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RealClassic Ride-In to the NMM

The National Motorcycle Museum celebrates its 30th anniversary in November - but we're starting the celebrations early with an exclusive event for RealClassic magazine subscribers on Wednesday 10th September...

Regular readers of the monthly magazine are invited to join Editor Westworth and regular RealClassic writers of the RC Crew for a RealClassic Ride-In to the National Motorcycle Museum at Birmingham on Wednesday 10th September 2014. The day starts any time after 10am when we'll all park up at the NMM (just off the M42, not far from the NEC) for a moment of mutual admiration of each other's magnificent motorcycles in the blazing sunshine. We hope! (If wet, wear waterproofs…)

RealClassic Ride-In to the National Motorcycle Museum

Then we head into the Museum to take advantage of the cut-price admission fee and an exclusive guided VIP tour for RC people, with discounts on memorabilia and books from the Museum shop. RC subscribers will also be able to claim 10% off the cost of their lunch in the Museum restaurant, where they used to make a mean lasagne, we recall.

RealClassic Ride-In to the National Motorcycle Museum

After lunch there'll be a chance to see and hear the NVT Cosworth Challenge being fired up and running live. Likewise, you'll be able to see and hear (and buy a raffle ticket to maybe win) the Vincent Rapide which is being given away in the NMM 30th anniversary raffle. The fun wraps up at around 4pm, giving everyone plenty of time to look around the Museum's extensive exhibits of over 1000 British bikes, buy interesting bits and books from the shop, and still ride home in daylight.

RealClassic Ride-In to the National Motorcycle Museum
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You'll need to bring your blue RC club card with you to claim the various discounts (so if you have lost it then call 01507 529529 and ask for a replacement). On this day only, RC magazine subscribers benefit from reduced Museum admission charge of £6.95 (normally £8.95), plus 10% discount in the Museum shop and restaurant, on production of a valid RC Club membership card. RC readers will also be able to join a VIP guided tour of the Museum lasting around 45 minutes.

However, you don't have to wait until September if you'd like a chance to win that Vin. The NMM are raffling the 1951 Vincent Series C Rapide you can see here, and tickets for this prize will arrive with subscription copies of RC. This original, matching numbers machine will be put through the Museum's workshop so that it's ready to go to its new owner following the draw on the Museum's actual anniversary date of November 1st. Even if you don't win the Vin, you stand a chance of bagging a Bantam D1 which is the runner-up prize. Not bad for two quid a ticket! If you want to buy raffle tickets and haven't received any, hop over to

RealClassic Ride-In to the National Motorcycle Museum Win This Vin!

The Museum's anniversary celebrations continue with an all-star weekend at the end of October, following a 1980s theme to reflect the decade when the Museum was founded. That party starts on the evening of Friday 31st October 2014 with a rock disco and 'stars on stage' interview feature showcasing three of the biggest names from the last three decades of motorcycle racing.

Then the Museum plans a special open day on the Saturday 1st November, including trade stands and displays from many of the Museum's specialist suppliers and craftsmen; more celebrity interviews and special children's activities. Sounds like a grand day out!

RealClassic Ride-In to the National Motorcycle Museum

But we're starting the celebrations early, hopefully making the most of an Indian summer with dry roads and blue skies. So we look forward to seeing plenty of RC readers at the National Motorcycle Museum in September. More info about how to find it here:


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