Phillip McCallen confirms return of classic festival and promises to keep fighting for Ulster Grand Prix

The two-day classic meeting will be held at the Co Down circuit from August 6-7 and will feature classic racing for the first time for 250/350 two-stroke machines and classic Superbikes.

First held in 2019, the festival was a hit with fans who turned out in droves and McCallen promised this year’s event will be bigger and better as it returns after cancellations over the past two years due to the impact of Covid. -19 pandemic.

The 11-time Isle of Man TT winner has also revealed that the Revival Racing Motorcycle Club will step up its efforts to stage the Ulster Grand Prix in 2023 after the vital funding needed to stage the fastest road race in the world at Dundrod failed last month. .

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The Ulster Grand Prix at Dundrod has been canceled for three consecutive years.

An £800,000 financial package, which would have been the biggest ever cash injection for motorcycling in Northern Ireland, has been sought to save the indebted UGP and safeguard the future of the North West 200, but the money was refused by Tourism NI last month after being signed by the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Economy.

McCallen said: “We are still working hard for next year’s Ulster Grand Prix – we haven’t given up.

“We intend to have many meetings between now and next year with the government, Tourism NI and all parties involved.

“Obviously we were very disappointed with how things turned out this year after TNI refused funding, but over the past few weeks we have decided to regroup and go back and we still hope to organize the event in 2023.

Phillip McCallen on a Honda Britain RC45 at the Classic Bike Festival Ireland in Bishopscourt in 2019.

“We have learned a lot and I think we are in a better position to move forward because we have more know-how.

“We just couldn’t turn our backs on him because if we did, it would take another full year for new people to try and catch up with what’s needed to try and bring the event back. is a serious situation because if these big events do not receive adequate financial support, they will disappear.

Revealing his plans for the classic festival’s return to Bishopscourt this summer, McCallen said the event will be “bigger and better” than ever.

“We already have a number of top classic racing teams interested and we hope to be able to make further announcements in the near future,” he said.

“This year we plan to hold Classic races for 250/350 two-stroke machines and a Classic Superbike race.

“We spoke with teams in the UK and people here at home who use good 250/350 machines to bring them together at Bishopscourt.

“The goal is to have a race for each class on Saturday and Sunday, and we hope to announce a third race category in a few weeks,” added McCallen.

“We will again have our parade laps for historic racing machines to complete the race and we will have displays of some of the best classic motorcycles in the UK.

“We are indebted to these people who put so much time and effort into bringing these bikes, and if anyone would like to display their machines, please contact the team.

“It’s going to be bigger and better and we’re thrilled to be able to stage the event again after a two-year absence due to the pandemic.”

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