Organisers are predicting their most successful event so far after an estimated 15,000 people attended the fourth Brackley Festival of Motorcycling (BFoM) last Sunday.
The market town centre was converted into a motorsport arena for the charity event which attracts thousands of motorcyclists and families from across the region to experience the sight and sound of classic racing bikes and stunt riders performing on the high street.
Gary Pinchin, sports editor for motorbike journal Motorcycle News visited the event for the first time while on his way to The Isle of Man. He said: “The whole town is rammed full of people, bikers mixing with locals – all enjoying the ultimate biking day out at a festival that truly does offer something special for everyone.
“And, even better, all the proceeds go to charity. The entire event is slickly organised by a small, but passionate and committed bunch of people and it’s fantastic that it has such support from the townspeople.
“Personally, I’d rate it as one of UK motorcycling’s greatest days out.”
Dominic Copas, a member of the BFoM organising committee said: “The motorcycle riders, those who build them, and those who treasure these machines and bought them to Brackley, they all said ‘we don’t go to events like this anywhere else.’
“I also spoke to numerous stall holders who go to hundreds of events each year, some commercially organised, which they said don’t hold a candle to this.”
BFoM treasurer Roger Charlesworth thanked the volunteers, and marshals, Brackley businesses which supported the event, and the people of the town.
In a change from previous years the northern lay-by was used as part of the performance arena, giving riders a smoother turn at each end, enabling them to show off their machines at their best.
Highlights included stunt shows by Kevin Carmichael, a display of skills by trials champion Dougie Lampkin, and parades of legendary road racing bikes presented by 1993 F1 TT winner Nick Jefferies, a custom bike show and an explosive finale from Flyin’ Ryan.
The event raises money for the Warkwickshire and Northants Air Ambulance, Brackley Food Bank, Katharine House Hospice, and Road Racing Legends.
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