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29th June 2006

The 2006 Festival of 1000 Bikes

The VMCC's Diamond Jubilee celebration is just a few days away. Don't worry if you haven't organised a ticket yet - you can pay on the gate and join the fun...

When the Festival of 1000 Bikes disappeared from the UK's classic calendar, it left a great big gap. It seemed strange that if you wanted to attend a monster, open air celebration of classic motorcycling then you had to travel across the Channel, to something like the Coupes des Moto Legende - British classic bike enthusiasts were trekking off to France to enjoy their British bikes in action! Shurely shome mishtake…

Red ones sound better...

Fact is, that organising a mega-event including track sessions and scrambles and trials and static displays and club stands and autojumble and so on is a major headache - just ask the chaps at the TR3OC who have been hosting Beezumph for 15 years! So it was a brave decision on the part of the Vintage Motor Cycle Club to resurrect the Festival of 1000 Bikes this year, and they did it in order to celebrate the club's 60th anniversary. The response from other clubs, the public and trade has been overwhelming supportive - which bodes very well for a memorable weekend on July 8th and 9th.

The public track riding sessions for Sunday sold out almost immediately, and the grids look full for Saturday, too. James Hewing - man in charge of sorting it all out (poor lad) and CEO of the VMCC told us; 'we have also had to close entries for the auto jumble and the Avenue of Clubs stands. With more than 40 one-make clubs bringing up to 12 machines each there will certainly be lots to see.'

The RealClassic Roadshow will forming part of this display - come and look for us, probably at the Club end of the Trade section (but not necessarily! Keep your eyes peeled for RC banners and a row of readers' bikes). Drop in at the RC stand and meet RC regulars (including, it's rumoured, RealMart taking a break from virtuality), chat to FW about his latest project, grab a JaffaNob from the tin and sort out your subscription.

RealMart, taking a break from virtuality
Random Mornini Stuff on

Then you can catch the arrival of the baton, which left VMCC HQ on Sunday 30th April 2006. The Burton Section of the VMCC started this 'Round the Sections Diamond Jubilee Relay Rally'; a UK wide marathon which has seen VMCC members travelling from one area to another with a commemorative wooden baton. Along with this special symbol of the Clubs 60th anniversary is also a letter of good wishes to all VMCC Members from founder Titch Allen OBE BEM. We met up with the baton when it was passed between Devon and Cornwall sections - you can see it complete its trek when it arrives at Mallory Park on July 9th.

Cornwall or Bust

What else is there to see? Well, make a note of these events and times:-

Past Masters: Sunday. Start time 2pm

The VMCC have assembled a grid of over 40 famous riders and machines for the Past Masters' parade on the afternoon of Sunday 9th July. Just look at some of the bikes they'll be riding around Mallory's circuit - how could you miss seeing these in action?

  • Piero Laverda: Laverda Formula 500
  • John Cooper: Seeley G50
  • Roger Marshall: Honda
  • Jamie Whitham: Ex-Mick Grant Kawasaki
  • Sammy Miller: AJS 'Porcupine', 500 Gilera, Verdel '5'
  • Steve Spray: JPS Rotary Norton
  • Norman White: Works Monocoque Norton
  • Mark Sharrock: Molnar Manx
  • Mick Hemmings: Tait Triumph & Mcintyre Matchless
  • Charlie Williams: Maxton
  • Ivan Rhodes: Velocette
  • Grahame Rhodes: Velocette 'Roarer'
  • Roger Winterburn: Laverda Jota
  • Keith Heckles: Norton
  • Frank Perris: Yamaha 250 V4
  • Ken Sprayson: Royal Enfield GP5
  • John Davis: G50 Outfit
  • Rob Maltby: Yamaha TZ250
  • Alan Whitehead: Brough Superior
  • Dave McMahon: Rudge
  • John Raybould: Ducati 750
  • Peter Newman: Aermacchi 350
  • Graham Hurst: G50 Matchless
  • Anthony Hurst: Honda 350
  • John Hurlestone: Triumph GP 500
  • Mick Elstone: AJS 7R
  • Martin Heckscher: Velocette KTT
  • Des Evans: Vincent Gray Flash
  • Geoff Bloor: Velocette KTT
  • Mark Anderson: Manx Norton 250
  • Mike Dunn: 250 Greeves
  • Hugh Anderson: Manx Norton 350
  • Alan Bell: Velocette 500
  • Nigel Stone: CR93 Honda
  • Reg Everett: Yamaha 250 TD1 B
  • Bill Kirkwood: Ex Sheene TR 500 Suzuki
  • Richard Tracy: MZ GP250
  • Brian Heap: BMW Rennsport Replica
  • John Pitt: Ex Bill Ivy 125 Honda
  • Doug Ellis: 250 New Imperial
  • Alan Ashley: 350 Honda
  • Keith Wakelin: New Imperial
  • Peter Marriott: 250 CTS Rudge

