Endurance Legends is on!

Bertie Simmonds
March 8, 2018

Action is guaranteed at EL!

Endurance Legends has been confirmed for May 12-13, 2018, at Donington Park.

This promises to build on the inaugural event from 2017 to showcase classic endurance racing at its best. The organisers Classic Bike Track Days have been beavering away with Gordon Russell and some of the European race teams and event organisers to align all of the European endurance rules to enable all European classic race machines built up to and including December 1986 to race together in a true European classic endurance series. It’s been a huge task completed in a month after many a late night, but the result is the European Endurance Legend Cup!

A new EELC website ( is now live with all the details. Darin Frow from CBT explained: “This will be the umbrella organisation with a common set of rules and regs under which each organiser will run their own event, with a representative present at each round to ensure eligibility is adhered to and to help with any language problems. Collectively we all felt that we have to keep the EELC and races ‘classic’ as the later aluminium beam-framed bikes would not only disrupt the level playing field, but risk removing the diversity of the great machines campaigned by those that just love their old Beemers, Laverdas and fire breathing air-cooled fours.”

So, Endurance Legends will be the ‘home’ race, with the other rounds taking place at Paul Ricard (March 23-25), Oscherslaben (June TBC) and a further fourth round to be confirmed. Endurance Legends will once again play host to the Lansdowne Classic Series for those who love the sound of big singles, and we are also pleased to have with us GP Originals where fans of two-stroke smoke will be in stinkwheel heaven as very original TZs take to the Tarmac – with both series enjoying three races each across the non-stop weekend!

The 4-Hour race moves forward to a midday start on Sunday and the whole area will be jam-packed with clubs and stands as well as slots on track for you to enjoy your classic around Donington Park’s glorious curves. And don’t forget the Melbourne Loop will once more be a separate live arena, with demos, sidecar ride-ons and more besides!

About the Author

Bertie Simmonds

As a child Bertie (well, Robert back then… blame his sister for the nickname) was exposed to motorcycles thanks to his uncles. They would show up at his house with a lovely lady as pillion throughout the 1970s and 1980s. After a naughty time on field bikes (it’s what we did back then) Bertie passed his test in the early 1990s and became a reporter for MCN in 1995, moving to the sports desk and covering World Superbikes in 1996. With a change to Bike Magazine in 1997, he stayed until 2000 as news, features and road test editor. Moving into PR with Cosworth, Bert was bored with cars and returned to bikes in 2001 with Two Wheels Only, becoming editor in 2002 and leaving to be freelance at the end of 2004. With almost a decade freelancing, Bertie joined Mortons in 2013 and became editor of Classic Motorcycle Mechanics, a post he’s desperately clung to, to this day. And no, he’s never had a pretty girl on the back of his bike.

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