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25th July 2011

2011 Festival of 1000 Bikes (2)
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The VMCC's Festival of 1000 Bikes is so huge that it's entirely possible for half a dozen people to experience half a dozen different aspects of it. Roy Workman shares his weekend...

This three-day weekend at the Mallory Park Race Circuit is organised by The Vintage Motor Cycle Club and it is a great meeting. This year 22,000 people visited; the place was packed and the bike parks were heaving. Of course the good weather may well have helped. Lots of riders camped over the weekend

Glorious weather...

One of the joys of this meeting is that it gives enthusiasts the opportunity to ride their own machines in track sessions over the weekend. On Saturday they run groups of road bikes - ranging from veterans and cycle motors right up to very fast modern machines. Saturday also has a pre-65 trial. I watched this last year, and it was very interesting.

AJS v-twin jostles with Yamaha RD350LC...

I went on Sunday this year as I wanted to see the sidecars in action on the track. I picked up a programme from the Christian Motorcycle Association's stand; they were also running a helmet and gear park, and they were certainly kept busy. The Avenue of Clubs was as good as usual, with 50 clubs attending. The catering stands were also very busy.

Sunday sees the running of race machines. There are less stringent noise restrictions on this day, and this allows the racing machines out on to the track. In the break between the sessions a sprint demo took place on the start straight.

Sidecar Oufits on Right Now......
Bikes in action on Sunday...

The 'Past Masters Parade' takes place on Sunday afternoon, starting at 1.30 pm and finishing just over an hour later. This year it was billed as the 'greatest line up of star riders appearing on the track in the UK'. These included the likes of Agostini, Kenny Roberts, Jim Redman, and Phil Read. A truly great display.

Sidecars in action on Sunday...

During the sidecar session I assume it was Nick Weston doing his usual one-wheeled exit of Shaw's hairpin. This is very spectacular, and the chap standing alongside me, who was on his first visit to the meeting, could not believe what he was seeing. His face was a picture.

This is a truly great weekend, with loads of trade stands, an autojumble and bands to keep you entertained of an evening. A well-organised meeting.

If you have not been before, then it is well worth a visit.


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