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Davida’s Passion For Classic Bike Racing



The Davida Jet ACU approved is our tribute to the golden age of racing, we understand that the rigours of modern track racing mean that whether they are worn on the track is very much a personal choice, as Ian Bain puts it: “Yes we are racers but first and foremost we are enthusiasts of the halcyon era of British motorcycling. Modern attire is strictly for the race track, for every other aspect we strive for authenticity. Owning a Davida Jet is a statement, it represents a modern link to the ethics of design and manufacture of the era we strive to re-create.”

Davida are passionate about classic bike racing and believe it is vitally important to support and celebrate our racing heritage. Keeping race track helmet art alive has been a mission of ours since 1998 when we introduced the Racing Series for our Davida Classic. The 1996 Centennial TT in Assen inspired us to recreate the racing designs of 17 world Champions from the 50’s and 60’s.

Their growing reputation for helmet art skills were rewarded in 2001 when Davida became the first manufacturer to be commissioned by the Hailwood Family to reproduce Mike’s iconic ‘ For The Love of Sport’ helmet design on our helmets

As well as creating bespoke specials for the 2002 MotoGiro racers, Davida have also reproduced the original design of the 1950’s Ducati Works Riders helmet for those racing in the MotoGiro such as Leopoldo Tartarini, Remo Venturi & Guiliano Maoggi.

Over the past decade, their ACU Gold Davida Jet has carried the racing colours of a variety of classic bike racers such as Bill Swallow, 1st in the Classic Manx GP on a 350cc Honda in 1986, he has since won 8 more and is the race record holder in the 350cc class. He is still the fastest person ever on the TT Course on 250/350 and 500cc single cylinder bikes.

The Lansdowne Cup is a unique and ‘pure’ classic bike racing experience that’s as competitive and exciting as any racing past or present. Racers include some of the most successful TT competitors such as Charlie Williams and Stan Woods, lifelong enthusiast Ian Bain, thirty times British Historic Championship winner and winner of the 2010 Goodwood Revival. Equally important is Sam Rhodes and Classic Club racer and Joop Van De Pol, both young contenders who will keep this wonderfully real passion alive and keep these exotic & visceral machines racing for the next generation.