During the winter of 2012 a group of enthusiasts, riders and interested parties, met to discuss the current status of Classic Racing within the motorcycling community and how this discipline is perceived within the sport. Everyone had an opinion, which was not unexpected and soon it became apparent that an All-Ireland Classic club was needed to raise the profile of the sport on this island. With this in mind Classic Bike Racing Ireland was formed. The club has organised itself and under our first Chairman Sean Henry proceeded to have a highly successful first year in 2013. CBRI’s ambition is to promote and improve the standing of Classic Motorcycle Racing on this island. This includes all disciplines; Road Racing, Short Circuits and Parading. We are always interested in receiving representations from all four provinces.
Our club is made up of many disciplines; Short Circuit racers, Road Racers, whilst some are more interested in Parading or displaying. We welcome anyone with a passion for Classic Racing machinery in particular or Classic bikes in general. Our goal is to ensure that this club gives equal consideration to all disciplines when proposals are discussed.
Circuit racing, often seen as the less glamorous cousin of Road Racing, is a primary focus for the CBRI. No grids on the Short Circuits mean no new riders can progress to the Roads. This is unsustainable in the long term and bad for our sport. The committee’s goal for 2013 was to secure events to race at and then ensure that numbers were on the grid. This was very successful with a large field for all three CBRI Club Championship rounds in Mondello Park. Club members also competed in large numbers in the Irish Championship rounds at the various Northern tracks. On the back of this success, the CBRI Club Championship will again be run over 3 events in Mondello Park for the coming 2016 season, these events also double as Irish championship rounds. By becoming or renewing your membership, you will be eligible to score points towards winning one of our fantastic perpetual trophies in 350, 500 and Unlimited classes.
For many of our members, Road Racing is the defining part of the summer months. The National Road Racing circus moves around the island to iconic events such as the Tandragee 100 and the Skerries 100. This is an area that the CBRI will be promoting more this year. We hope to give results, race reports and of course, some photos of the Junior and Senior Classic Races on this website; so be sure to call back to check them out after each event.
We know not all classic enthusiasts are willing to throw their prized machinery around a track in anger. Parading is a way to enjoy the pleasure of riding their motorbikes and having the public admire the fantastic machinery of yesteryear. With this in mind, we are trying to encourage more members to bring their bikes along to take part in parading. The Festival of Speed, Spirit of Dunboyne and Classic Bike Live are great examples of this. We would encourage members to bring their machinery and allow the club to be proud of its members and their exotica. Membership We invite you to join this active and vibrant club. The more active members we have the better we can press the case for Classic Racing on the island of Ireland. So join today by clicking on the tab on our homepage. We welcome anybody who would like to participate or support Classic Racing. If you have any suggestions or comments on what we do, please feel free to contact any member of the 2016 committee. Their names and contact details can be found on the Contact Us tab at the top of this page.