Racing Legends Event
Ricardo Tormo Circuit Valencia 2020
This is the seventh year that the Circuito de Ricardo Tormo Valencia has hosted the Racing Legends event and I have to say, yet again, what a great weekend’s motor racing event it was. I know I am repeating myself but it really is a motor racing weekend for everyone-participants, fans, families and anyone who just wants to have a relaxing fun weekend.
Again there were well over a thousand cars and motorcycles that were at the track. Some were just to be admired but many others were there to be put through their paces on the track.
Some of the race cars or race motorcycles were up to 50 years old and some of the drivers or riders were knocking on 70 years old! What amazed me was that they were there last year and the year before just wanting to keep racing and have fun with their racing machines. Who could ask for more?
Also in attendance at this event was Kork Ballington. He raced in what is now MotoGP but back in the 70s and 80s winning the 250cc and 350cc titles for Kawasaki who were well represented at this event. Kork also took to the track to show that he still has the skills to keep the rubber on the black stuff.
The paddock as usual was full of fun things to do for all the family whether it be children’s rides, bouncy castles, food stalls and other stalls selling all sorts of merchandise. Even I bought a T-shirt which is a first for me.
On track (besides my adrenaline rush of burning rubber, screaming engines and the beautiful smell of Castrol R) were endurance cars which ranged from Porsche 911s, to Ford Escorts and Cortinas and a fantastic Merlyn. On the motorcycle side there was every make you could imagine, including the size of the engines.
Clearly as I have said previously this weekend’s event is held for racing enthusiasts with teams, drivers and riders coming from all around Europe to participate including some riders who had just returned from racing at Phillip Island Australia and who still had most of their equipment packed in containers and on its way back to them. Thank goodness they had plenty of bikes and equipment to continue racing.
The weekend was great. Weather good, racing loud and smelly and just what my doctor ordered. As always a big “well done” to the management of Ricardo Tormo for putting on yet another great show. I am looking forward to EuroNascar coming soon.
Here are a few pictures which I hope capture the Racing Legend weekend events.