Barry Sheene

Son to ride Barry Sheene’s restored world championship bike

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Son Freddie will ride Barry Sheene’s restored 1976 world championship-winning XR14 at this year’s Sheene Festival at Oliver’s Mount on July 22-23.

The bike, which carried Barry Sheene to victory in four Grands Prix in 1976, was recently restored by former Team Suzuki mechanics Martyn Orgborne and Nigel Everett.

Freddie will ride the iconic machine in a special parade session during the weekend, while Steve Parrish will ride the 1977 XR14 that Barry also rode to world championship glory.

There will also be a display of other bikes raced by Barry Sheene who died of cancer in 2002 and a collection of his leathers.

“I’m really looking forward to the Oliver’s Mount event, not only for the usual atmosphere but for the fact that the public will be able to see the ‘76 and ‘77 world championship-winning bikes back where they belong,” his son Freddie said.

“Those bikes laid dormant for the past 40 years and it’s a special moment for everyone to be a part of.

“The whole process of bringing the bikes back to life wouldn’t have been possible without the help from Suzuki GB and most importantly Martyn Ogborne and Nigel Everett; they have put over 600 hours between them to make this happen.

“I’m looking forward to seeing everyone over the weekend; let’s just hope the weather stays in check.”

Suzuki, sponsoring the event for a third consecutive year, will be bringing a fleet of display bikes, including the Team Classic Suzuki Katana and a number of race bikes from the firm’s decorated history.

The original GSX-R750F that was restored as part of the 30th anniversary celebrations will also feature, as will the GSX-R1100 restored by Suzuki’s apprenticeship programme and the TL1000S built from new parts.