Phil Read MBE and Niall Mackenzie join legends at Silverstone Classic

  • World GP Bike Legends announces more top star names
  • Multiple World and British champions join stellar line-up
  • Dramatic on-track demo plus special displays and autographs
  • All tickets for the Classic must be purchased in advance

Two of Britain’s greatest bike heroes will be joining the stellar line-up of World GP Bike Legends at this summer’s Silverstone Classic (28-30 July).

It has already been announced that ‘Fast’ Freddie Spencer, fellow 500cc world champion Wayne Gardner, multiple British champion Steve Parrish and renowned TT racer Maria Costello MBE will all be revving up on two wheels with some dramatic high-speed demo laps at the world’s biggest classic motor racing festival. Now, two more home grown superstars, have been added to the roster: Phil Read MBE and Niall Mackenzie.

Nicknamed the ‘Prince of Speed’, Read (above and below top left) was the first man in history to win 125cc, 250cc and 500cc World Championships and is a multiple TT winner.

Scottish ace Mackenzie is a multiple British Superbike champion from the late nineties and for many years was the UK’s top gun in MotoGP, notching up seven podium finishes between 1987-1993.

“We are honoured to have both Phil and Niall joining us at Silverstone,” said Gardner, a WGPBL Ambassador. “They are two of the biggest names in British bike racing and sure to be very popular additions with the tens of thousands attending the Silverstone Classic.”

Read and Mackenzie will be among ten World GP Bike Legends rolling back the years on the full Silverstone Grand Prix circuit, riding a combination of fiery four-strokes from the sport’s glory days and new Yamaha YZF-R1s painted in evocative period liveries. The names of the four remaining riders will be announced shortly.

As well as these exciting demonstrations on Saturday, be sure to visit the WGPBL stand for the chance to meet the legendary riders and see the machines up close. World GP Bike Legends will be based adjacent to the Ace Café in the National Paddock. The Legends will be available for autograph and selfie sessions with fans.

Everyone will be able to meet and greet their heroes as all tickets to the Silverstone Classic – which must be purchased in advance – include free access to racing paddocks as well as to trackside grandstands, live music concerts on Friday and Saturday evenings plus a host of other great family entertainment.

Adding to the amusement, Gardner, Spencer, Parrish and Maria Costello MBE are also representing a Bike Legends team in the star-studded Celebrity Challenge Trophy race – a showdown featuring a stunning grid of famous faces from sport, music, TV and showbiz all racing equally-matched Austin A30s and Austin A35s.

More information and all the latest WGPBL news is available on the official website: and via our social media platforms.

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