Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Honda prepares for BladeDay2 at Donington

No offence, but if you own a ZX-10R, R1 or GSX-R1000, you probably don't want to be near Donington Park on the 23rd of this month...

Honda and FireBlade fans in the UK are gearing up for BladeDay2, a motorcycling event that’ll be held at Donington Park on the 23rd of May, to celebrate sixteen years of the Fireblade.

Five thousand visitors are expected for the event – gates at Donington’s Melbourne entrance will open at 9.00 am and the event will go on till 5.00 pm. Under-16s get in free, while older enthusiasts will have pay £10 entry fee. For an additional £10, the first 500 FireBlade riders who register at the track get a 15-minute track session with the Ron Haslam Race School, in groups of up to 50 riders.

BladeDay2 follows in the footsteps of the inaugural event in 2000, which saw 2500 Fireblades assembled at Silverstone. The Honda FireBlade, 32,000 units of which have been sold in the UK since its launch in 1992, has a huge fan following in the UK.

In attendance at the BladeDay2 event will be Leon Haslam, Cal Crutchlow, Steve Brogan, Phillip McCallen and Jim Moodie. The ‘Father of the Fireblade,’ Tadao Baba will be there, as will be Kyoichi Yoshii, the man responsible for the 2008 CBR1000RR Fireblade. An array of some of the most memorable FireBlades from the last 16 years, as well as an example from every year of production, will also be on display.

Stunt monkeys can expect a day of happiness – the Star Boyz group will be there to put up a performance, as will be Russ Swift, who’ll perform in a Honda-sponsored BTCC car.

FireBlade owners can enter their own ’Blades in various competition categories, including Best ’92 ’Blade, Best Paint, Best Special, Best Trike, Best Works Rat ’Blade and Best Original Use of a ’Blade Engine. All competitions will be judged by Tadao Baba, Kyoichi Yoshii and Ron Haslam. For more information about BladeDay2, visit the official website here.

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The mighty Honda NSR500...
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External links:
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