Prescott Bike Festival
PUBLISHED: 11:02 09 March 2016 | UPDATED: 11:03 09 March 2016
Prescott Bike Festival takes place once again on Sunday 17 April 2016 at Prescott Hill Climb, near Cheltenham. The Festival prides itself on diversity and celebrates engineering excellence; from rare, classic, modern, customised to hand built bikes and those of historic significance.
This year the organisers have secured the most diverse motorcycles yet, from the World’s fastest shopping trolley powered by a Chinook helicopter engine (holds a record speed of 70.4mph/ 113.298khm), the Carlos Checa’s MotoGP bike through to Bob Farmer, winner of the 1966 Lightweight Manx TT with his 1960’s Aemacchi (the model he took the win on).
Better known as the fearsome Connie Beauchamp from BBC1’s Casualty, Amanda Mealing will be joining us for the 2016 Bike Festival. Amanda passed her bike test in 2014, while her character is just as much of a biker and has been portrayed turning up for work on a Triumph Bonneville 800. “I am a speed freak and petrol-head” she’s said. “I adore motor biking. I have a beautiful BMW RNine-T, that I call Beauty and the Beast. She’s stunning to look at and a monster on the road”. We are delighted to welcome Amanda to Prescott!
“Queen of Bikers” Maria Costello MBE will also be making her debut at Prescott. Maria is best known for being the female TT lap record holder and the first woman to lap the Isle of Man TT course, with an average speed of 114.73mph, and is currently the fastest female ever around the Ulster Grand Prix course. Maria was awarded an MBE in 2009 for her services to motorcycling. We can’t wait to see Maria take to the historic hill climb course.
Unlike a static bike show, Prescott gives visitors the unique opportunity to get up close to see, smell and hear lots of historic, classic and race bikes run the historic hill climb course, “better than Goodwood”, said one excited visitor. There are so many significant motorcycles heading to Prescott this year including Kevin Schwantz’ 1995 Suzuki RGV500 XR85, the last Suzuki GP bike Schwantz ever rode.
Whilst there are just too many entries to mention, here are a few to whet your appetite:
· A 1988 Bimota YB6, 1000cc – One of only 510 YB6’s built Bimota with the FZR 1000 engine. This bike was owned by the President of the Bimota Club in Italy, before being imported to the UK in 2015 by present owner
· A 1989 Yamaha FZR 750RR OW01, 750cc. Only 500 of these bikes were built to homologate them for World Superbike entry, most of which went straight onto the racetrack, with very few remaining in road trim.
· A 1997 Honda CBR600 600cc World Supersport race bike formally raced by James Toseland
· The 2002 Vertemati Supermoto 570cc David Jeffries Supermoto factory race bike
· The 2005 Honda Fireblade 1000cc, Ex Ian Hughes TT bike, Southern 100 winner and Macau GP Bike
· Plus an incredible collection of KTM SuperMoto bikes, including the British Championship winning machine.
For the first time, we welcome riders from the British Mini Bikes plus Talan Skeels Piggins, the world’s first paraplegic racer, in between racing his SV650 and skiing for Great Britain, he runs the charity ‘The Bike Experience’ helping soldiers injured in combat to get back on a bike.
Another Prescott debut will be Tom ‘The Atom’ Anable, a Lincolnshire based rider, who has designed, built and engineered several Monowheel machines that has held several records. It’s sure to be a great spectacle, when he completes and extraordinary run on the renowned hill climb course.
Also in the Paddock, will be a Nuclear Research Engineer and iconic motorcycle builder Allen Millyard who will regularly fire up, and take to the hill on his home-built ‘Flying Millyard’. Despite resembling a classic 1920’s sedate two-wheeled Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, this beast has two cylinders from a Pratt and Whitney 1340 radial, and a 5.0-litre V-Twin, engine designed for an aeroplane.
Prescott Bike Festival is truly a big celebration of man and machine with large displays of historic, modern and race bike, plus a Paddock Specials Show ‘n’ Tell area, and the unique opportunity for members of the public to take part in the spectacle by ‘running the hill’ or participating in a thrilling passenger ride experience. There’s also a whole raft of entertainment too from live music, stunt shows, biker celebrity appearances and hundreds of trade stands, motorcycle manufacturers, dealer zone, motorcycle clubs, demo areas – what’s more it helps to raise money and awareness for the Blood Bikes charities.
There are lots to see and do:
Ride: You can ride the world famous Prescott Hill and be a Star of the Show, entries are limited and all places for 2016 are now booked, but there’s lots of general admission tickets- book now to get 20% off the gate price.
See: Get up close and personal with over 100 historic, rare, modern, factory race bikes, one off special builds and more. Lunchtime interviews in the Paddock with the riders and their bikes. Plus Club stands, Motorcycle manufacturers and more.
Do: Take the ride of your life with a thrilling passenger ride experience in a Formula One or Watsonian Squire Sidecar, a Morgan Three Wheeler, Grinnall Trike or Scorpion – available to purchase on the day (leathers required). The Army Reserve will be attending with a Man SV Recovery Truck and providing Career advice; plus visitors can try their hand on the climbing wall and Airsoft Rifle Range.
Meet: Come and meet our special ‘biker’ celebs including; James Hillier, Lighweight TT (650cc) outright lap record, a member of the exclusive ‘132 club’ and the 3rd fastest man around the TT course; former British Superbike and Isle of Man TT road racer Steve Plater; multiple British and Australia Supermoto champion, Chris Hodgson; son of ‘Mike the Bike’ David Haliwood plus BSB rider Richard Cooper, Charlie Nesbitt and for something a little bit bonkers- Matt Mckeown and his World’s Fastest jet-powered Shopping Trolley! Plus lots more yet to be announced!
Watch: ‘On The Edge’ motorcycle stunt show – probably the best Trials Stunt Show we’ve ever seen. Plus the welcome return of the George Formby tribute act from the motorcycle film, No Limit? He’ll also take to the hill on his 1920 ‘Shuttleworth Snap’
Buy: Be sure to bring lots of cash, with over 100 trade stands and all the motorcycle manufacturers there’s bound to be something you’ll like.
Hear: Live music by 1950s inspired rockabilly band, Josie and the Outlaw and Chickenbone John and his custom guitars! And great food and music throughout the day.
Prescott Bike Festival is a ‘Must Do’ day out for all motorcycling enthusiasts. What’s more, all event proceeds of the event go to The Nationwide Association of Blood Bikes and Severn Freewheelers.
Gates Opens at: 08:30am, Track starts at: 10:00am, Festival closes at: 17:00.
Exclusive infield motorcycle parking for Pre-1990 motorcycles; limited numbers, advance booking essential.
Advance general admission tickets cost just £12 and are available online at: www.prescottbikefestival.co.uk
Free parking, free motorcycle side stand puck and free helmet park for bikers
All details of exhibitors and celebrity appearances are available on the website.