American legend Steve Baker to make headline appearance at Donington Classic Motorcycle Festival
Baker was the first American motorcycle racer to win a road racing world championship, after winning the Formula 750 title on a factory Yamaha in 1977, fending off the likes of Giacomo Agostini to secure the crown. In a successful season, Baker also triumphed in the prestigious Daytona 200 race and finished second overall in the 500cc World Championship behind Barry Sheene.
On a privateer Suzuki, he returned to the 500cc World Championship in 1978, finishing seventh overall before retiring at the end of the season. He has since gone on to establish a motorcycle dealership in his hometown of Bellingham in Washington, and has been inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame.
At the Donington Classic Motorcycle Festival, Steve will take part in the star parades and autograph sessions, as well as appearing as a guest in the Saturday evening entertainment with Steve Parrish.
Steve commented: “I am very excited to return to England and the Donington Classic Motorcycle Festival. It is like a dream come true to ride at Donington and be with old friends and the best racing fans in the world.”
Donington Park sporting director Bob Adams commented: “We are delighted to be welcoming Steve to the Donington Classic Motorcycle Festival. He’s a true legend of motorcycle racing and will be a very popular addition to this year’s festival.”
With 50 races throughout the weekend courtesy of the Classic Racing Motorcycle Club (CRMC), huge display areas, parades, family activities and star appearances, the Donington Classic Motorcycle Festival has become one of the biggest celebrations of motorcycling in Europe. As well as Steve Baker, Steve Parrish and Jim Redman have also confirmed they will return for this year’s event, with more attractions set to be confirmed in the coming weeks too.
Cool Milk confirmed as title sponsor of event
The Donington Classic Motorcycle Festival will benefit this year from title sponsorship from Lincolnshire company Cool Milk. The event will henceforth be known as the Donington Classic Motorcycle Festival presented by Cool Milk.
Cool Milk was founded by Jon Thornes MBE in 1998 and is the UK’s largest provider of school and nursery milk in the UK. Working in partnership with Local Authorities and early years groups, it supplies free and subsidised school milk to children in pre-schools, nurseries and primary schools.
Thornes is a keen motorsport follower, and Cool Milk also sponsor the Quattro Plant Cool Kawasaki team in the British Supersport Championship, as well as partnering with the Cool FAB Racing Series. Cool Milk also sponsors Donington racer Tom Wood in the Ginetta Junior Championship.
Jon Thornes commented: “I do love classic bikes and although I’m not a rider, I love to hear them fired up into life and see them going around Donington. It’s great to see people enjoying their biking, whether it be a six-year-old we support at Cool FAB Racing, a 20-year-old we support at BSB or a leather clad 80 year old on their classic bike at the Classic Motorcycle Festival 2016.”
Bob Adams commented: “We are delighted to be partnering with Jon Thornes and his Cool Milk brand, as we look to expand the reach of the Donington Classic Motorcycle Festival. Working in close association with Jon and his team is a massive bonus, especially considering his massive interest in motorsport.”
Tickets for the Donington Classic Motorcycle Festival presented by Cool Milk are available in advance priced from £12 per day, or £25 for the full three day weekend. For more information or to book, visit www.donington-park.co.uk.