and associates of Barry Sheene's racing career at a Black Tie Dinner. VIP guests include friend and team mate Steve Parrish, Barry's mechanic Martyn Ogbourne, Fred Walmsley owner/builder of Barry's last racing machines, frame builder Colin Seeley and formers racers John Cooper and Mick Grant. Some of Barry's will be on display at the dinner. A few places are still available, call Tania on 01788 566415.

    Neil Hellings said, "This years event has come together extremely well and both Rugby Borough Council and the ACU are committed to making it a success and ensuring The Sheene Run becomes an annual event. Unfortunately, circumstances have prevented Stephanie from joining us this year, but her willingness to attend next years event will give everybody a terrific boost for raising the standard yet again"