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2014-01-23 10:36


A RACER’S DREAM COME TRUE: Local bike enthusiasts should head to Gauteng and Cape Town in February 2014 as Mick Grant’s touring team of British champions entertain SA crowds. Image: JAY GROAT

Norton, Suzuki, Honda, Ducati… Gauteng and Cape Town will play host to the 2014 SA TT Revival as bikes from the golden era of motorcycle racing head to our shores.

Mick Grant’s touring team of British champions have been coming to South Africa’s race tracks for nearly a decade and 2014 his team of former champions and friends will be out on the tarmac once again.

Norton Motorcycles will be sending a selection of its famous race bikes to the event. Owner and CEO of the re-incarnated Norton motorcycle company, Stuart Garner,  says this is because South Africa played a unique part in the history of Norton motorcycles, and will always have a place in the future plans for the famous Marque.

IMAGE GALLERY: 2014 SA TT Revival series

Garner said: “After all, South Africa was the breeding ground of so many famous Norton riders, with men like Jim Redman, Gary Hocking, Paddy Driver, and many, many more learning their craft on Norton’s and then arriving in Europe and successfully taking on the world’s best.

“We want to celebrate that, and what better way than by taking part in the wonderful event put on every year by Zwartkops?”

This historic Nortons, which will include the incredible rotary-engined Norton superbike that won a British Superbike championship and also starred in many Isle of Man TT races, will be in SA.

The V4 engined SG1 TT race bike will also be seen on track. There will also be new Norton models such as the 900cc Commando Sport and the Commando Caff racer, both will be available in limited numbers in SA in 2014. The bikes will be in the country as part of Grant’s annual group of riders.

The series will start in Gauteng at the Zwartkops raceway on February 1 2014. The event will have a 16 races and motorcycle enthusiasts will have the opportunity to see exotic Suzuki, Norton, Honda, AJs, Matchless and Ducati racing bikes from the golden era of motorcycle racing.

The show  will head to the Cape on February 8 2014.

Norton has returned in SA and will show its latest V4 racer along with a full range of new twin cylinder models.

Local competition from a host of our famous bike heroes will be as intense as ever.

Les van Breda (2012 winner) will race his rare Suzuki TR 750 triple works racer against fellow Grand Prix stars such as Alan North, Mario Radameyer, Ian Scheckter, Ophie Howard, Dave Petersen, Jimmie Guthrie, Jim Redman, Kevin Hellyer and Peter Labuschagne.

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