    Trial: Saturday and Sunday. Start time 10.30am both days

    A fantastic pre 65 trial has been organised for both days of the event to run over multiple sections on the off road courses within Mallory Park

    Grass Track: Sunday. Start time 11am

    The historic Grass Track will be run during Sunday on an exciting and partially sloping course within Mallory Park

    Sprint Demonstration: Sunday. Start time 12.40pm

    The VMCC Sprint section will be putting on an amazing display of historic sprinting on the start/finish straight of Mallory park for an hour during Sunday's programme.

    Camping & Entertainment

    Excellent camping facilities will be available over the weekend with multiple catering outlets on site serving a variety of fare. Camping costs £3, payable on the day - RC people should look out for the RC banner if you want to group your tents together (the lightweights in the RC Crew will be sneaking off to a hotel, natch)

    The VMCC bar and entertainment marquee situated on the outfield near the Elf Bridge will be open from Saturday afternoon with the Famous Jug Band on stage at 8pm.

    Next to the Marquee will be situated the amazing wall of death which will be in operation for the duration of the event with its death defying stunt show.

    Static Displays: Saturday and Sunday

    Not only will owners be displaying their special machines in the special static display area in the paddock, there will be static displays of historic machines from both the Sprint and Grass track sections of the VMCC.

    Raffle: Saturday and Sunday

    The VMCC will be holding a special event raffle to win a beautiful 1966 250cc Ariel Arrow. For just £1 per ticket everyone attending the event will have a chance to win this great little bike and take it home with them following the draw late on Sunday afternoon!

    Club Displays: Saturday and Sunday

  • AJS & Matchless Owners Club
  • AMC Hybrids Association
  • Antique Motorcycle Club of America
  • Berkeley Enthusiasts Club
  • British Motorcycle Charitable Trust
  • British Motorcycle Federation
  • Caiman Club (France)
  • CBX Riders Motorcycle Club
  • Cheshire & North Wales Section of the VMCC
  • Classic Motorcycle Enthusiasts
  • Classic 50 Racing Club
  • Cycle motor Section of the VMCC
  • Excelsior Talisman Enthusiasts Club
  • Frome Classic Club
  • Gold Star Owners Club
  • Greeves Riders Association
  • Harley Davidson Riders Club of Great Britain
  • Hedingham Side Car Owners Club
  • Hesketh Owners Club
  • Historic Police Motorcycle Group
  • International Laverda Owners Club
  • Ironmasters Section of VMCC
  • Italian Motorcycle Owners Club (GB)
  • Kawasaki Z1 Owners Club
  • London Douglas Motor Cycle Club
  • Moto Guzzi Club of Great Britain
  • Moto Morini Riders Club
  • MZ Riders Club
  • National Autocycle & Cyclemotor Club
  • New Imperial Owners Association
  • Northampton Section of the VMCC
  • North West Section of the VMCC
  • Norton Owners Club
  • Rally Safety 7 and Early Reliant Owners Club
  • Rudge Enthusiasts Club
  • Scott Owners Club
  • Scuderia Di Trattori E Stalloni Club (Italy)
  • Sheffield & South Lincs Section of VMCC
  • South Lincs & Peterborough Section of the VMCC
  • Stonehenge Section of the VMCC
  • Sunbeam Owners Fellowship
  • Suzuki Kettle Club
  • Suzuki Owners Club
  • Tamworth & District Classic Motor Cycle Club
  • Taverners Section of the VMCC
  • Triumph Tiger Cub Club
  • Velocette Owners Club
  • Vincent HRD Owners Club
  • Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club
  • West Wiltshire Section Of VMCC

    So is that enough to keep you out of trouble for a weekend? We're hoping for good weather, to give everyone a really great time on the track - but rain or shine there is so much going on that you're guaranteed a fun-filled weekend. And hopefully this revitalised Festival will so much a resounding success that it will become a permanent fixture in the UK calendar, and we'll once again have a home-grown classic biking bonanza to be proud of.


    Track Session Tickets:

    There may be some cancellation track tickets available at the last minute: call VMCC HQ on 01283 540557 to check.

    Can't Come?

    If you're doing something else on this weekend, or missed out on a track ticket, then get in touch with the TR3OC and sort yourself out a slot for BEEZUMPH 15, which this year takes place on September 8th and 9th at Cadwell Park. Contact for more details.

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