ISLE OF MAN – The 2014 Classic Racer Magazine Classic TT Lap of Honor is set to be one of the highlights of the Classic TT presented by Bennetts, with the entry list packed with both legendary riders and iconic machinery.
This year’s lap of honor, on Aug. 25, is a celebration of some of the U.K.’s finest ever road racers, plus some overseas talent of the highest order, and the line-up includes a combined – and staggering – total of no less than 90 TT victories and 205 TT podiums.
Eighteen former TT winners will be on the grid, the majority of whom will be mounted on the machines that helped them stand on the top step of the podium, and everyone on the island will once again witness a tremendous spectacle. More than 130 riders will take to the Mountain Course, including:
John McGuinness (England)
The current King of Mountain, McGuinness has now taken an incredible 21 TT wins whilst he’s also achieved more podiums – 42 – than any other rider. The outright lap record holder, who will be racing in the 500cc Classic TT, will ride his own 250cc Honda, a replica of the machine upon which he won his first TT race in 1999.
Phil Read (England)
One of only two riders to win World titles in the 125cc, 250cc and 500cc categories, Read won 52 GPs and stood on the podium 121 times during his phenomenal career, the latter the fifth-highest total of all time. The 8-time World Champion will ride the 500cc RG Suzuki that he campaigned during the 1976 500cc World Championship for Team Classic Suzuki.
Chas Mortimer (England)
One of the finest road racers of the 1970s, Mortimer could ride – and win – on all classes of machinery although his greatest success came in the 125cc, 250cc and 350cc categories. An 8 times TT winner, Mortimer will ride a 350cc Yamaha in the Classic TT Lap of Honor.
Brian Reid (Northern Ireland)
Twice World Formula Two Champion, Reid was a road racer of the highest calibre right up until his retirement in 1994 and with 5 TT wins and 10 podiums, he’s still rightly revered amongst the racing fraternity. One of the famed ‘Dromara Destroyers’, Reid will ride a 500cc RG Suzuki for Team Classic Suzuki similar to what he raced in the 1980s.
Steve Plater (England)
A former British Champion and multiple winner at the North West 200 and Macau, injury meant Plater only competed at the TT for three years but he certainly made it count with two wins, three podiums and 13 silver replicas from his 13 finishes. A former BSB front-runner, Plater, who won the 2009 Senior TT, will line up on one of the iconic Honda RC45 machines.
Charlie Williams (England)
One of Britain’s finest road racers in the 1970s and 80s, Williams was primarily a 250cc and 350cc expert although he also enjoyed strong results on 500cc and F1 machines. A nine times TT winner, Williams took 21 podiums in total and became one of the few riders to win two TT races in a day when he took the Junior and F2 races in 1980. As well as taking part in the Lap of Honor, Williams will also be having his first race on the Mountain Course in 30 years when he contests the 500cc Classic TT.