Town ready for bikers aplenty

Brackley Festival of Motorcycling.Stunt rider Kevin Carmichael.'120819M-A457
Brackley Festival of Motorcycling.Stunt rider Kevin Carmichael.'120819M-A457
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Brackley town centre will be filled with the excitement and sounds of the annual Festival of Motorcycling this Sunday.

Once again thousands of bikers and their two or three-wheeled machines will use the day as a destination for a ride out as the High Street is turned into a motorcycle performance arena.

Brackley Festival of Motorcycling.Stunt trials rider Dougie Lampkin.'120819M-A292

Brackley Festival of Motorcycling.Stunt trials rider Dougie Lampkin.'120819M-A292

The grounds of Magdalen College School will also be host to Flyin’ Ryan’s pyrotechnic stunt show, bicycle stunt shows and, new for this year, a scrambler course will put world and British championship winning bikes through their paces. Access to the school is £5 but free to under 16s.

The event raises thousands of pounds for the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance and this year the charity has teamed up with tyre manufacturer Bridgestone to host a fundraising ride out. More than 700 riders from the region will converge on Jacks Hill Cafe near Towcester, before riding to Brackley.

This year the event also supports The Circle Group deaf charity, Families of Autistic Children Together (FACT) and 5th Brackley Scouts.

BFOM founder PC Mac McConnell of Northants Police said: “It’s fine day out and there’s nowhere in Britain you would get a day such as ours for a fiver, all of which goes to charity.”

Brackley Festival of Motorcycling.Legends of Racing.'120819M-A302

Brackley Festival of Motorcycling.Legends of Racing.'120819M-A302

The road between the Plough Inn and the Banbury Road junction will be closed 5am to 8pm on Sunday and organisers have written to residents asking them to avoid parking their cars on the street over night.