14th March 2011
Track tickets for the VMCC's Festival of 1000 Bikes have nearly sold out. Book now, or miss the moment...
If you'd like to ride your classic on track at Mallory Park in July then you'll need to scamper over to www.vmcc.net/1000bikes straight away to secure your slot. Last year the Club received a total of 1050 booking forms and they've already got 950 entries in hand from keen riders. So there are very few places left available - and there's months to go before the event itself!
You'll be able to ride your bike either on Saturday 9th July 2011 when track sessions are available for road silenced machines only (and preferential treatment will be given to pre-1985 machines), or on Sunday 10th July 2011 if you have a racing machine (no louder than 105db). Prices for single sessions start from £33 for Saturday, although veteran bikes get a special discount so pay only £23 per stint.
If you prefer not to ride and just want to watch all the action, the weekend promises to be one to remember for all classic bike fans. Triple 500cc GP World Champion Kenny Roberts will be riding a works Yamaha OW60 in the Past Masters parade the Sunday. It's been a while since King Kenny rode in this country, as he explained; 'this will be my first time on a UK racetrack in front of the public since 1983.'Kenny Roberts Senior, 1983
Kenny Roberts last rode at Mallory as part of the American Transatlantic Challenge team and this will be a theme for the 2011 Festival of 1000 Bikes. Other original team members from both sides of the Atlantic, including Stevie Baker, Graeme Crosby and Mick Grant, will also be out on track as part of this spectacular re-enactment.
Keeping with the Yamaha theme, the Yamaha Classic Racing Team (YCRT) will be making the trip from Holland to help celebrate 50 years of Yamaha racing in Europe. With multiple world champions such as Agostini and Phil Read already booked to ride YCRTs superbly prepared works Yamahas, the Festival will again have more super star riders out on track than any other event of its type.
Spectators will also be able to time-travel back to 1971 to celebrate 40 years since the epic Mallory Race of the Year battle between Agostini and Cooper. Ago will be swapping his Yamaha Leathers for MV ones when he takes to the track with old sparring partner John 'Mooneyes' Cooper.
On top of all this, the weekend at Mallory Park will be packed with many other mobile and static displays, including trials, grasstrack, scrambles and sprint, plus historic racing machines like the ex-works rotary racers from the National Motorcycle Museum. The paddock will be packed with star riders and their fans, with plenty else to see in the autojumble and along the avenue of clubs. The real ale bar is a great place to watch the action along the Stebbe Straight, and those who choose to make a full weekend of it can enjoy live entertainment - including interviews with racing heroes - with camping on site or discounted accommodation available nearby.
Further info from www.vmcc.net/1000bikes or call 01283 540557 to secure a track ticket.
Photos: VMCC (Kenny Roberts), Richard Jones
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