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NMM LIVE! Preview!

British bikes, racing superstars, industry experts, motorcycling personalities, a jazz band, culinary delights (including curry!) and FREE admission. For one day only at the National Motorcycle Museum…...

The National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham always offers an amazing array of British motorcycles – its five recently reconfigured display halls feature more than a thousand motorcycles representing 170 or more different marques. But once a year (Saturday 5th November 2016, this time around) the NMM hosts an extra-special LIVE! event where many of their exotic and unusual machines cease being museum pieces and are indeed brought back to life in high-revving, roaring glory.

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If that’s not enough to turn your head then how about this: admission to the whole shindig is FREE. For one day only, you rock up and pay nothing and enjoy stacks of additional attractions. Such as…

STARS ON STAGE: Racing legends Carl Fogarty MBE and Jamie Whitham will host two hour-long chat shows at 11am and 2pm, where Carl and Jamie will be joined by other motorcycling personalities including TT superstar Ian Hutchinson, John McGuinness, Maria Costello, John Cooper, Chris Vincent and Moto GP hotshot James Ellison.

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HEAR ME ROAR! New this year, NMM staff will fire up some of the most famous race machines in the world. Bikes old and new being revved up for your entertainment will include the Hislop ‘White Charger’ rotary Norton, the NVT Cosworth Challenge and the Vincent ‘Super Nero’ sprinter, plus Moto GP Ducatis and WSB machinery like James Ellison’s 2012 ART GP12 Moto GP machine. Also keep your lug ’oles pinned back for the audible effects of a 1969 four-cylinder Benelli, a 1975 MV Agusta triple, a 1963 Bianchi 500, James Toseland’s Castrol Honda, Casey Stoner’s winning Ducati, and Troy Bayliss’s 990 Desmosedici. Listen to that little lot at close range and… pardon, sorry, what?

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MEET THE EXPERTS: Some of the museum’s specialist suppliers and craftsmen, including the NMM’s own restoration team, will be on hand to chat and answer questions. Visitors will also be able to get the first view of an exciting new display, the history of wheel building, which has been presented by wheel builders to the museum, Central Wheels. So have your questions ready for Brian Crighton and Dave Hickman (rotary Norton race machines); Ivan Rhodes (Velocette guru); Fred Walmsley (Goodwood Revival-winning tuner); Les Williams, John Woodward, Arthur Jakeman and Norman Hyde ( from the original factory Triumph race shop); Ken Sprayson (aka The Frame Man); Calibre Customs (paint providers to the NMM), and Redditch Shot Blasting (the NMM’s favoured machine component preparation and coatings specialist).

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INDOOR AUTOJUMBLE: As well as trade stands and displays from industry experts, such as Bonhams and Footman James, NMM Live also features a large indoor autojumble held within the warm and dry surroundings of the museum’s conference facilities

SHOP & RESTAURANT: The NMM shop and restaurant will be open throughout the event offering breakfast, lunch, a range of hot meals and snacks plus a special BBQ. A new food hall in the Ballacraine Suite will offer the Museum’s famous katsu curry (!), while the Moonlight Trio jazz band play soothing sounds in the bar of the Bracebridge Suite. Famous motorcycling personalities will be signing copies of their books in the Museum shop during the event

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ONE TO WIN: Last, but by far from least, the draw to win an awesome Norton F1 will be held during the afternoon. The rotary roadbike, handbuilt in 1990 and easily worth £20,000, is up for grabs in the Museum’s raffle and tickets are still available from 01675 444140

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Pick up a timetable on your way in so you don’t miss any of the key events. And if you win the F1 then we want to hear all about how you commute to work on it every day…

  • WHERE: The National Motorcycle Museum, Coventry Road, Solihull, B92 0EJ, UK
  • WHEN: Saturday 5th November 2016
  • AT: 8.30am to 5.30pm
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