Thousands flock to the Brackley Festival of Motorcycling

Organisers are predicting their most successful year yet as the sun shone once again on the Brackley Festival of Motorcycling (BFOM) which was held yesterday, Sunday.

Now in its fifth year the event raises thousands of pounds for headline charity, the Warks and Northants Air Ambulance.

Brackley Festival of Motorcycling. Artist Chris Scott from Twyford with his biker themed paintings.'130818M-B190

Brackley Festival of Motorcycling. Artist Chris Scott from Twyford with his biker themed paintings.'130818M-B190

The BFOM sees Brackley High Street turned into a motorcycle performance arena and on Sunday Marc ‘Sparky’ Chennell showed off why he is known as the ‘drift king’.

The rest of the town centre was filled with the sights and sounds of the display bike paddock, a custom bike show and bike manufacturers.

Roger Charlesworth, BFOM treasurer said the number of people paying to see the events inside the grounds of Magdalen College School was up by 20 per cent.

He said: “I think the real success came from a focus on the events within the school grounds and the general feeling was the field events were excellent and there was a lot more people down there.”

Brackley Festival of Motorcycling. Bike park.'130818M-B184

Brackley Festival of Motorcycling. Bike park.'130818M-B184

The fundraising for the air ambulance was boosted this year when they teamed up with Bridgestone to organise a ride out to the BFOM from across the region. The ride out marshalled at the Jacks Hill Cafe in Towcester before heading to Brackley, and created a five-mile long unbroken convoy of bikes on the A43.

Mr Charlesworth added: “Of course the weather helped but it still really amazes me that we get all these different people together, firstly the townspeople and then motorcyclists from all walks of life.”

Charities also supported by the event this year are: The Circle Group deaf charity, Families of Autistic Children Together (FACT) and 5th Brackley Scouts.