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Norton tribute planned at 2015 Classic TT

A special parade lap honouring British marque Norton and featuring John McGuinness on the ex-Steve Hislop Senior TT winning machine will be held at the Classic TT in 2015
A special parade lap honouring iconic British marque Norton will be held at next year's Classic TT meeting.

John McGuinness has been confirmed to ride the ex-Steve Hislop ABUS-sponsored Norton in the unique parade, which is titled Norton: The Rotary Years, on Monday, August 31.

Scotsman Hislop famously won a dramatic Senior TT on the legendary white Norton in 1992 after a ferocious battle with Carl Fogarty and the machine will evoke special memorials of that enthralling duel.

Eighteen original factory Rotary Nortons, including a large number of the iconic JPS liveried machines raced by Robert Dunlop and Trevor Nation and the Duckham's sponsored bikes from the latter part of the Rotary era will all feature in an exclusive paddock display at the 2015 Classic TT, which will run from Friday, August 28 to Tuesday, September 1.

Norton's development has been inextricably linked to the Isle of Man TT Races from the inception of the event in 1907 through to the modern day era, with Aussie Cameron Donald setting the manufacturer's fastest ever lap of the TT this year.

Rem Fowler's inaugural TT winning bike from 1907 will be returning to the Isle of Man as part of a unique pop-up museum in the paddock that will also feature the greatest collection of factory Rotary Norton's ever seen on the island, courtesy of the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham.

It will tell the story of the Rotary Norton during the 1980s and 1990s and will, where possible, feature original bikes and riders including the likes of Nation, Ian Simpson and Steve Cull.

A spokesperson said: “The cultural focus for this year's Classic TT meeting will be centred around the late 1950s and early 1960s rocker years with music, fashion and other activities the backdrop of an era when the Norton brand was achieving iconic status away from racing.

“A large scale Café Race Concourse D'elégance will add to the hive of activity in the paddock with Ace Cafe, a driving force of the period, bringing the evocative era back to live behind the grandstand in 2015.”

The 2015 Classic TT includes two race days on Saturday, August 29 and Monday, August 31 plus the popular paddock carnival on Friday, August 28.

It is part of the Isle of Man Festival of Motorcycling, which runs from August 22 to September 4 and also includes the Manx Grand Prix, the Classic and Two Day Trials and the Vintage Motor Cycle Club's rally and Festival of Jurby.

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John McGuinness will ride the ex-Steve Hislop Norton at the Classic TT in 2015
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Bruce Anstey on the YZR500 Yamaha at the Classic TT.
Ian Hutchinson leads Michael Dunlop in the Superbike class at the Ulster Grand Prix.
Ian Hutchinson celebrates his four wins at the Ulster Grand Prix.
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