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Snetterton 4 Hour: Endurance Legends

Classic endurance racing arrives in the UK this weekend with a four hour race at Snetterton in Norfolk. Harris and P&M specials will bash fairings with big Guzzis and Ducatis, Suzuki Katanas and 1000cc Kawasakis. Martin Gelder sets the scene…

What Is It?

It’s the first classic endurance race to be held in the UK. Teams of two or three riders will compete over four hours on the fast Snetterton 200 circuit, riding bikes built before 1987. There’ll be a Le Mans start, refuelling stops, tyre changes for the top teams and quite possibly the need for rapid repairs after crash damage or mechanical carnage.

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Organisers Darin Frow and Rob Beale are looking forward to the event: “We’re very excited to be bringing classic endurance racing to the UK. It’s a huge spectacle across Europe and we know there’s lots of riders in the UK who would love to compete in an endurance race but aren’t able to commit to taking part in Europe. This will give UK riders a chance to race on home turf and offer European riders the chance to compete against the best of British on one of the UK’s fastest circuits! We’re confident it’ll be a fantastic weekend.”

When Is It?

The race is on Sunday 18th October, 2015. There’s a trackday on the Friday 16th, and then a mix of trackday sessions and free practice / qualifying on Saturday 17th. More trackday sessions on Sunday morning are followed by the four hour race on Sunday afternoon.

There’s also a one hour tv programme being filmed over the weekend, to be broadcast after the event.

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Where Is It?

At Snetterton, in Norfolk; the race is being run on the two mile ‘200’ circuit. With two long straights both starting from slow corners, it’s going to be a machine punisher. And it’s October. In East Anglia. The weather will be any combination of two from cold, wet and windy. And possibly all three.

Snetterton 4 Hour: Endurance Legends

What Bikes Can Race?

All bikes must be pre-1987. There are three classes, basically over 750cc, under 750cc and 600cc. Expect to see bikes like the following in each class:

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  • Harris and Peckett & McNabb specials, notably Phase One fresh from their European classic endurance campaign.

  • Suzuki: GSX-1100, big Katanas. Four valve oil-cooled motors are not allowed, which appears to rule out the GSX-R1100 models.

  • Kawasaki: Z1000, Gpz1100. As above, the liquid cooled four-valve Gpz900 is not eligible.

  • Moto Guzzi: Le Mans 1000

  • Ducati: 900SS – bevel drive models

  • Laverda: Jota, RGS

    Snetterton 4 Hour: Endurance Legends

    F2 Sportsbike 247cc to 749cc

  • Honda: CB750F2, early VF750R

  • Suzuki: GSX-R750, both the first model and later ‘slingshot’ models.

  • Kawasaki: Gpx750R / Gpz600R, Gpz 750 air cooled (and the Turbo model!) and liquid cooled Gpz750R

  • Yamaha: FZ750

  • Ducati: 750F2, Pantah variants

  • Laverda: Montjuich 500

  • Suzuki’s RG500 and Yamaha’s RD500LC two strokes aren’t eligible for this class, sadly.

    F3 600

    Teams running two bikes of up to 600cc will run in F3.

    Pre-1995 bikes will also be taking part in the trackday accompanying the endurance event.

    From the rule book:

  • The appearance of all machines must represent the period it raced in. Thus bodywork must have period appearance; so (for example) fairings and seat units based on MotoGP units are not allowed.

  • Electronic dashes, throttle position sensors, slipper clutches, quickshifters, USD forks, radial or 6 piston calipers and the like are not allowed.

  • In general the minimum diameter for wheels is 17” and the maximum tyre sizes are 120 front and 160 rear. However 16” wheels are allowed but only as per original fitment.

  • Although not strictly an eligibility issue, slick tyres, hand cut tyres and rain tyres are not allowed. Treaded tyres as supplied by the manufacturers only.

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    Endurance Stuff on Now…

    What Else is Happening over the Weekend?

    As well as the racing there will be a number of support events taking place over the weekend, including a GSX-R parade, displays from the National Motorcycle Museum, the Kickback Cafe Racer and Custom Bike show, club and trade stands, live bands on Friday and Saturday evening, etc.

    How Much Does it Cost to Get In?

    A weekend ticket is £18 on the gate, with free entry for under 13s. Sunday only is £14 on the gate, or £10 for senior citizens.

    Tell me More

  • Endurance Legends:
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  • Race Weekend Updates:
  • Circuit Website:
  • Endurance Legends

    RealClassic’s Martin Gelder will be taking part in the trackday on Friday, riding the Morini featured all too frequently on this site. Drop by and say hello if you’re in the paddock…

    Photos: Endurance Legends, MSV

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