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31st May 2006

Festival of 1000 Bikes

The VMCC keep piling on the attractions for the return of the Festival of 1000 Bikes next month. It promises to be a non-stop weekend of classic motorcycling - and RealClassic magazine subscribers can buy discounted tickets here...

When the VMCC announced the return of the Festival of 1000 Bikes, the more cynical among us raised an eyebrow and said; 'hmm. Well, if they're going to risk doing it again then they'd better make sure they do it properly.' The problem with track-based events is that sometimes they only appeal to those folks who like riding around in circles at high speeds, and don't necessarily cater for the rest of the classic biking population. Tricky.

So, setting out with a definite determination to Do It Properly, the VMCC have arranged all manner of complimentary entertainment and activities, hoping to keep everyone happy over the weekend of July 8th and 9th 2006.

A vintage bike, yesterday...

The track session have proved popular enough, and the Sunday sessions were soon fully booked - so spectators will be able to watch bikes as diverse as a 1914 Haleson steam machine and a 1989 OW01 Yamaha rattling around the Mallory Park circuit (but not necessarily at the same time!

Bikes are being split into sensible classes to keep the action varied and enjoyable for all). There may still be a few track places left available for the Saturday (see to apply ASAP if you're interested).

Then there's all the other activities, which should be enough to keep you busy for ten minutes. A Pre-65 Trial will run on both days across multiple off-road sections around Mallory.

There'll be an uphill historic grass-track competition on the Sunday, and an hour of historic sprinting along the start/finish straight. If you want to go shopping, then you might sniff out a bargain or two amid the 50-plus autojumble stalls,

The RC Roadshow will be lining up on the Avenue of Clubs, alongside the Norton OC, Velocette OC, Vincent OC, AJS & Matchless OC and the Rudge Club - plus another 30 or more organisations. Several of the clubs will also be parading on track for your delectation - take a gas mask for when the Kettle Club hit the track, and you'll need ear plugs for that Gold Star parade!

So what else is going on? Ooh, heaps. A wall of death; a concours display and Best in Show competition; a raffle for an Ariel Arrow, and - possibly the best bit for racing enthusiasts -
a parade of Past Masters on track on the Sunday.

VMCC Founder CE 'Titch' Allen OBE, BEM, will open the parade by riding a 1938 Norton racing outfit around the circuit with the machine's owner in the chair. Titch will be 91 years old at the time! Then spectators will be able to watch Roger Marshall on a works Honda, Jamie Whitham on a TT-winning 500cc Kawasaki (which normally lives at Beaulieu), Steve Spray on a JPS Rotary Norton (from the NMM, Birmingham), Norman White riding a 1973 works monocoque Norton (from the NMM again), and then there's Sammy Miller, Mark Sharrock, Chris Vincent, Keith Heckles, Frank Perris, Grahame Rhodes on the Velocette Roarer, Ivan Rhodes, Roger Winterburn and Derek Rumble and probably more to boot. The chaps at the National Motorcycle Museum and the National Motor Museum have gone out of their way to provide a range of race-winning machines - and there will be more on display even if you don't get to see every on of them in action.

Some sunshine, yesterday...

So is this going to be enough to please the crowds and keep everyone happy? Maybe… pray for fine weather! We can't guarantee sunshine, but we can give RealClassic magazine subscribers a little bit of a boost. All this doesn't come cheap - weekend tickets will cost £22 on the gate -- but because we really value your support, we can offer RealClassic Club members a truly super deal. Book your weekend ticket through us and you'll pay just £15 for two days of fabulous classic biking entertainment.

This offer is ONLY available through RealClassic and is only open to RC Club members. It's our way of saying 'thank you' to all those people who support the whole business - including this website -- by subscribing with us.

  • OFFER OPEN ONLY to RealClassic Club members

  • OFFER IS FOR SPECTATOR weekend tickets, NOT for track sessions

  • STANDARD GATE admission prices are £10 for Saturday 8th July, and £14 for Sunday 9th

  • REALCLASSIC CLUB members pay JUST £15 in advance for a weekend pass

    That's a saving of nearly a tenner on the individual gate prices and means you can come along on both days for only a tiny bit more than the normal Sunday admission charge. The offer is ONLY open to RC Club members, so remember to quote your RC Club number when you send payment. You can pay with a credit card (below) or send a cheque to the Cosmic Bike Co Ltd at PO Box 66, Bude, EX23 9ZX

  • WEEKEND CAMPING is available at £3 per person, which you pay to Mallory Park on the weekend

  • BOOKING DEADLINE for our special off is June 16th. After that, you'll have to pay the normal price!

  • TICKETS & PASSES will be sent out in June and you will receive yours by June 30th

    Passes no longer available; sorry!

    Some confusion, yesterday...

    And Finally

    WHAT'S ALL THIS about RealClassic Club membership?

    If you subscribe direct to the monthly RealClassic magazine then you're automatically a member of the RC Club. Click here for more details…

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